The Washington Times - January 19, 2009, 11:53AM

There’s little question many fans reading this would argue the thing Maryland needs to improve on more than anything else is recruiting.

After all, that’s how you wind up with such a small team.


It’s also an argument for later since Lonny Baxter and Chris Wilcox aren’t walking through that door.

Instead, if you needed to choose one facet to improve right now, it would be shooting.

Maryland, after all, is dead-last in the ACC at 41.7 percent from the floor. Virginia, tomorrow’s opponent, is next-to-last at 42.4 percent.

So while tomorrow hasn’t been declared Bricklayers Night at Comcast Center, maybe it should be.

At the very least, coach Gary Williams recognizes the problem.

“We’ve been close on the road,” Williams said. “We didn’t get the wins, but at the same time I think our club felt if we shot the ball a little better, we could have got both of those games.”

In three conference games, Maryland is 75-for-200 from the floor, or 37.5 percent. To state the obvious, that is well below average.

In that respect, it’s rather amazing Maryland isn’t far from being 3-0 in the league. Of course, the Terps could easily be 0-3 as well. And chances are, without improved shooting, the record will get worse and not better.

—- Patrick Stevens