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Maryland finishes Barclays Center Classic play with LIU Brooklyn game Friday

Posted on 16 November 2012 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland plays its final game of the Barclays Center Classic on Friday when LIU Brooklyn visits Comcast Center. The Terps are coming off a 67-45 win over Morehead State, which along with Kentucky and LIU Brooklyn made up the four-team field of the Classic.


• A balanced scoring effort led Maryland to its 22-point victory over Morehead State, which marked the 36th consecutive home opener the Terps have won. Nick Faust scored a game-high 12 points and Alex Len added 11 points and seven rebounds. Of the 10 players who received double-digit minutes, nine of them scored and seven tallied six points or more.

• The Terps were also able to show off their depth against Morehead State – Len logged the most minutes of any player with 24, and 10 players saw at least 13 minutes. That helped enable a strong defensive effort that held Morehead State to 31.7 percent shooting and just 7.1 percent from 3-point. Meanwhile, Maryland responded from a 33.3 percent-shooting effort against Kentucky to shoot 48.9 percent against the Eagles, including a .609 mark in the second half.

• Len has been Maryland’s most impactful player early on, with averages of 17 points and 9.5 rebounds per game. The 7-foot-1 center has added more than 30 pounds of muscle to his frame since arriving at Maryland in addition to adding range to his jump shot, and he has a team-high seven blocks.

• Len is one of four key returnees from last season, along with senior James Padgett, junior Pe’Shon Howard and sophomore Nick Faust. Howard is averaging 6 assists per game, while Faust is second on the team in scoring at 11.5 points per game and Padgett is third at 9.5.

Quick Hitters

• Maryland’s 22-point margin of victory over Morehead State matched its largest in all of last season (vs. Samford).

• After Morehead State cut Maryland’s lead to 10 points with 13:21 remaining, Maryland went on a 16-3 run over the next 5:28 to put the game out of reach. Six different players contributed a field goal to that run, including 3-pointers by Logan Aronhalt and Dez Wells.

• Maryland is outscoring its opponents by an average of 14.5 points per game when Alex Len is on the floor (plus-6 vs. Kentucky, plus-23 vs. Morehead State). Seth Allen is next highest at plus-9.0.

• Against Morehead State, the Terps made more free throws (17) than the Eagles attempted (8).

Who’s Next?

• Head coach Mark Turgeon and his staff signed a consensus top-20 recruiting class this season with freshmen Seth Allen, Shaquille Cleare, Jake Layman and Charles Mitchell.
The influx of talent gives Maryland the opportunity to extend a streak of being recognized for having talented young players in the program – for three years in a row, a Terp has been on the ACC All-Freshman Team. Prior to Nick Faust last year, Terrell Stoglin was honored in 2011 and Jordan Williams was honored in 2010.

Force on the Boards

• The Terps have built advantages on the boards in each of their first two games this season. Maryland outrebounded Kentucky 54-38, a plus-16 margin that marks the schools best performance against a ranked team since outrebounding No. 10 Wake Forest by a plus-20 margin on Feb. 17, 2003.

• Maryland outrebounded Morehead State, 40-32, and through two games is averaging a plus-12 margin on the boards. Alex Len and Charles Mitchell are the biggest factors in that, as each are averaging 9.5 rebounds per game.

• Len has nine offensive rebounds, Mitchell has eight and the Terps are averaging 21.5 offensive rebounds per game. North Carolina (23.0) is the only ACC school averaging more.
Mitchell made an impressive debut by grabbing 10 rebounds in his first career game, against No. 3 Kentucky. That’s the most rebounds by a Maryland freshman in his debut since Buck Williams had 13 against Bucknell in 1978. Williams went on to lead the ACC in rebounding that year (10.8 pg) en route to capturing ACC Rookie of the Year honors.
Two of the better rebounders in recent memory, Joe Smith and Jordan Williams, didn’t reach double-digit boards until their third and fourth games, respectively.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 13 November 2012 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Boxing-Carl Froch vs. Yusaf Mack (Saturday 3pm from Nottingham, ENG live on Pay-Per-View); NBA: Washington Wizards @ Charlotte Bobcats (Tuesday 7pm from Charlotte live on Comcast SportsNet), Washington Wizards @ Dallas Mavericks (Wednesday 8:30pm from Dallas live on Comcast SportsNet), Utah Jazz @ Washington Wizards (Saturday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet), Indiana Pacers @ Washington Wizards (Monday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet); Gymnastics: Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions (Thursday 7:30pm Verizon Center)

10. Rick Ross (Saturday 7:30pm 1st Mariner Arena); The Who (Tuesday 7:30pm Verizon Center); Civil Twilight (Wednesday 7pm Rams Head Live); Yellowcard (Thursday 7pm Rams Head Live), Chrisette Michele (Saturday 9pm Rams Head Live); Kreayshawn (Tuesday 7pm Recher Theatre), Rome (Wednesday 7pm Recher Theatre), Smile Empty Soul (Friday 6:30pm Recher Theatre); Joe Budden (Sunday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Marc Cohn (Thursday 6pm & 9pm Rams Head on Stage); Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (Tuesday 7pm 9:30 Club), Yeasayer (Wednesday & Thursday 7pm 9:30 Club), G. Love and Special Sauce (Friday 8pm 9:30 Club), Dan Deacon (Saturday 8pm 9:30 Club); Dangermuffin (Tuesday 8pm Metropolitan Kitchen & Lounge); Heart (Tuesday 7:30pm D.A.R. Constitution Hall), Ray LaMontagne (Friday 8pm D.A.R. Constitution Hall), Aretha Franklin (Saturday 7:30pm D.A.R. Constitution Hall); Chris Isaak (Tuesday 8pm Maryland Hall For The Creative Arts); Ballyhoo (Friday 8pm Looney’s College Park); Lyfe Jennings (Saturday 8pm Howard Theatre); Green Day “Dos” and Soundgarden “King Animal” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

I STILL haven’t stopped hearing from everyone who went to the last Civil Twilight show at RHL…

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis provide some real, thought-provoking hip-hop. Genuine…

Dangermuffin-good name, better band.

If I’m telling the truth, I swoon a bit every time I hear this Ray LaMontagne tune…

9. Tom Green (Thursday-Saturday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Bob Marley (Wednesday-Sunday DC Improv); Craig Ferguson (Friday 7pm & 10pm Warner Theatre); Anthony Bourdain (Saturday 8pm France-Merrick Performing Arts Center at The Hippodrome); “Lincoln” out in theaters (Friday); “Brave” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

I’m not going to lie…I used to be SO in on Tom Green. For example, this was a GREAT bit…

I’d like to see Lincoln. I’d like to see THIS even more…

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