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Terps legend Lucas honored at ACC Tournament

Posted on 16 March 2014 by WNST Staff

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Maryland men’s basketball legend John Lucas was honored at this year’s ACC’s Men’s Basketball Tournament in Greensboro, N.C. as part of the 2014 ACC Men’s Basketball Legends Class Saturday afternoon.

“I had not been back to Maryland for a while,” Lucas said. “The way that Kevin Anderson has reengaged Coach Driesell and welcomed us back to the program is special. I have lots of great memories as a Terrapin.  It is an honor to be amongst this special group. ”

The celebration of legendary ACC athletes began at the annual ACC Legends Brunch and continued into halftime of the first semifinal game, when Lucas and fellow legends were introduced to the crowd.

Under head coach Lefty Driesell, Lucas established himself as one of the greatest Maryland basketball players of all time. During his first year at Maryland, Lucas was named to the first-team All-ACC Tournament team and is one of only 24 ACC basketball players to be named first-team All-ACC three straight years. The sensational point guard was also a first-team consensus All-America in both his junior and senior year.

The Houston Rockets selected Lucas with the first overall pick in the 1976 NBA Draft. During a 14-year NBA career, Lucas played for five teams, totaling 9,951 points and 6,451 assists.

Besides his successes on the court, Lucas excelled as a tennis player for Maryland, where he won ACC number one singles championship twice in 1974 and 1976, before being named the McKelvin Award winner as the conference’s top all-around athlete.

Lucas, a North Carolina native, now lives in Houston, Texas and was most recently a World Team Tennis player and a coach of the Houston Wranglers.

More on John Lucas……Lucas was a key player in what is regarded as the greatest ACC Basketball Game of all-time, a 103-100 Maryland overtime loss to eventual National Champion N.C. State in the 1974 ACC Tournament Championship. Besides the Houston Rockets, Lucas also played for Golden State, Washington, Milwaukee, and Seattle. Lucas also competed professionally in several Grand Prix Tournaments.

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Maryland opens ACC Tournament play Thursday against Florida State

Posted on 12 March 2014 by WNST Staff

#9 Florida State (18-12, 9-9 ACC) vs. #8 Maryland (17-14, 9-9 ACC)

Eighth-seeded Maryland begins its final ACC Tournament Thursday as it takes on Florida State at noon in Greensboro Coliseum on ESPN. The winner will play top-seeded Virginia Friday at noon.

Watch: ESPN – Sean McDonough (Play-by-Play), Jay Bilas (Analyst); ACCN – Tim Brant (Play-by-Play), Mike Gminski (Analyst)

Listen: Terrapin Sports Radio Network - Johnny Holliday (Play-by-Play), Chris Knoche (Analyst)

Storylines

• Maryland is 4-0 all-time against the Seminoles in the ACC Tournament.The Terps have won by an average margin of 19.5 points in the series, including an 85-59 victory in the last meeting in 2002. Maryland has never been less than a 3-seed in those four games, however.

• This is the Terrapins’ sixth appearance in the ACC Tournament as the 8-seed, which last occurred in 2012. Maryland has won at least one game as the 8-seed in four out of six appearances, including in 2012, when it defeated the 9-seed Wake Forest in the first round, 82-60.

• This is the 10th anniversary of Maryland’s historic run to the 2004 ACC Tournament title, when it shocked the conference by defeating the top-3 seeds after entering the tournament with a 7-9 record. The Terps have three ACC Tournament titles: 1958, 1984, 2004.

• Junior Dez Wells was recently named Third Team All-ACC by both the media and coaches’ polls, in addition to earning All-District III Team honors. Wells leads Maryland with 14.8 points per game, including a 9.6 point per game average in the second half.

• Maryland picked up its first signature victory of the season Sunday in front of a soldout Comcast Center crowd as it defeated ACC regular season champion Virginia, 75-69, in overtime. Sophomore Seth Allen scored the first five points in overtime to finish with 20 overall, while Dez Wells added 18 points.

Terps Secure Marquee Victory
Maryland closed out its 61st and final Atlantic Coast Conference regular season in stunning fashion, outlasting No. 5 Virginia 75-69 in overtime Sunday to end the Cavaliers’ 13-game winning streak.
After losing the lead in the closing seconds of regulation, the Terrapins never trailed in the extra session in front of an emotional sellout crowd of 17,950 at the school’s final home basketball game in a conference it joined as a charter member in 1953.
Seth Allen scored five of his 20 points in overtime and Dez Wells finished with 18 for the Terrapins (17-14, 9-9 ACC), who will play in the Big Ten next season. Maryland had lost six straight to Virginia, including a 61-53 decision in February that was part of the Cavaliers’ school-record winning streak against ACC competition.
Maryland dominated in the overtime frame, with Allen making two straight layups for a 68-64 lead, and then adding a free throw.

Scouting Florida State
The Seminoles closed out the regular season by winning three of their final four games, most recently falling to Syracuse, 74-58. Maryland and Florida State split the regular season series, with both teams winning their respective home contests.
Florida State is the best shooting team in the ACC, ranking first with a .465 field goal percentage. The team is strong defensively, as well, ranking second in the conference (23rd nationally) in field goal percentage defense (.397).
Three players average more than 13 points for the ‘Noles: Aaron Thomas (14.1/g), Ian Miller (13.7/g) and Okaro White (13.3/g). White also leads the team with 6.6 rebounds per game.

Season Series Rewind: FSU
Maryland fell victim to a hot-shooting Florida State team that made 16 3-pointers to win, 85-61, in the first meeting on Jan. 12. Ian Miller made six 3-pointers on his own for 20 points, while the Terps shot just 33 percent.
The Terrapins flipped the script in the second meeting at Comcast Center on Feb. 8, shooting 52 percent and winning, 83-71. Seth Allen dazzled the Maryland crowd, scoring a career-high 32 points on 11-of-15 shooting (7-of-10 from 3-pt range) to lead the Terps.
Allen’s 32-point night made up for the first meeting, when he had only one point on 0-of-8 shooting. Dez Wellsscored 15 points in both games.

By the Numbers: Maryland in the ACC

  • 1953-54 – Maryland joins the ACC, winning its inaugural basketball     game, 53-49, at South Carolina on Dec. 3, 1953
  • 3 – ACC Tournament titles (1958, 1984, 2004). The Terrapins shocked the conference in 2004, having entered the tournament with a 7-9 ACC record.
  • 5 – ACC regular season titles (1975, 1980, 1995, 2002, 2010)
  • 101 – All-ACC Selections, including five ACC POY’s (Albert King, Len Bias (2x), Juan Dixon and Greivis Vasquez)
  • 448 – Wins in ACC regular season play (448-435 overall record)
  • 25 – 20-win seasons during time in ACC, and 24 NCAA Tournament appearances

Wells Garners Postseason Accolades
Junior Dez Wells was named Third Team All-ACC by both the media and coaches’ polls on March 10 as announced by the ACC. He also earned All-District III honors from the USBWA on March 11.
Wells has done it all for the Terps in 2013-14, leading the team with 14.8 points per game on 49 percent shooting. He has scored double-figures in all but four games, including 14 of his last 15 outings. Wells is also first on the team in total assists (69), blocks (26) and free throw percentage (.813), and second in steals (32).
Wells earned First Team All-ACC Tournament honors in 2013 after averaging 22.0 points and 6.7 rebounds in three games. He poured in 30 points on 9-of-13 shooting to down No. 2 Duke in the ACC Quarterfinals.

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Bovada gives Maryland 40/1 odds to win ACC Tournament

Posted on 11 March 2014 by WNST Staff

Courtesy of Bovada, (www.Bovada.lv, Twitter: @BovadaLV).

 

ACC Tournament – Odds to Win          

Virginia                         2/1

Duke                            2/1

Syracuse                      3/1

North Carolina               7/1

Pittsburgh                     12/1

Clemson                       40/1

Florida State                 40/1

Maryland                       40/1

NC State                       50/1

Miami FL                       66/1

Notre Dame                  100/1

Georgia Tech                250/1

Wake Forest                 500/1

Boston College             500/1

Virginia Tech                 500/1

 

PAC 12 Tournament – Odds to Win      

Arizona                         2/3

UCLA                            4/1

Oregon                         7/1

Arizona State                9/1

Stanford                       12/1

Colorado                      14/1

California                      16/1

Utah                             16/1

Washington                   100/1

Oregon State                150/1

Washington State          500/1

USC                             500/1

 

Mountain West Tournament – Odds to Win      

San Diego State            3/2

New Mexico                  3/2

UNLV                            7/2

Boise State                   9/1

Fresno State                 33/1

Utah State                     33/1

Wyoming                      40/1

Nevada                         40/1

Colorado State              66/1

Air Force                       500/1

San Jose State             1000/1

 

American Conference Tournament – Odds to Win

Louisville                      2/3

Cincinnati                      13/4

Memphis                       5/1

SMU                             6/1

Connecticut                   10/1

Houston                        100/1

Rutgers                         500/1

Temple                         500/1

USF                              1000/1

UCF                              1000/1

 

Atlantic 10 Tournament – Odds to Win 

VCU                             3/2

Saint Louis                    3/1

George Washington       11/2

Saint Joe’s                    7/1

Dayton                         15/2

UMass                          8/1

Richmond                     25/1

St. Bonaventure            25/1

La Salle                        33/1

Duquesne                     100/1

Rhode Island                 100/1

George Mason              100/1

Fordham                       1000/1

 

Big 12 Tournament – Odds to Win       

Kansas                         3/2

Iowa State                     5/1

Oklahoma                     5/1

Oklahoma State            5/1

Baylor                           7/1

Texas                           9/1

Kansas State                16/1

West Virginia                 16/1

Texas Tech                   250/1

TCU                              1000/1

 

Big East Tournament – Odds to Win    

Villanova                       3/2

Creighton                      7/4

St. John’s                     6/1

Xavier                           9/1

Marquette                     12/1

Georgetown                  12/1

Providence                   15/1

Butler                            66/1

Seton Hall                     100/1

DePaul                         500/1

 

SEC Tournament – Odds to Win          

Florida                          2/3

Kentucky                      3/1

Tennessee                    4/1

Georgia                        16/1

Arkansas                      16/1

Missouri                        25/1

LSU                              25/1

Ole Miss                       33/1

Alabama                       50/1

Vanderbilt                     100/1

Texas A&M                   250/1

Auburn                          500/1

South Carolina              500/1

Mississippi State           500/1

 

Big 10 Tournament – Odds to Win       

Michigan State              5/2

Wisconsin                     3/1

Michigan                       3/1

Iowa                             9/2

Ohio State                    5/1

Nebraska                      16/1

Indiana                          20/1

Minnesota                     33/1

Illinois                           50/1

Purdue                          200/1

Penn State                    200/1

Northwestern                 500/1

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 11 March 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable MentionNBA-Charlotte Bobcats @ Washington Wizards (Wednesday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet), Washington Wizards @ Orlando Magic (Friday 7pm from Orlando live on Comcast SportsNet), Brooklyn Nets @ Washington Wizards (Saturday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet); Women’s College Basketball: CAA Tournament (Thursday-Sunday from Showplace Arena live on CAA.TV/Comcast SportsNet), Selection Monday (Monday 7pm ESPN); Golf: PGA Tour Valspar Championship (Thursday & Friday 3pm live on Golf Channel Saturday & Sunday 1pm live on Golf Channel 3pm live on NBC. All golf from Palm Harbor, FL), Champions Tour Toshiba Classic (Friday 6:30pm Saturday & Sunday 7pm from Newport Beach, CA live on Golf Channel); Harlem Globetrotters (Saturday 1pm Verizon Center Saturday 7:30pm Sunday 2pm Patriot Center)

10. Baltimore St. Patrick’s Day Parade (Sunday 2pm Inner Harbor); Shamrock Shindig (Sunday 11am Pierce’s Park); Need For Speed” and “Veronica Mars” out in theaters (Friday); Inside Llewyn Davis“, “Homefront” and “The Book Thief” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

Two very important things here. One, the appropriate St. Patty’s Day meal is NOT Corned Beef and Cabbage. It’s this.

Two-A reminder that after NFS star Aaron Paul (perhaps you’ve heard of him) finished his interview with us at the Super Bowl, he came back by the table to tell us it was his favorite one of the year. He personally thanked me. Because we’re best friends.

9. Shamrocks & Shenanigans feat. Mighty Mighty Bosstones (Saturday 7pm Power Plant Live); Paul Simon & Sting (Thursday 8pm Verizon Center); Uncle Kracker (Thursday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Mac McAnally (Saturday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Dr. Dog (Friday & Saturday 8pm 9:30 Club); Steve Earle (Thursday 7:30pm Birchmere); The Moody Blues (Tuesday 8pm Strathmore); The Head and The Heart (Saturday 10:45am Rock N Roll Marathon DC); Ellie Goulding (Sunday 7pm Echostage); 311 “Stereolithic” and Aloe Blacc “Lift Your Spirit” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

Mighty Mighty Bosstones were the band from Clueless. Also, you’re 44. I understand how difficult this is. Just remember I love you.

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I’m surprised Paul Simon has time to tour considering he’s spending most of his time posing for the cover of Tiger Beat.

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I’d like to see Sting in DC and I’d like to see him at WrestleMania.

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Aloe Blacc is that guy whose song you’ve NEVER STOPPED HEARING.

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Maryland F Wells picks up official third team All-ACC nod from media

Posted on 10 March 2014 by WNST Staff

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Duke freshman Jabari Parker and NC State sophomore T.J. Warren lead the 2013-14 All-ACC Basketball Team, as voted upon by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (ACSMA).

Parker and Warren are joined on the first team by North Carolina sophomore guard Marcus Paige, Syracuse senior C.J. Fair and Clemson forward K.J. McDaniels.

Duke’s Parker, a 6-foot-8 forward from Chicago, ranks second among ACC scorers at 19.2 points per game and first in rebounding at 9.0 per contest.  Parker carries a 15-game double figure scoring streak into this week’s ACC Tournament, and his 14 “double doubles” in points/rebounds lead the conference.  His 16 games this season with 20 or more points ties for second-most in ACC history.

NC State’s Warren leads the ACC in scoring at 24.8 points per game and in field goal percentage at .532. The 6-foot-8 forward from Durham, N.C., closed the regular season with back-to-back scoring games of 41 and 42 points in wins over Pitt and Boston College. Warren scored at least 20 points in 26 of the 30 games in which he played, and scored more than 30 points on nine occasions.

North Carolina’s Paige is the only ACC player to rank among the conference’s top six in scoring (17.1 ppg) and in assists (4.5). The 6-foot-1 native of Marion, Iowa, has scored 30 plus points twice this season – 32 against Louisville and 35 at NC State – and 20 or more points 10 times.  He ranks second in the ACC in free-throw percentage at .876.

Syracuse’s Fair leads the Orange and ranks seventh among ACC scorers at 16.9 points per game while pulling down 6.2 rebounds per contest. The 6-foot-8 forward from Baltimore, Md., finished the regular season strong with a combined 50 points and 16 rebounds in games against Georgia Tech and Florida State. Fair ranks ninth in the ACC in field goal percentage (.441) and second in minutes played (37.8).

Clemson’s McDaniels leads the ACC in blocked shots at 2.8 per game while ranking fifth in scoring (17.2 ppg) and seventh in rebounding (7.1 rpg). The 6-foot-6 forward from Birmingham, Ala., is bidding to become just the second player in ACC history to lead his team in points, rebounds, 3-point field goals, blocks and steals.

Virginia’s Malcolm Brogdon (12.6 ppg, ACC-leading .893 free-throw percentage), Pitt’s Lamar Patterson (17.6 ppg, 4.5 apg), Syrause’s Tyler Ennis (12.4 ppg, ACC-leading 5.5 assist per game), Duke’s Rodney Hood (16.5 ppg, second in the ACC in 3-point shooting at .425 percent) and North Carolina’s James Michael McAdoo (14.2 ppg, 6.2 rpg) were voted to the second team.

Boston College’s Olivier Hanlan (third in the ACC at 18.6 ppg) was the leading vote-getter on the third team. Hanlan is joined by Virginia’s Joe Harris (11.4 ppg), Miami’s Rion Brown (15.4 ppg), Maryland’s Dez Wells (14.8 ppg) and Georgia Tech’s Daniel Miller 7.9 rpg, 2.5 blocked shots per game).

ACSMA All-ACC Team
(First place votes in parenthesis, followed by total points)

First team
Jabari Parker, Fr.. Duke (77) 231
T.J. Warren, So., NC State (77), 231
Marcus Paige, So., North Carolina (69) 223
C.J. Fair, Sr., Syracuse (47) 200
K.J. McDaniels, Jr. Clemson (46) 199

Second Team
Malcolm Brogdon, So., Virginia (35) 170
Lamar Patterson, Sr. Pitt (10) 158
Tyler Ennis, Fr., Syracuse (13) 156
Rodney Hood, Jr., Duke (4) 148
James Michael McAdoo, Jr., North Carolina (2) 103

Third Team
Olivier Hanlan, So., Boston College (3) 101
Joe Harris, Sr., Virginia (1) 79
Rion Brown, Sr., Miami 52
Dez Wells, Jr., Maryland 45
Daniel Miller, Sr., Georgia Tech 34

Honorable Mention
(10 points or more)
Eric Atkins, Sr., Notre Dame 30
Talib Zanna, Sr., Pitt 28
Aaron Thomas, So., Florida State 27
Akil Mitchell, Sr., Virginia 17
Jerami Grant,So.  Syracuse 15
Ryan Anderson, Jr., Boston College 10

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Maryland F Wells named third team All-ACC by coaches

Posted on 10 March 2014 by WNST Staff

GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Duke’s Jabari Parker, who led the ACC with 14 double-doubles, and the nation’s fourth-leading scorer T.J. Warren of NC State are among first-team honorees on the Coaches All-ACC Basketball Team announced on Monday.

The first-, second- and third-team selections were made by a vote of the league’s 15 head coaches. Balloting took place during the final week of the ACC regular season and was based on regular-season performance.

Parker and Warren were joined on the first team by North Carolina’s Marcus Paige, Syracuse’s C.J. Fair and Virginia’s Malcolm Brogdon.

A freshman hailing from Chicago, Ill., Parker was the lone unanimous selection on the team after coming in at second in the league in scoring (19.2) and first in rebounding (9.0). Parker also holds ACC marks of first in defensive rebounds (6.03), third in field goal percentage (.487) and third in offensive rebounds (3.0).

Warren, a 6-foot-8 forward from Durham, N.C., enters the ACC Tournament as the league’s top scorer (24.8), the second-highest mark in the conference since 2006 and the third highest since 1993. Warren scored in double figures in 29 of 30 games this year and owns the league’s high-water mark with 42 points. In total, Warren had nine 30-plus point games and closed out the regular season with back-to-back 40-point games.

The leading scorer for the Tar Heels this year, Paige followed up his 2013 ACC All-Freshman season with a solid 2014 that saw him average 17.1 points, 4.45 assists and 1.58 steals. In all, Paige ranked in the Top 10 in eight individual categories in the league, including scoring (sixth), assists (fourth), steals (fifth), free throw percentage (second) and 3-pointers made (third).

Fair, who led the Orange in scoring for the second consecutive season, heads into the ACC Tournament with a scoring average of 16.9 points. A senior from Baltimore, Md., Fair ranked ninth in the league in field goal percentage (.441) and 16th in rebounding (6.2).

Brogdon, who returned to the court after missing the 2013 season due to a foot injury, led the Cavaliers to a league-record tying 16 ACC wins and their first outright regular-season title since 1981. A sophomore from Norcross, Ga., Brogdon was UVa’s leading scorer with 12.6 points per game. Brogdon was the league’s only player to score in double figures in each conference game this season.

Syracuse’s Tyler Ennis (12.4 ppg, ACC-leading 5.55 assists), Pitt’s Lamar Patterson (fourth in the ACC at 17.6 ppg), Duke’s Rodney Hood (eighth in the ACC with 16.5 ppg, second in 3-pt percentage), Clemson’s K.J. McDaniels (fifth in the ACC at 17.2 ppg, seventh in rebounding at 7.1) and Virginia’s Joe Harris (11.4 ppg) were voted to the second team.

The third team is comprised of North Carolina’s James Michael McAdoo (14.2 ppg, 6.6 rebs), Boston College’s Olivier Hanlan (third in the ACC at 18.6 ppg), Maryland’s Dez Wells (10th in the ACC at 14.8 ppg), Notre Dame’s Eric Atkins (13.9 ppg, second in the ACC at 4.81 apg) and Miami’s Rion Brown (ninth in the ACC at 15.4 ppg).

2014 Coaches All-ACC First Team (Vote Totals)
*Jabari Parker, Duke (42)
T.J. Warren, NC State (41)
Marcus Paige, North Carolina (40)
C.J. Fair, Syracuse (39)
Malcolm Brogdon, Virginia (35)

2014 Coaches All-ACC Second Team
Tyler Ennis, Syracuse (33)
Lamar Patterson, Pitt (31)
Rodney Hood, Duke (31)
K.J. McDaniels, Clemson (28)
Joe Harris, Virginia (24)

2014 Coaches All-ACC Third Team
James Michael McAdoo, North Carolina (21)
Olivier Hanlan, Boston College (15)
Dez Wells, Maryland (13)
Eric Atkins, Notre Dame (8)
Rion Brown, Miami (8)

Honorable Mention (Four or more votes)
Akil Mitchell, Virginia (7)
Jerami Grant, Syracuse (4)
Pat Connaughton, Notre Dame (4)
Ian Miller, Florida State (4)
Talib Zanna, Pitt (4)

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Maryland women Thomas, Brown pick up more All-ACC honors

Posted on 10 March 2014 by WNST Staff

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Senior Alyssa Thomas was voted to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference First Team for the third straight year and Lexie Brown was voted to the All-ACC Freshman Team by the league’s 15 head coaches Monday.

Starting in 2013, the league separated the coaches and Blue Ribbon Panels votes into separate awards. The Blue Ribbon Panel is made up of school representatives and national and local media. The awards from the Blue Ribbon Panel were released last week.

Thomas is the third player in Maryland history to earn All-ACC honors in each of her four years, following Crystal Langhorne and Marissa Coleman. She made the Second Team as the league’s Freshman of the Year in 2010 and has been on the First Team ever since as the league’s Player of the Year as a sophomore and junior.

This year, Thomas led the Terrapins in scoring with 18.7 point per game, in rebounding with 10.8 rebounds per game and averaged 4.3 assists per game along with Brown. She broke Langhorne’s program record of 2,247 career points with her 24 Friday night vs. North Carolina. She is 12 points from passing Juan Dixon’s school record of 2,269 points.

Thomas picked up an ACC-best 24 double-doubles this year and led the nation with four triple-doubles. She is one of just three players in NCAA history with six or more triple-doubles in her career.

Brown started in 25 of 29 games played for the Terrapins, leading one of the nation’s top offenses. She averaged 9.8 points per game on the year and 10.6 points per game in conference play, as well as 4.3 assists. She finished second among all league players in assist/turnover ratio (2.1). She was named to the Nancy Lieberman Award Watch list for the honor that goes to the nation’s top point guard.

Brown is the 14th player in head coach Brenda Frese’s 12 seasons to make the All-ACC Freshman Team.

The Terrapins are ranked No. 8 in the latest Associated Press poll and No. 5 in the USA Today Coaches poll.

Next, Maryland, who has won eight of its last 10 games, will await its NCAA Tournament berth with the Selection Show Monday, March 17 at 7 p.m. on ESPN.

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Maryland/FSU ACC Tournament game set for noon Thursday

Posted on 10 March 2014 by WNST Staff

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Regular-season champion Virginia will be the top seed for the 61st annual Atlantic Coast Conference Basketball Tournament, which gets under way Wednesday, March 12, at the Greensboro Coliseum.

The Cavaliers (25-6, 16-2), who are seeded No. 1 for the first time since 1981, will join second-seeded Syracuse (27-4, 14-4), third-seeded Duke (24-7, 13-5) and fourth -seeded North Carolina (23-8, 13-5) in earning a double bye into Friday’s quarterfinal round.

The tournament, which for the first time will feature 15 teams and 14 total games, gets under way Wednesday with three first-round contests. No. 12 Wake Forest (16-15, 6-12)  faces No. 13 Notre Dame (15-16, 6-12) at 1 p.m., followed by No. 10 Miami (16-15, 7-11) vs. No. 15 Virginia Tech (9-21, 2-16) at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday’s schedule concludes with a 7 p.m. game between No. 11 Georgia Tech (15-16, 6-12) and No. 14 Boston College (8-23, 4-14).

Thursday’s second-round schedule features four games, beginning with No. 8  Maryland (17-14, 9-9) taking on No. 9 Florida State (18-12, 9-9) at noon. No. 5 Pitt (23-8, 11-7) will face the Wake Forest-Notre Dame winner at 2 p.m., followed by No. 7 NC State (19-12, 9-9) against the Virginia Tech-Miami winner at 7 p.m.  The session concludes with No. 6 Clemson (19-11, 10-8) meeting the Georgia Tech-Boston College winner at 9 p.m.

Thursday’s winners advance to face the tournament’s top four seeds on Friday, when play will again resume at 12 noon.  The semifinals are set for 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday, with the championship tipping on Sunday at 1 p.m. The tournament winner receives the ACC’s automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament.

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Maryland plays final regular season ACC game Sunday against Virginia

Posted on 08 March 2014 by WNST Staff

No. 5 Virginia (25-5, 16-1 ACC) at Maryland (16-14, 8-9 ACC)

Maryland plays its final ACC regular season game in history Sunday at noon as it takes on conference regular season champion No. 5 Virginia. It marks the Terps’ third game against a top-5 opponent in six games.

Watch: CBS – Marv Albert (Play-by-Play), Steve Kerr (Analyst)

Listen: Terrapin Sports Radio Network - Johnny Holliday (Play-by-Play), Chris Knoche (Analyst), Walt Williams(Sideline); Sirius/XM 91

Fans are reminded to account for traffic when driving to the game, as the contest is a sellout!

Storylines

• The Terps have played the Cavaliers more than any school in their program’s history. Maryland is 106-74 in 180 meetings all-time against Virginia, including a formidable 63-24 home mark.

• Sophomore Jake Layman scored 13 points and junior Dez Wells added 11 as the Terps moved to 6-2 at home in ACC play with a 64-47 victory over Virginia Tech Tuesday. It was the first time Maryland has held an ACC opponent under 50 points since defeating Virginia, 66-42, on Jan. 27, 2011 at John Paul Jones Arena.

• Maryland was highly efficient offensively against the Hokies Tuesday, dishing 18 assists and totaling just five turnovers. It was the first time the Terps committed five turnovers or less in a game since Feb. 14, 1998 against top-ranked North Carolina.

• Former Maryland coaching greats Lefty Driesell (1969-86) and Gary Williams (1989-2011) will be in attendance at the game. Driesell totaled 348 victories at Maryland and is a member of the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame, while Williams led Maryland to the 2002 national title and is a finalist for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

• Maryland legends Gary Williams, Lefty Driesell, Tom McMillen, Walt Williams and Juan Dixon will be signing autographs prior to the contest to commemorate the Terps’ final ACC game. Additionally, the first 12,000 fans will receive an ACC timeline poster, and fans can share their favorite ACC memories on an interactive wall.

Maryland Outpaces Virginia Tech, 64-47
Jake Layman came off the bench to score 13 points, and Maryland defeated Virginia Tech under a barrage of 3-pointers in a 64-47 Atlantic Coast Conference victory Tuesday night.
The Terrapins (16-14, 8-9) connected five times from beyond the arc in an 18-5 run that turned a 29-28 halftime deficit into a 12-point lead. If the teams don’t meet in the ACC tournament, Maryland will head to the Big Ten after this season with a five-game winning streak against the Hokies and a 32-10 lead in the series.
Dez Wells began the charge with a three-point play and Nick Faust added a 3-pointer. After Jarell Eddie made two free throws, Seth Allen popped a 3 before Joey van Zegeren scored on a follow — the Hokies’ lone basket in the first 7½ minutes of the second half.

Scouting Virginia
Virginia captured its first outright ACC regular season title since 1981 when it defeated No. 4 Syracuse, 75-56, on March 1. The Cavaliers have climbed to fifth in the Associated Press national poll – their highest ranking in over a decade.
The Cavaliers boast the nation’s best defense, holding opponents to a meager 54.8 points per game. Virginia defeated every ACC team by double-digits at home this season except for Maryland.
Freshman guard London Perrantes is an excellent ball-handler for Virginia, ranking eighth in the nation with a 3.68 assist-to-turnover ratio. Akil Mitchell is eighth in the ACC in rebounds (7.0/g).
Virginia has taken six straight games from Maryland — its longest win streak in the series. Maryland has had winning streaks of 11 straight games (1950-55) and 10 (1972-76).

Last Meeting
Joe Harris scored 19 points and No. 17 Virginia stretched its winning streak to eight games by beating Maryland 61-53 on Feb. 10.
Seth Allen scored 15 points and Dez Wells had 12 for Maryland (14-11, 6-6), which had won three of four at the time.
The play of the game came in the second half when Roddy Peters’ fast break layup was blocked by Justin Anderson with 10:45 remaining. Anderson quickly passed the ball to Harris, who pulled up for a transition 3-pointer to complete the 5-point swing. The basket gave the Cavaliers a 40-35 lead that led to a 9-0 run.

By the Numbers: Maryland in the ACC

  • 1953-54 - Maryland joins the ACC, winning its inaugural basketball game, 53-49, at South Carolina on Dec. 3, 1953
  • 3 - ACC Tournament titles (1958, 1984, 2004). The Terrapins shocked the conference in 2004, having entered the tournament with a 7-9 ACC record.
  • 5 - ACC regular season titles (1975, 1980, 1995, 2002, 2010)
  • 99 - All-ACC Selections, including five ACC POY’s (Albert King, Len Bias (2x), Juan Dixon and Greivis Vasquez)
  • 447 - Wins in ACC regular season play (447-435 overall record)
  • 25 - 20-win seasons during time in ACC, and 24 NCAA Tournament appearances

Pregame Activies/Giveaways Planned for Virginia Game
Maryland athletics has a wide array of pregame activities and giveaways planned for the final regular season ACC game in history against Virginia.
The first 12,000 fans in attendance will receive an incredible ACC commemorative timeline poster that captures the most memorable Terrapin moments over the last six decades. Additionally, the first 4,000 students will be given a free t-shirt courtesy of Force 3.
An autograph session featuring Maryland legends will take place on a first come, first serve basis until 11:30 a.m. Former coaching greats Gary Williams and Lefty Driesell, in addition to Tom McMillen, Walt Williams and Juan Dixon, are scheduled to appear. The autograph area will be held on the third level concourse behind section 207 and 208.
Fans will have the opportunity to take photographs with ACC championship trophies at the top of the escalator stairs on the third level concourse. Fans are also encouraged to recall their most fond ACC moments on the “My Favorite ACC Moment” interactive wall, located on the Gate A side of Heritage Hall.

Big Ten Announces 2014-15 Home/Away Opponents
Maryland’s home and away opponents for its inaugural men’s basketball season in the Big Ten Conference were announced Feb. 28.
The Terps have home dates against five teams that qualified for the NCAA Tournament in 2013: Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Maryland will also host Nebraska, Northwestern, Penn State and Rutgers.
Maryland will play five home-and-home series, featuring Indiana, Michigan State, Nebraska, Penn State and Rutgers. It will also face Illinois, Iowa, Ohio State and Purdue on the road.

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Marland F Thomas named ACC Women’s Player of the Year for third time

Posted on 05 March 2014 by WNST Staff

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Senior Alyssa Thomas of the fifth-ranked Maryland women’s basketball team was named Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year for the third consecutive year by the Blue Ribbon Panel Wednesday. Thomas is just the second player in history to earn the ACC’s top individual honor three times.

Thomas was named ACC Freshman of the Year in 2011, then was named Player of the Year in 2012, 2013 and 2014. Duke’s Alana Beard was named ACC Player of the Year in her sophomore, junior and senior seasons, from 2002 to 2004, after being named Freshman of the Year in 2001. They are the only players in ACC women’s basketball history with four straight individual honors.

Thomas is the fourth player under head coach Brenda Frese to earn the league’s top honor. Maryland (24-5, 12-4 ACC) has won the honor in five of the last seven years with Crystal Langhorne (2008), Kristi Toliver (2009) and Thomas the last three years.

“This is amazing to be honored for the third time in a really tough conference,” Thomas said. “It’s an honor to be in the same company as the people and players I am. I’m just really proud to represent Maryland and want to thank my teammates and coaches over the years. No success comes without them.”

This year, Thomas led the Terrapins in scoring with 18.7 point per game and in rebounding with 10.8 rebounds per game and averaged 4.3 assists per game. She has scored in double figures in 28 of 29 games this year, all consecutive. She is just 14 points from breaking Langhorne’s program record of 2,247 points and 36 points from passing Juan Dixon’s school record of 2,269 points.

“There are a lot of great players in the ACC,” Frese said. “It’s amazing when you have a player win this honor once. Three times in a row, in what is one of the deepest, most competitive conferences is a testament to her place in history.”

“We couldn’t be happier for Alyssa and I think she has more than earned this honor. She’s so humble, she would be the first to credit her terrific teammates for helping her achieve this rare trifecta. When you think about what she does for us every time we play, it’s amazing. From the first time I saw her play, she has always passed one of the crucial tests for what great players are all about- she makes everyone around her better.”

Thomas picked up an ACC-best 23 double-doubles this year and led the nation with four triple-doubles. She is one of just three players in NCAA history with six or more triple-doubles in her career and is one triple-double shy of tying the NCAA career and season records.

Thomas’ jersey was honored in the rafters of Comcast Center Sunday after the Senior Day game vs. Virginia Tech. She is the ninth player in Maryland history honored, joining Langhorne, Toliver, Marissa Coleman, Shay Doron and Laura Harper. The jerseys of Vicky Bullett, Tara Heiss and Jasmina Perazic are all retired.

The Terrapins are ranked No. 8 in the latest Associated Press poll and No. 5 in the USA Today Coaches poll.

Next, third-seeded Maryland will play Friday at 8:00 p.m. in the ACC Tournament Quarterfinals at the Greensboro Coliseum. The Terrapins earned a double-bye as the No. 3 seed. They will play either the 6-seed North Carolina, the 11-seed Wake Forest or the 14-seed Pittsburgh in the Quarterfinals. Wake Forest and Pittsburgh will play at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the First Round, with the winner advancing to play North Carolina Thursday at 8 p.m. in the Second Round.

The Terrapins’ matchup Friday night will be shown on Comcast SportsNet locally, as well as Fox Sports South and more channels across the nation. For other channels and more information on the ACC Tournament, log on to http://www.theacc.com/#!/page/championship_w-baskbl.

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