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Navy Home Football Games To Kick Off At 3:30PM, Air On CBS Sports Net

Posted on 25 April 2012 by WNST Staff

Navy Home Football Games To Kick At 3:30 PM And Will Be Televised Live By CBS Sports Network

ANNAPOLIS, Md.—The five home games at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium will kickoff at 3:30 PM and will be televised live by CBS Sports Network.

Navy will kick-off the 2012 season on Sept. 1 in Dublin, Ireland against Notre Dame.  The game will be played at Aviva Stadium, located in the heart of Dublin, and marks the first time the stadium has hosted an American football game.

It will also be the first time in program history that Navy has opened up against Notre Dame and the second time the two teams have met in Dublin.  Navy played the Irish at Croke Park in Dublin in 1996.   The game will be broadcast by CBS Sports and kick at 2:00 PM in Dublin, which is 9:00 AM on the East Coast.

After a week off, the Mids will travel to Happy Valley on Sept. 15 to take on Bill O’Brien’s Penn State Nittany Lions.  It will be the first meeting between the two schools since 1974 when Navy shocked Penn State in State College, 7-6.   A kickoff time has not yet been announced by Penn State and the BIG Ten Conference.

VMI comes to town on Sept. 22 for the home opener at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. It will be the ninth meeting between the two schools and the first since 2003 when Navy defeated the Keydets, 37-10, in the season opener.

The Mids will have revenge on their minds when San Jose State comes calling on Sept. 29. Last fall, the Spartans eliminated the Midshipmen from bowl contention with a 27-24 victory in San Jose.

Navy will travel to Colorado Springs, Colo. for the first leg of the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy on Oct. 6.  The Falcons won the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy last year thanks to a 35-34 overtime victory over Navy in Annapolis.  Air Force and the Mountain West Conference have not yet released a game time.

The Mids will travel to Mount Pleasant, Mich. the following week, as Navy will play at Central Michigan on Friday, Oct. 12 at 8:00 PM ET on ESPN2.  It will be the first time Navy has played at Central Michigan and the first time Navy has played in the state of Michigan since 2006 when the Mids beat Eastern Michigan at Ford Field in Detroit.

The Indiana Hoosiers come to Annapolis the following week (Oct. 20) for Homecoming.  It will be just the third time in school history that the two teams have met and it will be Indiana’s first trip to Annapolis.  The Hoosiers will be the first Big 10 team to play at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium since Northwestern beat Navy in 2002.

East Carolina will play host to Navy on Oct. 27 in Greenville.  The Pirates knocked off Navy last year in a thriller, 38-35. East Carolina and Conference USA have not yet announced a game time.

Navy and Florida Atlantic will meet on the gridiron for the first time the following week as new head coach Carl Pelini brings his Owls North to Annapolis on Nov. 3.

Navy will make its first trip to Troy, Ala. on Nov. 10 when the Mids take on the Troy Trojans. Navy defeated Troy last year, 42-14.  Troy and the Sun Belt Conference have not yet announced a game time.

The home finale takes place on Nov. 17, when Dennis Franchione and the Texas State Bobcats come to Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Senior Day.

The 2012 Army-Navy Game Presented by USAA will take place at Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field on Dec. 8.  Navy leads the all-time series, 56-49-7, and has won a series-record 10-consecutive games against the Black Knights.  CBS has not announced a game time as of yet.

Season tickets are on sale now for $180.   Standing room only tickets for the grass hill located at the North end zone of Navy Marine Corps Memorial Stadium are $100 for the season and the Billy the Kid Package (age 12 and under) is $60 forstanding room only tickets for the grass hill.  Children two and under do not need a ticket unless the child is occupying a sea. You can purchase tickets by calling 1-800-US4-NAVY or by going to www.navysports.com.

For information about how to get CBS Sports Network, including a full programming schedule, go to www.cbssportsnetwork.com  

2012 Navy Football Schedule
Sept. 1                        vs. Notre Dame (Dublin, Ireland)
Sept. 15            at Penn State                               
Sept. 22            VMI
Sept. 29             at San Jose State
Oct. 6                        at Air Force
Oct. 13                        at Central Michigan
Oct. 20                        Indiana (Homecoming)
Oct. 27                        at East Carolina
Nov. 3                        Florida Atlantic
Nov. 10            at Troy
Nov. 17            Texas State
Dec. 8                        vs. Army (Philadelphia)

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Greyhounds Meet With Media At NCAA Tournament in Pittsburgh

Posted on 14 March 2012 by WNST Staff

THE MODERATOR: We’re joined by Loyola student-athletes.

How are you liking Pittsburgh so far?

SHANE WALKER: Love it.

ERIK ETHERLY: Great city. I’m a Steelers fan.

DYLON CORMIER: Been a great trip so far.

THE MODERATOR: Questions for our student-athletes from Loyola.

Q. The nation has found out about your coach, how personable he is, is that the right way to put it? Can you give us your memory when he went off on some rant or tandem that you said, I don’t know what this guy is talking about?

SHANE WALKER: I feel like he can do that any day. Anytime somebody asks him a question, it’s a 15-minute answer. He goes off on a tandem, you have no idea where he’s going. He’s such a great guy, you just learn to accept it and love it.

ERIK ETHERLY: I think the most memorable one for me is halftime of the Fairfield game with Bobby Steele and the Black Panthers. Nobody saw that one coming. He got his message across.

DYLON CORMIER: I think for me is him, the inch-by-inch statement he just came out with. He said, To win, we got to block and tackle, same thing in basketball.

Q. Dylon, he said earlier this week where you have a special relationship, he’ll challenge you, you’ll challenge him right back.

DYLON CORMIER: It’s kind of like he want me to do better, so he’ll yell me and tell me I’m not doing something better, just so I can do it even better.

Q. You’re known for your man-to-man defense. Also explain to us what your flex offense is like.

SHANE WALKER: I feel like our defense is so, so good because everybody has bought in. Years past, not necessarily everybody has bought in. Me being a senior leader, I demanded that from the rest of the team, and we all bought in. It wasn’t a problem.

ERIK ETHERLY: We also help each other out a lot. We have a great team in terms of being able to switch a lot of stuff so we don’t get caught up on a lot of screens and we always help on all of our screens.

DYLON CORMIER: I think we have a great inside presence with Shane and Erik, and also J’hared and Julius coming off the bench. So the two players has been effective for us this year.

Q. Shane, can you talk about the matchup with Ohio State. Has Jimmy brought up any history of No. 15 seeds beating No. 2 seeds?

SHANE WALKER: Yeah, he’s talked about Coppin State in the past. Was it South Carolina? Yeah, it was maybe 15 years ago, he brought that up.

He’s not really concerned about years past, he’s concerned about the team now and doing the best we can. He’s not really focused about other teams.

Q. Were you the Steelers fan?

ERIK ETHERLY: I was at the opening game when the Steelers played the Ravens. I took  a lot of heat for it, but I wore it at the stadium.

Q. When you break down Ohio State, what stands out offensively in terms of what you need to stop?

DYLON CORMIER: Their inside presence in Jared Sullinger and Thomas, their four-man, they got a great inside presence and a couple shooters where they kick it out. I think we have to prevent the ball from getting in the post as much as we can.

SHANE WALKER: When I look at them, they’re not very deep. They only play six or seven guys. I feel like we can run them. They try to slow the game down. We try to speed it up. Hopefully that will work in our advantage.

Q. You talked about coach. Were you tournament fans, seeing power teams getting beaten?

DYLON CORMIER: Not at a very young age. I remember George Mason went on a run and beat a lot of good teams.

ERIK ETHERLY: And VCU. That’s a local team, so we look up to them, as well.

THE MODERATOR: Guys, thank you.

We have Coach Patsos from Loyola. Make a few opening comments.

COACH PASTOS: Great to be in Pittsburgh, what a great town. My wife is from here. What a great sports town, what a great building. Other than the fact the Steelers play here, I really like it. We’re Ravens fans in Baltimore. A lot of the Ravens, Jim Harbaugh, people like that are following this game. But everybody loves Pittsburgh. Everybody says the same thing, what a great place it is.

I see my commissioner out there. We’re from the MAAC. Really have a lot of pride in our basketball league. We have two teams in the NCAA, which is great for us this year.

I was out with Dave Dickerson, Matt Roe, and Billy Hahn last night for about an hour, because we’re all family friends from Maryland. It’s a really interesting, happy time for me in my life.

I’m really proud of what the kids have done. This is about Loyola, what a great university it is. You don’t get here without the support of Jim Paquette, my AD, the president Father Linnane, things like that. So it’s a happy time for Loyola. Now we’re excited to play Ohio State, one of the great programs in the country.

Unfortunately Dave Dickerson knows me really well, so they don’t have to scout us because I run everything that we ran at Maryland together. They should know everything we’re running.

I’m happy to take questions.

Q. Obviously you know what it’s like to cut down the nets. Can you contrast emotionally the difference between being in the first chair here with a program like Loyola and having it done at Maryland?

COACH PASTOS: That’s a good question because both programs were the same when I got there. Obviously the depths of 1 and 27 is different from what happened at Maryland. However our climb at Maryland were when Duke and Carolina were winning NCAA tournaments. Georgia Tech had gone to the Final Four. So, in other words, I feel the same.

I feel great when we cut down the nets at Maryland even though I was the assistant, and I feel great cutting down the nets at Loyola as head coach. The climb was not always easy. You can always climb the first few runnings. You can be a beat writer, but you can’t be Lenn Robbins and have your own column in the widest circulated paper in the country. It takes a while to get there. It’s the last part that’s hard. You know that. It’s the last part of the journey that’s difficult.

Whether it’s at Loyola or the University of Maryland, I feel good we were lucky enough to make that last climb. I’m not sure I ever thought that would happen, at either place by the way.

THE MODERATOR: The 24-win season, what did that mean to the program? It was the first since you went to Division I 30 years ago.

COACH PASTOS: It was great because the last time we went to NCAA, Skip Prosser, who is a fantastic coach and great person, was here. They were like the 6 seed and won it. We’re in a great basketball league. To win 24 games in the MAAC, we have NBA players, we have coaches that have left to go on and be successful at a higher level. Kind of puts a signature on your program. When you win 20, it says something. When you win the MAAC, which like I said, I’m not joking about the New York thing, we love being in the New York league because you get a lot of attention media-wise. It’s a great basketball city with a lot of tradition.

Len Elmore and I were joking today, he played at Powell Memorial and I know that because New York is where the best players come from and everybody is a tough critic. If you’re successful there, you’re really happy.

Q. Talk about the concerns you have about Ohio State.

COACH PASTOS: I have major concerns about Ohio State. I just ran into Sullinger in the hallway. The guy is a monster. Thomas, the left-handed 6’8″ guy. Remember, Gary Williams does the Big Ten Network. Not that he would give me any inside information. I know what a great team Ohio State it. It’s an honor to play them. We probably have little chance of winning the game. Four minutes at a time, we’ll see what we can do.

We’ll still run and press against them. Ohio State wants to play their way. If you play their way, you’re not going to beat them. I think they can win the national championship this year, especially with Fab Melo being out. I’m talking as a fan. This has nothing to do with coaching. I see Ohio State have a chance to get to the Final Four because of their size. I like the kid Ravenel that comes off the bench.

But Craft is scary because he reminds me of Steve Blake. The Steve Blake, nobody ever thought he was that good until you played against him. He made shots, steals the ball, he’s quicker, smarter, you find out that he was the quarterback on his high school team, which scares me because you find out he’s a leader. Thomas is much better than I thought. He’s going to cause problems for us. Sullinger, you can put down 20-10, I just hope it’s not 35-18.

Q. Is there a hope with what you do defensively, Ohio State plays their starters a lot of minutes, that maybe you can try to wear them down?

COACH PASTOS: I mean, I can. But they’re four sophomores. Buford knows what he’s doing. We will try and press them. We simulated at little 20-minute scrimmage on Monday night. We took two-and-a-half-minute timeouts and my guys couldn’t believe how long they were. What you find out is they can rest. They can rest those two and a half minutes.

They’re used to playing minutes. It’s like one thing if you lose a couple guys and all of a sudden you have to play six and you’re not used to it. They’ve done it. He’s a great coach.

We will try and press ‘em, not as much to wear ‘em down, but probably to speed the game up. We need the game to go fast. You saw Iona, but they didn’t score at the end. Our league is a scoring league. We’re going to have to keep scoring. I want the pace of the game more than wearing them down. Is that fair to say? That’s what we’re looking to do.

Q. What you mentioned with Dave Dickerson, is there some element of surprise because a staff member knows you?

COACH PASTOS: Well, Dave, we just got together for like an hour. It was really nice to see everybody. But Dave really quickly says, I saw you’ve reverted back to the original Gary Williams, pressing on the make. He loved his time at St. John Arena. His daughter still lives in Columbus. He saw the pressing. He saw the 2 play, which is our version of the flex.

Gary Williams has had assistants like Rick Barnes, Fran Fraschilla, all these guys. I shouldn’t say this, but they’re probably more successful because they didn’t run all his stuff so much. But no (laughter).

Dave goes, You’re the only dummy that runs everything Gary did. Didn’t you learn? I’m like, Okay. Because Fran Fraschilla and Fran Dunphy and all those guys. I run like Gary’s stuff and I’ve kind of reverted back to it because I thought we could press a lot with eight guys this year.

We have an older team and they get used to the terminology, like 55′s, full-court press, and they all know it. Dave said, I just watched a half and I don’t have to scout anymore. He’s doing exactly what we thought he would do.

We probably play a little more zone, but we play Gary’s zone action, a 3-2, not a 2-3. It will be interesting. Got him 600 some wins and his name on the court, so I stuck with it.

Q. When you got together last night, what was that like? Did you devise a plan to get Gary off of Congressional this weekend?

COACH PASTOS: He’s doing Big Ten games. He’s part of the media now. Preparing to tear some coach apart. No, I’m just kidding.

Gary is going to Chicago to do the Big Ten. No, it was impromptu. Billy Hahn actually led us. Gary was the dad. Billy was the big brother. Dave was the middle. Actually Dave was probably more like Robert Duvall in The Godfather. He was really like sane. I was more like Michael. Billy was definitely like Sonny. I’m not Sonny. There’s no Fredo. Although Gary probably would have picked the same result for Fredo.

Billy kind of texted and said, Let’s get together and talk. Matt Roe was doing the radio for Syracuse. Matt Roe is one of the first guys that came to Gary when there was like nobody to play because they were on probation. It was fun. We talked about all the stuff, how much we accomplished. We laughed with everybody having a video guy, a weight guy. I said, My academic lady is with me, Colleen Campbell. I was the academic guy. Dave did the video. Billy went to weight lifting in the morning. It changed.

It was a good little time. It was nice to be with your family because in basketball that’s our family and we have a nice family.

Q. The guys that were up before said you mentioned the Coppin State win that happened across the street.

COACH PASTOS: I was over there checking it out. They’re taking it down.

Q. It’s a little sad.

COACH PASTOS: Not when you have this, it isn’t.

Q. What motivation have you used as a 15 seed going up against 2?

COACH PASTOS: That it can happen. 16-1 is not going to happen. 15-2 is going to happen once every three or four years. I actually think, my commissioner is here, he’s done a tremendous job with our league. We could have been a 14. They picked Iona as a 14. I don’t see us as a longshot 15. I can do the math. St. Bonnie wins, they pushed us down. That’s okay. Is Ohio a real 2? Unfortunately they could have been a 1 had they won Sunday.

It doesn’t matter. It’s 40 minutes. It’s 10 four-minute segments. We have to try to win six of those segments. We keep track of the segments, which we sole from Thad Matta when he was at Xavier. They have four-minute wars, 10 of them. We have to win six of them to win the game. That’s okay.

I think we have a chance, though, I do, because if we can get the game going fast, we have a chance. If they put us in the meat grinder and go slow, Sullinger goes to work, you can call me at 410, I’ll be in Baltimore Friday by noon.

Q. How much does the loss of Fab change the whole east region?

COACH PASTOS: The guy is a tremendous defensive player. I think in the  tournaments, like at Maryland we had Chris Wilcox. He scored the least. When he blocked Drew Gooden’s shots, Marcus traveled with us, a defensive guy like that can really change the game.

At Maryland I didn’t think we were ever going to win the title until we had a defensive guy like Chris Wilcox. I think they can make some plays. We don’t beat Fairfield if we don’t block some shots. You have to win a defensive game along the way.

Boeheim is a great coach. He’s setting everybody up because he has nine players. He still has eight good ones. That’s a tough one to lose because he’s a 7-footer, great player. It’s none of my concern. It’s an odd time for that to happen. I think that’s not good for a team. Like you can lose a guy three weeks ago and stuff. Like we have a guy, Anthony Winbush, who just had to have stitches Monday. I’ll tell you, he may play, he may not. He had 10 stitches. That’s a weird thing to have happen right now. But he’s not our best player.

Fab Melo is a big loss. Can Boeheim still win? Absolutely. He is one of the great coaches ever and a great golfer, a much better golfer than all the other coaches.

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Loyola set to take on No. 2 seed Ohio State in NCAA Tournament

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Loyola set to take on No. 2 seed Ohio State in NCAA Tournament

Posted on 11 March 2012 by WNST Staff

The MAAC champion Loyola Greyhounds will take on the No. 2 seed Ohio State Buckeyes in the second round of the East region of the NCAA Tournament in Pittsburgh on Thursday.

Playing in their first NCAA tournament since 1994 when the late Skip Prosser coached the Greyhounds to their only other MAAC championship, Loyola (24-8) earns its second trip to the “Big Dance” as the No. 15 seed after winning the MAAC tournament last Monday.

The Buckeyes finished the season with a 27-7 record and were ranked seventh in the NCAA RPI to earn the second seed in the East. Ohio State fell to Michigan State, 68-64, in the Big Ten tournament championship on Sunday afternoon.

Since taking over the Greyhounds following their 1-27 season in 2003-2004, Jimmy Patsos has taken Loyola to its highest point in nearly 20 years and will face a major challenge in slowing big man Jared Sullinger and the Buckeyes, coached by Thad Matta.

Thursday’s game is scheduled for a 9:50 p.m. tip-off and will be televised on TNT.

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Loyola to Play in 2012 Hall of Fame Tip-Off Event

Posted on 15 February 2012 by WNST Staff

Loyola To Participate In ’12 Hall Of Fame Tip-Off Tournament

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Loyola University Maryland will participate in the 2012 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament, an annual NCAA men’s basketball exempt tournament sponsored by the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

The event will take place the weekend of November 16th-18th at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., featuring eight schools in two four-team brackets. All teams will also compete in two campus round games.

Teams scheduled to participate in this year’s Tip-Off tournament are Loyola, Norfolk State University (MEAC), Ohio State University (Big Ten), Seton Hall University (Big East), University of Albany (America East), University of Missouri-Kansas City (Summit League), University of Rhode Island (Atlantic 10) and University of Washington (Pac-12).

“This year’s Tip-Off Tournament will once again showcase some of the best college basketball programs in the country,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. “We are looking forward to welcoming each of these teams, as they compete at Mohegan Sun, one of the finest facilities in the country.”

The 2012 Tip-Off Tournament game schedule will be separated into two brackets. The Springfield bracket will include Albany, Loyola, UMKC and Norfolk State. The Naismith bracket will consist of Ohio State, Washington, Seton Hall, and Rhode Island. Game times and sessions for both rounds will be announced at a later date.

“On behalf of Mohegan Sun, we are excited to be able to once again host one of the most prestigious tournaments in college basketball,” said Jeffrey Hartmann, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mohegan Sun. “We appreciate the Hall of Fame’s passion for basketball, and we look forward to continuing our relationship and hosting another great event in November.”

The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference will serve as the host conference for the annual event. The MAAC will host the men’s and women’s basketball championships at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, MA this March and has developed a strong partnership with the Basketball Hall of Fame, including the opening of a MAAC exhibit in the Hall of Fame museum.

“The MAAC is excited to extend its support of the Basketball Hall of Fame’s Tip-Off Tournament again in 2012,” said Rich Ensor, Commissioner of the MAAC. “The MAAC and the Hall of Fame continue to expand its relationship and we look forward to working together in the future on many projects, including the annual Tip-Off Tournament.”

Loyola Head Coach Jimmy Patsos added, “We are looking forward to participating in the Tip-Off  Tournament. The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference has formed a strong partnership with the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, and we are honored to be selected to participate in the event next year.”

Tickets for the 2012 Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off at Mohegan Sun Arena will go on sale in the near future. For more information on the event, log on to www.halloffametipoff.com.

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Source: Maryland to Hire Houston DC Stewart To Same Post

Posted on 16 January 2012 by WNST Staff

A source with knowledge of the situation tells WNST.net the University of Maryland will hire Brian Stewart to fill their vacant Defensive Coordinator position. The school agreed to a buyout with Todd Bradford last week, he served as DC last year during head coach Randy Edsall’s first season in College Park.

The hiring was first reported by the Big Ten Network’s Tom Dienhart.

Stewart spent the past two seasons in the same position at the University of Houston. He spent the 2009 season on Andy Reid’s staff with the Philadelphia Eagles and spent the two years before that as the Defensive Coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys. Previous National Football League coaching experience includes time as the secondary coach for the San Diego Chargers (2004-2006) and as assistant Defensive Backs coach with the Houston Texans (2002-2003).

Prior to joining the Cougars, Stewart had college coaching experience as a defensive assistant on the staffs at Syracuse (2001), Missouri (1996, 1999-2000), San Jose State (1997-1998) and as an offensive assistant at Northern Arizona (1995) and Cal Poly (1993-1994).

Stewart is originally from San Diego, California and played college football at NAU.

The Terrapins also made a change at Offensive Coordinator following their 2-10 campaign. Gary Crowton left the program and was replaced by former New Mexico head coach Mike Locksley.

More information on this story as it becomes available.

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UMBC Visits Rider Thursday Night

Posted on 22 December 2011 by WNST Staff

UMBC faces its first nationally-ranked opponent in over a year when the Retrievers meet Indiana for the first time at famed Assembly Hall on Thursday, Dec. 22. UMBC’s took on 2011 national champion Connecticut on Dec. 3, 2010, falling, 94-61, to the Huskies.  Tip-off time is set for 6:00 p.m. The game will also be broadcast on ESPN3 with Steve Andress and Perry Clark on the call.

RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC staged a furious rally, coming back from 14 points down and seven minutes to play and took visiting Rider to overtime on Dec. 17, but the Broncs prevailed, 73-66 in extra time. In a pair of home losses last week, UMBC amassed 51 offensive rebounds, but shot less than 32 percent from the floor in both setbacks. Sophomore forward Chase Plummer (14.2 ppg, 8.9 rpg) has recorded three consecutive double-doubles and was named America East Conference Player of the Week.

HOOSIER UPDATE:  No. 17/18 Indiana (11-0) has been dominant, opening with a 96-66 win over America East member Stony Brook and, most recently, pounding Howard, 107-50 on Dec. 19. In between, they have wins over N.C. State , Notre Dame and No. 1 Kentucky (73-72). Five Hoosiers average in double figures, led by 6’11” freshman post Cody Zeller at 15.3 ppg.  He is shooting 65.6% (61-of-93) from the floor, while junior guard Jordan Hulls (11.7 ppg) is hitting 58.5 percent (24-of-41) from behind the arc.

Who’s Up Next:  UMBC completes the 2011 portion of the schedule at Niagara University on Wednesday, Dec. 28.

UMBC vs. the big ten: The Retrievers are 1-11 against the current membership of the Big Ten, with the lone win occurring at new member Nebraska in December of 2008.

The 66-64 win over the Cornhuskers on Dec.23, 2008 snapped the nation’s eighth-longest non-conference winning streak at the time.  It still stands as UMBC’s top victory from an RPI perspective, as NU was ranked No. 53 at the time.

UMBC’s most recent contest vs. a Big Ten foe occurred in the 2009-10 season, when they fell at Penn State, 58-42.

* Sophomore Quentin Jones is expected to start his eighth consecutive game at Indiana. The local product (Mount St. Joseph) and junior college transfer (Wallace State-Ala.) is a walk-on to the program and started the season at No. 4 on the depth chart at point guard. But with injuries to freshmen  Jarrel Lane (has not played in eight games to date) and Joey Getz (injured in game No. 3 vs. Loyola) and the departure of De La Rosa, Jones continues to quarterback the team and has produced 4.6 points per game.

* UMBC dropped its third consecutive season opener in the 59-45 loss to Penn on Nov. 11, 2011.

* UMBC did not hit a 3-point field goal vs. Penn, going without a trey for the ninth time in school history. The last time UMBC did not convert from behind the arc was Dec. 30, 2008 at Saint Louis.

* UMBC’s win at Towson on Dec. 10 snapped a 13-game slide dating back to the 2010-11 campaign.  The last victory was a 84-79  decision at Maine on Feb. 6, 2011.  The Retrievers are looking to break a seven-game home losing streak which extends back to a Feb. 3, 2011 victory over visiting Binghamton.

* UMBC has outrebounded eight of its first ten opponents. The Retrievers have collected 156 offensive rebounds through ten games, posting double figures in each.  However, UMBC has only 114 second-chance points off of the extra 156 possessions. UMBC’s +3.9 rebound margin is 31st in the nation entering the week and the 40.4 rebuonds per game is tied with Florida and UCSB for 21st place.

*  The young lineup is taking its toll on UMBC, as the Retrievers committed a season-high 21 turnovers vs. Loyola, exceeding the 20-turnover margin for the third consecutive game. They have 20 or more miscues in four of ten games to date, but did post a season-low eight vs. Morgan State Dec. 14.

*  The Retriever increased their scoring output in each of the first four games, going from 45 to 59 to 63 to 79, but have not reached the 70-point plateau since the 84-79 setback at VMI.

*  UMBC’s 53.8 percent marksmanship from the floor at VMI was its best since hitting 32 of 58 (55.2%) at New Hampshire on Feb. 24, 2010.

*  UMBC was tied with both VMI and Central Connecticut State with 10:00 on the second-half clock, but failed to produce a victory in either contest.

* The combined record of UMBC’s first seven opponents through Dec. 6 was 33-23 (.589).

* The win over Towson snapped a four-game slide to the Tigers in the 53rd meeting between the schools… It also snapped a streak of 10 consecutive losses to Baltimore-area Division I schools dating back to a Nov. 29, 2007 victory over Morgan State.

* UMBC snared a season high 11 steals vs. Morgan State on Dec. 14. It is the most steals in a game for a Retriever team since capturing 13 vs. Goucher on Dec. 8, 2007.

* The 53 rebounds recorded by the Retrievers vs. Rider was the most by a UMBC team since they corralled 55 vs. Monmouth on Jan. 26, 2002.

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Faust Restores Swagger, Makes Key Contribution in Maryland Win

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Faust Restores Swagger, Makes Key Contribution in Maryland Win

Posted on 07 December 2011 by Glenn Clark

COLLEGE PARK — After Maryland’s November 29 loss to Illinois in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, Maryland coach Mark Turgeon expressed concern about freshman guard Nick Faust (City College).

“He’s lost his confidence” Turgeon said. “Nick needs to get his swagger back.”

After a three point, three turnover, zero assist performance days later in the Terrapins’ 78-71 BB&T Classic win over Notre Dame, concerns lingered about the team’s prize recruit out of Baltimore. A wing in high school, Faust was struggling mightily with a switch to point guard before the start of the season.

The concerns were significant enough that Turgeon felt the need to meet with Faust Tuesday, one day before the Terps would meet Mt. St. Mary’s at Comcast Center.

“I talked to him and told him his offense can’t affect the rest of his game” Turgeon said Wednesday night. “He has to rebound and make guys around him better.”

The result of the conversation? A 13 point, six rebound, five assist performance (and two key blocks down the stretch) as Maryland (5-3) hung on for a 77-74 win over Mt. St. Mary’s (1-7).

Like Kanye West in his hit song (with Jay-Z) “Otis”, I guess it’s safe to say Faust has his “swagger back.”

“Truth.”

Faust helped hold Maryland together after blowing what was once a 16 point lead against the Mountaineers. As The Mount felt more and more confident in the second half, the Terrapins clearly needed contributions from players other than guard Terrell Stoglin. Stoglin was fantastic again, scoring 23 points and making shot after shot late, but Faust offered help. He canned a three from the corner with 6:41 to play after MSM had taken a 63-61 advantage, then came up with two blocks in the final four minutes of the game. His block of Julian Norfleet with 20 seconds to play came at a time when the Terps were clinging to a one point lead.

It was by far Faust’s best performance since the team’s 78-71 win over Colorado November 18th in the 5-hour Energy Puerto Rico Tip-Off.

“He went to the rim and got to the foul line” Turgeon added. “He made a three because of his confidence. He still took some bad shots but hopefully he grows out of that. I thought he played with great effort. He didn’t give up on the last play (his block), and a lot of kids would have. That lay up would have given them a one point lead. I was pleased with him tonight.”

“It definitely was a confidence booster for me” Faust said after the victory. “I wasn’t starting off so well this year. (I’m) just starting to play basketball, let things come to me.”

Turgeon said his meeting with Faust was about changing the way he played the game.

“Kids get so caught up in scoring and their shot. They see their numbers and what people are saying and it affects him. We tried to simplify the game for him. Defend, rebound, get the foul line and get shots for Terrell (Stoglin) and (G/F) Sean (Mosley). He did that tonight, he had five assists. We told him if he is going to score get to the rim. His first two free throws bounced in rather than out, that is huge for him.”

Faust said the meeting lead to him playing his most “relaxed” game of his young career.

“He told me to stop pressuring about scoring because he knows I’m a scorer. Just let the offense come to me, try to get my teammates open, kind of let things come to me through defense. I tried to do a great job on defense and rebounding. That’s one of the keys.”

The possible return of G Pe’Shon Howard should help take pressure off of Faust in the backcourt, but in the meantime he’ll have to continue to shoulder a heavy load. Wednesday night was the fifth game where the freshman played 30 or more minutes (37) already. Stoglin has handled the bulk of the scoring for the Terrapins, but they must continue to get help on both ends from other guards.

Faust will ultimately look to develop as a more consistent scorer, but his all-around ability to contribute can be very key for a team that won’t be described as “deep” for some time.

Maryland should have played better (especially defensively) than they did in their close win over an ‘Eers team that had scored more than 63  points just once this season. They shouldn’t have been forced to hang on for dear life against a team that had just dismissed senior guard Lamar Trice earlier in the day.

Maryland should have been better in a number of ways. But Faust WAS better, even in a nailbiter of a win.

In a season where progress might not always be evident, it was a positive step.

-G

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The 15-7-0 > The BCS

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The 15-7-0 > The BCS

Posted on 05 December 2011 by Glenn Clark

You know how it works. 15 positive football observations, 7 “not so” positive football observations and one “oh no” moment from outside the world of football.

(As a reminder, we don’t do Baltimore Ravens analysis here. We do PLENTY of that elsewhere. This is about the rest of the world of football.)

15 Positive Observations…

1. Oklahoma State looked REALLY good Saturday night. It’s a shame it didn’t really matter at all.

I tried explaining to everyone it wouldn’t matter if the Cowboys blew out Oklahoma Saturday night in Stillwater. Every time someone asked a question like “what if the Pokes win by a score of 50-0?” I responded with a simple “it won’t matter.”

I was right. Louisiana State will face Alabama again in the BCS Championship Game and OSU will get to watch after playing Stanford in the Fiesta Bowl.

It’s a shame, as Oklahoma State certainly looked like a team capable of making things interesting in New Orleans on Saturday night. The shame is that their Bedlam rivalry win was marred by 13 fans being injured when they rushed the Boone Pickens Stadium field. It’s also a shame the Big 12 Champs aren’t Bayou bound because we’d all like to see more of Mike Gundy dancing…

2. With that in mind, does anyone think LSU is losing in the BCS title game?

It’s not that I don’t think highly of Oklahoma State (or Alabama), it’s just that the Tigers have been pretty dominant. See Badger, Honey.

It appears as though Tyrann Mathieu’s punt return TD shouldn’t have counted, and he actually had another return later in the game that didn’t result in a TD that was more impressive. But this was still a lot of fun to watch him run all over the Georgia Dome field in the SEC Championship Game.

It’s awfully early, but I’ll go ahead and call a Tigers win over the Crimson Tide in the title game. Just going out on a limb without having to at all. All balls, that Glenn Clark. At least that’s what my 4th grade teacher always said.

3. Tim Tebow is in first place. Since he won’t say it, I will. “Suck it, haters.

I picked the Denver Broncos to beat the Minnesota Vikings on “The Friday Football Frenzy” this week; but I gave myself an out. “If Von Miller doesn’t play the Broncos lose” I said.

What I didn’t know is that the great Tim Tebow had the “throw a 41 yard touchdown to Demaryius Thomas while running out of bounds” in his repertoire…

Tim Tebow is better than you. And thanks to an Oakland Raiders loss we’ll get back to later in the game, he’s in first place in the AFC West.

Some Tim Tebow haters won’t give it up, including Merrill Hoge. He told the New York Post that Tim Tebow hasn’t proven anything because he hasn’t won a Super Bowl. Yep. That’s solid analysis. Well done sir.

Since we’re here, here’s this humorous picture of Matt Willis and Willis McGahee.

And also, this is apparently a photo of a fetus (or unborn child if you will) Tebowing. If you don’t want to look at it, don’t. I have no idea what I’m looking at myself.

4. Through one week, everyone who said “TJ Yates will be fine because he has Arian Foster” is right.

Of course, I was not in that camp so I feel like a bit of a silly goose.

The Atlanta Falcons had a great chance to make a move in the NFC Wild Card race, but they couldn’t contain Arian Foster in a loss to the Houston Texans.

I don’t have any (legitimate) highlights of the Texans’ win, but I DO have a video of Tommy Lasorda dropping a TON of F-Bombs in an old interview. Does that interest you???

5. I believe the pythagorean theorem somehow helped deliver West Virginia to the Orange Bowl. Clemson got there the old fashioned way.

The Mountaineers barely held on to beat South Florida Thursday night in Tampa Bay, claiming part of the Big East title-apparently the part that gets you to Miami.

Clemson on the other hand finished a season sweep of Virginia Tech (we’ll get back to them) in the ACC Championship Game. They totally earned their spot in the BCS. It’s a neat change of pace.

The Tigers and ‘Eers will get together in an Orange Bowl showdown that absolutely no one will be interested in. Except maybe this girl…

But I don’t really think of her as much of a sports expert when you think about it.

Oh-and apparently the appropriate way to celebrate a Clemson ACC title is to “fromble.” I had a lot of beers when I was in college. I didn’t know a damn thing about this…

6. Perhaps Chris Johnson really was worth a ton of money after all?

CJ2K has gone over 100 yards three times in his last four games, a feat he accomplished just once in in his first eight games.

That would be better if you were confused while playing along at home.

It was 153 yards and two TD’s Sunday as the Tennessee Titans topped the Buffalo Bills, a team I SWEAR had been good at some point during their existence…

Things get a BIT more difficult for the Titans next week, as they battle the Saints in Nashville. They find themselves still alive in the AFC South race but also still in the AFC Wild Card mix. AND they’re in the mix for the Cotton Bowl. Or something like that.

7. I don’t think much of the New York Jets, but I enjoy watching anyone beat the Washington Redskins.

The Jets scored 3 TD’s in the final five minutes of Sunday’s game at FedEx Field and got big plays from Aaron Maybin to avoid the upset.

A few things to giggle about here.

One-If the Skins manage to win two of their last four games this season, Mike Shanahan will manage to tie the great Jim Zorn’s record through the first two seasons! Big stuff!

Two-Washington’s Fred Davis and Trent Williams are suspended for the next four games for a violation of the league’s substance abuse policy. I don’t think the substance has been officially announced, but I think I have a guess…

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Loss Disappointing, But Terps Showed Positive Signs Against Illinois

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Loss Disappointing, But Terps Showed Positive Signs Against Illinois

Posted on 29 November 2011 by Glenn Clark

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — There are a lot of times when a 5:11 assist to turnover ratio and 15/25 performance at the free throw line would be cause for panic at the University of Maryland.

The 2011-12 version of the Terrapins (3-3) however showed enough positive signs in their 71-62 loss to the University of Illinois Fighting Illini (7-0) Tuesday night at Comcast Center that even their coach wasn’t focusing on the troubles after the game.

“I thought we did a lot of great things tonight” head coach Mark Turgeon said after the Big Ten/ACC Challenge defeat. “Our improvement since Puerto Rico is tremendous.”

Turgeon was referring to his frustration with a team that lost two of three games in San Juan just more than a week earlier in the 5-hour Energy Puerto Rico Tip-Off tournament. Following the team’s finale at the event (a brutal 89-63 at the hands of Iona), Turgeon had expressed frustration about his team’s unwillingness to play disciplined basketball.

Turgeon still voiced concerns after his team saw a halftime advantage disappear at the hands of the Illini, but his comments were drastically different than the frustration shown after being blown out by the Gaels.

“To me, the players have to care more than they are now. I think there is immaturity and we need confidence and the willingness to be good. It’s hard to be good. It’s easy to not be good.” 

The Terps played 20 minutes of their best basketball in the first half, establishing a 35-31 advantage at the break. The Terps worked the ball inside to C James Padgett for six early points and showed an ability to move the ball in a half court offense unlike they have regularly shown in the early part of the season. “We executed better than we’ve executed all year” Turgeon said of the first half. For their effort, the Terps made 12 of 23 field goal attempts (52.2%) and earned 15 free throw attempts (they made only eight).

That execution seemed to disappear after the intermission, thanks in part to adjustments made by Illinois head coach Bruce Weber and a (more) veteran team. The Illini ultimately forced the Terps into bad shots (Maryland made just nine of 27 field goal attempts) and only ten free attempts. These problems allowed the Illini to outscore the Terps 40-27 after half en route to victory.

Although Turgeon dismissed the possibility of fatigue in the second half, some of the team’s struggles can fairly be attributed to the fact that they are still playing with just seven healthy scholarship players. Five Terps again played more than 25 minutes in the loss, three (Guards Nick Faust, Terrell Stoglin and Sean Mosley) played more than 30.

For as much as the lack of depth is a concern, the lack of experience the team has is equally troubling. With would-be PG Pe’Shon Howard sidelined with a broken foot, the Terps have turned to Faust (City College) to run the point. The freshman had no previous point guard experience before the season, and has struggled at times to adjust to defensive looks. Turgeon said Stoglin also ran the point at times in the second half when Faust showed signs of fatigue. Unfortunately for Maryland, Stoglin appeared just as fatigued in the second half and the bad shots appeared contagious.

Maryland wanted to work the ball in to Padgett early. ”I told the team we were going to throw the ball to James to start the game and we were going to go right after (Illinois’) big guy (Meyers Leonard)” Turgeon said. “I thought that was big.”

And as much as the early play from Padgett was positive, Turgeon also noted that more production was necessary.

“James made his first two free throws and made some plays, but then (he) didn’t keep doing it. You’ve got to do it for 40 minutes. I’m proud of James, but I expect a lot out of James. James can give us more. He’s got to defensive rebound. If you do it on one end, you’ve got to be able to do it on the other.”

There were other positive signs in the defeat, including some solid minutes in the first half for guard Mike Parker and good team defense for stretches.

But it wasn’t hard to see why Maryland couldn’t maintain their positive play for 40 minutes and come away with a victory.

This team still has much to improve on to be at all competitive in their first season under Turgeon, and a date with Notre Dame in the BB&T Classic Sunday at Verizon Center won’t provide much relief.

After that test, the schedule opens up a bit and the team will be only a few games away from the end of big man Alex Len’s suspension.

Those factors and more experience should help a lot.

This team isn’t going to be very good this season, but perhaps they won’t be quite as bad as some feared.

-G

Hear from Turgeon, Padgett and Stoglin following the game in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net.  

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Maryland Hosts Illinois Tuesday Night in Big Ten/ACC Challenge

Posted on 29 November 2011 by WNST Staff

llinois (6-0) at Maryland (3-2)
Tuesday, Nov. 29 | 7:30 p.m. | Comcast Center
ESPN | Terrapin Sports Radio Network

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland plays host to Illinois in this season’s Big Ten / ACC Challenge. The Terrapins have won six straight games in the series, including last season’s 62-39 victory at Penn State, and are 9-3 since the inception of the series. The Terps’ last loss in the series was a 69-64 defeat at Wisconsin in 2004.

  • Maryland is 3-0 against Illinois in the Challenge, including wins in 2001, 2006 and 2007. The Terrapins lost to Illinois in a matchup last season in the 2K Sports Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer. The Illini prevailed 80-76 in a game at Madison Square Garden in New York. Illinois is receiving votes in both pols this week.
  • The Terrapins are coming off a 73-67 win over Florida Gulf Coast last Friday. Terrell Stoglin led the Terrapins with 24 points, giving him three games with at least 20 points in Maryland’s first five of the season. Stoglin, a sophomore guard, leads the ACC in scoring at 20.2 points per game and is the only player in the league over a 20-point average coming into this week’s Challenge.
  • James Padgett scored 11 points in 15 minutes against the Eagles and added four rebounds, an assist and a steal. The junior forward is third on the team in scoring (8.0 ppg) and second in rebounding (6.0 rpg), but leads the ACC with 4.2 offensive boards per game. Of his 30 rebounds this year, 21 have come at the offensive end.
  • Senior guard Sean Mosley also averages in double figures for the Terrapins, putting up 11.0 points per game. He has hit nine 3-pointers so far to lead the team and is 9-for-19 (.474) behind the arc. Mosley is averaging 5.6 rebounds per game.
  • Freshman guardNick Faust is one of two Terrapins (Mosley) to have started all five games this season, as head coach Mark Turgeon juggles his starting lineup. Faust leads the Terrapins in assists (13) and steals (7), while scoring 6.8 points per game.

    Scouting the Illini

  • Illinois comes into Tuesday night’s game with a 6-0 record, having outscored its opponent by an average margin of 18.8 points per game… Bruce Weber is in his ninth season as the head coach and will be seeking his 200th career win at Illinois on Tuesday night.
  • The Illini returned just one starter – D.J. Richardson – from last season’s 20-14 team which reached the NCAA Sweet Sixteen… The junior guard leads the team in scoring (13.5 ppg) and is connecting at a .405 mark from 3-point range.
  • Joining Richardson in the backcourt is junior Brandon Paul and newcomer Sam Maniscalco… Paul leads the team in assists (3.0 apg) while Maniscalco is third in scoring (11.5 ppg) and is shooting 54.8 percent from the field.
  • Meyers Leonard, a 7-foot-1 center, and Tyler Griffey, a 6-foot-8 forward, comprise the starting frontcourt… Leonard is second on the team in scoring (12.3 ppg) and leads the Big Ten in blocks (3.2 pg)… Griffey is averaging 5.5 rebounds per game, second on the team behind Leonard’s 6.8 rpg…
  • Freshman Nnanna Egwu, a 6-foot-11 forward/center, is another defensive threat… He has 10 blocks on the season and, as a team, the Illini lead the Big Ten with 6.8 blocks per game.

    Upcoming

    Maryland next plays on Sunday, Dec. 4 against Notre Dame in the nightcap of the BB&T Classic at Verizon Center in Washington, D.C… The Terrapins and Irish follow the opener with George Washington hosting VCU…

    Following the trip downtown, Maryland will play its next six and eight of its next nine games at Comcast Center in a stretch that has the Terps mostly home through mid-January… The Terrapins’ next game away from the area is on Sunday, Jan. 8 at NC State…

    NOTE THAT THE GAME VS. FIU ON 12/14 HAS BEEN MOVED TO A 7:30 P.M. START AND WILL BE ON ESPN.

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