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Former Terp Thomas selected fourth in WNBA Draft

Posted on 14 April 2014 by WNST Staff

UNCASVILLE, Conn.  – Alyssa Thomas was drafted 4th overall by the New York Liberty in the WNBA draft Monday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. Thomas was then traded to the Connecticut Sun minutes later in a blockbuster deal.

Thomas is the sixth Terrapin under head coach Brenda Frese to be a top ten draft pick.

Thomas was one of 12 of the nation’s top prospects to be invited to attend the WNBA Draft. The three-time ACC Player of the Year was named a WBCA All-American, a First Team All-American by the Associated Press and a USBWA All-American last week after leading the Terrapins (28-7) to their fourth Final Four.

“I’m just really excited and thrilled to be headed to Connecticut,” Thomas said. “I want to thank the Connecticut Sun head coach Anne Donovan and staff. I wouldn’t be here without Coach Frese and the great staff at Maryland, my family and my coaches and friends in Harrisburg. This is a dream come true and no words describe what it felt like to have my name called.”

The Connecticut Sun went 10-24 in the 2013 season. For more on the Sun, click here.

Nine of Frese’s players at Maryland have been drafted by the WNBA and six have been first round picks. Marissa Coleman and Kristi Toliver went second and third overall in 2009, while Crystal Langhorne went sixth and Laura Harper was the 10th pick in the 2008 draft. Most recently, Tianna Hawkins was selected sixth overall by the Seattle Storm last year.

Thomas led the Terrapins in scoring with 19.0 points per game and in rebounding with 10.9 rebounds per game. In the NCAA First Round, she passed Juan Dixon as Maryland’s all-time leading scorer. She ended her career with 2,356 career points and as the school’s leading rebounder with 1,235 career rebounds.

Thomas led the ACC with 28 double-doubles in 35 games played this year and led the nation with four triple-doubles. She is one of just three players in NCAA history with six or more triple-doubles in her career.

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Undefeated Loyola faces major test at UConn Tuesday night

Posted on 25 November 2013 by WNST Staff

Loyola Greyhounds at Connecticut Huskies

Tuesday, November 26, 2013  |  7:00 p.m.  |  SNY

Hartford, Conn.  |  XL Center

Quick Hits About The ’Hounds

The Greyhounds continue their current three-game swing away from Reitz Arena with a visit to The Nutmeg State for a 7 p.m. game on Tuesday, Nov. 26, against the University of Connecticut.

Loyola’s 4-0 start is its best since it opened the 2005-2006 season with six-consecutive victories.

With two overtime contests in its first four games, Loyola has marked the earliest in program history its needed extra time to settle games. Previously, the Greyhounds played their second overtime of the year in their fifth game of the 1991-1992 season.

Dylon Cormier has four 20-point games in as many contests, and three 30-plus efforts.

 

Last Time Out

UMBC led Loyola by as many as 17 points, taking a 58-41 lead on two Joey Getz free throws with 9:44 left in regulation, but the Greyhounds defeated the Retrievers, 89-83, in overtime last Wednesday night.

R.J. Williams’ layup at 8:37 started a 10-0 run that cut the deficit to seven in just over two minutes, but UMBC built its advantage back to 10, 73-63, with 90 ticks left on the clock.

Eric Laster, however, hit four threes in a 41-second span, and a Dylon Cormier free throw with 11 seconds left tied the game, forcing overtime.

Cormier matched his career-best with 34 points, and Laster had 16 in the win.

 

Turn On The Television

Tuesday’s game is the second of three-straight, and nine overall, Loyola men’s basketball games that will be televised. SNY will air the broadcast in the New York and Connecticut area. ESPN3 will show it online, as well. Gary Apple will call the play-by-play, while Tim Welsh will handle color analysis duties. Kerith Burke will provide reports from the sideline.

 

New Addition To The Family

Less than 24 hours after Loyola’s come-from-behind victory at UMBC, the Greyhounds had a new addition to their family. Head Coach G.G. Smith’s wife gave birth to the couple’s second child and first son, Ross Patrick Smith, on Thursday, November 21.

 

From Way Back

Loyola trailed UMBC by 17 points, 58-41, with 9:44 left in regulation last Wednesday night, but the Greyhounds came all the way back to tie the score with 11 ticks left in regulation. They then went on to win, 89-83, in overtime.

An R.J. Williams layup with 8:37 left started a 10-0 run that would cut the deficit to seven on two Dylon Cormier free throws at 6:29, and Loyola would get within four on three occasions after that.

UMBC, however, pushed the lead back to double-digits, 73-63, on a Malik Garner free throw with 90 seconds remaining.

Eric Laster hit a pair of threes, wrapped around a 1-of-2 trip to the line for UMBC’s Joey Getz, and Loyola was down 74-69 with 1:14 left after Laster’s second triple. Quentin Jones hit a 20-foot jumper form the left corner with 58 seconds left, but Laster answered 11 ticks later to make it a four-point game.

Garner turned the ball over on a Cormier steal, and Later canned his fourth three in a span of 41 seconds to get the Greyhounds within a point, 76-75, with 42 seconds left. Loyola forced a missed layup by UMBC, and Cormier was fouled with 11 seconds left, and he hit 1-of-2 to tie the score. UMBC’s Rodney Elliott drew contact and a foul call with 3.1 seconds showing, but the freshman missed both foul shots, forcing overtime.

In the extra period, Loyola made 4-of-5 field goals and 5-of-8 free throws to pull away for the victory.

 

Recent Comebacks

In each of the last two seasons, Loyola’s largest deficits overcome in wins were those of 15 points. Last year, Loyola trailed Boston University by 15 in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament only to rally for a victory.

During the 2011-2012 season, the Greyhounds were down by 15 at Fairfield but came back to win.

Both times, the Greyhounds’ largest deficit came with more than 15 minutes left in the game.

 

Cormier’s Start To The Season

Dylon Cormier has started the season scoring in bunches, averaging 29.8 points per game through four. As of games of Thursday, November 21, Cormier is third in the nation in scoring, trailing Oregon State’s Roberto Nelson (30.3) and Niagara’s Antoine Mason (30.0).

Cormier has scored 20 or more points in all four of the Greyhounds’ games, and he already has three 30-plus point efforts.

On Wednesday at UMBC, Cormier had a career-high 12 field goals and went 9-of-13 from the line to match his career-best with 34 points (also set on November 10 at Cornell).

No Loyola player in the school’s Division I era (since 1981-1982) has started the season with four-straight 20-point games. Andre Collins, who set the school single-season scoring record at 26.1, started the 2005-2006 season with 20 or more points in five of six games, but he scored  just 16 in the Greyhounds’ third game of the season.

Collins had eight games with 30 or more points that season, the most by a Loyola player during the Division I era.

 

20-Plus, Four In A Row

The last Loyola player to score 20 or more points in four-straight games was Jamal Barney who accomplished the feat by tallying 21, 40, 21 and 22 in games from January 11-18, 2009.

Gerald Brown is the most recent Greyhound to score 20 or more in five or more games. He did so in six outings, from December 30-January 15, 2006-2007.

 

Laster From Deep

Eric Laster’s 3-point shooting made the Greyhounds’ comeback attempt a reality last week at UMBC. The sophomore guard hit four threes in a 41-second span with less than 90 seconds left in regulation.

His first three came on a pull-up in transition at the 1:23 mark, and the second was off an R.J. Williams assist at 1:14. Laster knocked down his third from the top left side with 47 ticks left on the clock, and he took a Dylon Cormier pass five seconds later – after Cormier stole the ball in the backcourt – to knock down his final shot that pulled Loyola within a point, 76-75.

Laster finished the game with five threes – he hit one in the first half – a career-high. Entering the game, Laster had hit just six 3-pointers, five this season and one limited action last year.

Through four games this year, Laster is shooting 71.4 percent from 3-point range, knocking down 10-of-14. His 16 points at UMBC were a career-high, raising his season scoring average to 9.3.

After averaging just 5.3 minutes in 27 games last season, he has seen his role expand dramatically this season, starting the first four games on the wing. He tied for the team lead in minutes played (34) at Cornell, and he scored in double figures (10) for the first time as a collegian.

 

Making A Point

R.J. Williams has continued his solid play at point guard for the Greyhounds, scoring a season-high 10 points in the win at UMBC. He also dished out six assists, tying his season-best from the Cornell game, and had three steals.

Williams made 5-of-7 free throws in the game and is 18-of-23 from the line this season (78.3 percent).

 

At The Line

Loyola has gone to the free-throw line an average of 32.3 times per game this season while converting 23.3 per game. Overall, the Greyhounds are shooting 72.1 percent from the charity stripe, making 93-of-129.

The 23.3 free-throws made per game are tied for 26th in the nation, while the 32.3 attempts per game are tied for 32nd.

Last season, Loyola went to the line 716 times, an average of 22.4 per game (tied for 46th in the nation). The Greyhounds thus far have raised their free-throw percentage by almost four percent from 68.3 last year.

 

Cormier Near The Top

Dylon Cormier has shot 53 free throws through four games, making 37 (69.8 percent). Through games of November 21, Cormier’s 53 attempts are tied for fourth in the nation.

He is averaging 13.25 free-throw attempts per game this season. The Greyhounds are guaranteed at least 30 games this season (29 regular-season and at least one in the Patriot League Championships); at this pace, Cormier 397 free throws.

The single-season record for free throws attempted at Loyola is 255, set in 1997-1998 by Mike Powell.

Cormier has attempted 523 free throws in his career thus far, seventh most in school history. His 370 made are also seventh on the Loyola career charts.

Last year, he was 172-of-232 (74.1 percent) from the line, taking an average of 6.8 free throws per game.

 

Down The Stretch

Loyola has trailed at the 10-minute mark in regulation during three of its four win to start the season, but the Greyhounds have excelled down the stretch.

The Greyhounds have outscored their opponents 30.3-20.8 (121-83) in the final 10 minutes of games (final 10 minutes of regulation or final five of regulation and five overtime minutes). During that span, Loyola is shooting 51.5 percent from the field and 55 percent from 3-point range. Meanwhile, the Greyhounds’ defense has held opponents to 35.7 percent from the field and just 28.6 percent from behind the arc. Loyola has forced 19 opponent turnovers, 11 by way of Greyhounds steals.

As good as Dylon Cormier has been this season, he has been at his best during the waning minutes of games. In the final 10 minutes of Loyola’s first three contests, Cormier has scored 53 points, just 30 points less than Loyola’s opponents have scored in that stretch.

Cormier has shot 57.1 percent from the field, knocking down 4-of-7 threes in the final 10. R.J. Williams has be the distributor on offense for Loyola, dishing out seven assists.

 

The Difference A Year Makes

When talking about his coaching philosophies, first-year head coach G.G. Smith has said that he would like the team to play a bit faster on the offensive end than in past years, and that was shown in the four games.

The Greyhounds’ 80.0 points per game  in their first four is more than 13 points higher than last year’s average of 66.9.

Conversely, it has led Loyola to allowing more points, 74.5, considerably higher than last year’s 63.5 points per game.

 

Swatting Shots

Jordan Latham’s two blocked shots at UMBC  brought his Loyola career total to 62, moving him into a tie for seventh all-time at the school. He is now tied with former teammate Julius Brooks (2009-2013). With 13 more swats, Latham will match Omari Israel for sixth place with 75.

 

Series History Versus UConn

Loyola and Connecticut will meet for the first time in series history on Tuesday.

The Greyhounds are 2-11 all-time against current members of the American Athletic Conference. Most recently, Loyola played Memphis on December 30, 2013, falling 78-64 at the FedEx Fourm.

 

Quick Start

Loyola’s 4-0 record through the first week of the year marks the first time since 2005-2006 that the Greyhounds have opened the season with a pair of wins.

It is also the first time in Loyola’s Division I era (since 1981-1982) that the Greyhounds started 2-0 with both wins coming on the road.

G. G. Smith is the first Loyola head coach to start his tenure on the Greyhounds’ bench with four-straight wins since Walter   did so in 1928-1929 when Loyola opened 6-0.

 

Low FG Percentage In A Win

Loyola shot just 34.1 percent from the field against Fairfield, but the Greyhounds squeezed out the win, 59-52, thanks to a 24-of-34 night from the free-throw line.

The game was reminiscent in many ways of the another recent game against Fairfield. The last time Loyola won a game when shooting 34.1 percent or lower was when it went 15-of-45 from the field (33.3 percent) to beat Stags, 48-44, on March 5, 2012, in the MAAC Championship Game. The win advanced Loyola to its first NCAA Tournament in 18 seasons.

 

Making It A Tradition

The Greyhounds jumped out to a 13-3 lead in the four-plus minutes of Saturday’s games, but then a Loyola-Fairfield broke out.

The 59-52 final score was indicative of recent games played between the former Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference opponents. No team has scored more than 70 points in a game between the two since Fairfield edged the Greyhounds, 73-69, on January 28, 2010, a span of nine meetings.

In fact, it has been since a March 3, 2007, contest that both teams scored 70 or more (Loyola won, 76-72), a span of 16 games.

 

Cormier Earns League Acclaim

Dylon Cormier had a career-high setting opening weekend in the Greyhounds’ victories over Binghamton University and Cornell University, and he was named the Anaconda Sports Patriot League Player of the Week on Monday for his efforts.

Through two games this year, Cormier is averaging 32.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 3.0 steals per game.

He set and reset his career-high in scoring last weekend, tallying 31 in the season-opening win over the Bearcats before going for 34 less than 48 hours later against Cornell.

Against the Big Red, Cormier had a career-high 11 rebounds for his first collegiate double-double, and he had three steals in both outings.

 

Cormier’s 30+ Point Games

Dylon Cormier is the first player in Loyola men’s basketball history to post two 30+ point games to start the season.

He is the first Loyola player to score 30 or more in back-to-back outings since Andre Collins went for 34, 36 and 39 in three-straight games (all on the road at VMI, Delaware and Providence) from December 29, 2005-January 3, 2006.

 

Jones Breaks Out

Jarred Jones had a career night in the season-opener against Binghamton, recording personal bests in points (22), rebounds (7), field goals made (8), field goal attempts (11) and blocked shots (4).

The sophomore carries Loyola’s offense in the first half when it was otherwise stagnant, scoring nine points in just over five minutes. During that span, Loyola scored just two other points, but a Jones layup at 11:12 closed the Binghamton lead to four.

Jones tied for game-high, and led Loyola, with six offensive rebounds. His boards led to 10 Greyhounds points.

While his offensive production was critical, his four blocked shots were just as important. Jones swatted two Binghamton layups with weak-side help in the final 2:10 of regulation. The first block came in transition, and the second was on a drive from the left side. Both shots would have given Binghamton the lead if not for the blocks.

He followed that game with a 13-point, 7-rebound effort against Cornell.

 

Dog Debuts

Three players made their Greyhound debuts at Binghamton with two of them seeing their first collegiate action. Nick Gorski and Damion Rashford both played their first college basketball game, while Denzel Brito saw his first action for Loyola Maryland.

Brito transferred prior to the 2012-2013 season from Loyola University Chicago where he started 21 games, and appeared in 54, over two seasons for the Ramblers. He played 25 minutes in his Greyhounds debut after more than 20 months without playing a collegiate game.

 

Start Of The Smith Era

G.G. Smith was named the 20th head coach in Loyola University Maryland men’s basketball history on April 12, 2013. Her garnered his first head coaching win on November 8, 2013, in the season-opener against Binghamton.

The 1999 graduate of the University of Georgia spent the last six seasons as an assistant coach at Loyola for Jimmy Patsos who took the head coaching position at Siena College in March.

Loyola amassed a 106-87 record (.549) during Smith’s six years as an assistant. The 106 wins and the .549 winning percentage are the best of any six-year stretch during Loyola’s Division I history (since 1982-1983).

As a player, Smith was a three-year starter and four-year letterwinner for the Bulldogs from 1995-1999. Smith helped the Bulldogs advance to the 1996 NCAA Sweet 16 and another tournament appearance in 1997. He left Georgia as the school’s career leader in games played (129), wins in a season (24) and 3-pointers in a game (nine).

Smith is the son of current Texas Tech University Head Coach Tubby Smith. The elder Smith led the University of Kentucky to the 1998 NCAA Championship and is in his 23rd season as a head coach. G.G. Smith played for his father from 1995-1997 at Georgia.

 

Meet The Staff

Joining G.G. Smith on the Greyhounds’ bench this season will be assistant coaches Keith Booth, Josh Loeffler and Dan Ficke and director of operations Kevin Farrell.

Booth spent the last two seasons as an assistant women’s coach at Loyola after serving as an assistant to Gary Williams for seven years at the University of Maryland. An All-American and four-time All-ACC player at Maryland, Booth won an NBA Championship with the Chicago Bulls.

Loeffler brings considerable Patriot League experience with four seasons, and two League Championship Game appearances (2010 and 2011), at Lafayette College. He was also the head coach at NCAA Division III school Stevens Institute of Technology from guided the Ducks to a 46-13 record in two seasons and an NCAA Sweet 16 bid in 2007.

Ficke is a graduate and four-year lettermen of Loyola where he also earned his master’s degree. The last three seasons, Ficke has been a member of the staff at Wake Forest University where he was the Special Assistant to the Head Coach and Director of Scouting and Recruiting.

Farrell returns for his second season as the Greyhounds’ director of operations and sixth overall with the program. He was a four-year manager for the team as an undergraduate at Loyola.

 

Look Back At 2012-2013

Loyola finished the 2012-2013 season with a 23-12 record, marking the first time in the school’s Division I history (since 1982-1983) that the Greyhounds have posted back-to-back 20-win seasons.

The Greyhounds finished their final season in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference with a 12-6 mark, tying for second place.

After falling in the first round of the MAAC Championships, Loyola its first-ever bid tot he CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. Following the Greyhounds’ 2012 appearance in the NCAA Tournament, it was the first consecutive postseason bids in school Division I history and the first since 1953 in any division of competition.

Erik Etherly and Dylon Cormier became the first set of Loyola teammates to be named to the All-MAAC First Team in the same year.

 

New Year, New Coach, New League

In addition to sporting a new coach, Loyola will also be a member of the Patriot League for the first time in 2013-2014. The school announced in August 2012 that it would make the move to the conference, and the move became official on July 1, 2013.

The Greyhounds will compete against American University, fellow Patriot League newcomer Boston University, Bucknell University, Colgate University, College of the Holy Cross, Lafayette College, Lehigh University, the U.S. Military Academy and the U.S. Naval Academy.

 

Preseason Patriot League Picks

Loyola senior guard Dylon Cormier was one of five players named to the Preseason All-Patriot League First Team, an honor shared by Bucknell’s Cameron Ayers, Holy Cross’ Dave Dudzinski, Boston University’s D.J. Irving (player of the year) and Lehigh’s Mackey McKnight.

As a team, the Greyhounds were slated to finish fifth, just six points out of third place. Boston University was the unanimous pick to win the league, followed by Lafayette, Army, Bucknell, Loyola, Lehigh, Holy Cross, Colgate, American and Navy.

 

Brito, Laster Spend Summer Overseas

Two Loyola players, – Denzel Brito and Eric Laster – gained valuable experience playing overseas during the summer of 2013.

Brito trained with the Cape Verdean National Team prior to their play in the FIBA African Championships. However, due to a FIBA exclusion, he was not able to participate in the event itself.

Laster played in five games on a tour that visited Belgium, England and The Netherlands. He was lauded for his wing play by writers who covered the events against professional teams in those countries.

 

Cormier On The Charts

Dylon Cormier enters his senior season at Loyola with a chance to climb many of the Greyhounds’ career statistical charts. Here is a look at where he stands:

 

Scoring
13th 1,332 points
Next Joel Hittelman 1,360
Field Goals Made
18th 439 field goals made
Next Erik Etherly, 450
3-Pointers Made
16th 84 3-Pt. Made
Next Teron Owens, 92 
Free Throws Made
7th 370 free throws made
Next Mike Krawcyzk, 394
Assists
23rd 176 assists
Next Mark Rhode, 179
Steals
6th 148 steals
Next Mike Powell, 154

 

 

 

Into The Fold

Loyola signed three high school seniors in the early signing period to comprise its Class of 2018.

Forward Cam Gregory (Waldorf, Md./St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes) and guards Chancellor Barnard (Columbia, Md./Glenelg Country School) and Colton Bishop (Winston-Salem, N.C./Forsyth County Day School) will join the program in the fall.

For more on the trio, visit http://loyo.la/MBB-NLIs-13.

 

High Marks

The Loyola men’s basketball team scored the highest amongst squads in the State of Maryland in the most recent NCAA Graduation Success Rate report. The Greyhounds checked in with a 91-percent GSR, tops among the state’s nine Division I schools, for players who entered the school between 2003-2006.

 

Up Next

Loyola will wrap up its three-game swing away from Reitz Arena on Monday, December 2, at the University of West Virginia.

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UMBC’s historic soccer season ends in penalty kick heartbreak

Posted on 24 November 2013 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE – One of the greatest seasons in UMBC’s NCAA Division I history came to a difficult end in frigid, blustery conditions at Retriever Soccer Park on Sunday evening. The fifth-ranked men’s soccer team battled traditional national power and tenth-ranked UConn to a 2-2 double overtime draw, but the Huskies advanced to the NCAA Third Round by prevailing, 4-2, in penalty kick shootout.

Pete Caringi Jr.’s squad became the first in school history to host and compete in an NCAA Division I Tournament game. The team finished the campaign with a 16-1-3 record, while the Huskies advance to the round of 16 with a record of 12-2-7.

UMBC came back from one-goal deficits on two occasions in the second half to send the contest to extra time.

After a scoreless first half, the Huskies got on the board just 69 seconds into the second half as forward Cyle Larin converted a centering feed from Mamadou Doudou Diouf midway into the box.

But UMBC would respond in the 62nd minute. After Huskie netminder Andre Blake was assessed a yellow card, the Retrievers were awarded an indirect kick just outside the box. Junior Mamadou Kansaye (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) touched it to classmate Geaton Caltabiano (Lothian, Md./Mount St. Joseph) and UMBC’s assist leader curled his effort just inside the near left post to even the score.

Diouf would figure in the go-ahead goal for UConn, as he skimmed in a header off a Adria Beso corner kick in the 74th minute.

Once again, however, the hosts were not to be denied.  In the 77 th minute, the Retrievers earned a corner and Kansaye’s ball toward the back post was headed in by senior forwardPete Caringi III (Perry Hall, Md./Calvert Hall). It was Caringi’s 13th score of the season and the 37th of his storied career.

The Huskies threatened late, but UMCB senior netminder Phil Saunders (Perry Hall, Md./Perry Hall0 made a leaping save of a Nicholas Zuniga header with three minutes remaining.

UMBC senior midfielder Kadeem Dacres (Rosedale, N.Y./Mercer County CC) had the best chance in overtime just 90 seconds into the first ten-minute frame. He cracked a 22-yarder toward the upper right corner, but Blake leaped and got a glove on it to deflect it wide.

The Retrievers proceeded to their fourth consecutive penalty kick shootout in NCAA Championship play, dating back to 2010. Saunders made a save on Juho Karppinnen in round two and the Retrievers led, 2-1 after two rounds. But UConn converted their final three efforts, while Blake made stops on Dacres and Caringi to close the 2013 chapter for the Retrievers.

UConn outshot UMBC, 15-12, and Saunders tied a season-high with seven saves. The Retrievers earned 10 corners to seven for the visitors, as each team capitalized on a corner apiece.

Notes: UMBC finishes the season with a ten-game unbeaten streak… The Retrievers 1-0-4 in their last five NCAA Championship contests and 1-1-4 overall… Five of six have gone to overtime… The game marked the final appearance for Caringi, Dacres, Saunders and backTravis Dennis (Bowie, Md./Roosevelt), who all saw action in the game… Caringi finishes his career with 37 goals (fourth on the all-time list) and 91 points (fifth all-time)… Saunders final record is 44-13-10, a winning percentage of 73.1.

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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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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 05 November 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Women’s College Basketball-Loyola @ Maryland (Sunday 2pm Comcast Center); Auto Racing: NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup Advocare 500 (Sunday 3pm from Avondale, AZ live on ESPN); College Soccer: Stony Brook @ UMBC (Wednesday 7pm Retriever Soccer Park); High School Soccer: MPSSAA 4A Quarterfinal-Blake vs. Perry Hall(Tuesday 4pm Honeygo Park), State Semifinals (Saturday 12pm Richard Montgomery High School); Boxing: Rocky Martinez vs. Mikey Garcia (Saturday 9:30pm from Corpus Christi, TX live on HBO)

10. John Fogerty (Wednesday 8pm Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric); Paramore/Metric/Hellogoodbye (Saturday 7:30pm Patriot Center), Lynyrd Skynyrd (Sunday 7:30pm Patriot Center); Taking Back Sunday (Wednesday 8pm Rams Head Live), Less Than Jake/Anti-Flag (Thursday 7pm Rams Head Live), Parachute/Plain White T’s (Saturday 7pm Rams Head Live); The Wild Feathers (Sunday 8pm Ottobar); Streetlight Manifesto (Sunday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Living Colour (Sunday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Reel Big Fish (Wednesday 7:30pm Fillmore Silver Spring), New Found Glory/Alkaline Trio (Thursday 7:30pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Toad The Wet Sprocket (Thursday 6pm 9:30 Club), J. Roddy Walston & The Business (Thursday 10pm 9:30 Club); Grouplove/Saints of Valory (Friday 8pm Bender Arena); Mavis Staples (Friday 8pm Kay Theatre); Rebirth Brass Band (Friday & Saturday 8:30pm The Hamilton), Aaron Neville (Sunday 7:30pm The Hamilton); Eminem “The Marshall Mathers LP2″ and M.I.A. “Matangi” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

You know damn well I’ll be at The Lyric Wednesday night for Fogerty. Greatness is greatness, y’all.

I will also be at The Ottobar Sunday night to enjoy the Wild Feathers. And probably drink and try not to think about football.

J. Roddy Walston might well have the Album of the Year. I mean that.

Mavis Staples could convert you. To anything.

9. Kevin James (Wednesday 7pm Warner Theatre), John Oliver (Friday 7:30pm & 10pm Warner Theatre); Bill Burr (Thursday 7:30pm D.A.R. Constitution Hall); Pauly Shore (Thursday-Saturday Magooby’s Joke House); Thor: Dark World” out in theaters (Friday); White House Down” and “Grown Ups 2” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); Maryland Irish Festival (Friday-Sunday Timonium Fairgrounds)

You may know Thor better as “The Avenger you didn’t give a crap about but then your fiancee found out he existed”.

Oh my God-you guys remember when Pauly Shore was a thing???

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Legendary former Maryland, UConn coaches to participate in event before opener

Posted on 29 October 2013 by WNST Staff

Williams, Calhoun to Team Up for “Lunch with Legends”

 

NEW YORK – Hall of Fame coaching legends Gary Williams and Jim Calhoun will team up for “Lunch with the Legends”Friday, November 8 in advance of the Maryland men’s basketball team’s season-opener against Connecticut at 6:30 p.m. in the Barclays Center. The event will be held 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. The Barclays Center contest will mark the first time the pair of sides has met since Maryland defeated UConn, 90-82, in the 2002 NCAA Regional finals en route to the national championship.

Tickets for the event are very limited. Seats are available for only $100, and VIP tables may also be purchased through the Terrapin Club. To RSVP, click here. For more information, please call the Terrapin Club directly at 301-314-7020.

After the lunch, head over to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. to see the Terrapins tip-off their season against Connecticut at 6:30 p.m. For more information on tickets, click here.

The winningest coach in Maryland basketball history (461-252), Williams led his alma mater to the pinnacle of collegiate athletics when the Terps captured the national title in 2002. In 22 seasons with Williams at the helm, Maryland earned 14 NCAA Tournament berths, in addition to seven appearances in the Sweet 16.

Calhoun became just the fifth coach in history to win three NCAA titles when he led Connecticut to the 2011 championship two seasons ago. He accumulated a 625-243 record in 26 seasons as head coach of the Huskies, and was named Big East Coach of the Year four times.

– Maryland –

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Terps Whitfield, McDougle honored by ACC

Posted on 16 September 2013 by WNST Staff

GREENSBORO, N.C. – University of Maryland linebacker Marcus Whitfield and defensive back Dexter McDougle were honored by the Atlantic Coast Conference on Monday. Whitfield was voted ACC Linebacker of the Week, while McDougle earned ACC Defensive Back of the Week honors, in Maryland’s 32-21 win at Connecticut on Saturday.

Whitfield led a defensive attack that sacked UConn quarterback Chandler Whitmer six times, the most sacks by Maryland since the Terps recorded six against Virginia on Oct. 1, 2005.

The senior from Germantown, Md., recorded a career-high three sacks, which is tied for the highest single-game total in the country this season. Whitfield’s final sack resulted in a safety as Whitmer was flagged for intentional grounding in the end zone in an attempt to avoid the on-coming linebacker. On the season, Whitfield leads the nation with 5.5 sacks.

In the secondary, McDougle set a career high with two interceptions, returning one 49 yards for a touchdown. McDougle is the first Terrapin to return an interception for a touchdown since teammate A.J. Hendy took one back against NC State on Nov. 26, 2011. The native of Falmouth, Va., also finished with eight tackles, seven of which were solo.

McDougle now has two touchdowns in his career. Against NC State on Nov. 26, 2011, McDougle scooped up a fumble and returned it 66 yards for a touchdown. He is one of seven active players in the ACC with two or more non-offensive touchdowns.

Maryland improved to 3-0 for the first time since 2001 with the victory over the Huskies. The Terps play host to West Virginia at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.

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The 15-7-0 has a better defense than the Washington Redskins

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The 15-7-0 has a better defense than the Washington Redskins

Posted on 16 September 2013 by Glenn Clark

15 positive observations from the weekend of football, seven not so positive observations and we acknowledge a “zero” from outside the world of football. A reminder, there’s never any Ravens game analysis here. We do plenty of that elsewhere. It’s a trip through the weekend of football via videos, GIFs, memes, pictures, links, Tweets and shtick.

I heard that before settling on “Daniel”, Mr. and Mrs. Flacco were seriously considering “Fifteensevenoh” as their son’s name. I’m sorta surprised they didn’t stick with it.

15 Positive Observations…

1. Someone is going to end up beating the Denver Broncos, but right now it’s really hard to imagine someone beating the Denver Broncos.

My favorite Peyton Manning audible is the one where he finishes his bowl of soup.

Apparently Trindon Holliday thought he was playing the Ravens.

The Brothers Manning seemed a bit awkward postgame.

Which is weird because earlier they were…making out?

This was Phil Simms doing…Christ, I don’t know…during the game broadcast on CBS.

2. I should be excited about Maryland being 3-0 for the first time since 2001, but I’m actually a bit depressed that Maryland went 12 years without starting a season 3-0.

Things went really well for Randy Edsall in his return to Connecticut. Enjoy these highlights of the Terps’ win before we get to the crappy part.

The crappy part is that Dexter McDougle becomes the second Maryland CB to go down, and we know McDougle will miss the rest of the season. I’ll just assume Shawn Petty starts playing corner next week.

Again, we follow bad stuff with good stuff; so here’s the plane the Terrapins flew to Hartford on. It’s the most amazing thing you’ll ever see ever.

Elsewhere in the ACC, Virginia Tech is going to wear this next week because they know they’re awful this year anyway.

3. Johnny Football is good at football. Alabama football is better at football.

Oh my Bear Bryant. Manziel threw a 95 yard TD…

And then Oh my Saban this is how he celebrated.

Unfortunately for Manziel, he also threw a TD to Vinnie Sunseri-who plays for Alabama. His attempt at a tackle left a bit to be desired.

I know Manziel is an “effort” guy, but I’m not sure he needed to truck his own security.

Look, I know Alabama won the game. But they’re just really GOOD. Johnny Manziel is really INTERESTING.

Okay, TJ Yeldon was interesting too.

4. The Miami Dolphins would like to remind you of why it is that everyone was saying the Miami Dolphins were a sleeper to make the playoffs in the AFC.

But TY Hilton REALLY looks good.

5. The Kansas City Chiefs would like to echo those sentiments…you know, except about them.

Unfortunately for Sam Koch, the road to the Pro Bowl just keeps getting tougher.

Dez Bryant did awesome things.

It is probably worth pointing out that this guy attended the game.

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Terps improve to 3-0 for first time since 2001

Posted on 15 September 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. –

 

Kicking It Off: Maryland improved to 3-0 for the first time since 2001 with a 32-21 win over Connecticut, while the Huskies fell to 0-2. The Terps are now 2-1 all-time against UConn. The Terps totaled 501 yards of total offense. It is the third time in as many games this season that the Terps have eclipsed the 500-yard mark.

 

Brown Races for No. 10: Quarterback C.J. Brown kept the ball on a zone-read and raced up the middle for a 41-yard touchdown to tie the game at seven early in the second quarter. For Brown, it is his fifth rushing touchdown of the season tying his season high from 2011 and marks his 10th career rushing touchdown.

 

Brown on the Ground: Quarterback C.J. Brown finished with 122 rushing yards, the seventh-highest total in school history. Brown now has five career 100-yard games and has five of the top 12 rushing performances by a quarterback in school history. Brown went for 105 yards in the season opener against FIU.

 

Run/Pass Threat: With 277 yards through the air and 122 yards on the ground, quarterback C.J. Brown threw for over 275 yards and rushed for over 100 for the second time this season. Prior to this season, the last time a Maryland quarterback accomplished that feat was Shawn Hill against Duke on Oct. 20, 2011 (323 passing, 105 rushing). Against FIU, Brown passed for 281 and rushed for 105.

 

Diggs Over 100: For the third straight game, wide receiver Stefon Diggs went over 100 yards receiving. The sophomore finished with 110 yards on five catches. Diggs now has five career 100-yard receiving games. The sophomore scored his third touchdown of the season in the third quarter and now has recorded a receiving touchdown in five of his past seven games dating back to last season.

 

Meet at the Quarterback: Linebacker Marcus Whitfield tallied two first-half sacks. Whitfield’s two sacks are a career best. It is the second time this season a Terrapin has tallied two or more sacks in a game. Defensive lineman Andre Monroe had two sacks against Old Dominion one week ago.

 

Lock Down: Defensive back Dexter McDougle finished with a personal-best two interceptions. His second interception he returned for 49 yards for a touchdown becoming the first Terp to return an interception for a touchdown since A.J. Hendy took one back 32 yards against NC State on Nov. 26, 2011. As a team, it was the Terps sixth interception of the season topping last season’s total of four.

 

Defensive Notes: The Terps turned the ball over four times, but only allowed Connecticut to score three points off of those four turnovers … linebacker Cole Farrand totaled a career-high 11 tackles to lead the Terps … in addition to Whitfield’s two sacks, linebacker Yannick Cudjoe-Virgil tallied a personal-best 2.5 sacks … defensive back Dexter McDougle had a team-high seven solo tackles.

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Edsall returns to Connecticut Saturday as Terps look to start 3-0

Posted on 13 September 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, MD. - The University of Maryland football team hits the road for the first time this season when it travels to Rentschler Field to take on Connecticut at 7:34 p.m. Saturday. For the second consecutive game, the Terrapin offense racked up over 575 yards of total offense in a 47-10 victory over Old Dominion. The Terps finished with 587 total yards of offense, 312 on the ground and 275 through the air. It is the first time since at least the 1982 season that Maryland has produced over 500 yards of offense in back-to-back games to open the season.

LIVE Coverage on the ESPN3 & the Terrapin Sports Radio Network
• Saturday’s game will be broadcast on ESPN3 at 7:30 p.m. Bob Picozzi (pbp), K.C. Keeler (color) and John Brickley (sideline) will call the action. It can also be heard on the Terrapin Sports Radio Network – Johnny Holliday (pbp), Tim Strachan (color) and Scott McBrien (sideline) have the call. The game can also be heard on Sirius Radio Channel 136 and XM Radio Channel 190, as well as over the internet at www.umterps.com.

First-and-10

• The University of Maryland football team hits the road for the first time this season when it travels to Rentschler Field to take on Connecticut at 7:34 p.m. Saturday. For the second consecutive game, the Terrapin offense racked up over 575 yards of total offense in a 47-10 victory over Old Dominion. The Terps finished with 587 total yards of offense, 312 on the ground and 275 through the air. It is the first time since at least the 1982 season that Maryland has produced over 500 yards of offense in back-to-back games to open the season. The defense was equally as impressive holding the Monarchs to their lowest point total since football was reinstated at the university in 2009, and held quarterback Taylor Heinicke, the 2012 Walter Payton Award winner, to a career low as a starter, 166 yards passing. Also, it marked the first time a defense had held him below 200 yards passing as a starter.

• After quarterback C.J. Brown and wide receiver Deon Long starred in the season-opening win over FIU, the Maryland offense showcased some of its other playmakers in its victory over the Monarchs. Running back Brandon Ross eclipsed the 100-yard mark for the third time in his career with a career-high 149-yard performance on Saturday. The sophomore averaged 8.3 yards per carry and finished with one touchdown. On the flanks, wide receiver Stefon Diggs turned in a career performance with a personal-best 179 yards receiving on six catches, including a 41-yard catch and run down the right sideline for a touchdown earning him ACC Reciever of the Week honors. Running backs Albert Reid and Jacquille Veii also got into the act on the ground. Reid tallied his first career touchdown on a career-long 26-yard run and finished with 56 yards, while Veii had 10 carries for 55 yards. Under center, Brown went 14-of-22 for 275 yards and two scores and added two more touchdowns on the ground. Brown is averaging 345.5 yards of total offense per game, tops in the ACC.

• The Terps employed a defensive scheme that emphasized pressure and speed in order to control Heinicke and an Old Dominion offense that averaged 45.2 points per game in 2012 and scored 38 in its season opener at East Carolina. Of the Monarchs first four possessions, Maryland’s defense intercepted Heinicke three times and finished the game with four sacks. On Old Dominion’s opening possession, defensive back Isaac Goins intercepted Heinicke setting up a Brad Craddock field goal. On the Monarchs third possession, defensive back Sean Davis picked off an errant pass down the middle of the field and returned it 21 yards to set up Maryland’s first touchdown of the afternoon, a five-yard run by Brown. A minute and a half into the second quarter, linebacker Yannick Ngakoue pulled in his first career interception. With defensive back Dexter McDougle’s interception against FIU, the Terps have four interceptions on the season, which ties its total from 2012. Defensive pressure helped create the three turnovers. Defensive lineman Andre Monroe recorded two sacks, with linebackers L.A. Goree and Marcus Whitfield with one each. Defensive back William Likely made his first career start and had a team-high 11 tackles, nine solo, and earned Athlon Sports ACC Freshman of the Week honors. Linebacker Matt Robinson had six solo tackles including two tackles for loss to lead the team. On the season, the Terps rank 15th nationally in scoring defense and rank third in the conference.

• After two impressive performances, the Maryland offense and defense are both highly ranked nationally. The Terrapin offense is avergaing 45 points a game, which is tied for 24th nationally with Clemson, and is averaging 581.5 yards of total offense, good for 12th nationally. Defensively, the Terps are conceeding just 253.0 yards per contest, which is tied for the 16th nationally, and are tied for 15th in scoring defense having allowed just 10 points in each of their two games.


Quick Hitters

• Maryland’s offense has totaled 576 and 587 yards in the first two contests, respectively. It marks the first time since at least the 1982 season that the Terps have opened the season with back-to-back 500-yard performances.

• The high-octane offense netted 43 points in the season opener against FIU and 47 against Old Dominion. It is the first time in program history the Terps have eclipsed the 40-point plateau in consecutive games to begin the season.

• The 47 points scored by the Terps against the Monarchs is the most points scored by the Terrapins since totaling 51 against East Carolina in the Military Bowl on Dec. 29, 2010.

• The Terps have made their mark in the first half so far this season. Maryland has outscored its first two opponents 71-13 in the opening two quarters.The Terps have been particularly strong in the second quarter outscoring FIU and ODU, 41-7.

• Leading the attack, quarterback C.J. Brown is averaging 345.5 yards of total offense, a number that leads the ACC and ranks 13th nationally through two games.

• Additionally, Brown has completed 34-of-45 pass attempts for five touchdowns and no interceptions leading to a passer efficiency rating of 216.0, which ranks third in the country.

• Wide receiver Stefon Diggs had a career-high 179 yards receiving against ODU to earn ACC Receiver of the Week honors. Combined with Deon Long’s 110 yards against FIU, it is the first time since Oct. 22, 2011, the Terps have had two consecutive games with receivers totaling 100 yards or more. Quintin McCree had 177 at Florida State (10/22). The week prior against Clemson (10/15), Matt Furstenburg had 104.

• With his career-high performance on Saturday, Diggs ranks sixth nationally in all-purpose yardage. The sophomore is averaging 192.5 yards per game and leads the ACC. Diggs also ranks second in the conference in reception yards per game (138.5) and is averaging 25.2 yards per catch.

• Diggs continues to climb Maryland’s all-time record book. With 179 receiving yards on Saturday, Diggs moved up to 21st all-time with 1,125 career yards and now has 2,281 all-purpose yards, which ranks 24th all-time.

• After being held to 30 rushing yards in the opener, running back Brandon Ross rushed for a career-best 149 yards and one score. Ross was one yard short of becoming the first Maryland player to rush for 150 yards since C.J. Brownran for 162 at Clemson (10/15/11). The sophomore has rushed for 100 or more yards in three of the last five games dating back to last season.

• The Maryland defense held Old Dominion to 10 points, its lowest offensive output since football returned to the university in 2009.

• 2012 Walter Payton Award winner Taylor Heinicke was held to a career-low 166 passing yards by the Maryland defense.


Terp Notes

Scout Team Players of the Week: Each Thursday during the season Edsall will announce the scout team players of the week. This week’s scout team players of the week are wide receiver Taivon Jacobs (offense), defensive lineman Malik Jones (defense), and Elvis Dennah (special teams).

Game Captains: With the establishment of the leadship council for this season, Edsall will name game captains prior to each contest. The captains for the Connecticut game are quarterback C.J. Brown (offense), linebacker Matt Robinson (defense), and defensive back Sean Davis (special teams).


Maryland-Connecticut Series History

• Saturday will be Maryland’s third all-time meeting with UConn after going 70 years between the first meeting in 1942 and the second meeting last season. The Terps won the first ever meeting in 1942 in College Park, 34-0. Last season, the Huskies defeated the Terps at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium, 24-21. Saturday will be Maryland’s first trip to UConn.


Media Information

• Terps on the Web: For up-to-date game stories, statistics, schedules and results, and other Maryland athletic department information, please log-on to www.umterps.com on the Internet.

 

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