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Maryland visits Ohio State Wednesday for Big Ten/ACC Challenge

Posted on 03 December 2013 by WNST Staff

Terps Head to #5 Ohio State for Big Ten/ACC Clash

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Maryland travels to Columbus, Ohio for its first road game of the season Wednesday at 6:00 pm as it takes on future Big Ten foe No. 5 Ohio State in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. It is the first meeting between the teams since 1985.The game will be aired live on ESPN.

Watch: ESPN – Dave O’Brien (Play-by-play), Bob Knight (Analyst)

Storylines

• The Terps are tied for the second-most wins in Big Ten/ACC Challenge history since the tournament’s inception in 1999 (Duke-12, Maryland-10, Wake Forest-10, Clemson-9). Maryland also has a tournament-best road mark of 4-1 amongst teams that have played at least four games, defeating Northwestern in Evanston, Ill. last season.

• Winners of four games in a row, Maryland was highly efficient offensively in an 89-62 victory against Morgan State last Friday, shooting 33-of-53 (.623) from the field en route to victory. The team also dished a season-high 26 assists, including six from freshman Roddy Peters.

• Maryland was lights-out from beyond the arc against Morgan State, connecting on 13-of-20 (.650) shots from beyond the arc. It was the first time the Terrapins made 13 3-pointers since they shot 13-of-30 in an overtime victory against North Carolina on Feb. 21, 2009. Jake Layman led the way Friday, knocking down seven 3-pointers for a career-high 27 points.

• Michigan transfer Evan Smotrycz has played Ohio State more times (six) than Maryland in its entire history (five). Smotrycz’s Wolverines played the Buckeyes three times in both 2010-11 and 2011-12.

Last Time Out
Maryland put on an incredible shooting display last Friday when it handily defeated Morgan State by its largest margin of the season, 89-62. After scoring a season-high 45 points in the first half, the Terps shot 67-percent in the second half to cap a strong offensive outing.
The Terps posted 14 points in the first 3:51 of the game and never looked back as they shot 33-of-53 (.623) from the field, including 13-of-20 (.650) from beyond the arc.
Jake Layman led the way in the outing, tallying a career-high 27 points on 7-of-10 shooting from 3-point range. In the second half, Layman scored 16 points in just 13 minutes of action. Meanwhile, Evan Smotrycz posted his second consecutive double-double with 19 points and a career-high 12 rebounds.

Scouting Ohio State
Ohio State enters Friday’s contest as one of the nation’s hottest teams, beginning the season 6-0 and climbing into the top-5 in the national rankings. The Buckeyes have dominated opponents, winning by an average margin of 19.6 points.
The Buckeyes are led by standout senior guard Aaron Craft, who earned 2013 First Team All-Big Ten and 2013 Big Ten Tournament Most Outstanding Player honors. Craft ranks second in the Big Ten in steals (2.5/g) and fourth in assists (5.3). Lenzelle Smith, Jr. leads the Buckeyes with 11.6 ppg, in addition to 4.6 rpg.
Ohio State has played suffocating defense thus far, holding opponents to just 53.3 ppg (2nd in the nation). OSU’s strong defense is coupled with its ability to avoid fouling opponents, ranking first in the Big Ten in fewest fouls (97).

Smotrycz Returns to Columbus
In two years as a player at Michigan, Evan Smotrycz amassed more experience (six games) against Ohio State than Maryland has in its entire history (five games). In six games, including two contests in the Big Ten Tournament, Smotrycz averaged 5.8 points and 3.5 rebounds in 20.2 minutes of action. His best performance came on January 12, 2011, when he scored 14 points and added six rebounds in a 68-64 loss.
Smotrycz has found early success in the Maryland system, notching back-to-back double-doubles in his last two performances. He is the first Terrapin to do so since Jordan Williams in 2011. After being named to the Paradise Jam All-Tournament Team last Monday, Smotrycz poured in 19 points and a career-high 12 rebounds against Morgan State.

Lights Out Layman
Sophomore Jake Layman had his best game in a Maryland uniform against Morgan State last Friday, turning in career-high marks in points (27), field goals made (9) and 3-point field goals made (7). Layman shot 7-of-10 from beyond the arc and 9-of-12 overall in the victory.
The Wrentham, Mass. native has been lethal from 3-point range this season, connecting on an ACC best 3.3/game (23rd nationally). His .511 percentage (23-45) from beyond the arc ranks third in the conference behind Joe Harris (UVA) and Ben Emelogu (VT).

Terps Support Toys for Tots
The Terps have partnered with the UMCP Campus Police and Prince George’s County Police for the Toys for Tots drive. Donation bins will be located outside Gates A, B and Terrapin Trail Garage entrances for the Men’s Basketball game onDecember 14 vs. Florida Atlantic. Fans are encouraged to bring new unwrapped toys for boy or girls to the game.

– Maryland –

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Maryland, Morgan set to tangle Friday at Comcast Center

Posted on 28 November 2013 by WNST Staff

Maryland returns to Comcast Center Friday as it takes on local foe Morgan State in its first action since winning the Paradise Jam last weekend. The contest will be aired live on ESPN3 at 6:00 pm.

Watch: ESPN 3 – Booker Corrigan (Play-by-Play), Glenn Consor (Analyst)

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

Storylines

• The Terps captured their first in-season tournament title since 2006 (2K Sports Coaches vs. Cancer Classic) as they won three games in four days to capture the Paradise Jam title in St. Thomas on the U.S. Virgin Islands. Maryland made quick work of Marist, before defeating Northern Iowa and Providence on back-to-back nights.

• A week removed from allowing 90 points against Oregon State at home, Maryland responded with renewed vigor in St. Thomas by holding its three opponents to an average of 51 points on just 30.7% shooting. The Terps gave up only 13 baskets from beyond the arc, holding opponents to a dismal 22.8% shooting.

• Dez Wells captured Paradise Jam Most Valuable Player honors, while teammate Evan Smotrycz was named to the All-Tournament team. Wells carried the Terps down the stretch against Providence, tallying 9 of his 13 points in the second half. Smotrycz recorded his first double-double of the season (fourth overall) in the effort with 13 pts and 11 rebs.

• Maryland meets Morgan State for the first time since 2009, when the Bears shocked Comcast Center with a 66-65 victory. The Terps lead the all-time series, 5-1.

Last Time Out
The Terps responded to a disappointing defensive effort against Oregon State by winning three games in four days to capture the Paradise Jam title in St. Thomas. It was the program’s first in-season tournament title since 2006, when it won the 2K Sports Coaches vs. Cancer Classic.
Maryland ran past Marist with a 68-43 victory, before defeating Northern Iowa (80-66) and Providence (56-52) on back-to-back nights. It was the Terrapins’ first meeting against all three teams.
The Terps appeared well on their way to a drubbing in the finals after taking a 19-point lead on a Varun Ram 3-pointer, but Providence fired back with a 20-4 run down the stretch. The Friars late push fell short, however, as Dez Wells scored nine of his 13 points in the second half to lead the Terps to victory.

Scouting Morgan State
Morgan State and Maryland meet Friday after spending the last week together 1,600 miles south at the Paradise Jam. The Bears took seventh place in St. Thomas, falling to La Salle and Vanderbilt on back-to-back days before defeating Marist on Monday, 74-67.
Senior Justin Black (Dematha) is off to a sizzling start for Morgan State, scoring double-figures in all seven games to open the season. Black had a season-high 28 points against Towson on November 12.
Center Ian Chiles presents an interesting matchup inside for the Terps, as the big man has averaged 13.9 points and 5.6 rebounds in 26.9 minutes this year. The 7-2 Chiles averaged 5 blocks/g in St. Thomas, including a season-high seven swats against Marist.

Dez Shines in Crunch Time
As Providence steadily chipped away at Maryland’s once seemingly insurmountable 19-point second half lead, the Terrapins turned to Dez Wells in crunch time to spark the offense. The junior scored eight of his 13 points in the final 7:44 of the championship game, including a jumper and two free throws in the closing minute.
Wells has made a habit of playing his best late in games this season, scoring at least nine second half points in four-of-six games. He had a season-high 16 second half points against Oregon State.
The Raleigh, N.C. native has also knocked down 19-of-23 shots (0.826) from the charity stripe in the second half.

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Maryland plays host to Pac-12 foe Oregon State Sunday night

Posted on 16 November 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Maryland continues its non-conference slate as it welcomes Oregon State to Comcast Center Sunday night at 6:00 p.m. on ESPNU.

TV: ESPNU – Eamon McAnaney (Play-by-Play), Len Elmore (Analyst) and Andy Katz (Sideline)

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

Storyline

• Maryland has won 30 consecutive non-conference games at Comcast Center since falling to William & Mary, 83-77, on Dec. 30, 2009. The Terps won all 10 of their home non-conference games last season by an average of 20.1 points.

• The Terps overcame a sluggish start against Abilene Christian Wednesday when they mounted a 29-0 run to close the game in emphatic fashion and win, 67-44. The Wildcats’ final point of the game came with 14:12 remaining in the second half.

• Maryland has outscored its opponents by a combined score of 47-11 in the final 11:50 of its first two games. UConn and ACU shot a combined 5-for-25 (.200) with 13 turnovers during that time period. UConn was 5-of-10 with six turnovers, while ACU was 0-of-15 with seven turnovers.

• Junior Evan Smotrycz is averaging 12.0 ppg after pouring in 13 points against UConn and 11 versus Abilene Christian. He is the first player to notch double-digit point totals in his first two games in a Maryland uniform sinceAlex Len scored 14 and 13 points on Dec. 28 and Dec. 31, 2011, respectively.

• Maryland point guard Seth Allen sustained a fracture in his left foot during practice on Oct. 29 and is expected to miss 10 weeks. Roddy Peters started as Maryland’s point guard against Abilene Christian.

Last Time Out
Maryland overcame a lackluster start against an upstart Abilene Christian side Wednesday at Comcast Center when it finished the contest on a 29-0 run to win, 67-44.
Abilene Christian shot 12-of-30 from the field in the first half, with six of those field goals coming beyond the 3-point arc. The Wildcats’ Parker Wentz posted 13 first half points (3-4 3-pt) to guide the visiting side to a surprising 30-29 halftime advantage.
The Terps responded in the second half, however, as Charles Mitchell took advantage of his size and dominated the post to the tune of 15 points and 11 rebounds. Abilene Christian did not register a single point in the final 14 minutes of the game.
The Wildcats were also held to zero free throw attempts – a feat that Maryland had not accomplished since Feb. 6, 1993 vs. Georgia Tech.

Scouting Oregon State
Oregon State returns four starters to a side that finished 14-18 (4-14 Pac-12) last season.The Beavers have solid experience as they carry six seniors on the roster. Tonight marks the first meeting in history between Maryland and Oregon State.
The Beavers earned their first victory of the season on Wednesday as they defeated Portland, 79-73. OSU fell in its season opener to Baltimore foe Coppin State on Nov. 10, 78-73.
Senior Roberto Nelson has gotten off to a sizzling start this season with 60 points through his first two games. Nelson posted 36 points against Coppin State before adding 24 points versus Portland. Angus Brandt and Devon Collier each chipped in double-doubles for the Beavers against Portland.

On Non-Conference Foes
With its defeat of Abilene Christian Wednesday, Maryland has now won 30 consecutive non-conference contests at Comcast Center dating back to the 2009-10 season when the Terps fell to William & Mary, 83-77, on December 30, 2009.
The Terps dominated their non-conference home slate last season, winning all 10 games by an average margin of 20.1 points.
In total, Maryland is 23-5 in all non-conference competitions dating back to the beginning of the 2011-12 season.

Layman Sparks Terps Again
Jake Layman’s ability to score in bunches when the Terps need a lift has become habit for the sophomore through the first two games of the season.
Maryland was shooting just 1-for-12 from 3-point range before Layman knocked down three 3-pointers in a span of 3:23 to spark the Terps’ remarkable 29-0 run. Layman was the catalyst for 14 of the first 18 points in the run. Layman also had nine points in an 11-0 run against UConn in the season opener.

Locking Down in Crunch Time
Maryland has cracked down on its defense in crunch time this season, outscoring opponents by a combined total of 47-11 in the final 11:50 of action (27-11 vs. UConn, 20-0 vs. ACU).
Through the first two games, UConn and ACU shot a combined 5-for-25 (.200) with 13 turnovers during that time period. UConn was 5-of-10 with six turnovers, while ACU was 0-of-15 with seven turnovers.

Terps Fall to #19 UConn in Nail-Biter
Maryland showed incredible resiliency in its season-opener against No. 19 Connecticut last Friday at Barclays Center, climbing back from a 17-point second half deficit to earn an opportunity for a game-winning shot in the waning seconds. With six seconds remaining on the clock, Evan Smotrycz inbounded the ball to Dez Wells at the elbow, but the junior’s game-winning bid rimmed out as UConn held on for the 78-77 victory.
Junior Nick Faust had a team-high 17 points, including a critical string of consecutive baskets toward the end of the game, while Wells finished with 13 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Smotrycz had 13 points and nine rebounds in his Terrapin debut, sparking Maryland with a 4-for-4 shooting start.
Varun Ram appeared in his first contest in a Maryland uniform, while freshmen Roddy Peters (18 mins., 5 pts.) andDamonte Dodd made their collegiate debuts.

Quick Hitters
• Guard Seth Allen broke his left foot in practice on October 29 and is expected to miss 10 weeks. Dez Wells started at point guard in the exhibition against Catholic.
• Evan Smotrycz became the first player since Alex Len to record double-digit point totals in the first two games of his Maryland career.
• Maryland won 25 games in a season for the ninth time in school history last year. The Terps also won 25 or more in 1971-72 (27), 1984-85 (25), 1994-95 (26), 1998-99 (28), 1999-2000 (25), 2000-01 (25), 2001-02 (32) and 2006-07 (25). Mark Turgeon is the third Maryland coach to achieve the feat, joining Lefty Driesell and Gary Williams.
• Turgeon’s winning percentage of .600 (42-28) through his first two seasons is the best mark by a Maryland coach in program history. Bud Millikan had a .592 winning percentage, Gary Williams had a .574 mark and Lefty Driesell garnered a .519 percentage.
• The Terps appeared in the NIT for the eighth time in school history last year, and hold a 14-7 record in the tournament.
• The NIT appearance marked the ninth time in the last 11 years that head coach Mark Turgeon has led his team to the postseason. Turgeon led Wichita State to the NIT in 2003, 2004 and 2005, and the NCAA Sweet Sixteen in 2006. He then led Texas A&M to the NCAA second round all four of his years in College Station (2008-11).
• Head coach Mark Turgeon’s teams have won at least 20 games in five of the last six seasons and eight of the last 10.
• Maryland set a single-season record for games played (38) last season. The previous record was 37 in 1984-85.
• Maryland did not beat a ranked opponent in either of the two seasons prior to last year. The Terps had three wins over a ranked team last year: No. 14/15 NC State (Jan. 16), No. 2/1 Duke (Feb. 16), and No. 2/2 Duke (March 15).
• The 13-game winning streak Maryland went on last season was tied for the second longest in school history, trailing just the 14-game streak the Terps went on in 1931-32.

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Maryland looks for first win Wednesday against Abilene Christian

Posted on 12 November 2013 by WNST Staff

Game Info

• Maryland hosts Abilene Christian in its 2013-14 home opener Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. in Comcast Center on the Raycom Sports Network. It is the first meeting in history between the sides, as Abilene Christian begins its first season in Division I play.

• The game can be seen live on the Raycom Sports Network, called by Wes Durham and Mike Gminski. Fans can also listen to Johnny Holliday and Chris Knoche live on the Terrapin Sports Radio Network.

Storyline

• Maryland has won 35 consecutive home openers dating back to 1976 when it lost to Notre Dame, 80-79, in overtime. The Terps are 75-17 (.815) all-time in home openers. Maryland defeated Morehead State in its home opener last season, 67-45, led by 12 points from Nick Faust.

• The Terps lost a heartbreaker to No. 19 UConn Friday night at Barclays Center, 78-77. Once trailing by 17 points in the second half, Maryland mounted a furious comeback that led to a game-winning bid by Dez Wells. Wells’ shot rimmed out with three seconds remaining, however, as the Huskies sealed the win.

• Maryland’s second half comeback was prompted by a Shabazz Napier technical foul with 11:43 to play. The Terps responded to the tech by posting an 11-0 run that included nine points (two 3-pointers) by sophomore Jake Layman. Layman’s nine points came in a span of 2:08.

• Nick Faust led the Terrapins with 17 points against UConn, while Evan Smotrycz posted 13 points and nine rebounds in his Maryland debut. The Terps had five scorers in double-figures (Faust-17, Smotrycz-13, Wells-13, Layman-13, Mitchell-12).

• Point guard Seth Allen sustained a fracture in his left foot during practice on October 29 and is expected to miss 10 weeks. Dez Wells started as Maryland’s point guard against UConn Friday.

On Home Openers

Maryland has won 35 consecutive home openers, last falling in a home opener on November 27, 1976 to Notre Dame, 80-79, in overtime. Maryland is 75-17 (.815) all-time in home openers in College Park.

The Terps defeated Morehead State, 67-45, in last year’s home opener at Comcast Center. Maryland had control from the outset with a 35-19 halftime advantage, and was led by 12 points from Nick Faust and nine rebounds fromCharles Mitchell.

Head coach Mark Turgeon is 15-0 all-time in home openers.

Scouting Abilene Christian

Abilene Christian fell in its season-opener at Duquesne, 94-75, Friday, November 11, and most recently lost to St. Bonaventure on Monday, 75-47. Last Friday’s game against Duquesne was the Wildcats’ first contest as an NCAA Division I affiliate. The newest member of the Southland Conference, the Wildcats open the season with a tough slate that includes 10 consecutive road games.

Abilene is led by Harrison Hawkins, who is averaging 14 points and three rebounds. Hawkins’ teammate, Austin Cooke, is averaging nine rebounds and 8.5 points through two games.

Sophomore Parker Wentz (8.3 ppg) is the Wildcats only returning player from a season ago, as the squad added 12 new faces, including eight junior college transfers.

Last Time Out

Maryland showed incredible resiliency in its season-opener against No. 19 Connecticut Friday at Barclays Center, climbing back from a 17-point second half deficit to earn an opportunity for a game-winning shot in the waning seconds. With six seconds remaining on the clock, Evan Smotrycz inbounded the ball to Dez Wells at the elbow, but the junior’s game-winning bid rimmed out as UConn held on for the 78-77 victory.

Junior Nick Faust had a team-high 17 points, including a critical string of consecutive baskets toward the end of the game, while Wells finished with 13 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Smotrycz had 13 points and nine rebounds in his Terrapin debut, sparking Maryland with a 4-for-4 shooting start.

Varun Ram appeared in his first contest in a Maryland uniform, while freshmen Roddy Peters (18 mins., 5 pts.) and Damonte Dodd made their collegiate debuts.

Layman Sparks Second Half Run

The Terps’ resiliency was on full display against UConn Friday as their dramatic comeback bid fell one bucket short. From the  point when UConn took a 67-50 lead with 11:52 remaining, Maryland responded to a Shabazz Napier technical foul by outscoring the Huskies, 27-11, for the remainder of the game.

The run was sparked by sophomore Jake Layman, who had posted only four points prior. Layman hit one-of-two free throws from the techincal foul, and then sank a 3-pointer on the same possession. After Roddy Peters finished a lay-up, Layman made two more free throws and added a second 3-pointer to cap an 11-0 Maryland run. Layman’s nine points in the run came in a span of 2:08.

Quick Hitters

• Guard Seth Allen broke his left foot in practice on October 29 and is expected to miss 10 weeks. Dez Wells started at point guard in the exhibition against Catholic.

• Maryland won 25 games in a season for the ninth time in school history last year. The Terps also won 25 or more in 1971-72 (27), 1984-85 (25), 1994-95 (26), 1998-99 (28), 1999-2000 (25), 2000-01 (25), 2001-02 (32) and 2006-07 (25). Mark Turgeon is the third Maryland coach to achieve the feat, joining Lefty Driesell and Gary Williams.

• Turgeon’s winning percentage of .600 (42-28) through his first two seasons is the best mark by a Maryland coach in program history. Bud Millikan had a .592 winning percentage, Gary Williams had a .574 mark and Lefty Driesell garnered a .519 percentage.

• The Terps appeared in the NIT for the eighth time in school history last year, and hold a 14-7 record in the tournament.

• The NIT appearance marked the ninth time in the last 11 years that head coach Mark Turgeon has led his team to the postseason. Turgeon led Wichita State to the NIT in 2003, 2004 and 2005, and the NCAA Sweet Sixteen in 2006. He then led Texas A&M to the NCAA second round all four of his years in College Station (2008-11).

• Head coach Mark Turgeon’s teams have won at least 20 games in five of the last six seasons and eight of the last 10.

• Maryland set a single-season record for games played (38) last season. The previous record was 37 in 1984-85.

• Maryland did not beat a ranked opponent in either of the two seasons prior to last year. The Terps had three wins over a ranked team last year: No. 14/15 NC State (Jan. 16), No. 2/1 Duke (Feb. 16), and No. 2/2 Duke (March 15).

• The 13-game winning streak Maryland went on last season was tied for the second longest in school history, trailing just the 14-game streak the Terps went on in 1931-32.

Head Coach Mark Turgeon

• Turgeon led his teams to at least 20 wins in eight of the last 10 seasons.

• His teams have advanced to postseason play nine times in the last 11 years, including NCAA berths in five of the last eight seasons. His record in the last nine years is 226-112 (.675).

• As a player, assistant coach and head coach, Turgeon has compiled a 26-13 NCAA Tournament record (8-4 as a player, 13-4 as an assistant, 5-5 as a head coach).

• In 14 NCAA Tournament appearances as a player, assistant coach and head coach, Turgeon has lost an NCAA opener only twice (Oregon in 1995 under Coach Jerry Green, and 2011 as the head coach at Texas A&M – 57-50 loss vs. Florida State).

Lengthy Lineup

The Terps’ length could cause formidable matchup problems for opponents this season, as its starting lineup against UConn on Friday averaged 6’7.5”. The starting lineup featured forwards Shaquille Cleare (6’9”), Evan Smotrycz (6’9”) and Jake Layman (6’8”), and guards Nick Faust (6’6”) and Dez Wells (6’5”).

Featuring tall players is nothing new to Maryland, however, as the Terps trotted out a lineup averaging 6’8” three times last season (Wells, Faust, Layman, Cleare, Len). That combination of players was just 1-2 in three games – defeating Clemson (2/23) and falling to then-No. 1 Duke (1/26) and Georgia Tech (2/27).

Milestones, Streaks, etc.

• Dez Wells has scored at least nine points in 12 consecutive games dating back to last season.

• Head coach Mark Turgeon needs just eight more victories to reach 300 for his coaching career.

• Maryland’s last victory over a ranked team was an 83-74 win over then-No.2 Duke on 3/15/2012 in the semifinals of the ACC Tournament in Greensboro Coliseum.

• The Terps’ last road win over a ranked team was an 82-80 win at then-No. 1 North Carolina on 1/19/2008.

• Maryland’s last losing season came in 1992-93, the last year of devastating NCAA sanctions levied against previous staffs at Maryland.

• Each school in the ACC has had a losing season since the Terps fell below .500 21               seasons ago. In fact, nine of the 11 ACC opponents have suffered through a losing season          since the Terps won the NCAA title in 2002, with Duke and UNC the exceptions.

Maryland Debuts

A number of players made their Maryland debuts Friday night against UConn. Transfers Evan Smotrycz (13 pts, 9 rebs) and Varun Ram (2 mins.) saw their first action of the season after sitting out the entire 2012-13 season due to NCAA transfer rules. Smotrycz came from the University of Michigan, while Ram transferred from Trinity College.

A pair of freshmen also made their collegiate debuts for Maryland as Roddy Peters and Damonte Dodd subbed in from the bench. Peters tallied five points in 18 minutes of action, and will be looked upon to make significant contributions in the wake of Seth Allen’s injury.

Summer Tour: The Bahamas

Maryland traveled to the Bahamas for its Summer Tour this past August, earning three victories in three days against Bahamas All-Stars, Commonwealth Giants and Grand Bahamas All-Stars.

Sophomore Jake Layman starred on the trip for the Terps, averaging 21.3 points over the course of the three contests, including a pair of 25-point performances.

Junior Dez Wells opened the trip with 22 points, nine rebounds and a number of electrifying dunks in the Terps’ 92-84 victory over the Bahamas All-Stars. Sophomore Seth Allen led the way in the second game, notching 26 points and 10 assists in a 97-90 win over the Commonwealth Giants. Layman and Nick Faust closed the trip with 25 and 20 points, respectively, in the Terps’ 11-point win over the Grand Bahamas All-Stars.

The trip was particularly significant for sophomore Shaquille Cleare, a native of Andros, Bahamas. Although Cleare was unable to play due to injury, his family and friends were in attendance at the games to support the Terps. The sophomore also enjoyed showing his teammates and coaches around the Bahamian mainline.

Experience is Evident

Head coach Mark Turgeon returns his most experienced team in three years as coach at Maryland, including 12 letterwinners from a season ago. Among the returners is Dez WellsNick FaustJake Layman and Shaquille Cleare, who combined for 94 starts a season ago. Additionally, Evan Smotrycz started 42 games during his two seasons at Michigan.

Despite the experience, it must be noted that none of Maryland’s rotational players are seniors which bodes well for the future. Former walk-on John Auslander is the lone senior on the squad.

Tough Schedule

With the addition of Syracuse, Pittsburgh and Notre Dame to the ACC this season, Maryland will play a highly formidable schedule in 2013. Including last week’s game with No. 18 Connecticut to open the season, the Terps are scheduled to face seven ranked teams in the Associated Press Preseason Top-25.

For the first time in the history of its existence in the ACC, Maryland will not play Duke, North Carolina or North Carolina State at home. In fact, this marks the first year Maryland will not play Duke at home since 1955.

The 18-game conference slate features four home-and-home dates for Maryland: Pittsburgh, Florida State, Virginia and Virginia Tech.

Fresh Faces

Head coach Mark Turgeon and his staff signed its second consecutive consensus top-20 recruiting class this season with the addition of local products Damonte Dodd (Centreville, Md.) and Roddy Peters (District Heights, Md.).

Maryland has had a player recognized on the ACC All-Freshman Team three out of the last four seasons, and hopes to continue the trend this season with Peters and Dodd. Prior to Nick Faust in 2012, Terrell Stoglin was honored in 2011 and Jordan Williams was honored in 2010.

Turgeon on Peters: “He has excellent court vision, a great feel for the game and his length at his position is a great asset. He’s an unselfish basketball player that is all about winning.”

Turgeon on Dodd: “Damonte will be fun to coach and he really has big upside. He runs, rebounds, and blocks shots, and his best years on the basketball court are ahead of him.”

Home Sweet Home

Maryland has been a dominant home team over the years:

• The Terps are 865-298 (.744) all-time at home dating back to 1923-24.

• Maryland is 159-36 (.815) all-time at Comcast Center.

• Maryland is 213-41 (.839) at home the last 12 seasons (since 1998-99).

• Maryland is 76-17 (.817) in home-openers in College Park all-time, including a 36-game winning streak (last loss on 11/27/76 to Notre Dame, 80-79, OT). The Terps did not play a home game in 1918-19.

Fear the Turtle!

Maryland is one of the most consistent winning programs in the country following more than a decade of excellence:

• The Terps have averaged 22.41 wins per season the last 17 years, including eight consecutive 20-win seasons from 1996-2004.

• Maryland has 18 postseason appearances in the last 20 years, including 11 consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament from 1993-2004.

• The Terrapins have won at least two postseason games (ACC, NCAA, NIT) in 10 of the last 15 seasons.

• The Terps have advanced to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen seven times in the last 19 years.

• Maryland made consecutive trips to the NCAA Final Four in 2001 and 2002 .

• The Terps captured the 2002 NCAA National Championship.

• The Terps captured the 2004 ACC Tournament Championship.

• Maryland shared the 2010 ACC Regular-Season Title with eventual national-champion Duke.

Working Overtime

• Maryland is 48-51 all-time in overtime games. Maryland was 0-1 last season in extra sessions, falling to Virginia, 61-58, at Comcast Center on March 10, 2013.

• Maryland has played at least one overtime game in 18 of the last 21 seasons. The Terps did not go overtime in 2010-11, marking the first time in eight seasons they finished business in regulation for the entire.

• Maryland’s 89-74 OT win over Vermont (11/21/08) marked the largest winning margin in an overtime game for the Terps, who outscored the Catamounts 17-2, including the first 17 points of the extra session.

• Maryland is 25-18 in overtime games played at home, including a 6-1 mark at Comcast Center. The last overtime game at Comcast was on March 4, 2012, when Maryland lost to Virginia, 75-72.

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Maryland starts 2013-2014 campaign Friday night in Brooklyn against UConn

Posted on 07 November 2013 by WNST Staff

Storyline

• Maryland opens its season for the second consecutive year at Barclays Center as it takes on No. 19 Connecticut Friday night at 6:30 p.m. on ESPN2. The Terps narrowly fell to then-No. 3 Kentucky, 72-69, in their season-opener at Barclays Center last season on November 9, 2012.

• The game can be seen live on ESPN2, called by John Saunders and Len Elmore. Fans can also listen to the action on the Terrapin Sports Radio Network, called by Johnny Holliday, Chris Knoche and Walt Williams.

• Head coach Mark Turgeon returns six key players from last season’s 25-13 squad that advanced to the NIT semifinals: guards Seth AllenNick Faust and Dez Wells and forwards Shaquille CleareJake Layman and Charles Mitchell. Maryland also added 6’9” Michigan transfer Evan Smotrycz, who sat out last season due to NCAA transfer rules. The Terps won five of their last seven games last year, posting 25 wins for the first time since 2007.

• The Terps led the Atlantic Coast Conference in both field goal percentage defense (.385) and rebound margin (+8.6), becoming the first ACC team do so since North Carolina in 1998. Key to that success was Alex Len, who was drafted with the fifth overall pick in the NBA Draft by the Phoenix Suns. Len will be replaced inside by Shaquille Cleare (2.7 rpg) and Charles Mitchell (5.4 rpg), a pair that combined to play in 75 games as freshmen in 2012-13.

• Three of Maryland’s top four scorers return from last season: Dez Wells (13.1 ppg), Nick Faust (9.4 ppg) and Seth Allen (7.8 ppg). Wells averaged 17.8 points on .558 shooting during a 10-game span from February 27 – March 26, including a 30-point effort in the Terps’ ACC Tournament semifinal victory over No. 2 Duke.

• Point guard Seth Allen sustained a fracture in his left foot during practice on October 29 and is expected to miss 10 weeks. Dez Wells started as Maryland’s point guard in its lone exhibition on Nov. 3 against Catholic.

On Openers

The Terps had previously won 10 straight season debuts dating back to 2001 before falling to then-No. 3 Kentucky at Barclays Center last season, 72-69, on November 9, 2012.

Once trailing by 15 points to Kentucky in the first half, Maryland stormed back to take a 63-62 lead with 5:37 left to play before falling in the final minutes. Alex Len had 23 points and 12 rebounds in the effort, while Nick Faust had 11 points.

Head coach Mark Turgeon has won 12 of 15 regular-season openers in his career, including 10 straight prior to last season’s loss. His only two other losses were with Jacksonville State to open the 1999-2000 season and Wichita State to open the 2001-02 season.

Scouting Connecticut

Senior Shabazz Napier and junior Ryan Boatright return to the Connecticut backcourt this season as the Huskies begin their inaugural season in the American Athletic Conference. With his first season as head coach in the books, Kevin Ollie is looking to build on a 20-win season in 2012-13 as he brings back 92.4% of the scoring and 88.1% of the minutes played from last year.

Napier (17.5 ppg) and Boatright (15.5 ppg) combine for quite possibly the nation’s most talented backcourt, as the tandem led UConn in both points, assists and steals last season. Napier was also second on the team in rebounds (4.4).

Sophomore Omar Calhoun, a Big East All-Rookie Team selection last year, will provide an interesting matchup for the Terps’ Jake Layman on the wing. An athletic forward, Calhoun averaged 11.1 points and 3.9 rebounds as a freshman.

UConn: A History

Friday’s matchup will mark the fourth time in six total meetings that Maryland and UConn square off on a neutral court. The University of Maryland’s Ritchie Coliseum hosted the inaugural meeting on February 15, 1941, as Connecticut was victorious, 52-43.

Friday’s matchup marks the first time Maryland and UConn have met since the pair of sides played in a memorable NCAA Tournament East Regional Final in Syracuse, N.Y. on March 24, 2002. In a frantic game that saw 25 lead changes — including seven in the final 12 minutes — the Terps outlasted the Huskies in a barnburner, 90-82, on tremendous outings from Lonny Baxter (29 pts) and Juan Dixon (27 pts).

Maryland went on to win the National Championship with a 64-52 defeat of Indiana one week later.

In fact, Maryland has advanced to the Final Four the last two times it has played UConn (2001, 2002). The 2001 meeting was in the BB&T Classic.

Lengthy Lineup

The Terps’ length could cause formidable matchup problems for opponents this season, as its starting lineup against Catholic on Sunday averaged 6’7.5”. The starting lineup featured forwards Shaquille Cleare (6’9”), Evan Smotrycz (6’9”) and Jake Layman (6’8”) and guards Nick Faust (6’6”) and Dez Wells (6’5”).

Featuring tall players is nothing new to Maryland, however, as the Terps featured a lineup averaging 6’8” three times last season (Wells, Faust, Layman, Cleare, Len). That combination of players was just 1-2 in three games – defeating Clemson (2/23) and falling to then-No. 1 Duke (1/26) and Georgia Tech (2/27).

Last Time Out

Maryland cruised by Catholic University, 84-39, in its lone exhibition game of the year on Nov. 3 as the Terps shot 52.8% from the floor (59.1% in the second half).

The Terps trailed early, 10-8, but received a quick boost on three consecutive 3-pointers from sophomore Jake Layman in a span of 68 seconds to take a 17-10 lead. Layman led all scorers with 23 points in the contest. His official career-high is 20 points against Virginia Tech (1/5/13).

Charles Mitchell notched a game-high 11 rebounds (6 off., 5 def.), including 10 in the first half, while freshmanDamonte Dodd snagged eight boards. Nick Faust had 14 points and Evan Smotrycz added 11 points and four assists.

The Terps went 9 of 19 from 3-point range (.474), led by Layman’s 5-for-7 shooting. Faust added three 3-pointers, as well.

Head Coach Mark Turgeon

• Turgeon led his teams to at least 20 wins in eight of the last 10 seasons.

• His teams have advanced to postseason play nine times in the last 11 years, including NCAA berths in five of the last eight seasons. His record in the last nine years is 226-112 (.675).

• As a player, assistant coach and head coach, Turgeon has compiled a 26-13 NCAA Tournament record (8-4 as a player, 13-4 as an assistant, 5-5 as a head coach).

• In 14 NCAA Tournament appearances as a player, assistant coach and head coach, Turgeon has lost an NCAA opener only twice (Oregon in 1995 under Coach Jerry Green, and 2011 as the head coach at Texas A&M – 57-50 loss vs. Florida State).

Milestones, Streaks, etc.

• Maryland’s last victory over a ranked team was an 83-74 win over then-No.2 Duke on 3/15/2012 in the semifinals of the ACC Tournament in Greensboro Coliseum.

• The Terps’ last road win over a ranked team was an 82-80 win at then-No. 1 North Carolina on 1/19/2008.

• Maryland’s last losing season came in 1992-93, the last year of devastating NCAA sanctions levied against previous staffs at Maryland.

• Each school in the ACC has had a losing season since the Terps fell below .500 21 seasons ago. In fact, nine of the 11 ACC opponents have suffered through a losing season since the Terps won the NCAA title in 2002, with Duke and UNC the exceptions.

• Dez Wells has scored at least nine points in 11 consecutive games dating back to last season.

Summer Tour: The Bahamas

Maryland traveled to the Bahamas for its Summer Tour this past August, earning three victories in three days against Bahamas All-Stars, Commonwealth Giants and Grand Bahamas All-Stars.

Sophomore Jake Layman starred on the trip for the Terps, averaging 21.3 points over the course of the three contests, including a pair of 25-point performances.

Junior Dez Wells opened the trip with 22 points, nine rebounds and a number of electrifying dunks in the Terps’ 92-84 victory over the Bahamas All-Stars. Sophomore Seth Allen led the way in the second game, notching 26 points and 10 assists in a 97-90 win over the Commonwealth Giants. Layman and Nick Faust closed the trip with 25 and 20 points, respectively, in the Terps’ 11-point win over the Grand Bahamas All-Stars.

The trip was particularly significant for sophomore Shaquille Cleare, a native of Andros, Bahamas. Although Cleare was unable to play due to injury, his family and friends were in attendance at the games to support the Terps. The sophomore also enjoyed showing his teammates and coaches around the Bahamian mainline.

Albert King to be Recognized

Terrapin legend and Brooklyn native Albert King will be recognized during tonight’s game. King’s #55 jersey currently graces the rafters of the Comcast Center for his contributions to the Maryland Terrapin basketball program from 1977-1981.

Regarded as the nation’s best high school player as a senior at Fort Hamilton High School, King ended one of the most publicized recruitment efforts of the era by choosing Maryland over 500 other colleges across the country.

After tallying 13.6 points and 6.7 rebounds as a freshman and then earning All-America accolades as a sophomore, King turned in a season for the ages as a junior. The all-purpose Terp broke the then-Maryland single-season record with 674 points, earning two appearances on the cover of Sports Illustrated. He garnered ACC Player of the Year and first team All-America for his efforts honors. Over 30 years later, King remains among the top-four scorers all-time in Maryland history.

King was one of four Terrapins selected in the 1981 draft, selected 10th overall by the New Jersey Nets, alongside teammate Buck Williams. He played in the NBA for nine seasons.

Quick Hitters

• Guard Seth Allen broke his left foot in practice on October 29 and is expected to miss 10 weeks. Dez Wells started at point guard in the exhibition against Catholic.

• Maryland won 25 games in a season for the ninth time in school history last year. The Terps also won 25 or more in 1971-72 (27), 1984-85 (25), 1994-95 (26), 1998-99 (28), 1999-2000 (25), 2000-01 (25), 2001-02 (32) and 2006-07 (25). Mark Turgeon is the third Maryland coach to achieve the feat, joining Lefty Driesell and Gary Williams.

• Turgeon’s current winning percentage of .600 (42-28) is the best mark by a Maryland coach in his first two seasons. Bud Millikan had a .592 winning percentage, Gary Williams had a .574 mark and Lefty Driesell garnered a .519 percentage.

• The Terps appeared in the NIT for the eighth time in school history last year, and hold a 14-7 record in the tournament.

• The NIT appearance marked the ninth time in the last 11 years that head coach Mark Turgeon has led his team to the postseason. Turgeon led Wichita State to the NIT in 2003, 2004 and 2005, and the NCAA Sweet Sixteen in 2006. He then led Texas A&M to the NCAA second round all four of his years in College Station (2008-11).

• Head coach Mark Turgeon’s teams have now won at least 20 games in five of the last six seasons and eight of the last 10.

• Maryland set a single-season record for games played (38) last season. The previous record was 37 in 1984-85.

• Maryland did not beat a ranked opponent in either of the two seasons prior to last year. The Terps had three wins over a ranked team last year: No. 14/15 NC State, No. 2/1 Duke (Feb. 16), and No. 2/2 Duke (March 15).

• The 13-game winning streak Maryland went on last season was tied for the second longest in school history, trailing just the 14-game streak the Terps went on in 1931-32.

Experience is Evident

Head coach Mark Turgeon returns his most experienced team in three years as coach at Maryland, including 12 letterwinners from a season ago. Among the returners is Dez WellsNick FaustJake Layman and Shaquille Cleare, who combined for 94 starts a season ago. Additionally, Evan Smotrycz started 42 games during his two seasons at Michigan.

Despite the experience, it must be noted that none of Maryland’s rotational players are seniors which bodes well for the future. Former walk-on John Auslander is the lone senior on the squad.

Tough Schedule

With the addition of Syracuse, Pittsburgh and Notre Dame to the ACC this season, Maryland will play a highly formidable schedule in 2013. Including a date with No. 19 Connecticut to open the season, the Terps are schedule to face seven ranked teams in the Associate Press Preseason Top-25.

For the first time in the history of its existence in the ACC, Maryland will not play Duke, North Carolina or North Carolina State at home. In fact, this marks the first year Maryland will not play Duke at home since 1955.

The 18-game conference slate features four home-and-home dates for Maryland: Pittsburgh, Florida State, Virginia and Virginia Tech.

Fresh Faces

Head coach Mark Turgeon and his staff signed its second consecutive consensus top-20 recruiting class this season with the addition of local products Damonte Dodd (Centreville, Md.) and Roddy Peters (District Heights, Md.).

Maryland has had a player recognized on the ACC All-Freshman Team three out of the last four seasons, and hopes to continue the trend this season with Peters and Dodd. Prior to Nick Faust in 2012, Terrell Stoglin was honored in 2011 and Jordan Williams was honored in 2010.

Turgeon on Peters: “He has excellent court vision, a great feel for the game and his length at his position is a great asset. He’s an unselfish basketball player that is all about winning.”

Turgeon on Dodd: “Damonte will be fun to coach and he really has big upside. He runs, rebounds, and blocks shots, and his best years on the basketball court are ahead of him.”

Home Sweet Home

Maryland has been a dominant home team over the years:

• The Terps are 865-298 (.744) all-time at home dating back to 1923-24.

• Maryland is 159-36 (.815) all-time at Comcast Center.

• Maryland is 213-41 (.839) at home the last 12 seasons (since 1998-99).

• Maryland is 76-17 (.817) in home-openers in College Park all-time, including a 36-game winning streak (last loss on 11/27/76 to Notre Dame, 80-79, OT). The Terps did not play a home game in 1918-19.

Fear the Turtle!

Maryland is one of the most consistent winning programs in the country following more than a decade of excellence:

• The Terps have averaged 22.41 wins per season the last 17 years, including eight consecutive 20-win seasons from 1996-2004.

• Maryland has 18 postseason appearances in the last 20 years, including 11 consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament from 1993-2004.

• The Terrapins have won at least two postseason games (ACC, NCAA, NIT) in 10 of the last 15 seasons.

• The Terps have advanced to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen seven times in the last 19 years.

• Maryland made consecutive trips to the NCAA Final Four in 2001 and 2002 .

• The Terps captured the 2002 NCAA National Championship.

• The Terps captured the 2004 ACC Tournament Championship.

• Maryland shared the 2010 ACC Regular-Season Title with eventual national-champion Duke.

Working Overtime

Maryland is 48-51 all-time in overtime games. Maryland was 0-1 last season in extra sessions, falling to Virginia, 61-58, at Comcast Center on March 10, 2013.

• Maryland has played at least one overtime game in 18 of the last 21 seasons. The Terps did not go overtime in 2010-11, marking the first time in eight seasons they finished business in regulation for the entire.

• Maryland’s 89-74 OT win over Vermont (11/21/08) marked the largest winning margin in an overtime game for the Terps, who outscored the Catamounts 17-2, including the first 17 points of the extra session.

• Maryland is 25-18 in overtime games played at home, including a 6-1 mark at Comcast Center. The last overtime game at Comcast was on March 4, 2012, when Maryland lost to Virginia, 75-72.

Lunch with the Legends

Prior to Friday’s game against Connecticut, former coaching legends Gary Williams and Jim Calhoun will team up for “Lunch with the Lengends” in the University Club in New York, N.Y. at 12:00 p.m.

Williams and Calhoun, in addition to former Maryland and Connecticut players, will engage with attendees as they reflect on their respective national championship winning teams. Williams and Calhoun last met when the Terps ousted the Huskies in the 2002 NCAA Regional Final en route to capturing the national title.

Williams and Calhoun combined for over 1,000 victories during their respective time at Maryland and Connecticut, winning four national championships.

McLendon Scholarship Check Presentation

Maryland athletics is proud to announce the presentation of a check from Barclays Center to the John McLendon Minority Scholarship Foundation. Maryland director of athletics Kevin Anderson, a board member of the John McLendon Minority Foundation, will be accepting the check on behalf of the Foundation. Brett Yorkmark, CEO of the Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center, will present the check on behalf of Barclays Center.

The McLendon Foundation was founded by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) in 1998. The organization provides educational opportunities and serves as a vehicle for networking, information and advocacy on behalf of the profession. Since its inception, the program has provided more than 65 postgradute scholarships in the amount of $10,000 each to minority students pursuing a postgraduate degree in athletics administration.

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Layman leads way as Maryland cruises in only preseason tuneup

Posted on 03 November 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Jake Layman had a game-high 23 points and Charles Mitchell recorded a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds as the Maryland men’s basketball team won its lone exhibition, 84-39, against Catholic Sunday at Comcast Center.

“We had a lot of players play well,” said head coach Mark Turgeon. “Charles Mitchell rebounding, Jake [Layman] shooting the ball and Nick Faust defensively were tremendous tonight.”

The game started out back-and-forth for the first seven minutes until Layman propelled the Terps with three consecutive 3-pointers in a 68 second span to give Maryland a 17-10 lead it would never relinquish.

Layman’s 23 points were on 7-for-12 shooting and 5-for-7 beyond the arc. Had this been a regular season game, it would have been a career-high points. He previously had 20 points against Virginia Tech last season.

Mitchell led the defense, posting 10 of his 11 rebounds in the first half. Damonte Dodd added eight rebounds, whileEvan Smotrycz had seven rebounds and four assists.

Maryland shot .528 percent from the field and .474 from downtown, as it held Catholic to 19% shooting in the second half.

The Terps start the regular season on November 8 versus Connecticut at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

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Maryland plays only preseason tuneup Sunday against Catholic U

Posted on 03 November 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Mark Turgeon and the 2013-14 Maryland men’s basketball team debut against Catholic in their lone exhibition Sunday at 1:00 p.m. in Comcast Pavilion.

Turgeon returns 12 letterwinners to a Terrapin team that won 25 games and advanced to the NIT semifinals a season ago. Among the returners are Dez Wells (13.1 ppg), Nick Faust (9.4 ppg) and Charles Mitchell (5.4 rpg).

The team has practiced since the beginning of September and has had a pair of scrimmages open to the public, but this will mark the first true test against opposing competition.

“We’ve had some opportunities to play in front of crowds at Maryland Madness and in open scrimmages,” Turgeon said. “However, this is a great step for us prior to the start of the season.”

The Terps fell on hard luck Tuesday night when starting point guard Seth Allen fractured his left foot at practice. Expected to miss 10 weeks, Allen will be replaced at point guard by Wells Sunday.

“Dez is going to be the starting point guard on Sunday against Catholic,” Turgeon said. “Everybody is going to have to step up and do a little more. We are further along though because we had the summer tour in the Bahamas.”

Turgeon brought in a pair of highly touted local recruits in 6’3” guard Roddy Peters (District Heights, Md.) and 6’9” forward Damonte Dodd (Centreville, Md.). The duo is joined by sharpshooting junior Evan Smotrycz (Michigan), who sat out last season due to NCAA transfer rules.

Maryland opens its regular season slate Friday, November 8 as it takes on No. 18 Connecticut at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available online at Ticketmaster.com.

 

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Terps to hold basketball scrimmage Saturday

Posted on 22 October 2013 by WNST Staff

Terrapins to Hold Red-White Scrimmage Saturday

 

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Maryland men’s basketball team will host the annual Red-White intrasquad scrimmage at 1:00 p.m. in Comcast Center Saturday, October 26.

Fans are encouraged to enter Comcast Center through Gate E. Parking options include utilizing the gameday football parking pass or parking at Terrapin Trail Garage for $15.

Coach Turgeon and selected student-athletes will be available to the media directly after the open practice.

A year removed from a 25-13 season and a trip to the NIT semifinals, the Terrapins are poised for a breakout season in head coach Mark Turgeon’s third year at the helm.

Maryland returns six scholarship players to the fold this season, including All-ACC honorable mention forward Dez Wells (13.1 ppg) and guards Seth Allen (7.8 ppg) and Nick Faust (9.4 ppg). Meanwhile, forwards Charles Mitchell, Shaquille Cleare and Jake Layman, in addition to transfer Evan Smotrycz, will provide the Terps with plenty of options in the frontcourt.

The Terrapins open the season with an exciting matchup against Connecticut in Brooklyn, N.Y. on Friday, November 8 at the Barclays Center. Game time is set for 6:30 p.m.

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Maryland hoops now 2-0 in summer trip to Bahamas

Posted on 08 August 2013 by WNST Staff

NASSAU - Sophomore Seth Allen had 26 points and 10 assists en route to leading Maryland to a 97-90 win over the Commonwealth Giants on Wednesday night at Sir Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium.

Allen was a blistering nine-of-10 from the field and connected on all five of his three-point attempts in the Terps’ second exhibition game of their foreign tour.

Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon elected to utilize a starting lineup of freshman Roddy Peters, sophomore Varun Ram, junior Jacob Susskind, junior Spencer Barks and freshman Damonte Dodd.

“We played a great opponent last night and our guys who traditionally don’t play many minutes played well and led us to a good win,” Turgeon said.

Sophomore Charles Mitchell contributed 12 points and a team-high 13 rebounds.  Sophomore Jake Layman, who had a game-high 25 points in Maryland’s opening win, added 14 points and junior Evan Smotrycz added 11 points and eight rebounds.

Turgeon was pleased to see the strides the Terps made in their second game on the foreign tour.

“I am proud of the poise we displayed late in the game as we made some plays down the stretch to allow us to beat a good team,” Turgeon said.

Maryland will have an off day today (Thursday) and will conclude their foreign tour against the Grand Bahamas All-Stars on Friday at 11:00 a.m.

Notes … Maryland improved to 2-0 on their foreign tour … Center Shaquille Cleare (back spasms) missed his second consecutive game … Guard/Forward Dez Wells (sore knee) sat out for precautionary reasons.

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Maryland basketball to play preseason Bahamas tournament

Posted on 30 July 2013 by WNST Staff

Coming off a successful 2012-13 campaign in which Maryland posted a 25-13 record and advanced to the NIT Semifinals,  Mark Turgeon and the Terps’ basketball team will participate in a Summer Basketball Tour from August 6-9 in the Bahamas.

The Terps have games on Tuesday, Aug. 6 against the Bahamas All Stars at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 7 versus the Commonwealth Giants at 7 p.m., and conclude the tournament with a game against the Grand Bahamas All-Stars on Friday, Aug. 9 at 11 a.m.

Turgeon returns nine players from a team that finished with the most wins in a single season (25) since 2006-07 season.  In addition, three starters return in 2013-14, including sophomore guard  Seth Allen, junior guard Nick Faust and junior forward Dez Wells, who was named to the ACC All-Tournament team and led Maryland in scoring (13.1 points per game).

Maryland also returns a pair of instrumental sophomore front court players in center Shaquille Cleare and forward Charles Mitchell and welcomes forward Evan Smotrycz, who didn’t play last season after transferring from Michigan. It will also mark the debut of the Terps’ much-celebrated incoming freshman class – -ranked 25th nationally according to 247 Sports.com — as forward Damonte Dodd and guard Roddy Peters join Maryland this season.

“We are excited about this great opportunity for our young team to have this invaluable experience in playing in the Bahamas,” said Turgeon, whose .600 winning percentage is the best by any Maryland head coach in his first two seasons. “This is a terrific experience to learn about another culture, and to be doing it together as a team over the summer helps with our overall chemistry as we begin to prepare for the upcoming season.”

Maryland has had 14 scheduled practices between the middle of July until the first week of August, which has been very beneficial for Turgeon’s young and talented team. The Terps enter the 2013-14 season having lost three key players from last year’s team: guard Logan Aronhalt, center Alex Len and forward James Padget.  Len ranked second on the team with 11.9 points per game and fifth in the ACC with 7.8 rebounds per game. Following the season, Len (7-1) was taken fifth overall by the Phoenix Suns in the NBA Draft, becoming Maryland’s highest drafted player since Steve Francis went No. 2 overall in 1999.

Entering his third season with the Terps and his 16th overall season as a head coach in college basketball. Turgeon is very optimistic and excited about the progress his team has made over the summer.

“I like the intensity and focus we’ve had over the summer,”  Turgeon said. “We have done some great work on the court over the last month and I am really looking forward to seeing how we respond in the Bahamas. We will  play three talented teams and it will give us a good indication about the type of progress we have made.”

A complete schedule is below and umterps.com will have updates from the Bahamas.

Tues., Aug. 6: Maryland vs. Bahamas All Stars – 7 p.m.

Wed. Aug. 7: Maryland vs. Commonwealth Giants – 7 p.m.

Fri. Aug. 9: Maryland vs. Grand Bahamas All-Stars – 11 a.m.

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