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Maryland looks for first win Wednesday against Abilene Christian

Posted on 12 November 2013 by WNST Staff

Game Info

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

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

Storyline

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

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

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

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

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

On Home Openers

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

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

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

Scouting Abilene Christian

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

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

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

Last Time Out

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

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

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

Layman Sparks Second Half Run

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

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

Quick Hitters

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Head Coach Mark Turgeon

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

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

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

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

Lengthy Lineup

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

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

Milestones, Streaks, etc.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Maryland Debuts

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

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

Summer Tour: The Bahamas

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

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

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

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

Experience is Evident

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

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

Tough Schedule

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

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

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

Fresh Faces

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

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

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

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

Home Sweet Home

Maryland has been a dominant home team over the years:

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

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

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

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

Fear the Turtle!

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

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

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

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

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

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

• The Terps captured the 2002 NCAA National Championship.

• The Terps captured the 2004 ACC Tournament Championship.

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

Working Overtime

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

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

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

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

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Maryland G Wells named to Wooden Award Preseason Top 50

Posted on 12 November 2013 by WNST Staff

Wells Named to Wooden Award Preseason Top 50

LOS ANGELES – Maryland men’s basketball guard Dez Wells has been named to the John R. Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 as announced today on ESPN.com. Wells was chosen through a preseason poll of national college basketball experts.

Created in 1976, the Wooden Award is the most prestigious individual honor in college basketball. It is bestowed upon the nation’s best player at an institution of higher education who has proven to his university that he is making progress toward graduation and maintaining a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA.

The Terps’ leading scorer last season with 13.1 ppg, Wells returns to the Maryland backcourt with a full season of head coach Mark Turgeon’s system under his belt. Wells’ do-it-all ability was on full display Friday against UConn when he scored 13 points and added seven rebounds and six assists.

Wells is one of eight basketball players from the Atlantic Coast Conference selected to the award list.

The players on the list are considered strong candidates for the midseason list and the official voting ballot, which will consist of approximately 20 top players who have proven to their universities that they are also making progress toward graduation and maintaining at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA. The Wooden Award All American Team, consisting of the nation’s top 10 players, will be announced the week of the “Elite Eight” round of the NCAA Tournament.

Previous winners include such notables as Larry Bird (’79), Michael Jordan (’84), Tim Duncan (’97), Candace Parker (’07 and ’08), Kevin Durant (’09) and Maya Moore of Connecticut (’09 and ‘11).

Since its inception, the John R. Wooden Award has contributed close to a million dollars to universities’ general scholarship fund in the names of the All American recipients. The Award has also sent more than 1,000 underprivileged children to week-long college basketball camps in the Award’s name.

Follow the candidates and get the latest news throughout the season by logging on towww.WoodenAward.com or going to the Wooden Award facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/WoodenAward.

– Maryland –

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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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Maryland plays only preseason tuneup Sunday against Catholic U

Posted on 03 November 2013 by WNST Staff

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Layman, Smotrycz lead way for Maryland in second scrimmage

Posted on 26 October 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Jake Layman and Evan Smotrycz posted 21 points each, while Dez Wells added 20 points of his own as the Maryland men’s basketball team held its annual Red-Black intrasquad scrimmage Saturday afternoon in Comcast Center.

“We had a great crowd,” said head coach Mark Turgeon. “It was great to have our guys practice and play in front of our fans.”

The scrimmage was split into two 12-minute halves, followed by a 10-minute frame. Wells forced overtime in the third period after knocking down three consecutive free throws with 0.2 seconds remaining on the clock.

Layman and Smotrycz were lethal from beyond the arc, knocking down multiple 3-pointers at both ends of the court. Smotrycz tallied 12 of his 21 points in the final frame.

Sophomore Charles Mitchell also had a strong day, impressing Turgeon with some quality low post moves to the tune of 13 points.

“Charles Mitchell looked great,” Turgeon said. “He’s been practicing well and he had some good moments in our scrimmage today. I liked what I saw from Jake Layman as well.”

Other high-scorers included Nick Faust (11 points), Roddy Peters (11 points) and Seth Allen (11 points).

The Terrapins face Catholic in their lone exhibition of the season next Sunday, November 3 at 1:00 p.m., before opening the season at the Barclays Center against Connecticut on Friday, November 8 at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets for Connecticut game are still available through www.ticketmaster.com.

Point totals:

Layman – 21 pts

Smotrycz – 21 pts

Wells – 20 pts

Mitchell – 13 pts

Allen – 11 pts

Faust – 11 pts

Peters – 11 pts

Ram – 7 pts

Auslander – 6 pts

Cleare – 6 pts

Dodd – 5 pts

Lipinski – 3 pts

Graham – 2pts

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Terps to hold basketball scrimmage Saturday

Posted on 22 October 2013 by WNST Staff

Terrapins to Hold Red-White Scrimmage Saturday

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Driesell would like to see Maryland move Madness back to midnight

Posted on 19 October 2013 by WNST Staff

Maryland Men’s Basketball Head Coach Mark Turgeon

On Maryland Madness:
“I thought it was a fantastic night. It was what I excepted. A lot of great memories, a lot of energy in the building. Our players loved it. The former players loved it. I think the fans loved it. It was a great night for Maryland basketball.”

On Gary Williams and Lefty Driesell:
“It was great because Lefty started all of this 42 years ago. And just for him to be here. And of course he wanted to scrimmage at midnight. And I said, ‘I can’t stay awake that  late.’ We did our little scrimmage and we brought a lot of past back tonight because of that. And then just Gary. I’ve been around Gary a lot more and it was very cordial of him to be here and do his thing and of course he’s well-loved in this building. It’s great to have those two guys because those two guys inspire me every day to work hard. To have those two guys here tonight meant a lot to me.”

Maryland Head Women’s Basketball Coach Brenda Frese

On Maryland Madness:
“Tonight was really special for both teams. I think for our players to be able to understand the past and what was here before them, I thought it was a pretty emotional night.”

On how tonight represented the evolution of women’s basketball at Maryland:
“Something I learned tonight was that both programs really only had three coaches. You knew it, but you didn’t know it. You really saw it out in front of you tonight. What Dottie McKnight and Chris Weller did laid the foundation and took steps for me to be able to be here. They did it when there was no television or behind the scenes and maybe not as many fans as we enjoy now. All the hard work they put in put us in the position we are in now.”

Former Maryland Men’s Basketball Coach Lefty Driesell

On Maryland Madness:
“I am very happy to be here. We are not celebrating me or Cole Field house. We are celebrating Mark Turgeon’s team. I told him, I am not coming unless I see his team scrimmage because I want to see what kind of team he is going to have this year.”

“I told them last year they ought to have them at midnight. I still think it ought to be at midnight. That is the way we drew a crowd because most of the students were just feeling right at midnight. That is the reason we filled it up.”

On the UCLA of the East quote:
“I was at Davidson and we were 27-3 one year and ranked third in the final standings. Coach Kehoe was talking to about coming to Maryland. He brought Jay McMillen to breakfast with us and Jay said, Maryland could be the UCLA of the East. I said, yeah if
we had Tom McMillen we might be. I wanted Jay to help me recruit Tom. In fact Jay drove Tom to campus the last day you could register for classes. So, it was more or less a recruiting pitch to get Tom.”

Former Maryland Women’s Basketball Coach Chris Weller

On Maryland Madness:
“Well if Lefty said it should have been at midnight, then it should have been at midnight. I am just delighted to be included. Women’s basketball at Maryland is a frontrunner because of people like Lefty Driesell.”

On feelings of being back in Cole Field House:
“I cannot wait to see some of the players and I was really anxious to see Lefty and Johnny Holiday. There are just so many memories. I was here 27 years. I was here the last game and had a lot of nice memories at that time. The players are the main memories.”

Maryland Women’s Basketball Senior Forward Alyssa Thomas

On Cole Field House:
“Just the atmosphere and tonight was definitely something special. To see the players who played here and started the Maryland legacy.”

Maryland Men’s Basketball Junior Guard Dez Wells

On the tradition:
“We talked to Lefty about those guys basing this tradition here. This place is special. I care about legacy and this place.”

On Cole Field House:
“It was my first time being in here since I’ve been to Maryland. I walked past it a lot of times, but this is my first time being in it. I have an appreciation for those guys who came before me and made this place the historic place that it is.”

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Layman, Wells lead way in first Maryland hoops scrimmage

Posted on 12 October 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Maryland men’s basketball team held an open practice Saturday morning at Comcast Center as the Red team defeated the Black team, 38-36, in a 20-minute scrimmage.

Jake Layman (Red) and Dez Wells (Black) were the leading scorers with 14 points apiece, while Nick Faust (Red) and Evan Smotrycz (Black) chipped in 12 points each. Smotrycz also had five rebounds in the effort.

“Coach Turgeon has talked about doing your part on offense and executing the play,” said assistant coach Scott Spinelli. “We did a good job of communicating on defense and have improved over the last two days. There were so many positive moments – we showed some good flashes and versatility and we just have to move forward and build on today’s practice.”

The Terrapins are less than a month away from opening the season at the Baryclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. against Connecticut on November 8 at 6:30 p.m. Barclays Center tickets will be available through Ticketmaster and can be purchased through www.barclayscenter.com or www.ticketmaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.

To order season tickets, contact the ticket office at 800-462-TERP or order online by clicking here.

Leading Scorers:

Dez Wells: 14 pts, 3 rebounds

Jake Layman: 14 pts, 2 rebounds

NIck Faust: 12 pts, 4 rebounds, 3 assists

Evan Smotrycz: 12 pts, 5 rebounds

Seth Allen: 6 pts, 3 assists, 2 rebounds

Charles Mitchell: 3 pts, 5 rebounds

Shaquille Cleare: 4 pts, 2 rebounds

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Terps begin practice over a month away from season opener

Posted on 01 October 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Maryland men’s basketball team opened practice Friday in preparation for the 2013-14 season, looking to build off a strong 28-13 campaign last season. Head coach Mark Turgeon was pleased with the team’s cohesion and energy, attributing many of the positives to the team’s summer international tour in the Bahamas.

“We’ve got a lot of things going for us and we are way ahead of the curve,” Turgeon said. “We have three freshmen with Damonte [Dodd], Roddy [Peters] and A.J. [Metz] and the tour really helped them because they’re much further along.”

With the addition of 6’9” junior transfer Evan Smotrycz, the Terrapins feature an eclectic mix of size and skill — a quality that Turgeon is excited to see develop as the preseason progresses.

“We’ve got some really unique pieces,” Turgeon said. “All of our players are quite different and Evan [Smotrycz] is a big part of what we’re going to try to accomplish this year. He really opens the floor for a lot of people.”

Turgeon has also been impressed with the defensive commitment of junior Dez Wells and junior Nick Faust on the perimeter. The pair combined for 69 starts and just under nine rebounds per game in 2012-13.

“For us to be good on defense, Dez [Wells] and Nick [Faust] need to be really good defensively,” Turgeon said. “Nick is taking more pride in his commitment to on-ball defense and Dez has really concentrated on becoming a better team defender.”

The 2013-14 side will make its first public appearance as it celebrates the opening of the season with Maryland Madness at historic Cole Field House on Friday, October 18 at 6:30 p.m. Click here for more information on Maryland Madness.

The Terps open the season with an exhibition against Catholic in Comcast Center on November 3 at 1:00 p.m., before beginning regular season play at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. on Friday, November 8 against Connecticut at 6:30 p.m.

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Maryland standout Wells files lawsuit against former school

Posted on 21 August 2013 by WNST Staff

Maryland guard Dez Wells has filed a federal lawsuit against Xavier and its president.

According to reports, Wells is seeking an apology as well as damages for being wrongly dismissed from the university. The 21-year-old transferred and received a waiver to play at Maryland last season.

Wells was kicked out of Xavier in 2012 after being accused of sexual assault despite his claim that he engaged with consensual sex with another Xavier student. No charges were filed after he was cleared by the grand jury due to lack of evidence.

“From the moment the nightmare began, I’ve been trying to get everyone to understand that I am innocent,” Wells said in a statement released to multiple media outlets. “The supposed leaders at Xavier destroyed my reputation. It needs to make this right. Xavier needs to set the record straight.”

Wells was initially denied a waiver by the NCAA to play at Maryland last year before being cleared just before the start of the regular season in November. He averaged 13.1 points and 4.9 rebounds per game in his sophomore season with Mark Turgeon’s Terps.

In the lawsuit, Wells and his attorney claim that the school hurried to judgment after a “false and malicious investigation.”

“We have read the complaint and the allegations of wrongdoing are unfounded and cannot be supported,” Xavier president Father Michael Graham said in a statement released to Yahoo! Sports. “The process used by the Xavier University Conduct Board applies to all of our students and is the standard used in American universities. After members of the Conduct Board reached their decision, the matter was considered and upheld in an appeal. The sanction for the offense was expulsion.”

In the lawsuit, Wells desires “unspecified damages and to restore Wells’ reputation.”

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