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Maryland finishes Barclays Center Classic play with LIU Brooklyn game Friday

Posted on 16 November 2012 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland plays its final game of the Barclays Center Classic on Friday when LIU Brooklyn visits Comcast Center. The Terps are coming off a 67-45 win over Morehead State, which along with Kentucky and LIU Brooklyn made up the four-team field of the Classic.

Storyline

• A balanced scoring effort led Maryland to its 22-point victory over Morehead State, which marked the 36th consecutive home opener the Terps have won. Nick Faust scored a game-high 12 points and Alex Len added 11 points and seven rebounds. Of the 10 players who received double-digit minutes, nine of them scored and seven tallied six points or more.

• The Terps were also able to show off their depth against Morehead State – Len logged the most minutes of any player with 24, and 10 players saw at least 13 minutes. That helped enable a strong defensive effort that held Morehead State to 31.7 percent shooting and just 7.1 percent from 3-point. Meanwhile, Maryland responded from a 33.3 percent-shooting effort against Kentucky to shoot 48.9 percent against the Eagles, including a .609 mark in the second half.

• Len has been Maryland’s most impactful player early on, with averages of 17 points and 9.5 rebounds per game. The 7-foot-1 center has added more than 30 pounds of muscle to his frame since arriving at Maryland in addition to adding range to his jump shot, and he has a team-high seven blocks.

• Len is one of four key returnees from last season, along with senior James Padgett, junior Pe’Shon Howard and sophomore Nick Faust. Howard is averaging 6 assists per game, while Faust is second on the team in scoring at 11.5 points per game and Padgett is third at 9.5.


Quick Hitters

• Maryland’s 22-point margin of victory over Morehead State matched its largest in all of last season (vs. Samford).

• After Morehead State cut Maryland’s lead to 10 points with 13:21 remaining, Maryland went on a 16-3 run over the next 5:28 to put the game out of reach. Six different players contributed a field goal to that run, including 3-pointers by Logan Aronhalt and Dez Wells.

• Maryland is outscoring its opponents by an average of 14.5 points per game when Alex Len is on the floor (plus-6 vs. Kentucky, plus-23 vs. Morehead State). Seth Allen is next highest at plus-9.0.

• Against Morehead State, the Terps made more free throws (17) than the Eagles attempted (8).


Who’s Next?

• Head coach Mark Turgeon and his staff signed a consensus top-20 recruiting class this season with freshmen Seth Allen, Shaquille Cleare, Jake Layman and Charles Mitchell.
The influx of talent gives Maryland the opportunity to extend a streak of being recognized for having talented young players in the program – for three years in a row, a Terp has been on the ACC All-Freshman Team. Prior to Nick Faust last year, Terrell Stoglin was honored in 2011 and Jordan Williams was honored in 2010.


Force on the Boards

• The Terps have built advantages on the boards in each of their first two games this season. Maryland outrebounded Kentucky 54-38, a plus-16 margin that marks the schools best performance against a ranked team since outrebounding No. 10 Wake Forest by a plus-20 margin on Feb. 17, 2003.

• Maryland outrebounded Morehead State, 40-32, and through two games is averaging a plus-12 margin on the boards. Alex Len and Charles Mitchell are the biggest factors in that, as each are averaging 9.5 rebounds per game.

• Len has nine offensive rebounds, Mitchell has eight and the Terps are averaging 21.5 offensive rebounds per game. North Carolina (23.0) is the only ACC school averaging more.
Mitchell made an impressive debut by grabbing 10 rebounds in his first career game, against No. 3 Kentucky. That’s the most rebounds by a Maryland freshman in his debut since Buck Williams had 13 against Bucknell in 1978. Williams went on to lead the ACC in rebounding that year (10.8 pg) en route to capturing ACC Rookie of the Year honors.
Two of the better rebounders in recent memory, Joe Smith and Jordan Williams, didn’t reach double-digit boards until their third and fourth games, respectively.

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Terps open hoops season Friday against defending champs Kentucky in Brooklyn

Posted on 08 November 2012 by WNST Staff

BROOKLYN, N.Y. - Maryland opens its 2012-13 season against defending national champion and third-ranked Kentucky Friday night at 8:30 on ESPN. The game will be played in the brand new Barclays Center, which opened in September and is the home of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets.

Storyline

• The Terps return four key players from last season’s 17-15 squad: guards Nick Faust and Pe’Shon Howard, center Alex Len and forward James Padgett, and welcome a freshman class that was ranked in the top 20 nationally. Maryland also added two transfers who are eligible to play immediately in Dez Wells and Logan Aronhalt. Wells, who on Wednesday was cleared to play by the NCAA, is an athletic, physical and versatile guard. The sophomore averaged 9.8 points per game and 4.9 rebounds per game for Xavier last year. Aronhalt is a proven scorer that netted 1,100 points in his career at Albany.

• The addition of freshmen Charles Mitchell and Shaquille Cleare provide bulk and depth to the frontcourt, Jake Layman has the versatility to play small or power forward, and guard Seth Allen adds to the backcourt. Allen was the high scorer in Maryland’s lone exhibition with 16 points, while also adding five assists and five steals without committing a turnover. Mitchell had a game-high 15 rebounds in just 18 minutes of action.

• Faust, a sophomore, is Maryland’s leading returning scorer. A member of the ACC All-Freshman Team a year ago, Faust averaged 8.9 points per game and was at his best at the end of the season, averaging 13.4 points per game over the final nine contests. Padgett, meanwhile, nearly tripled both his scoring (3.3 to 8.8 ppg) and rebounding (1.9 to 5.8 rpg) averages from his sophomore to junior seasons. Howard is Maryland’s active career leader in assists with 158, and Len will look to have a breakout sophomore season after averaging 6.0 points and 5.4 rebounds per game as a freshman.


On Openers

• The Terps have won 10 straight season debuts, with the last loss coming to Arizona, 71-67, in the 2001 Coaches vs. Cancer semifinals at Madison Square Garden.

• Maryland defeated UNC Wilmington 71-62 in last year’s season opener. Among returning players, James Padgett led the way with 12 points on 6-of-7 shooting, along with seven rebounds.

• Head coach Mark Turgeon has won 12 of 14 regular-season openers in his career, including 10 straight. His only two losses were with Jacksonville State to open the 1999-2000 season, and Wichita State to open the 2001-02 season.


Turgeon-Calipari Connection

• Friday won’t be the first time Mark Turgeon and John Calipari have shared a basketball court together – their relationship goes back to Turgeon’s playing days at Kansas. Turgeon was a point guard at Kansas from 1984-87, while Calipari was an assistant coach there from 1983-85.


Who’s Next?

• Head coach Mark Turgeon and his staff signed a consensus top-20 recruiting class this season with freshmen Seth Allen,Shaquille Cleare, Jake Layman and Charles Mitchell.

The influx of talent gives Maryland the opportunity to extend a streak of being recognized for having talented young players in the program – for three years in a row, a Terp has been on the ACC All-Freshman Team. Prior to Nick Faust last year, Terrell Stoglin was honored in 2011 and Jordan Williams was honored in 2010.

Taking on the Defending Champ

It’s been a while since Maryland played its regular-season opener against the defending national champion – almost 29 years, in fact. The Terps last opened the season against the defending title holder on Sunday, Dec. 2, 1973, when they played UCLA. At that time, the Bruins had captured seven straight national championships and were in the midst of a 76-game winning streak. Maryland, coached by Lefty Driesell, fell to the Bruins 65-64 at Pauley Pavilion.

From the Washington Post’s recap of the game:

“Defending national champion UCLA needed a turnover forced by Bill Walton in the final seconds to survive a 65-64 thriller over Maryland tonight in Pauley Pavilion.

The Terrapins, who trailed by as many as 12 points earlier in the second half, had an opportunity to break the Bruins’ winning streak at 76 games after UCLA freshman Richard Washington, reputed to be last year’s best high school player, missed a foul shot with 22 seconds left. Tom McMillen grabbed the rebound.

After a time out, point guard John Lucas was forced into the right corner, where he was double-teamed. Walton batted the ball out of his hands and toward center court. Bruin teammate Tommy Curtis picked up the ball and was driving toward the Maryland basket when time ran out.”

Maryland went on to finish the season 23-5 and ranked No. 4 in the Associated Press poll. Before advancing to the National Semifinals later that year, UCLA had its winning streak snapped at 88 games in a loss to Notre Dame.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 06 November 2012 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Mixed Martial Arts: UFC Macao-Rich Franklin vs. Cung Le (Saturday 9am from Macao, China live on FUEL TV); Women’s College Basketball: Mount St. Mary’s @ Maryland (Friday 7pm Comcast Center), Maryland @ Loyola (Sunday 7pm Reitz Arena); Boxing: Gary Russell Jr. vs. Vyacheslav Gusev (Friday 10pm from Indio, CA live on Showtime), Abner Mares vs. Anselmo Moreno (Saturday 10pm from Los Angeles live on Showtime); Vanes Martirosyan vs. Erislandy Lara (Saturday 9:45pm from Las Vegas live on HBO); High School Football: MIAA A Conference Semifinals-Mount St. Joseph vs. Calvert Hall (Saturday 12pm Mustang Stadium), McDonogh vs. Gilman (Saturday 5pm Mustang Stadium)

10. Carrie Underwood/Hunter Hayes (Wednesday 7:30pm 1st Mariner Arena); Chicago/Kansas (Saturday 7:30pm Patriot Center); Brandy (Saturday 8pm Rams Head Live); Rock Harvest 2012 feat. Don Dokken (Saturday 1pm Recher Theatre); Mint Condition (Saturday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Ed Kowalczyk (Sunday 7:30pm Rams Head on Stage), Lyle Lovett & His Acoustic Group (Monday 6pm & 9pm Rams Head on Stage); Theory of a Deadman (Wednesday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring), Yelawolf (Saturday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Social Distortion (Tuesday & Wednesday 7pm 9:30 Club), Motion City Soundtrack (Thursday 5pm 9:30 Club), Gary Clark Jr. (Friday 8pm 9:30 Club), Taking Back Sunday (Sunday 7pm 9:30 Club); Chris Robinson Brotherhood (Tuesday 8pm State Theater), Victor Wooten Band (Friday 9pm State Theater); The Script (Wednesday 8pm D.A.R. Constitution Hall); Great White (Friday 8pm House of Rock); Chick Corea (Saturday 8pm Sixth & I Historic Synagogue); ZZ Ward (Saturday 8pm Georgetown University)

I’ll go see Eddie K ANY DAY OF THE WEEK…

MIKE NESS MIKE NESS MIKE NESS MIKE NESS MIKE NESS MIKE NESS MIKE NESS MIKE NESS MIKE NESS…

I have to wait until Saturday to see GCJ (in Philly) because I’ll be in Brooklyn Friday night. It’s troubling because I’m not fully certain I can wait ANOTHER DAY.

I’ve put in a good bit of time with ZZ Ward recently. I could put in about six million hours more, too.

9. Doug Stanhope (Saturday 8:30pm Ottobar); Tommy Davidson (Saturday & Sunday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Flip Orley (Wednesday-Sunday DC Improv); Adam Carolla (Thursday 8pm Warner Theater); Bill Engvall (Friday 7:30pm Meyerhoff Symphony Hall); Shaq’s All-Star Comedy Jam (Saturday 8pm Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric); David Alan Grier (Sunday 7:30pm Kennedy Center); “The Muppet Christmas Carol” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday), “The Amazing Spider-Man” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); “Skyfall” out in theaters (Friday)

Adam Carolla is funny EVERY FREAKING TIME.

The absolute best thing about The Amazing Spider-Man? Emma flipping Stone.

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