These are not your typical Greyhounds

Past years were marred by lethargic defense and a sputtering offense. This year, especially on the defensive end, it seems like all the players are buying in. The mental lapses and blown coverages that used to drive coach Jimmy Patsos crazy are fewer and farther between. On top of that, the team's press &mdash; or as Patsos called it after the <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ORSPT000686" title="Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference" href="/topic/sports/college-sports/metro-atlantic-athletic-conference-ORSPT000686.topic">MAAC</a> Championship game, their militant approach to basketball &mdash; is being more effectively utilized. <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ORSPT000130" title="Ohio State Buckeyes" href="/topic/sports/college-sports/ohio-state-buckeyes-ORSPT000130.topic">Ohio State</a> surely has the ball-handlers to cope with that, but don't expect the Greyhounds to sit back and let the Buckeyes take the game to them.

( Baltimore Sun photo by Gene Sweeney Jr. / February 10, 2012 )

Past years were marred by lethargic defense and a sputtering offense. This year, especially on the defensive end, it seems like all the players are buying in. The mental lapses and blown coverages that used to drive coach Jimmy Patsos crazy are fewer and farther between. On top of that, the team's press — or as Patsos called it after the MAAC Championship game, their militant approach to basketball — is being more effectively utilized. Ohio State surely has the ball-handlers to cope with that, but don't expect the Greyhounds to sit back and let the Buckeyes take the game to them.

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