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Terps Alyssa Thomas Named to Wade Watch List

Posted on 07 February 2012 by WNST Staff

ATLANTA – Sophomore Alyssa Thomas of the eighth-ranked Maryland women’s basketball ball team was added to the 2011-12 State Farm Wade Watch List, the State Farm Wade Trophy Committee announced Tuesday.

The Harrisburg, Pa. native is one of eight players added to the 25-member Preseason Watch List. She is one of four Atlantic Coast Conference players named to the list, joining Florida State’s Cierra Bravard and Miami’s Shenise Johnson and Riquna Williams. Thomas is also one of just six underclassmen to earn a spot.

Thomas is the ACC’s leading scorer with her 17.3 points per game and 19.1 points per contest in league games. The forward leads the ACC with her free throw percentage of .872, is No. 9 in the league in rebounds (7.5), and No. 5 in assist/turnover ratio (1.6).

The Wade Trophy, named after the late, legendary three-time national champion Delta State University head coach Lily Margaret Wade, debuted in 1978 as the first-ever women’s national player of the year award in college basketball. The Wade Trophy Coalition was established in June 2000 when the WBCA partnered with The National Association of Girls and Women in Sport (NAGWS). For the past 10 years the two have worked together to present The State Farm Wade Trophy player of the year award. A committee composed of coaches, administrators and media from across the U.S. selects the winner. For the full Wade Watch List, log on to WBCA.org.

Next, Maryland (20-3, 7-3 ACC) will head south once more this week with a game at Clemson (6-15, 2-8) Thursday at 7 p.m. The Terps-Tigers game can be seen live online for a fee at TigerCast.com.

After Thursday’s game, the Terrapins will return home for a 2:30 p.m. game Sunday vs. No. 6 Miami (20-3, 9-1). It will be the Terps’ annual Play4Kay game to support breast cancer awareness. Breast cancer survivors are invited to come for free and their friends and family can purchase discounted tickets for $1 by emailing Terpsports@umd.edu.

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Maryland Looks For First Road Win Tuesday at Clemson

Posted on 07 February 2012 by WNST Staff

Maryland (13-9, 3-5) at Clemson (11-11, 3-5)
Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012 | 7 p.m. | Clemson, S.C. (Littlejohn Coliseum)
ESPNU | Terrapin Sports Radio Network

  • Maryland travels to Clemson on Tuesday night for a nationally televised contest to be shown on ESPNU. The Terrapins and Tigers are in a tie for seventh place in the Atlantic Coast Conference with 3-5 records. The Terps come into the game having dropped five of their last six, with four of those losses coming to teams receiving votes in the most recent polls. Clemson has lost five of its last seven, with four of those losses having come by four points or less. This meeting is the only one of the regular season between the Terps and Tigers.
  • Senior guard Sean Mosley is one point away from becoming the 50th Terrapin in history with 1,000 career points. He is the first to reach the plateau since Landon Milbourne in the 2009-10 season, when Milbourne and Eric Hayes each reached the mark. Mosley will be one of eight players in Maryland history to combine 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 200 assists and 120 steals, with the last being current New Orleans Hornets guard Greivis Vasquez.
  • Sophomore guard Terrell Stoglin is working on a string of 20 straight games with double figures in points, and a three-game string of games with at least 20 points. He’s hit the 20-point mark 16 times this season, with Maryland being 10-6 in those games. Stoglin is closing on 100 3-pointers in his two-year career and could become only the 16th Terrapin in history with triple figures in “triples.”
  • The Terrapins have six games on the road in the month of February, with the matchup Tuesday at Clemson being the second of those six. Maryland lost at Miami in double overtime on 2/1. The Terrapins are 0-4 this season in road games. Dating back to last season, the Terps have dropped eight straight on the road, with their last victory being a 74-63 win at Georgia Tech on 1/30/2011.

    Scouting the Tigers

  • Clemson is 11-11 and 3-5 in the ACC after a pair of close conference losses last week… The Tigers fell at No.16 Virginia 65-61 last Tuesday and at Virginia Tech 67-65 on Saturday.
  • Senior guard Andre Young leads the Tigers in scoring with a 13.6 points-per-game average, and ranks second in the ACC with a 3.1 assist-to-turnover ratio… Young is second on the team in assists (3.4 apg), with Tanner Smith leading the team and tying for third in the conference with 4.0 apg… Smith, a senior guard, is also contributing 11.1 ppg.
  • Devin Booker is the third Tiger scoring in double figures, coming into Tuesday’s game averaging 10.9 ppg… Booker is shooting 47.9 percent from the field and leads Clemson with 6.7 rebounds per game…
  • Freshman forward KJ McDaniels joins Booker in the frontcourt and is coming off a 14-point, 5-rebound, 5-block performance against Virginia Tech.

    Upcoming

    Maryland has back-to-back road games at Clemson (2/7) and Duke (2/11) before coming home to face Boston College on 2/16… Five of Maryland’s final eight games are on the road…

    Maryland has four games remaining against nationally ranked teams, including the 2/11 matchup with Duke, two games (away on 2/18 and home on 3/4) against Virginia and a 2/29 return match at North Carolina.

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Same Old Story For Terps in Loss to Carolina

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Same Old Story For Terps in Loss to Carolina

Posted on 04 February 2012 by Glenn Clark

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — While I don’t think University of Maryland guard Terrell Stoglin has ever uttered the exact words before, they sounded particularly familiar.

“We came short again from getting that signature win.”

If Stoglin has never uttered some a combination of words before, I know for sure that I have. I’d be willing to guess that Terrapins fans throughout the Baltimore and Washington areas and across the country have said either the exact combination of words or at least something remarkably similar.

Maryland was predictably “almost there” in their 83-74 loss to the University of North Carolina Saturday at Comcast Center. The Terps (13-9, 3-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) had a second half lead and never appeared to be out of it, but couldn’t muster up enough to knock off the #5 Tar Heels (20-3, 7-1 ACC) and give head coach Mark Turgeon his first marquee victory since replacing the legendary Gary Williams.

One of the culprits this time was offensive rebounds, as 19 second chances (on 39 missed field goals) became 18 second chance points for UNC. On the other side, Maryland had just 13 second chance opportunities (on 36 missed field goals) and converted those into just 12 second chance points.

“I know I’m going to watch the tape and probably be disappointed in our effort on the glass, (which) is something I’m on these guys about” Turgeon said after the loss. “I’ve never had more trouble getting a team to be more physical on box outs. We’ve worked on it, we talk about it, we work on it every day.”

Another culprit was Maryland’s inability to turn turnovers into points, as 14 Carolina turnovers resulted in just 11 Maryland points while 13 Maryland turnovers lead to 18 Carolina points.

As I feel like I’ve said before, they were very close to beating a quality opponent. They just weren’t quite good enough. Even Turgeon suggested in his body language (and a few uncharacteristic short answers) that this close call was a bit more frustrating than some of the other near-misses they’ve had against good teams this season.

It feels like a broken record. Much like in losses to Duke, Florida State, Tempe and Illinois earlier in the season; the Terrapins were in no ways blown off the floor by a superior opponent. They played at times exactly the way they needed to play in order to win games, but they just managed to let it slip away during a stretch where they got away from what makes them good.

“(We) had a stretch in the second half where we couldn’t get into anything” Turgeon said. “(Guard) Pe’Shon (Howard) was on the bench. (We) just didn’t look like we could get into anything, and when (North Carolina C/F Tyler) Zeller was out I thought we could’ve made a run.”

This is exactly the scenario that allowed what was once a 48-39 Maryland lead in the second to become a 50-50 tie in less than five minutes of game play.

Maryland is a good team. Well, they’re at least an improving team. They’re certainly better than the team that was blown out by both Alabama and Iona in the 5-hour Energy Puerto Rico Tip-Off in November. They’re just not going to be good enough to make any sort of imprint before the end of the season.

They’re not going to get into the NCAA Tournament, but we already knew that. They’re probably not going to make much of a charge in the ACC Tournament. They’re likely to find themselves on the outside looking in at even the NIT. They still have four games left against ranked teams (home and home against Virginia, games at Duke and North Carolina); but it is still hard to imagine this team improving enough to do more than perhaps steal one of two against the Cavaliers, and that’s honestly a best case scenario.

It will be tough for this team to show marked progress before the end of Turgeon’s first season, but it doesn’t make Maryland basketball a hopeless cause.

In fact, Turgeon probably said it best again after the loss.

“Obviously we’d like to win a couple more. We went to the wire the other night (in a 2OT loss to Miami), great comeback, great effort, really proud of our guys but we lost. Today we competed against the #5/#6 team in the country, great home crowd, lot of fun. I don’t look at 3-5. I really don’t. I’m going to look at the film and see how I can make them better.”

He then wrapped with this.

“You know what I need to do tonight to make myself feel better is pop in the Radford tape (the last game the team played before C Alex Len returned from suspension) and then pop in this tape to see how much better we’ve gotten in a little over a month. The kids are growing up, our preparation is better. We’re just not there yet.”

He’s right.

-G

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Terps Tangle With Top 5 Tar Heels Saturday

Posted on 03 February 2012 by WNST Staff

#5/6 North Carolina (19-3, 6-1) at Maryland (13-8, 3-4)
Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012 | 4 p.m. | Comcast Center
ESPN / ESPN3 | Terrapin Sports Radio Network

  • Maryland plays host to North Carolina in a late-afternoon matchup at Comcast Center. The Terrapins (13-8, 3-4) are in seventh place in the Atlantic Coast Conference and will be facing a Tar Heel squad (19-3, 6-1) tied for first place in the league. UNC comes to Comcast Center on a four-game winning streak, including a 68-53 win at Wake Forest on Tuesday.
  • The Terrapins are coming off a 90-86 double-OT loss on Wednesday at Miami. The game was Maryland’s first overtime contest in 59 outings, with the last extra-session contest being a 104-100 double-overtime win at Virginia Tech on 2/27/2010. The Terps did not play an overtime game during the 2010-11 season.
  • Sophomore guard Terrell Stoglin scored a career-high 33 points Wednesday at Miami, his third 30-point effort of the season. He scored 11 points in the overtime after scoring 18 in the second half. Maryland rallied from a 62-46 deficit in the final seven minutes, and erased a nine-point deficit in the last 3:13 of regulation to send the game into overtime. He is 4th in the nation in scoring through Thursday’s games.
  • Stoglin continues to lead the ACC in scoring with a 21.8 points-per-game average. He also continues as the only player in the conference averaging above 20 points per game. Stoglin has also consistently stayed in the top 10 in scoring nationally, coming into the Miami game sixth in the nation. No other player in the ACC has more than one 30-point game this season, while his 15 games with at least 20 points is almost double anyone else in the league. Coming into the 2011-12 season, Stoglin’s previous career-high was a 28-point effort last season at North Carolina.
  • Senior guard Sean Mosley is 12 points away from becoming the 50th Terrapin to reach the 1,000-point plateau in his career. That achievement opens a window for him to be in the discussion as one of the most versatile Terrapins ever. He would become the eighth player in Maryland history to earn 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 200 assists and 120 steals in his career.
  • Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon has a long-standing connection with North Carolina head coach Roy Williams. Turgeon was an assistant coach at Kansas under Williams for four seasons (1988-89 through 1991-92), including the 1991 season when Kansas was the national runner-up.
  • Center Alex Len scored 11 points Wednesday against Miami, hitting 4 of 6 shots from the floor and 3 of 4 from the free-throw line. It was Len’s first game scoring in double figures in the last seven outings. Len had four blocked shots against the Hurricanes, the most by a Terrapin this season. In seven league games, the Ukranian freshman has 16 blocks, ranking third with a 2.3 bpg average in the league.
  • Maryland has won two of the last three and four of the last six in the series with Tar Heels. The Terps lost 87-76 in the Smith Center in their only meeting last season. The Terps won 92-71 on 2/7/2010 in the last meeting in Comcast Center.

    Scouting the Tar Heels

  • North Carolina is 19-3 and 6-1 in the ACC, having won 13 of its last 14 games… The Tar Heels are ranked fifth in the nation in the Associated Press Poll and sixth in the Coaches Poll.
  • Averaging 84.1 points per game, North Carolina possesses the top scoring offense in the nation and is winning by an average margin of 17.5 ppg, tops in the ACC and fourth in the country… The Tar Heels lead the conference in several statistical categories, including rebounding margin (plus-11.8 pg), blocked shots (6.5 pg) and assists (18.1 pg), while ranking second in field goal percentage (.471), field goal percentage defense (.384), steals (7.6 pg) and turnover margin (plus-1.82 pg).
  • Sophomore forward Harrison Barnes lead the team and ranks third in the ACC in scoring at 17.3 ppg, while 7-footer Tyler Zeller is contributing 15.0 ppg and 9.7 rpg… 6-foot-11 junior John Henson gives North Carolina more size and experience in the post, with Henson leading the team in rebounding (10.0 rpg) and ranking third in scoring (14.2 ppg)… Henson also leads the conference with 3.3 blocks per game.
  • Sophomore Kendall Marshall is one of the top point guards in the nation, averaging 9.5 assists per game with a 3.5 assist-to-turnover ratio, marks that are both second in the country.

    Upcoming

    Maryland has back-to-back road games at Clemson (2/7) and Duke (2/11) before coming home to face Boston College on 2/16… Five of Maryland’s final eight games are on the road…

    The matchup with UNC is one of five games to be played against nationally ranked teams in the Terrapins’ last nine games of the regular season.

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New ACC Scheduling Means More Pitt, Less Duke for Maryland

Posted on 03 February 2012 by WNST Staff

Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (theACC.com) - Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner John Swofford announced today the future scheduling formats as approved by the ACC’s Faculty Athletic Representatives and Athletics Directors.

The announcement was made following the annual ACC Winter Meetings and will go in effect once Pittsburgh and Syracuse become playing members in the conference.

“We have been engaged in discussions on the various options for integrating Pitt and Syracuse since early fall,” said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. “It’s a tremendous tribute to the leadership at our schools that we will be able to seamlessly add Pitt and Syracuse at the appropriate time when they become full playing members.”

A breakdown of the future scheduling models include:

Football:
The Atlantic and Coastal divisions will remain the same with Syracuse joining the Atlantic and Pitt joining the Coastal. The current primary crossover partners will remain consistent with Syracuse and Pitt becoming primary crossover partners with each other.

When Pitt and Syracuse join the ACC, the league will play a nine-game conference schedule. The format will consist of each team playing all six in its division each year, plus its primary crossover partner each year and two rotating opponents from the opposite division. This six-year cycle allows each team to play each divisional opponent and its primary crossover partner six times (three home and three away) while also playing each rotating crossover opponent two times (one home and one away).

Men’s and Women’s Basketball:
As previously announced, the ACC will play an 18-game conference schedule beginning in 2012-13.

When Pitt and Syracuse join, each school will have one primary partner (Boston College and Syracuse; Clemson and Georgia Tech; Duke and North Carolina; Florida State and Miami; Maryland and Pitt; NC State and Wake Forest; Virginia and Virginia Tech).

The scheduling model will be based on a three-year cycle during which teams will play every league opponent at least once with the primary partners playing home and away annually while the other 12 rotate in groups of four: one year both home and away; one year at home only; and one year away only. Over the course of the three-year cycle primary partners play a total of six times and all other conference opponents play four times.

The format allows each program to see opponents with more regularity and creates an increase in competitive balance throughout the teams. It was determined that all 14 league members will continue to compete in the ACC Men’s and Women’s Tournaments and a decision on the Tournament formats will be announced at a later date.

Olympic Sports:
All team sports will continue to play each conference team at least once during the regular season. Baseball is the only exception as they currently don’t play all conference opponents.

The league will continue to sponsor an ACC Championship event in all sports. The only exception will be volleyball, which will continue to recognize its champion from regular-season play.

The conference will sponsor an ACC Championship in the sport of gymnastics. There are currently three institutions that sponsor gymnastics (Maryland, North Carolina and NC State) and with the addition of Pitt, the ACC will have four programs, the necessary number in the league’s bylaws to host a conference championship. The ACC previously sponsored a conference championship in gymnastics in 1984.

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Maryland Looks For First ACC Road Win Wednesday at Miami

Posted on 01 February 2012 by WNST Staff

Maryland (13-7, 3-3) at Miami (12-7, 3-3)
Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012 | 8 p.m. | Miami, Fla.
ACC Network (WNUV 54 in Charm City) | Terrapin Sports Radio Network

  • Maryland begins a road-heavy February with a trip to south Florida to face Miami. The matchup features a pair of teams in a three-way tie for sixth place in the Atlantic Coast Conference with 3-3 records prior to Tuesday’s games (Clemson is the third team at 3-3). The Terrapins face six road games in the month of February against only three home contests, including a return match against the Hurricanes on Feb. 21.
  • The Terrapins snapped a three-game losing streak with a 73-69 victory last Saturday against Virginia Tech. Sophomore guard Terrell Stoglin scored 21 of his 28 points in the second half to lead the Terrapins and post his 14th 20-point game of the season. Maryland is 10-4 when Stoglin scores 20 points or more in a game. Stoglin is sixth in the nation in scoring through last Sunday’s games with a 21.3 ppg average. He is one of only 14 players who were averaging 20 points or better in the Division I statistics.
  • Senior guard Sean Mosley added 15 points against the Hokies on Saturday, including a 5-for-5 performance at the foul line. Mosley is now 19 points away from becoming the 50th Terrapin in history with 1,000 career points. He is in line to become only the eighth Terrapin in history to combine 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 200 assists and 120 steals in a career. He hit the 3,000-minute plateau with his 32-minute effort on Saturday against Virginia Tech.
  • The schedule also stiffens in terms of competition for the Terrapins from this point on, as only three of Maryland’s final 10 games are against teams above 70 in the RPI. Five games are against nationally ranked teams down the stretch.

    Scouting the Hurricanes

  • After winning back-to-back conference road games, Miami is 12-7 this season with a 2-2 mark in the ACC… Under the direction of Jim Larranaga, who is in his first season at Miami after a 14-year stint at George Mason, the Hurricanes have an 8-2 home record.
  • Senior guard Malcolm Grant leads the team in scoring with 13.2 ppg and is one of four Hurricanes averaging double figures… Junior guard Durand Scott (12.6 ppg), junior forward/center Kenny Kadji (12.5 ppg) and junior center Reggie Johnson (10.1 ppg) are the others… Grant also ranks sixth in the ACC in 3-point FG percentage (.347) and as a team, the Hurricanes are second in the conference (.368).
  • Johnson, who earned All-ACC honorable mention accolades a year ago after averaging 11.9 points per game and 9.6 rebounds per game, leads the team in rebounding again with 6.7 rpg… Kadji, a 6-foot-11 native of Cameroon, has a team-high 35 blocks including 3.0 bpg in conference play.

    Upcoming

  • Following the trip to Miami on 2/1, the Terps then return home to face nationally ranked North Carolina on 2/4…

    The Terps will then play five of their next seven on the road… Maryland has only three home games and six road contests in February.

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Terps Have Fun, Hustle, Make Good Things Happen in Win Over Hokies

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Terps Have Fun, Hustle, Make Good Things Happen in Win Over Hokies

Posted on 28 January 2012 by Glenn Clark

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — University of Maryland men’s basketball coach Mark Turgeon believed that despite entering Saturday’s game against Virginia Tech at the Comcast Center on a three game losing streak his team had been playing much better.

In looking for a message his team could use to turn solid play into actual victories, he channeled a coaching icon.

“My line today (and I’ll give my wife and mother in law credit-my mother in law went to Penn State), Joe Paterno said (in an article) ‘hustle and good things happen’” Turgeon said after Saturday’s game. “So my thought for the day yesterday was ‘have fun, hustle and good things will happen. That was kind of our approach for the last two days. ‘Try to have fun, hustle, and good things will happen’ and it did for us.”

The Terrapins’ 73-69 win over Virginia Tech will never be viewed as iconic itself, but the message was clearly effective. The Terps (13-7, 3-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) hustled out to a 32-19 halftime lead over the Hokies (12-9, 1-5 ACC), then had fun as they held on for the victory-a very good thing after setbacks at Florida State and Temple then at home Wednesday night to Duke.

Turgeon said the aftermath of the lost in Tallahassee sparked a turnaround in his team which finally delivered a victorious result.

“I started getting after them after we lost to Florida State because I didn’t think we played well down there, especially in the second half-we were doing the same things” Turgeon said after the win. “They went in the shower after that game just laughing and joking-and it’s not that way. I say I don’t care about winning and losing, but (Maryland players) know better than that.”

“We talked about giving more and preparing harder, doing what you’re doing and being a better teammate” Turgeon added.

After tough losses to the Owls and Blue Devils, the Terrapins’ improved play finally got them into the win column Saturday. The win came thanks largely to sophomore guard Terrell Stoglin, who again lead the team in scoring with 28 points. Most importantly, Stoglin drilled four 2nd half three-pointers as VT attempted to seize momentum.

“He’s got a will to win” Turgeon said. “He hit those back-to-back three’s for us and those were huge.”

Even bigger was a step-back three Stoglin hit with 2:45 left in the game after the Hokies’ had trimmed Maryland’s lead all the way down to five points.

“I just felt they had the momentum” Stoglin said. “I just wanted to make a bucket. I initially wanted to go to the basket but I saw (the defender) was off me, so I just went to pull up. I was really confident in that shot. You get that feeling. They had the momentum, I just wanted to stop it. That’s all it was. I just concentrated on my shot. I knew it was a big shot for my team, I wanted to take it.”

Turgeon’s Paterno-esque message was delivered after what he described as a week where his team (between practice, meetings and games) gave him four good days out of five. Stoglin said the message included a defensive stress.

“He told us after the Duke game he felt our effort was there but it could have been more. He just told us that he wanted our defense to be there tonight and it was.”

“It has been pretty intense and I think that you can see that” Turgeon concurred. “I think you see a team that really cares about each other. Our preparation for the last three games has been off the charts, and this one has by far been the best. It showed by the way we defended and our preparation. I don’t want to brag about them too much because we’ve had three games in one week and we lost two of them, (but) it’s a lot more fun to be around and it’s a lot more fun to coach.”

Beating Virginia Tech by no means puts Maryland back on track to reach the NCAA Tournament, but it is quite possibly the positive step needed to get a team back on track during an unforgiving conference schedule.

Perhaps the message should stay the same. If Maryland continues to have fun and hustle, you’d assume more good things would happen.

-G

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Maryland Tries To Snap Losing Streak Saturday Against Va Tech

Posted on 28 January 2012 by WNST Staff

Virginia Tech (12-8, 1-4) at Maryland (12-7, 2-3)
Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012 | 2:30 p.m. | Comcast Center
ACC Network-WNUV 54 in Baltimore | Terrapin Sports Radio Network

  • Maryland will look to put an end to its three-game losing streak when it plays at home in a Saturday matinee matchup with Virginia Tech. The Terrapins are tied for sixth in the Atlantic Coast Conference standings with a 2-3 record. The Hokies were in 11th after opening league play at 1-4.
  • The Terrapins lost both games against Virginia Tech last season, losing 74-57 at home in January and 91-83 in Blacksburg in February. Maryland still holds a 27-10 edge in the all-time series.
  • Senior guard Sean Mosley continues to climb a number of career charts for the Terrapins. He is 34 points away from becoming the 50th Terrapin in history with 1,000 career points and has already become the 40th Terp with at least 500 rebounds. Mosley has 2,971 career minutes on the floor for the Terps (22nd all-time) and will soon become the 21st Terrapin with at least 3,000 minutes. Mosley is 16th on the career steals list with 133 and a start Saturday against Virginia Tech will be his 96th, tying him for 17th on Maryland’s all-time list. He is in line to become only the eighth Terrapin in history to combine 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 200 assists and 120 steals in a career.
  • Sophomore guard Terrell Stoglin posted his 17th consecutive game in double figures in points with a team-high 16 against Duke on Wednesday night. Stoglin now averages 20.9 points per game, best in the Atlantic Coast Conference (Harrison Barnes of North Carolina was at 17.4 before Thursday’s game at home against NC State.) With a third of the season remaining, Stoglin could end up pushing some Maryland school records for a sophomore. Tom McMillen averaged 21.2 points per game in 1972 and only three Maryland sophomores have averaged 20 ppg (McMillen, Joe Smith with 20.8 in 1995 and John Lucas with 20.1 in 1974). Stoglin is also closing on the sophomore mark for 3-pointers in a season, with his 48 in striking distance of the 64 made by Greivis Vasquez in 2008.
  • Following the matinee tilt with the Hokies, Maryland plays a number of its remaining games on the road. The Terps are home only three times in February, but hit the road for six ACC games. North Carolina will pay a visit to Comcast Center on Saturday, Feb. 4 in a game now slated to be carried on ESPN.
  • The Terps’ schedule is difficult the rest of the way. Of their 10 games remaining in the regular season following the meeting with Virginia Tech, the Terps play five nationally ranked teams (home-and-home with North Carolina, home-and-home with Virginia and the annual trip to Duke).Scouting the Hokies
  • After a 70-68 home loss to BYU Wednesday night, Virginia Tech has a 12-8 record on the season… The Hokies have dropped five of the last six and have a 1-4 mark in the conference, with the lone win coming at 15th-ranked Virginia last Sunday.
  • The Hokies have been stingy defensively, allowing opponents to just 60.5 ppg and 39.3 percent shooting… They’ve been especially good on the perimeter, holding opposing teams to 25.1 percent shooting from 3-point range, a mark that leads the conference. In their win at Virginia, Tech held the Cavaliers to 45 points.
  • Though they haven’t reached the 70-point plateau in the last seven games (2-5 over that span), the Hokies are 8-0 when they do score 70 or more… Junior guard Erick Green is the top offensive threat, averaging 15.8 ppg on 48.1 percent shooting… Green also has a team-high 56 assists to just 30 turnovers, with his 1.9 assist-to-turnover ratio ranking fifth in the ACC.
  • Senior guard Dorenzo Hudson is the second-leading scorer, averaging 11.8 ppg, while freshman forward Dorian Finney-Smith is the Hokies’ top rebounder with 7.3 rpg… 6-foot-7 swingman Jarell Eddie has made 36 of 73 (.493) 3-pointers this season.

    Upcoming

    Following a trip to Miami on 2/1, the Terps then return home to face nationally ranked North Carolina on 2/4… Note that the North Carolina game will also be televised only on ESPN.

    The Terps will then play five of their next seven on the road… Maryland has only three home games and six road contests in February.

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Turgeon Says Maryland Improving After Duke Loss…Trouble Is He’s Right

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Turgeon Says Maryland Improving After Duke Loss…Trouble Is He’s Right

Posted on 26 January 2012 by Glenn Clark

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — It was a fitting night for the Comcast Center floor to be dedicated as Gary Williams Court Wednesday.

Fitting because the atmosphere on campus at the University of Maryland was reminiscent to many nights during the 22 years Williams patrolled the sidelines for the Terrapins before retiring. The stands at the school’s nearly ten year old arena were absolutely rocking with Maryland students and no seats to be had. Students began chanting before the game and remained a factor almost until the game was over.

Unfortunately for the team inherited by Mark Turgeon, the performance on the newly dedicated floor was also fitting for a team that hasn’t really been good enough since Williams left.

The Terps hung in against the eighth ranked Duke University Blue Devils for much of the game, even leading 47-46 midway through the second half. But the Devils (17-3, 5-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) would double up the Terps (12-7, 2-3 ACC) the rest of the way en route to a 74-61 victory. Sophomore guard Terrell Stoglin would again lead the Terps in scoring (16 points), but the Terps would again fail to offer significant help on the offensive end (guard Pe’Shon Howard was next with just ten points). Struggles from beyond the arc (4-13) and the free throw line (11-21) continued to doom a team that lacks enough ability elsewhere to overcome such struggles.

A third straight overall loss for the Terps, it was eerily similar to the defeats suffered at both Florida State University at Temple University last week. They played well enough for a good stretch of the game but their problems ultimately caught up to them against an opponent of either similar or superior ability. They’re pretty good…just not quite good enough.

Mired in a funk after back to back conference wins, Turgeon attempted to put a positive spin on the loss postgame.

“I thought our team battled well and think we had a game plan and we stuck to it and it kept us around” Turgeon said. “We’re getting better. If you could have been in Puerto Rico (for the 5-Hour Energy Puerto Rico Tip-Off), you would have never thought that we could play like we’re playing right now. So, we’re getting there.”

It sounds a lot like coach speak, but it’s actually quite honest. Of course, that’s really the biggest problem facing this Maryland team as constructed.

The difficulty with judging Turgeon’s first season in College Park is that struggles were to be expected. Even after getting Howard back from a foot injury that cost him the first nine games of the season and adding freshman C Alex Len after serving a ten game suspension for eligibility issues, this Maryland team remains uncomfortably thin. Their big bodies aren’t big enough to neutralize talented frontcourts (23 points and 12 rebounds for Mason Plumlee Wednesday night a glaring example) and none of their players in the backcourt have a dangerous enough inside-outside game to truly open things up for anyone else.

They’re trying to win without really having the horses to win. Perhaps that’s where Turgeon deserves the most credit.

The new coach has done everything he can to get players to stick to a game plan, improve defensively and get after the basketball. In losses to Alabama and Iona in San Juan, Maryland did very little of what they needed to do in order to win and were on the wrong end of blowouts.

Over the course of the last nine days, the Terrapins have shown in stretches that they can do all of the little things they need to do to win. But in the stretches where those good habits have disappeared, better teams have been able to walk away with victories in three games.

Turgeon attempted to sum it up after the loss.

“There are still four-minute stretches where we aren’t making a field goal, and that is not going to beat good teams. That happens, when we’re good offensively, we’re good. But we have stretches where we don’t make free throws too. It wears you out and you can’t keep up. In the end, our defense wasn’t quite good enough and rebounding wasn’t quite good enough, neither was our free throw shooting. But our effort was tremendous and I’m really proud of the guys.”

This is the issue. Maryland isn’t a “bad” team. They’re just a team that isn’t quite good enough to be able to win games against good teams. Five such games (two against North Carolina, two against Virginia and the trip to Cameron Indoor Stadium) remain on the schedule, and the other six conference games aren’t cupcakes.

They ARE better. It’s just that there’s not enough time left in this season for that progress to truly equal results. Maryland fans hope to have something to hang their hat on about this team this season, but it’s not likely to come.

Turgeon was going to need time to fully show progress and he still will. A stunning upset of Duke might have been enough to garner favor for until the 2012-2013 season tipped off. Similarly a stunning upset of UNC would do the same.

Unfortunately for Maryland fans, those achievements aren’t likely to be realized. It doesn’t mean Turgeon hasn’t done a nice job in his first season.

They’re better. They’re just not quite good enough.

-G

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Maryland Hosts Duke Wednesday After Gary Williams Court Dedication

Posted on 25 January 2012 by WNST Staff

#8/6 Duke (16-3, 4-1) at Maryland (12-6, 2-2)
Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012 | 9 p.m. | Comcast Center
ESPN / ESPN3 | Terrapin Sports Radio Network

Maryland puts an eight-game home winning streak on the line in a battle with 6th-ranked Duke at Comcast Center. The Terrapins are tied for fifth place in the Atlantic Coast Conference with a 2-2 record, having won both games at home and lost both games on the road. The Blue Devils are ranked sixth in the coaches’ poll, eighth in the AP poll and are in a three-way tie with NC State and Florida State atop the league with a 4-1 mark. Both the Wolfpack and Seminoles have beaten the Terps this season.

Tonight’s game marks the public ceremony for the dedication of the Comcast Center court for longtime men’s head coach Gary Williams. Pregame ceremonies are scheduled to begin around 8:45 p.m. Tipoff is scheduled for 9:06 p.m.

Maryland will be attempting to snap a three-game losing streak to Duke, having dropped all three games with the Blue Devils last season (including the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament). The Terrapins’ last win over the Blue Devils was a 79-72 triumph on 3/3/2010 in Comcast Center. Duke has also won nine of the last 10 in the series.

Senior guard Sean Mosley is closing on a number of milestones in his Maryland career. Long noted for his all-around versatility, Mosley could become one of only eight Terps in school history to record 1,000 points (now with 960), 500 rebounds (now with 513), 200 assists (now with 232) and 120 steals (now with 132). A full chart of the previous seven players to have this combination is on page 3.

Sophomore guard Terrell Stoglin continues to lead the ACC in scoring with a 21.2 points-per-game average. Stoglin now has a league-best 13 games with at least 20 points, with the Terrapins going 9-4 in those games. He ranked fifth in the nation in scoring through Sunday’s games.

Scouting the Blue Devils

Duke, the sixth-ranked team in the country, is 16-3 overall and 4-1 in the ACC… The Blue Devils are coming off their first conference loss, a 76-73 home defeat to Florida State that snapped a 45-game home winning streak.

Freshman Austin Rivers earned his fourth ACC Rookie of the Week honor last week and leads the team in scoring at 14.4 ppg… Rivers is one of three Blue Devils shooting at least 40 percent from 3-point range – Rivers is hitting at a .400 mark, junior guard Andre Dawkins is shooting .419 and junior forward Ryan Kelly is shooting .460.

Duke leads the ACC and in field-goal percentage (.492) and 3-point field-goal percentage (.409), marks that respectively rank 13th and seventh nationally… The Blue Devils are also first in the ACC with 8.2 3-point FGs per game – in addition to Rivers, Dawkins and Kelly, junior guard Seth Curry has made 32 of 83 (.386) 3-pointers this season.

Those four, along with junior forward Mason Plumlee, are all averaging double figures in scoring… Plumlee is shooting 61 percent from the field, averaging 11.2 ppg and 9.3 rebounds per game, which ranks third in the conference.

Upcoming

The Terrapins returns home for two games, playing host to Duke on Wednesday, 1/25 on the night when Gary Williams Court is dedicated and Virginia Tech on Saturday, 1/28…

Following a trip to Miami on 2/1, the Terps then return home to face nationally ranked North Carolina on 2/4…

The Terps will then play five of their next seven on the road… Maryland has only three home games and six road contests in February.

Gary Williams Court

University President Wallace Loh announced in September 2011 the floor at Comcast Center would be dedicated in Gary Williams’ name. The unveiling occurred at a private event on Monday, with the public unveiling coming in pregame ceremonies on Wednesday.

  • Williams retired from Maryland with a 461-252 record in 22 seasons, as the winningest coach in school history.
  • He took Maryland to two Final Fours, including the NCAA national championship in 2002.
  • Maryland made 14 NCAA Tournament appearances, reaching the Sweet Sixteen seven times. Eleven of those trips came in consecutive seasons, ranging from 1994 through 2004.
  • Williams was national coach of the year in 2002 and ACC Coach of the Year in 2002 and 2010.
  • When he retired, Williams was fifth among active coaches at the time with a 668-330 (.637) record overall in 33 seasons.
  • Williams has been involved with a number of development initiatives across campus, including serving as co-chair of the scholarship portion of the Great Expectations campaign.

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