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Torrington's Williams continues to excel at Maryland

POSTED December 20, 2010
BY Patrick Tiscia
Twitter: @PatrickTiscia

Former Torrington High School basketball star Jordan Williams, after a productive freshman year at the University of Maryland last season, has continued to improve 11 games into the 2010-11 campaign.

Williams, at center, currently leads the Terrapins in scoring (18.5 points per game), rebounding (11.5), minutes (31.5) and is shooting an obscene 58 percent from the field.

The Terrapins, who play at home against the New Jersey Institute of Technology Wednesday night, stand at 7-4 (6-1 at home) after losing to Boston College in their last contest. After making the NCAA Tournament last season, Maryland needed someone to take over the leadership role from Greivis Vasquez, now of the Memphis Grizzlies, and Williams has stepped in without missing a beat.

Williams has led the team is scoring in seven of its 11 games, including the last five, not to mention he’s topped the roster in rebounding in each contest. He’s scored at least 20 points on four occasions with a career-high of 27 against Boston College in Maryland’s ACC opener.

On two occasions, Williams has grabbed 15 rebounds, against Seattle University and the College of Charleston, respectively.

Following Wednesday’s game, Maryland will play North Florida and Colgate out of conference before resuming its ACC schedule at National Champion Duke on Jan. 9.

On the UConn Women’s streak

Let me first start off by saying that the accomplishments that the UConn women continue to pile up are phenomenal, with its latest feat coming on Sunday as the Huskies tied the UCLA men’s record 88-game winning streak.

I wish, and I’ve tried, but I can’t get excited by any of this. I just can’t get over the competition level of the women’s game, which, at best, is mediocre.

The Huskies continue to beat average teams by 40-50 points and Top 25 squads usually around the 20-30 point mark. While that is great to watch for the UConn diehard, the average observer, such as myself, is turned off.

None of this, of course, is not the team’s fault, but for a basketball fan looking forward to watching a competitive game, these are not the games to watch.

The publicity for the school and state for breaking UCLA’s record (they haven’t broke it yet, but you know they will) is going to be great as ESPN is planning wall-to-wall coverage for this.

Unfortunately, I won’t be there.

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