3:00 PM ET, March 19, 2009
Sprint Center, Kansas City, Missouri
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Maryland didn't force a lot of turnovers, didn't block a bunch of shots, didn't even create a lot of mistakes.What the Terps did to California was much more subtle: They disrupted the Bears' rhythm.
Maryland took a 34-31 lead into the half, but scored 50 points in the second half, thanks to a focus on getting the ball into the paint
|1st half||2nd half|
|Pct. of FG||37.5||58.1|
• Maryland won its ninth straight first-round game. Gary Williams is now 13-2 all-time in the Round of 64 and has not lost since 1997.
• Greivis Vasquez scored 27 points, the most by a Maryland player in the NCAA tournament since Juan Dixon's 33 in the 2002 Final Four.
• With the score tied at 51, Maryland went on a 23-8 run to break the game open.
• On the 50th anniversary of their 1959 NCAA title season, the Bears lose in the first round. The nation's top 3-point shooting team entering the tournament, Cal shot just 7-24 from behind the arc.
-- ESPN research
Based on Thursday's first-round games and a little history, there's one way Maryland can knock off Memphis. Story
NCAA Mens Tournament
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||31-63 (.492)||25-59 (.424)|
|3P Made-Attempted||6-16 (.375)||7-24 (.292)|
|FT Made-Attempted||16-24 (.667)||14-19 (.737)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||17 (0/0)||22 (0/0)|
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