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Maryland announces 2013-2014 basketball schedule

Posted on 22 August 2013 by WNST Staff

Maryland opens regular season against Connecticut; Schedule features home games against Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Notre Dame and Virginia 

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland men’s basketball team announced Thursday its 2013-14 schedule, which features the regular season-opener against Connecticut at the Barclays Center, a matchup with Ohio State in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge and a nationally-televised Big Monday home contest with 2013 Final Four participant Syracuse.

The Terrapins will play an 18-game conference slate, highlighted by home-and-home series with ACC newcomer Pittsburgh, Virginia, Florida State and Virginia Tech.

In addition to hosting Syracuse, the Terps have conference home games against Miami, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest and Notre Dame. Maryland will also travel to Clemson, Duke, North Carolina, Boston College and North Carolina State in its final season in the ACC.

Maryland will play eight teams that participated in last season’s NCAA Tournament. The Terps are currently slated to be featured on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU on 14 occasions, the ACC Network six times with their final regular season game against Virginia on March 9 to be televised nationally on CBS.

“Our schedule features many of the top basketball programs in the country and we are excited to compete against these outstanding teams,” Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon said. “We have a number of challenging early season matchups, which will prepare us for a very competitive conference schedule.”

The Terps will open the season with an exhibition matchup against Catholic on Nov. 3 before traveling to Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., for the second consecutive season to play Connecticut on Friday, Nov. 8 at 6:30 p.m. on ESPN2. The Terps face the Huskies for the first since the 2002 NCAA Tournament, when Maryland defeated Connecticut, 90-82, in the Elite Eight en route to the 2002 national championship.

After a pair of home games against Abilene Christian on Nov. 13 and Oregon State on Nov. 17, the Terps travel to the U.S. Virgin Islands for the Paradise Jam. Maryland will open the tournament against Marist on Nov. 22 and play two additional games in St. Thomas.

Maryland will host Morgan State on Nov 29 as part of the Paradise Jam tournament and will follow with a road game at Ohio State on Dec. 4 in the aforementioned Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The Terrapins will then play George Washington in the BB&T Classic at Verizon Center before opening their ACC slate on the road against Boston College on Dec. 12.

The Terps conclude the month of December with a four-game homestand vs. Florida Atlantic (12/14), Boston University (12/21), Tulsa (12/29) and N.C. Central (12/31).  Tulsa’s head coach, Danny Manning, is a former University of Kansas teammate of Mark Turgeon.  The Maryland-Tulsa game is scheduled to be televised on ESPNU.

Maryland opens the New Year hosting Georgia Tech on Jan. 4 at 2 p.m. on the ACC Network and travels to play at Pittsburgh onJan. 6 at 7 p.m. on ESPN 2. Maryland is at Florida State on Jan.12 at 8 p.m. on ESPNU and hosts conference newcomer Notre Dame on Jan. 15 at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.  Maryland has its lone meeting against N.C. State at Raleigh on Jan. 20 at 9 p.m. on ESPNU.

The Terps host consecutive home games at Comcast Center against Pittsburgh on Jan. 25 at 6 p.m. on ESPN2 and meet Miami on Jan. 29 at noon on the ACC Network.

During the month of February, Maryland’s schedule features four road contests at Virginia Tech, at North Carolina, at Virginia and at Duke and has a pair of national-televised games on Big Monday on ESPN (at Virginia and vs. Syracuse). The Terps head to Virginia Tech on Feb. 1 at noon and follow with their only meeting at North Carolina on Feb. 4 at 8 p.m. Both contests will be televised on the ACC Network.  Maryland hosts Florida State on Feb. 8 at 3 p.m. on ESPN2 and then features consecutive road games at Virginia on Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. on ESPN and its lone matchup at Duke on Feb. 15 at 6 p.m. on ESPN or ESPN 2.  Maryland, who won two of its three games against Duke last season, was the lone team in the country to beat the Blue Devils twice.

The Terps will host Wake Forest on Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. on RSN and will have their second appearance on Big Monday (first at home) against Syracuse, a 2013 NCAA Final Four participant, on Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. on ESPN. Maryland meets Syracuse for the first time since 2007 and leads the all-time series 5-2.

Maryland will tip off the month of March at Clemson on March 2 at 1 p.m. on the ACC Network and will conclude its regular season with a pair of home games against Virginia Tech on March 4 at 8 p.m. on the ACC Network and versus Virginia on March 9 at noon with a nationally-televised game on CBS.

Regional broadcast times for non-conference games will be announced at a later date.

Men’s basketball season tickets are currently on sale. Season tickets cost $589 in Terrapin Club seating areas and $445 in the upper level corners.  A five-month payment plan is available as a great option for fans to spread out their overall cost.

To order season tickets, contact the ticket office at 800-462-TERP or online at  http://ev9.evenue.net/cgibin/ncommerce3/SEGetEventList?groupCode=MB&linkID=umd&shopperContext=&caller=&appCode=&format=grpMenu

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2013-14 MARYLAND MEN’S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE

Day     Date                Opponent                                                                                  Time                   Television

Sun.    Nov. 3             CATHOLIC (Exhibition)                                                           TBD                    TerpsTV

Fri.       Nov. 8              vs. Connecticut (Barclays Center, Brooklyn, N.Y.)                      6:30                     ESPN2

Wed.   Nov. 13           ABILENE CHRISTIAN                                                               TBD                    TBD

Sun.    Nov. 17           OREGON STATE                                                                       TBD                    ESPNU

Fri.      Nov. 22           Marist (Paradise Jam – St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands)            TBD                     TBD

Sat or Sun.Nov.23 or 24    TBD (Paradise Jam – St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands)            TBD                     TBD

Mon.    Nov. 25            TBD (Paradise Jam – St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands)              TBD                     TBD

Fri.       Nov. 29            MORGAN STATE                                                                       TBD                     TBD

Wed.    Dec. 4              at Ohio State (Big Ten/ACC Challenge)                                      7:00                     ESPN2               

Sun.     Dec. 8              vs. George Washington (Verizon Center, Washington, D.C.)     TBD                     TBD

Thurs.  Dec. 12            at Boston College*                                                                       7:00                     ESPNU

Sat.     Dec. 14           FLORIDA ATLANTIC                                                                TBD                    TBD

Sat.     Dec. 21           BOSTON UNIVERSITY                                                              TBD                    TBD

Sun.    Dec. 29           TULSA                                                                                        TBD                    ESPNU

Tues.  Dec. 31           N.C. CENTRAL                                                                          TBD                    TBD

Sat.     Jan. 4              GEORGIA TECH*                                                                       2:00                     ACCN

Mon.    Jan. 6              at Pittsburgh*                                                                               7:00                     ESPN2

Sun.     Jan. 12            at Florida State*                                                                          8:00                     ACCN

Wed.    Jan. 15            NOTRE DAME*                                                                          7:00                     ESPN2

Mon.    Jan. 20            at N.C. State*                                                                              9:00                     ESPNU

Sat.     Jan. 25            PITTSBURGH*                                                                           6:00                     ESPN 2

Wed.   Jan. 29            MIAMI*                                                                                        9:00                     ACCN

Sat.      Feb. 1              at Virginia Tech*                                                                          Noon                   ACCN

Tues.   Feb. 4              at North Carolina*                                                                       8:00                     ACCN

Sat.     Feb. 8             FLORIDA STATE*                                                                     3:00                     ESPN2                               

Mon.    Feb. 10            at Virginia*                                                                                   7:00                     ESPN

Sat.      Feb. 15            at Duke*                                                                                      6:00                     ESPN/2              

Tues.  Feb. 18           WAKE FOREST*                                                                        7:00                     RSN

Mon.   Feb. 24           SYRACUSE*                                                                               7:00                     ESPN

Sun.     March 2           at Clemson                                                                                  1:00                     ACCN

Tues.  March 4          VIRGINA TECH*                                                                         8:00                     ACCN

Sun.    March 9          VIRGINA*                                                                                    Noon                  CBS

March 12-16                at ACC Tournament (Greensboro, N.C.)

March 18 & 19             at NCAA First Round (Dayton, Ohio)

March 20 &22              at NCAA Second & Third Rounds (Buffalo, N.Y., Milwaukee, Orlando, Spokane, Wash.)

March 21 & 23             at NCAA Second & Third Rounds (Raleigh, San Antonio, San Diego, St. Louis)

March 27 & 29             at NCAA Regionals (Memphis, Anaheim)

March 28 & 30             at NCAA Regionals (New York, Indianapolis)

Apr. 5 & 7                    at NCAA Final Four (Arlington, Texas)

 

* – Atlantic Coast Conference game

All times and dates subject to change (times for non-conference home games subject to change with regional TV selections);

All times Eastern and P.M.; Home games played at Comcast Center (17,950) listed in BOLD CAPS

 

Radio – All games on the Maryland Sports Radio Network (Flagships: ESPN 1300, WJZ-FM 105.7, ESPN 980) and umterps.com

TV Key – CBS, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU – national broadcasts; ACC Network (ACCN), Regional Sports Network (RSN), – regional broadcasts. TerpsTV available via live stream on www.umterps.com


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Maryland’s final ACC basketball opponents revealed

Posted on 23 April 2013 by WNST Staff

Most ACC teams released their home and away opponents for the 2013-2014 basketball season Tuesday, allowing the University of Maryland’s opponents to be determined fairly easily.

Notably, Maryland will not host long-time conference rivals Duke or North Carolina (or North Carolina State)in their final conference season. They will play all three teams on the road only. The Terrapins do however get the benefit of playing all three incoming ACC teams (Pitt, Syracuse, Notre Dame) at Comcast Center in their final season before departing for the Big Ten. Their four home and home series are with Pitt, Florida State, Virginia and Virginia Tech.

Here is the list of the Terps’ ACC opponents for the season:

HOME
Florida State, Georgia Tech, Miami, Notre Dame, Pitt, Syracuse, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest

ROAD
Boston College, Clemson, Duke, Florida State, North Carolina, NC State, Pitt, Virginia, Virginia Tech

The other things we know about Maryland’s 2013-2014 schedule are that they open the season November 8 against UConn in Brooklyn; they face Marist in the Thanksgiving week “Paradise Jam” event (which also features Morgan State, La Salle, Providence, Vanderbilt, Northern Iowa and Loyola Marymount); they face George Washington at the Verizon Center in the BB&T Classic and they will host Oregon State (per the Washington Post).  

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Len “grateful” for experience at Maryland

Posted on 15 April 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – University of Maryland sophomore center Alex Len is forgoing his final two years of collegiate eligibility to enter the NBA Draft.

Len and head coach Mark Turgeon will hold a press conference in the Comcast Center media room Tuesday at 2:30 p.m.

“I’m very grateful for the two years I’ve spent at Maryland and for everyone that has supported me during my time here,” said Len. “It’s been an honor to play here and I’ve learned so much. I want to thank Coach Turgeon and the coaching staff for believing in me and helping me grow as a player and a person. I also want to thank my teammates who were always there for me. We shared some great moments together. I’ve grown a lot, both on the court and off the court, over the past two years and I am looking forward to the next chapter of my life.”

“I’m very proud of Alex and am excited for what the future holds for him,” said Turgeon. “To see the progress he’s made on the court, in the classroom and socially has been a truly rewarding experience. Alex has worked incredibly hard since he got here and he has earned this opportunity.”

Len averaged 11.9 points per game and 7.8 rebounds per game while leading the ACC with 78 blocks in 2012-13. The 7-foot-1 native of Antratsit, Ukraine, was named honorable mention All-ACC and was a member of the All-ACC Defensive team last season.

Len dramatically increased his productivity from his freshman to sophomore season, making improvements in nearly every statistical category. His scoring went from 6.0 points per game to 11.9, while his rebounding increased from 5.4 to 7.8 per game. For his career, Len holds averages of 9.7 points per game, 7.0 rebounds per game and 2.1 blocks per game. He played in 60 games with 48 starts, 37 of those coming in 2012-13.

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Maryland to dedicate Driesell bas-relief Tuesday

Posted on 14 April 2013 by WNST Staff

Media Advisory: Maryland to Honor Lefty Driesell

Legendary Coach will have bronze bas-relief dedicated at Comcast Center 

 

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland athletics department will honor legendary basketball coach Charles “Lefty” Driesell with a bronze bas-relief dedication ceremony on Tuesday, April 16 at Comcast Center. The reception will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the program starting at approximately 7:30 p.m.

Driesell will be joined by Maryland greats Tom McMillen and Len Elmore.

Driesell became Maryland’s head coach in 1969, coached the Terrapins for 17 seasons and won 348 games.

Prior to his arrival, the Terrapins had won only one Atlantic Coast Conference title and made just one NCAA Tournament appearance. Under Driesell’s leadership, the Terrapins won another ACC title and made the NCAA Tournament eight times, including two Elite 8 appearances.

Driesell, who coached at Davidson prior to coming to Maryland and went on to stints at James Madison and Georgia State, compiled a 786-394 record in his 40-plus years as a head coach. He was the originator of “Midnight Madness” to open practice at the beginning of the season in 1971.

He is a member of the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame and the University of Maryland Athletics Hall of Fame.

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Michigan State next for Maryland Monday in NCAA Women’s Tournament

Posted on 24 March 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The fourth-seeded Maryland women’s basketball team will take on fifth-seeded Michigan State Monday at 7 p.m. in the NCAA Second Round at Comcast Center. Tickets are still available on UMTerps.com.

Monday’s game will be shown live on ESPN2 and ESPN3. The winner of the Terps-Spartans matchup will advance to Bridgeport, Conn. for the Regional Semifinals Saturday at noon.

The Terrapins (28-5) advanced to the Second Round with a 72-52 win over 13th-seeded Quinnipiac Saturday in College Park. Alyssa Thomas had 29 points and 13 rebounds and Tianna Hawkins had 23 points and 16 rebounds for Maryland. Alicia DeVaughn added a career-high 17 rebounds and Katie Rutanhad her career-high 11 boards.

In last year’s NCAA Tournament run, the second-seeded Terps advanced all the way to the Elite Eight. They beat Navy and Louisville in College Park, then came back from an 18-point deficit to knock off defending national champion Texas A&M, 81-74, in the Sweet Sixteen.

This marks Maryland’s 21st NCAA Tournament appearance and ninth in head coach Brenda Frese’s11 years. She’s led Maryland to four Elite Eights, four Sweet Sixteens, a Final Four and the 2006 NCAA Championship. Her all-time record with Maryland in the Tournament is 20-7 (.741). The Terps are 9-2 (.818) in NCAA Tournament games in Comcast Center.

Now in her 11th season at Maryland, Frese was voted ACC Coach of the Year by her peers. Junior Alyssa Thomaswas voted ACC Player of the Year for the second straight season and is the first Terrapin to earn the award twice. She led the league in points (18.4), rebounds (10.5) and assists (5.5).

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Maryland hosts Denver in NIT second round Thursday night

Posted on 20 March 2013 by WNST Staff

Maryland (23-12, 8-10 ACC) vs. Denver  (22-9, 16-2 WAC)

 

National Invitation Tournament – Second Round

Thursday, March 21, 2013 • 7 p.m. ET

Game #36 • Home Game #21 • College Park, Md. • Comcast Center

TV: ESPNU – Mike Patrick (Play-by-Play) & LaPhonso Ellis (Analyst)

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

 

Storyline

• Maryland continues play in the National Invitation Tournament as it plays host to the University of Denver Thursday at 7 p.m. in Comcast Center in the first ever meeting between the two schools. The Terrapins advanced to the second round of the NIT with an 86-70 win over Niagara Tuesday night.

• The quick turnaround has Maryland playing its fifth game in eight days. Despite the busy stretch, the Terrapins have played some of their best basketball as of late – over the last four games, Maryland is averaging 80 points per game, shooting .479 from the field, .408 from 3-point range and .798 from the free-throw line.

• Dez Wells and Nick Faust have increased their scoring recently, with Wells averaging 18.3 points per game over the last eight games and Faust averaging 13.3 over the last nine. In that eight-game stretch, Wells is shooting .550 (55-100) from the field and .438 (7-16) from 3-point range. Faust has also shot it well, having hit .506 (41-81) from the field and .450 (18-40) from 3PT.

• Wells led Maryland to the semifinals of the ACC Tournament last weekend, averaging 22.0 points per game en route to first team All-Tournament honors. The sophomore had a career-high 30 points on 9-of-13 shooting in the 83-74 quarterfinal win over No. 2 Duke, making all 10 of his free throw attempts while adding six rebounds and three assists.

• In the win over Niagara, Maryland dominated the second half after going into the locker room tied at 35. Faust, Seth Allen and Logan Aronhalt each had 15 points, while Wells added 12 and Charles Mitchell had 10. That marked the third time in the last four games that five Terrapins scored in double figures. Aronhalt scored all 15 of his points on 3-pointers (5-7), and Faust recorded his first career double-double by grabbing 11 rebounds to go along with his 15 points.

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Maryland to face Denver next in NIT

Posted on 20 March 2013 by WNST Staff

Maryland, Denver will tip-off at 7 p.m. Thursday in Comcast Center in NIT 2nd round game

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland men’s basketball team will play a second-round NIT game against the University of Denver on Thursday at 7 p.m. in Comcast Center.

 

The Terrapins advanced to the second round with an 86-70 win over Niagara on Tuesday, while Denver defeated Ohio 61-57. Thursday’s game will be televised on ESPNU.

 

Tickets for the game cost $25 to the general public and include parking. They can be purchased by calling the Terrapin ticket office at 1-800-IM-A-TERP.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 19 March 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Auto Racing-NASCAR Auto Club 400 (Sunday 3pm from Fontana, CA live on FOX), IndyCar Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (Sunday 12pm from St. Petersburg, FL live on NBC Sports Network); Tennis: ATP Tour WTA Tour Sony Open (Friday 3pm & 8pm Saturday-Monday 11am from Miami live on Tennis Channel); Mixed Martial Arts: Bellator MMA (Thursday 10pm from Lewiston, ME live on SpikeTV); Golf: PGA Tour Arnold Palmer Invitational (Thursday & Friday 3pm live on Golf Channel Saturday & Sunday 12:30pm live on Golf Channel 2:30pm live on NBC. All golf from Orlando); LPGA Kia Classic (Thursday & Friday 6:30pm Saturday & Sunday 7pm from Carlsbad, CA live on Golf Channel)

10. Sigur Ros (Sunday 7:30pm Patriot Center); Aaron Lewis (Friday 9pm Rams Head Live); Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk (Sunday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Rockapella (Thursday 8pm Rams Head on Stage), Shovels & Rope (Saturday 8:30pm Rams Head on Stage), Kenny Wayne Shepherd (Monday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (Thursday 9pm Rams Head Center Stage); Anberlin (Saturday 7pm Fillmore Silver Spring), Garbage (Sunday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Bad Religion (Friday 8pm 9:30 Club); Mint Condition (Tuesday & Wednesday 7:30pm Birchmere), Travis Tritt (Monday 7:30pm Birchmere); Orgy (Thursday 7pm House of Rock); Kevin Eubanks (Thursday-Sunday Blues Alley); Justin Timberlake “The 20/20 Experience” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

I want to be in Annapolis Saturday night for Shovels & Rope. Get me there. NOW.

Has Anberlin had more good songs since this one? Not that it matters, this one was funking amazing…

I honestly couldn’t tell you what my favorite Garbage song was. I just know how much I love Shirley Manson…

Justin Timberlake…I just…I don’t even know…oh my…

9. Mike Epps (Friday 8pm 1st Mariner Arena); Demetri Martin (Saturday 6pm & 10pm 9:30 Club); Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus (Thursday-Sunday Verizon Center); Flip Orley (Wednesday-Sunday DC Improv); The Hobbit“, “Zero Dark Thirty“, “This is 40” and “Les Miserables” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); Admission“, “The Croods” and “Olympus Has Fallen” out in theaters (Friday); Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival (Friday & Saturday Timonium Fairgrounds); Baltimore Greek Week (Tuesday-Sunday throughout Baltimore)

I’d love to tell you more about my past experiences at the Beer Bourbon and BBQ Festival, but we both know I don’t remember much about any of it. I did some sort of fighting that involved putting a massive bubble on my head and then attacking my friend. I have no recollection of how it went and I’m reasonably certain I got a concussion.

It was the best time ever. I went back through my phone to find any photos I may have taken and this is the only one I could find…

But you know what? It’s fairly appropriate.

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Maryland women open NCAA Tournament with visit from Quinnipiac

Posted on 18 March 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland women’s basketball team earned a No. 4 seed in the 2013 NCAA Tournament and will host Quinnipiac (30-2) Saturday at 11:15 a.m. in Comcast Center in the First Round.

Maryland will also welcome Marist (26-6) and Michigan State (24-8) to College Park and they will play at approximately 1:30 p.m. Sunday. The winners of Sunday’s games will advance to Monday’s 7 p.m. Second Round contest in College Park as well. All three games will be shown on ESPN2.

Tickets for the First and Second Rounds in College Park start at $14 for a single session general admission ticket and go up to $30 for an all-session reserved seat. For more information or to purchase, log on to http://www.umterps.com/sports/w-baskbl/ncaa-tournament.html.

The Terrapins (24-7) are in the Bridgeport regional, in which Connecticut is the No. 1 seed. For the full bracket, log on to http://www.ncaa.com/interactive-bracket/basketball-women/d1.

In last year’s NCAA Tournament run, the second-seeded Terps advanced all the way to the Elite Eight. They beat Navy and Louisville in College Park, then came back from an 18-point deficit to knock off defending national champion Texas A&M, 81-74, in the Sweet Sixteen.

This marks Maryland’s 21st NCAA Tournament appearance and ninth in head coach Brenda Frese’s 11 years. She’s led Maryland to four Elite Eights, four Sweet Sixteens, a Final Four and the 2006 NCAA Championship. Her all-time record with Maryland in the Tournament is 19-7 (.731). The Terps are 8-2 in NCAA Tournament games in Comcast Center.

Now in her 11th season at Maryland, Frese was voted ACC Coach of the Year by her peers. Junior Alyssa Thomas was voted ACC Player of the Year for the second straight season and is the first Terrapin to earn the award twice. She led the league in points (18.4), rebounds (10.5) and assists (5.5).

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Maryland hosts Niagara in NIT play Tuesday

Posted on 18 March 2013 by WNST Staff

Maryland (22-12, 8-10 ACC) vs. Niagara  (19-13, 13-5 MAAC)

National Invitation Tournament – First Round

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 • 7 p.m. ET

Game #35 • Home Game #20 • College Park, Md. • Comcast Center

TV: ESPN2 – Mike Patrick (Play-by-Play) & LaPhonso Ellis (Analyst)

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

 

Storyline

• Maryland opens play in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament when it takes on Niagara in Comcast Center Tuesday at 7 p.m. The Terrapins are returning to postseason play for the first time since 2010, when they advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

• The Terps are appearing in the NIT for the eighth time in school history and hold an 11-6 record in the tournament. Maryland owns one NIT title, in 1972, when they defeated Niagara in the championship game 100-69. That is the only time the two schools have met.

• The NIT appearance marks 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).

• Dez Wells led Maryland to the semifinals of the ACC Tournament last weekend, averaging 22.0 points per game en route to first team All-Tournament honors. The sophomore had a career-high 30 points on 9-of-13 shooting in the 83-74 quarterfinal win over No. 2 Duke, making all 10 of his free throw attempts while adding six rebounds and three assists. Over the past seven games, Wells is averaging 19.1 points per game on 55.6 percent shooting.

• Alex Len and Nick Faust also had solid tournaments, with Len averaging 13.7 points per game and Faust averaging 12.3 points per game. Len had his second career 20-point game in the semifinal against North Carolina when he finished with 20 on 5-of-7 shooting and 10-of-12 free throws. Faust has come on strong towards the end of the season, having averaged 13.1 points per game over the last eight games.

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