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Maryland makes quick turnaround to visit Pitt Monday night

Posted on 05 January 2014 by WNST Staff

MARYLAND (10-5, 2-0 ACC) at PITT (13-1, 1-0 ACC)

Monday, January 6, 2014 • 7 p.m. ET

Petersen Events Center (12,508) • Pittsburgh, Pa.

MEDIA INFORMATION

Television: ESPNU (Bob Picozzi and Kara Lawson)

Coaches: Pitt: Jamie Dixon, 15th year at Pitt, 11th year as head coach (275-87); Maryland: Mark Turgeon, 3rd year at UM (52-33), 16th year overall (302-192).

Rankings: Pitt: AP-ARV; USA Today-ARV; Maryland: AP-NR; USA Today-NR.

Series: Pitt and Maryland meet for the eighth time in school history. Maryland holds a 5-2 advantage in the series which began on Feb. 15, 1977. The last time the two teams met was on Nov. 18, 2010 in the 2K Sports/Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at Madison Square Garden, a 79-70 Pitt win. Pitt has hosted Maryland on two different occasions: Feb. 11, 1978 (89-86 Pitt win in OT) and on Jan. 27, 1981 (69-66 UM win in OT). Both were played at Civic Arena.

 

GAME PREVIEW

PITTSBURGH–Pitt (13-1, 1-0 ACC) plays its first-ever Atlantic Coast Conference men’s basketball game at home when it hosts Maryland (10-5, 2-0 ACC) for a Monday, January 6 contest at the Petersen Events Center. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. ET.

The game will be nationally televised on ESPNU with Bob Picozzi (play-by-play) and Kara Lawson (color analysis) making the call. Matthew Bartley will handle production. The broadcast was moved to ESPNU to accommodate coverage of the FBS national championship game on ESPN2.

Pitt has won its 13 games by an average of 17.9 points per game margin, all 13 wins have come by nine or more points and 10 of its 13 by 17 points or more. Offensively, the Panthers are averaging 76.7 points per game, converting 48.0 percent (379-789) of field goals, 33.0 percent (69-209) of 3-point field goals and an amazing school-record pace of 74.6 percent (247-331) of free throw attempts. Pitt is also outrebounding its opponents by a sizable plus-9.2 margin. Defensively, Pitt is holding its opponents to 58.9 points per game and yielding a 39.5 percent (295-747) field goal percentage. Thirteen of Pitt’s 14 opponents have been held to 70 points or less and eight have scored 60 points or less.

Pitt is 9-0 at home this year, on an 11-game home win streak and 19-game consecutive win streak against non-conference opponents at home. Pitt also owns a 110-3 record vs. non-conference opponents at the Petersen Events Center and has won 131 of its last 135 home games against regular season non-conference opponents.

Pitt hosts Maryland, its second ACC opponent, after registering a 74-62 victory at North Carolina State on Saturday in Raleigh, N.C. The Panthers battled all the way back from an early 17-2 first half deficit to win by 12 points. In the second half, Pitt used 63 percent shooting (17-27) and hit 11-13 free throws in taking control. During a decisive seven-minute stretch after halftime, Pitt converted on 12 of its 13 possessions and outscored NC State 24-6. Lamar Patterson led Pitt with 22 points, eight rebounds and six assists. Talib Zanna added 15 points and nine rebounds and freshman Michael Young contributed a career-high 13 points. Patterson (17) and Zanna (nine) combined to score 26 of their 37 points in the second half.

Maryland (10-5, 2-0 ACC) is on a three-game win streak after consecutive wins over Tulsa, North Carolina Central and Georgia Tech. Head coach Mark Turgeon’s Terrapins are led by four players in double figure scoring including Dez Wells (15.0 ppg./5.3 rpg.), Jake Layman (13.7 ppg./5.1 rpg.), Evan Smotrycz (12.3 ppg./6.9 rpg.) and Nick Faust (10.4 ppg.). This marks Maryland’s third ACC game as it has defeated both Boston College (88-80 on Dec. 12) and Georgia Tech (77-61 on Jan. 4).

 

MONDAY’S TOP STORYLINES

•Pitt plays its first-ever Atlantic Coast Conference home game when it hosts Maryland on Monday, Jan. 6 at the Petersen Events Center.

•Pitt coach Jamie Dixon owns a 12-0 record vs. previous ACC teams and a 28-10 overall record vs. current ACC teams (including Syracuse, Notre Dame).

•With its 13-1 record, Pitt has currently amassed the second most wins in the ACC.

•With a 9-0 home record and currently on an 11-game home win streak, Pitt is in its 12th season at the Petersen Events Center and carries a 189-22 record (.896) in the arena. The Panthers have won 95 of their last 107 home games and 38 of their last 48 conference home games.

•When comparing ACC basketball programs over the last 13 years, Pitt ranks second among league programs in overall winning percentage (332-97, .774), league winning percentage (142-63, .693), homecourt winning percentage (.896) and NCAA Tournament appearances (11).

 

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 23 December 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Women’s College Basketball-Terrapin Classic: Wofford @ Maryland (Saturday 12pm Comcast Center), Howard/College of Charleston @ Maryland (Sunday 1:30pm Comcast Center)

10. SOJA (Friday & Saturday Rams Head Live); Papadosio (Monday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Deadcember with Cris Jacobs Band (Thursday 9pm 8×10 Club), Colouring Lesson (Saturday 8pm 8×10 Club); O’Malley’s March (Thursday 6:30pm & 9:30pm Rams Head on Stage); Corey Smith (Thursday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring), Common (Friday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue (Sunday & Monday 8pm 9:30 Club)

Strict “no marijuana” policy with the SOJA boys.

I’m not into Corey Smith as much as others, but once I post this video I’ll be that much closer to wrapping up T10BD!

I loved Common in Wild Aces.

Trombone Shorty is pleasing to my earhole.

9. Jeff Dunham (Monday 7:30pm Baltimore Arena); The Wolf of Wall Street“, “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty“, “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom“, “Grudge Match” and “47 Ronin” out in theaters (Friday); Insidious Chapter 2” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); Glenn Clark’s Christmas plans (Wednesday, parts unknown)

As I reminder, Christmas dinner in the Glenn Clark household is stuffed shells. More recently, my fiancee’s absolutely SUBLIME Buffalo Shells.

Happy Holidays, gang.

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Towson visits Eastern Washington Saturday with NCAA title game berth at stake

Posted on 20 December 2013 by WNST Staff

CHENEY, Wash. – With a berth in the NCAA FCS championship game on the line, Coach Rob Ambrose and the fifth-ranked Towson University football team will visit No. 3 Eastern Washington in a semi-final match-up on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. (EST).

The game will be televised nationally on ESPNU as Mark Neely and Jay Walker call the action.

The Tigers, who have won a school record 12 games, come into the game with a four-game winning streak and own an 11-game winning streak on the road. The Eagles, who are also 12-2, have a 7-0 record at home and a 10-game winning streak.

For the third consecutive game, the Tigers will be facing high-powered offense led by an outstanding quarterback. In the second round of the NCAA FCS playoffs, the Tigers faced Fordham University and quarterback Michael Nebrich. The Rams came into the contest averaging 38.2 points per game but Towson prevailed, 48-28. Last week, the Tigers faced the top-ranked quarterback in FCS, Jimmy Garoppolo, and Eastern Illinois, the top scoring team in NCAA FCS with a 48.3 average. However, the Tigers came from behind to beat the Panthers, 49-39.

Eastern Washington is averaging 40.1 points per game and is ranked sixth nationally. The Eagles also rank fourth in NCAA FCS with 530.1 yards of total offense per game.

“It’s like the Pro Bowl times three,” says Ambrose of having to face a top-flight quarterback for the third straight week. “From Fordham, to Eastern Illinois to Eastern Washington, we’ll have faced the top three quarterbacks in the country by every stat you can imagine. The offense is great, the defense is good and each week the margin for error is smaller.”

In its two NCAA post-season games, the Tiger offense has been very efficient. While averaging 48.5 points per game, the Tigers are averaging 538.5 yards of total offense per contest. The Tigers are also averaging 8.5 yards per play.

All-American running back Terrance West is the focal point of the Tiger offense. West is coming off a record-setting effort against Eastern Illinois, a game in which he broke the NCAA FCS playoff record by running for 354 yards on 39 carries with five touchdowns. West  leads all of college football with 2,295 rushing yards and  earned first team All-America honors for the second time in his career.

The 2013 Colonial Athletic Association Offensive Player of the Year, West was named as the CAA Offensive Player of the Week four times. A three-time All-CAA first team selection, West has scored 39 touchdowns this season, tying the FCS record for touchdowns in a season. He leads all of college football in touchdowns scored.

For Eastern Washington, this is the Eagles’ third appearance in the FCS semi-finals in the last four years. The Eagles won the NCAA FCS championship in 2010.

The winner of the Towson-Eastern Washington game will advance to the NCAA FCS championship game on Jan. 4 in Plano, Texas.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 17 December 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Women’s College Basketball-UMBC @ Loyola (Saturday 12pm Reitz Arena)

10. Beyonce (Wednesday 8pm Verizon Center); Switchfoot/New Politics (Thursday 8pm Rams Head Live), Kix (Saturday 8pm Rams Head Live); The English Beat (Wednesday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Saves The Day (Saturday 8:30pm Ottobar); Michael Bolton (Tuesday 8pm Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts); Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (Tuesday 7:30pm Birchmere), Carbon Leaf (Thursday & Friday 7:30pm Birchmere); Chatham County Line (Wednesday 8pm Jammin’ Java)

Switchfoot: you have no idea how much you enjoy them.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_5oE0ijhKg

New Politics does the song you’ve heard a ton.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVOUTkFkMNU

Carbon Leaf should stop spending any more than a day or two out of the area every month.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOo7ZzwOI9I

Chatham County Line is worth finding out more about.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMaZEWxy3S8

9. A John Waters Christmas (Thursday & Friday 7pm Baltimore Soundstage); Kick-Ass 2” and “The Lone Ranger” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (Wednesday) American Hustle“, “Saving Mr. Banks” and “Inside Llewyn Davis” out in theaters (Friday)

I will be seeing ALL of these movies this week. I enjoy this.

And this.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQyPVBtLXk0

AND this.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awR-XUHCMd8

AND this.

I will see all of these.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 10 December 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Women’s College Basketball-Delaware State @ Maryland (Saturday 7pm Comcast Center); Golf: PGA Tour Franklin Templeton Shootout (Friday 3pm live on Golf Channel Saturday 4pm Sunday 3pm live on NBC. All golf from Naples, FL); Boxing: Adrien Broner vs. Marcos Maidana (Saturday 8pm from San Antonio live on Showtime); High School Football: Baltimore Touchdown Club Senior All-Star Game (Saturday 1pm Archbishop Spalding)

10. John Mayer (Saturday 7pm Baltimore Arena); Robin Thicke/Fall Out Boy/Paramore/Miley Cyrus (Monday 7pm Verizon Center); Jimmy Eat World/Diamond Youth (Thursday 8pm Rams Head Live), All That Remains/Asking Alexandria (Friday 7pm Rams Head Live), Lupe Fiasco (Sunday 8pm Rams Head Live), Twenty-One Pilots/The 1975/MS MR/NONONO (Monday 8pm Rams Head Live); Mint Condition (Sunday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Rick Springfield (Tuesday & Wednesday 8pm Rams Head on Stage), Marshall Tucker Band (Thursday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Wilson Phillips (Friday 8pm Rams Head Center Stage); Sara Bereilles/Gavin DeGraw (Wednesday 7pm Fillmore Silver Spring), Steve Winwood/Cris Jacobs (Thursday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring), Gary Allan (Friday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Ginuwine (Friday 8pm Howard Theatre), Ja Rule (Saturday 11:30pm Howard Theatre); The Hives (Tuesday 7pm 9:30 Club), The Pietasters (Saturday 8pm 9:30 Club), Ms. Lauryn Hill (Sunday 6pm 9:30 Club); Mannheim Steamroller (Thursday 8pm Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric); Straight No Chaser (Thursday 7:30pm Meyerhoff Symphony Hall); Backstreet Boys (Friday 6:30pm SECU Arena); Childish Gambino “Because the Internet” and Neil Young “Live at The Cellar Down” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

My most embarrassing admission of 2013? I saw John Mayer the first time he ever played the Arena. My second most embarrassing admission? I kinda enjoy the song he did with his girlfriend.

I had a friend who used to have a Jimmy Eat World beanie. I tried to steal it from him 100 times.

This song will end up in my Top 10 of 2013.

It is NEVER embarrassing to be caught singing along to this.

9. Andrew Dice Clay (Sunday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Gilbert Gottfried (Thursday 8pm Magooby’s Joke House);  The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” and “Saving Mr. Banks” out in theaters (Friday); “Despicable Me 2″ and “Fast & Furious 6″ available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

And instead I’ll encourage you to watch Kay & Peele attempt to break the record for impressions in one minute.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 26 November 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Tennis-The Dream Cup Barbados (Friday & Saturday 6pm from Bridgetown, Barbados live on ESPN3.com); Running: Baltimore City Turkey Trot 5K (Thursday 8:30am Druid Hill Park)

10. The Bridge (Wednesday 9pm Rams Head Live); Cara Kelly and the Tell Tale (Wednesday 8pm 8×10 Club); Charm City Devils/The Brian Jack Memorial Concert (Wednesday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Herman’s Hermits (Saturday 6pm & 9pm Rams Head on Stage); Alice Smith (Friday 7:30pm Howard Theatre), Kelly Rowland (Sunday 8pm Howard Theatre); Rob Zombie (Wednesday 7pm 9:30 Club); Preservation Hall Jazz Band (Friday -Sunday 8pm Meyerhoff Symphony Hall); MGMT (Tuesday 8pm D.A.R. Constitution Hall); Brian Setzer Orchestra (Friday 8pm Warner Theatre); Michael McDonald (Saturday 8pm Strathmore); Foxes (Saturday 7pm U Street Music Hall); Billie Joe & Norah “Foreverly” and M.I.A. “Matangi” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

Baltimore is better when The Bridge is together.

I saw CCD do a tribute to Brian Jack at the Recher Theatre a year or so ago. Baltimore rock and roll isn’t as great without him.

I’m going to try to get to the Sunday Preservation Hall show. I could listen to them play Christmas tunes all month.

You know what? Same thing with Michael McDonald. Judge away.

9. Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (Thursday 9am from New York live on NBC); Bobcat Goldthwait (Friday & Saturday Magooby’s Joke House); Donnell Rawlings (Friday-Sunday DC Improv); Despicable Me 2“, “Red 2” and “Jobs” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); Frozen” and “Homefront” out in theaters (Friday)

I’d be more excited about flicks coming out, but none of them are ‘The Wolf of Wall Street”. There isn’t a movie I want to see more than “The Wolf of Wall Street”.

Other than maybe this.

Also because Kate Bosworth is in “Homefront”, this photo of Kate Bosworth’s legs is relevant.

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

Posted on 16 November 2013 by WNST Staff

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

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

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

Storyline

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Morgan travels to SC State for nationally televised contest Thursday night

Posted on 13 November 2013 by WNST Staff

MSU (4-6, 4-2 MEAC) at South Carolina State (6-3, 4-1 MEAC)
Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013 – 7:30 p.m. ET
Dawson Bulldog Stadium (22,000)
Orangeburg, S.C.

THE BROADCASTS
Television: ESPNU, Mark Neely will call the play-by-play and Jay Walker is the color analyst.

GAME TIME
The Bears (4-6, 4-2) will travel to square-off against the South Carolina State Bulldogs in a Mid-Eastern Conference matchup on Thursday (Nov. 14) in Orangeburg (S.C.). Head coach Buddy Pough leads the Bulldogs. South Carolina State (6-3, 4-1) extended to a 2-game winning streak after a 25-21 conference victory against Florida A&M last Saturday in Orangeburg. The Bears needed a field goal at the buzzer to complete a thrilling comeback 24-23 victory against South Carolina State at Hughes Stadium.Donald Hill-Eley, ranked third among winning coaches at MSU, enters his 12th year as head coach of the Bears.  Game time at Dawson Bulldog Stadium is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by ESPNU. There will also be a live radio broadcast of the game on WEAA, 88.9 FM.

THE BEARS-BULLDOGS MATCHUP 
• The Bears and Bulldogs will meet for the 36th time since 1971 … South Carolina State leads the series 29-5-1.
• MSU won the first matchup in 1971 by a score of 21-0; SCSU has won eight straight against the Bears, including a 32-10 win at Hughes Stadium on Nov. 12, 2010.
• Last time against the Bulldogs (Nov. 12, 2010) … The Bears couldn’t stop No. 15 South Carolina State’s big-play offense and couldn’t get away from the Bulldogs’ attacking defense. Those were the main reasons South Carolina State handed the Bears a 32-10 loss in an ESPNU nationally televised game at Hughes Stadium.
The Bulldogs sacked Morgan State freshman quarterback Delonte Williams eight times and forced him to run for his life time and again. In the first half, the Bears gained 183 yards, but they posted minus-29 yards in the second half — when they gave up a safety and couldn’t get going.
• The last time the Bears defeated by S.C. State was on Nov. 16, 2012 … Morgan State is 1-8 against South Carolina State under Coach Hill … his single win was during his first season at the helm when his Bears travelled to Orangeburg and came away with a shocking 23-12 victory.

ABOUT THE BULLDOGS
• Oliver “Buddy” Pough is in his 12th season as head football coach at South Carolina State, his alma mater. Since succeeding head coach emeritus Willie Jeffries as Bulldog head coach in 2002, Pough has established SC State football as one of the top programs in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). During an 11-year tenure at the school his teams have also captured two MEAC titles (2008 & 2009) outright, shared two others (2004, 2010), and made three trips to the prestigious FCS playoffs (2008, 2009 and 2010). His overall and conference records at SC State trail only Jeffries.
• South Carolina State returns 40 lettermen, including 17 starters from last year’s team.
• In 2012, the Bulldogs finished with a 5-6 overall record and 4-4 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC).
• R-Senior QB Richard Cue (6-1, 180) leads the Bulldogs offense by completing 112 of 201 passes for 1,308 yards and 12 touchdowns. He’s currently completing 55.7 percent of his passes (No. in MEAC in pass efficiency) and has thrown a total of 12 touchdowns and seven interceptions.
• MSU’s defense will have to also account for standout senior WR Tyler McDonald (6-3, 190) is the MEAC’s leading receiver by averaging 80.6 yards per game. Through nine games he has 37 receptions for 725 yards and has scored six touchdowns.
• The Bulldogs also have a potent ground game led by freshman RB Justin Taylor.  The Atlanta, Ga. product ranks among the league leaders in rushing with 538 yards on 153 carries (Ranked 4th in the MEAC) and has scored six rushing TDs.
• MSU’s offense will have to account for senior defender Joe Thomas. Thomas, a 6-0, 230 pound LB, ranks No. 5 in the MEAC with 88 tackles (63 solo).

QUICK HITS
• MSU will enter the 2013 season with a number of veterans … the Bears’ roster includes 13 seniors and 15 juniors.
• The Bears backfield lost All-MEAC running back Travis “Juice” Davidson to graduation, however the backfield is loaded with talented young players like Lamont Brown III, Herb Walker Jr., Tracy Martin and Orlando Johnson who will compete for the starting RB spot.
• Morgan State ranks 5th in MEAC total offense by averaging 321.7 yards per game (5.1 per play).
• MSU ranks No. 3 in the MEAC in running the ball … The Bears are averaging 182.3 yards per game on 445 carries and have scored 14 TDs on the ground.
• Redshirt-freshman running back Lamont Brown III ranks No 6 in the MEAC in rushing with 571 yards on 122 attempts and has scored three TDs.
• Morgan State ranks 3rd in MEAC pass efficiency (122.4).
•  The Bears defense will attempt to record their 10 straight game of registering a turnover … they recorded an interception  in their last game against North Carolina A&T.

•  The Bears added four new coaches to the 2013 staff … the new coaches are: Jerry Holmes (DC), Gordon Gregory (OC), LeAndre Creamer (DB) and Marcus Gladden(OL).

RUN GAME POWERS OFFENSE … Morgan State’s rushing game has powered the team to a No. 3 ranking in the MEAC (182.3 ypg), T-5thin scoring (21.0 ppg) and 5th in total offense (321.7 ypg). Morgan State’s 1,823 rushing yards through the first 10 games is already more than they recorded during the 2012 season (1,647 yards) … in fact, it’s already the most rushing yards gained in the last four years. With three games remaining on the schedule, the Bears are on pace to eclipse the 2,040 rushing yards they posted during the 2008 season…just 218 yards to go.

TIME IS ON OUR SIDE … The Bears have notched four games with a time of possession of more than 40 minutes. The Bears held a season-high 41:01 – 28:48 advantage in the win at NCCU. The Bears currently rank among the league leaders ranked No. 3 in the MEAC in time of possession (32:01 avg/g).

FINISHING TOUCHES … Morgan State has been pretty good this season when it comes to scoring in the red zone. Through the first nine games, the Bears have scored 23-of-29 (79%) times inside its opponent’s 20 yardline. MSU ranks No. 5 in the MEAC in red zone scoring.

GETTING DEFENSIVE … The Morgan State defense has seven players with at least 30 tackles so far this season.
• Junior linebacker Cody Acker leads the way with 85 stops (T-12th in MEAC), including a season-high 14 tackles against Norfolk State (Sept. 28).
• The next highest is senior Darien Irby who has posted 50 tackles from his starting strong safety position.

NO SACKS FOR YOU … The Morgan State offensive line has been one of the toughest teams to sack in the conference. The Bears currently rank No. 3 in the MEAC by limiting opponents to 16 sacks in 10 games.

COLLECTING INTERCEPTIONS … The Bears have recorded 12 interceptions through nine games. CB Deshaun Summers and S Paul Eatman leads the way with three picks apiece, followed by CB Joe Rankin has a pair of INTs, while SS Peterson Janvier and LBs Bill Hill and Cody Acker each have an interception to their credit. MSU currently ranks T-No. 26 in the FCS in interceptions (No. 4 in the MEAC) and ranks No. 3 in pass defense by limiting opponents to 150.1 yards per game.

NOTABLE NATIONAL NOTES … Here are a few national statistics of note on offense, defense and special teams that pertain to the Bears:

• Morgan State is 15th nationally in net punting (38.4) and redshirt freshman punter Lawrence Forbes ranks No. 3 (45.2 avg) and has dropped 12 of his 41 punts inside of the opponents’ 20-yard line.
•  Morgan State is 10th nationally in punt returns (2nd in the MEAC – 13.5).
•  The Bears offense ranks 22nd nationally in time of possession (32 avg TOP).
•  MSU 14th nationally in passing yards per completion (13.7).
•  Morgan State’s pass defense ranks 3rd nationally by limiting opponents to 150.1 passing yards per game.
•  Junior linebacker Cody Acker ranks 2oth nationally in solo tackles (56).

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 12 November 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Golf: PGA Tour OHL Classic at Mayakoba (Thursday-Sunday 2pm from Riviera Maya, Mexico live on Golf Channel); Boxing: Andre Ward vs. Edwain Rodriguez (Saturday 10pm from Ontario, CA live on HBO); High School Football: MPSSAA Playoffs-4A North Semifinal Howard @ Perry Hall (Friday 7pm); The Book Thief” and “The Best Man Holiday” out in theaters (Friday); Man of Steel” and “Turbo” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

10. Elton John (Thursday 8pm Verizon Center), Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (Monday 7:30pm Verizon Center); Manchester Orchestra (Tuesday 7:30pm Rams Head Live), Eli Young Band (Wednesday 8pm Rams Head Live), Dr. Dog (Saturday 9pm Rams Head Live); The Lone Bellow (Friday 9pm Baltimore Soundstage), Zach Myers/Silvertung (Saturday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Dave Davies (Wednesday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Bret Michaels (Thursday 9pm Rams Head Center Stage); Gary Clark Jr. (Tuesday & Wednesday 7pm 9:30 Club), Skrillex (Thursday 8:30pm 9:30 Club), Sister Hazel (Saturday 6pm 9:30 Club); Widespread Panic (Tuesday 8pm Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric); The Mowgli’s (Wednesday 7:30pm Rock & Roll Hotel); Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds (Friday 8:30pm The Hamilton); Rick Ross (Sunday 8pm D.A.R. Constitution Hall); Roger Clyne and The Peacemakers (Sunday 8pm State Theatre); Counting Crows “Echoes of The Outlaw Roadshow” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

The Lone Bellow HAS to win “Best New Artist” this year, right?

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I’d listen to Sister Hazel sing “Row Row Row Your Boat”.

I’ve tried telling you about Sister Sparrow before. Stop missing the memo.

9. NBA-Washington Wizards @ Dallas Mavericks (Tuesday 8:30pm from Dallas live on Comcast SportsNet PLUS), Washington Wizards @ San Antonio Spurs (Wednesday 8:30pm from San Antonio live on Comcast SportsNet), Cleveland Cavaliers @ Washington Wizards (Saturday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet)

Meanwhile, JJ Hickson…

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Maryland tries to get bowl eligible Saturday at Wake Forest

Posted on 18 October 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland football team looks to earn its second Atlantic Coast Conference victory of the season when the Terps travel to Winston-Salem on Saturday for a 3:32 p.m. kickoff against Wake Forest at BB&T Field. The Terps bounced back from their defeat at Florida State to knock off Virginia, 27-26, on Saturday to improve to 5-1. With wins in five of its first six games, Maryland is off to its best start since the 2001 season, when the Terps won their first seven.

LIVE Coverage on the ESPNU & the Terrapin Sports Radio Network
• Saturday’s game will be broadcast on ESPNU at 3:30 p.m. Anish Shroff (pbp) and Kelly Stouffer (color) 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 134 and XM Radio Channel 193, as well as over the internet at www.umterps.com.

First-and-10

• Behind a career-best 332 yards from quarterback Caleb Rowe and a personal-best 169 all-purpose yards from running back Brandon Ross, the Terps totaled 468 yards of total offense. Maryland has gone over 450 yards of total offense in four of six games. Rowe completed 18-of-34 passes for 332 yards, the ninth-best passing performance in the ACC this season, and one touchdown, which gave the Terps the lead with 5:14 remaining in the game. Rowe capped the six-play, 69-yard drive by finding tight end Dave Stinebaugh in the end zone for the senior’s second career touchdown reception. On the game-winning drive, Rowe was 3-of-4 for 80 yards including a 47-yard completion to wide receiver Deon Long on third-and-22 from the Maryland 40-yard line.

• On the ground, Ross totaled 88 yards averaging 6.3 yards per carry and finished with two touchdowns. The sophomore running back also hauled in three passes for a career-best 81 yards including a 77-yard catch-and-run late in the first quarter to set up his first rushing score of the game. The 77-yard reception is the longest pass play for the Terps this season and is tied for the fifth-longest in the ACC. Ross ranks seventh in the ACC in rushing averaging 68.9 yards per game.

• Wide receivers Stefon Diggs and Deon Long combined for 10 of Rowe’s 18 completions. Diggs had a team-high six catches for 96 yards, while Long led the squad with 98 yards receiving on four catches. Diggs and Long have combined for 54 catches this season accounting for 51.9 percent of the Terps’ receptions. Diggs leads the team with 520 yards receiving and is averaging 86.7 yards per game, which ranks eighth in the ACC, with three touchdowns. Long has totaled 446 yards and one touchdown, and is averaging 74.3 yards per game.

• Defensively, the Terps held the Cavaliers to just six points off of three Maryland turnovers and held UVA to four field goals on six trips inside the redzone. After allowing Virginia to convert 45.4 percent (5-for-11) of its third downs in the first half, Maryland turned up the pressure in the second half and held the Cavs to 3-of-9 on third down in the second half.

• ACC Linebacker of the Week L.A. Goree recorded a game-high and career-best 16 tackles on Saturday. The 16 stops is the most by a Terp defender since Demetrius Hartsfield had 18 tackles at NC State on Nov. 26, 2011. Goree also finished with one tackle for loss. After recording a personal-best 10 tackles at Florida State, defensive backAnthony Nixon topped it with 12 tackles, nine solo, and a tackle for loss. Eight different Terps combined for eight tackles for loss led by linebacker Marcus Whitfield’s 1.5 TFL for seven yards. In the secondary, defensive back A.J. Hendy finished career-best two pass breakups.

• On special teams, Brad Craddock added two more field goals (36, 32) to his season total. He is now 12-of-14 on the season. He is averaging 2.00 field goals a game, which is tied for first in the conference and tied for third nationally, and his 85.7 percent conversion rate is tied for fourth in the ACC. Craddock has not missed a field goal attempt under 50 yards.


Quick Hitters

• Offensively, Maryland has shown the propencity to break a big play throughout the season. Against Virginia, the Terps had seven plays of 30 yards or more and have had at least one play of 30 yards or more in every game this season.

• The number of big plays has not been more evident than in the passing game. The Terps are averaging 15.58 yards per reception, a total that ranks ninth nationally. Since the 1980 season, no other Maryland team has averaged more yards per reception.

• Running back Brandon Ross’ 77-yard catch-and-run late in the first quarter on Saturday was the first of Maryland’s seven plays that went 30 or more yards. The reception was a career long for Ross and the Terps’ longest reception of the season. It is also tied for the fifth-longest pass play in the ACC.

• In addition, Ross’ sprint down the sidelines was the longest non-scoring reception by a Maryland player since Scott Milanovich hit Jermaine Lewis for 78 yards at North Carolina on Sept. 11, 1993.

• Ross finished with a career-best 169 all-purpose yards against UVA. The sophomore running back had 88 yards on the ground and 81 yards receiving. Ross is the first Maryland player to finish with 75 or more yards rushing and receiving in a game since LaMont Jordan rushed for 89 yards and had 86 yards receiving in a 17-14 win at Wake Forest on Oct. 9, 1999.

• Despite being ranked 14th in the ACC in redzone defense, the Terps have done a tremendous job of holding opponents to field goals inside the 20-yard line. Of Virginia’s six trips inside the 20 on Saturday, the Terps held the Cavaliers to just two touchdowns. Of the 19 redzone scores given up by Maryland this season, 11 have been touchdowns for a conversion rate of 57.9 percent, which is the second-best precentage in the conference behind Syracuse.

• Additionally, Maryland’s defense has done a great job of minimizing the impact of the Terps’ offensive turnovers. Maryland held Virginia to two field goals on three Terrapin fumbles. On the year, Maryland has only surrendered 33 points on 12 turnovers, a 2.75 points per TO average. In the last four games, the average drops to 1.78 with 16 points off of nine turnovers.

• Quarterback Caleb Rowe stepped in for the injured C.J. Brown and threw for a career-high 332 yards in Saturday’s victory over Virginia. It is the most passing yards by a Maryland quarterback this season and the ninth-best passing performance in the ACC.

• Rowe’s 332-yard performance is the most passing yards by a Terrapin quarterback since Danny O’Brien threw for 348 yards against Miami to open the 2011 season (Sept. 5, 2011).


Maryland Gameday 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 quarterback Dustin Dailey (offense), linebacker Jalen Brooks (defense), and linebacker Marc Rodriguez (special teams).

Flag Bearers: Running back Albert Reid will carry the American flag, and linebacker Marcus Whitfield will carry the Maryland flag during Saturday’s introductions.

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 Wake Forest game are wide receiver Deon Long (offense), linebackerCole Farrand (defense), and place kicker Brad Craddock (special teams).


Maryland-Wake Forest Series History

• Saturday marks the 62nd meeting between the Demon Deacons and the Terps in a series that began in 1917.

• Maryland and Wake Forest have met every year since 1971 with the Terps holding a 43-17-1 advantage all-time. Maryland won last season’s meeting in College Park, 19-14.

• The home team has won the last six meetings in the series. Maryland’s last win in Winston-Salem came in 2005, a 22-12 win.

 

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