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Maryland’s win over No. 3 Iowa brings peace of mind

Posted on 29 January 2016 by Luke Jones

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Mark Turgeon had downplayed the notion that Thursday’s showdown with third-ranked Iowa was a must-win game for Maryland.

The coach reiterated that sentiment even after the No. 8 Terrapins earned their first win of the season against a ranked opponent and served the Hawkeyes their first loss in Big Ten play in a 74-68 final

“Everybody that cares about Maryland basketball was in a panic, but we never were,” said Turgeon, who reminded that all three of the Terps’ losses had come in challenging road environments. “We’re in a grind session right now. We’ve got a tough schedule ahead of us. We’re trying to be the best team we can be in March and peak at the right time.”

Panic? That description might be too strong, but concern was growing about whether the Terps were as great as many thought they could be after last Saturday’s loss at Michigan State. And though a victory over a top-ranked opponent doesn’t guarantee a Final Four berth any more than the previous losses meant a trip to Houston wasn’t happening, Maryland offered some peace of mind on Thursday night.

Only three other games against currently-ranked opponents remain on the Terps’ regular-season schedule, meaning opportunities to enhance the NCAA tournament résumé in hopes of a No. 1 or No.2 seed were running low.

The signature win was more important than it was impressive as both teams trudged through an ugly second half that hardly resembled the fast-paced, high-quality first 20 minutes of action. Maryland was just 9-for-27 from the field and 0-for-10 from beyond the arc in the second half, but stingy defense was the difference for the Terps in the first game played between top-10 teams in the 14-year history of Xfinity Center.

Maryland outrebounded the Hawkeyes after struggling mightily in that department against Michigan State and Northwestern, and Robert Carter Jr. and Jake Layman combined to stifle one of the best players in the country as Jarrod Uthoff was an abysmal 2-for-13 and finished with just nine points.

Rasheed Sulaimon and Carter each scored 17 to lead the way for the Terps and ease the burden on star point guard Melo Trimble, who didn’t receive enough help in the loss to the Spartans last weekend. Maryland has plenty of players who can score — that was evident in the 100-65 demolition of Ohio State two weeks ago — but that balance and toughness needed to surface against a high-quality opponent.

To go along with the balanced offense, the Terps handled adversity in responding to Carter fouling out on a questionable call with less than two minutes remaining. Out of a timeout, Maryland executed a pretty set that resulted in a Diamond Stone dunk, forced a turnover on the other end, and then extended the lead to 66-60 on a layup by Jared Nickens with 1:11 left.

Iowa wouldn’t seriously challenge again as its nine-game winning streak was snapped.

“I think we grew as a team,” said Sulaimon about moving past the loss at Michigan State. “There’s a fine line in being a good and a great team, and I think that team chemistry and stuff like that makes a big difference.”

Time will tell whether the Terps crossed over from good to great on Thursday, but the victory was one fans were waiting for to help confirm why they’ve been so excited all season.

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Turgeon named semifinalist for Coach of the Year award

Posted on 05 March 2015 by WNST Staff

PRESS RELEASE

ATLANTA – Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon has been named one of 15 semifinalists for the Naismith National Coach of the Year award.

Under Turgeon, Maryland has posted 25 wins this season, an eight-game improvement from its 17 victories during the 2013-14 season. The eight-game win total is tied for the second-highest improvement among Power Five schools.

In addition, Maryland cracked the Associated Press poll Top 10 for first time since Feb. 3 2003 – a span of 12 seasons, and has been ranked among the Associated Press Top 25 poll for 14 consecutive weeks, the longest such streak since 2002-03.

Maryland finished its inaugural season in the Big Ten with a perfect 9-0 home record, which included victories against then-No. 5 Wisconsin, Michigan State and Indiana. Overall, Maryland boasted an 18-1 home mark at XFINITY Center.

The list of 15 semifinalists will be cut to four on March 19 with the winner to be announced April 5.

Naismith Men’s College Coach of the Year Semifinalists

Tony Bennett, Virginia

Mike Brey, Notre Dame

John Calipari, Kentucky

Scott Drew, Baylor

Mark Few, Gonzaga

Chris Holtmann, Butler

Ben Jacobson, Northern Iowa

Larry Krystkowiak, Utah

Archie Miller, Dayton

Steve Prohm, Murray State

Bo Ryan, Wisconsin

Bill Self, Kansas

Wayne Tinkle, Oregon State

Mark Turgeon, Maryland

Jay Wright, Villanova

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Maryland receives highest AP ranking in 12 years

Posted on 02 March 2015 by Luke Jones

Only a few months after being voted 10th in the Big Ten’s preseason poll, Maryland has earned the No. 10 spot in the entire country in the latest Associated Press poll released Monday afternoon.

Coming off home wins over No. 5 Wisconsin and Michigan this past week, the Terrapins (24-5, 12-4) have cracked the AP’s top 10 for the first time since the 2002-2003 season and finished a perfect 9-0 home mark in Big Ten play, an impressive feat for their first season in their new conference. Many currently project Maryland to be a No. 3 seed in the NCAA tournament, which would be quite an accomplishment for a program that hasn’t made the “Big Dance” since 2010.

After suffering a number of transfers last offseason and failing to make the tournament in his first three seasons in College Park, head coach Mark Turgeon was feeling pressure from an unhappy fan base before senior Dez Wells, junior Jake Layman, and freshman sensation Melo Trimble formed one of the more productive trios in all of college basketball this year. Maryland has won five straight games and concludes the regular season this week with trips to Rutgers on Tuesday and Nebraska on Sunday.

The Terps currently sit second in the Big Ten behind Wisconsin and could clinch a share of the conference title with two wins and the Badgers falling on the road to Minnesota and Ohio State this week.

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Maryland guard Trimble dealing with back, leg issues in recent weeks

Posted on 12 February 2015 by Luke Jones

The most significant piece of news revealed in the aftermath of Maryland’s 68-66 win over Indiana Wednesday night was the health of point guard Melo Trimble.

The freshman sensation has been dealing with back and leg issues and told reporters that he injured his back in late December and has been feeling the effects at different times since then. The injury eventually began affecting his left leg, but Trimble said he’s feeling much better now.

“I don’t want to make excuses for him,” head coach Mark Turgeon said. “Melo was playing hurt [for] about three games. He’s feeling better. We are getting healthy now.”

Trimble scored 18 points against the Hoosiers and produced 20 in Sunday’s loss at Iowa, but the 6-foot-2 guard had struggled mightily in the two games before that, going a combined 0-for-13 from the field against Penn State and Ohio State. He’s averaging 15.5 points per game this season.

With the Terps all but certain to qualify for the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2010, Trimble’s health will be a critical factor in determining how far Maryland might advance in March.

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Terps officially sign top junior college guard Brantley

Posted on 12 November 2014 by WNST Staff

PRESS RELEASE

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Head coach Mark Turgeon and the Maryland men’s basketball staff welcome guard Jaylen Brantley to the Terps for the class of 2015.

“Jaylen has high character and his personality will fit what we are building here at Maryland,” said Turgeon. “He’s a great facilitator with outstanding vision, and he’s also a very talented shooter. Jaylen wanted to be at Maryland, and we’ve very excited to welcome him to our program.”

A 247sports.com four-star recruit out of high school, Brantley was ranked the 12th JUCO Player in America by Next Up Recruits.

“I’m going to have the opportunity to work with a great coaching staff and attend one of the best universities in the country,” said Brantley. “Coach Turgeon is a great person – very honest and upfront. He wants to put his players in the best position to be successful. Coach Turgeon and the coaching staff made me feel very welcomed. There’s great trust between us and I also really connected with all the guys on the team.”

The 5-foot-11 Springfield, Mass., native comes to Maryland from Odessa (Tex.) Community College. Brantley will have three years of eligibility at Maryland.

“We recognized early on that Coach Turgeon and the University of Maryland would be a great fit for Jaylen,” said Angela Cayode, Brantley’s mother. “I could see that Coach Turgeon would really invest in Jaylen’s future. He believed in Jaylen as a person, a player and a student-athlete. Coach Turgeon is not only a great coach, but he’s a great man. Jaylen felt he could contribute to Maryland immediately and that he would thrive and respond well to playing under Coach Turgeon. Our whole family is very excited that Maryland has welcomed Jaylen with open arms.”

Brantley played AAU basketball for the Boston Amateur Basketball Club alongside current Terp forward Jake Layman. Brantley helped BABC to two AAU national championships, and he was also a member of the 2011 Elite Youth Basketball League championship team.

“I’ve known Jake Layman for a long time and we played together,” said Brantley. “He’s been like family to me. Maryland felt like the perfect place for me.”

JAYLEN BRANTLEY (5-11, 175, PG, Springfield, Mass.)

Leo Papile, Boston Amateur Basketball Club: “Jaylen’s a throwback. He gets the ball in the right people’s hands and he has a high basketball IQ, which leads to winning. He’s a productive point guard and a threat from three-point range. He has a great pace to his game.”

Tra Arnold, Odessa Community College: “Jaylen has great character and is a really hard worker. He will be a great addition to the University of Maryland. Jaylen helps teams win. He’s been a consistent winner throughout his high school career, and he does all the things a leader needs to do to win on and off the floor.”

Jerry Mullen, Mullen’s Roundball Review: “Jaylen’s a great selection for Maryland. He can score if he needs to, but he doesn’t have to score to be effective. He’s got the ability to get others involved and has the ability to make his other teammates better. I envision him as a combo guard who can make the right decisions and is also a talented shooter.”

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Maryland announces 2014-2015 basketball schedule

Posted on 21 August 2014 by WNST Staff

Maryland Announces 2014-15 Men’s Basketball Schedule

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland men’s basketball coach Mark Turgeon announced the Maryland men’s basketball team’s 2014-15 schedule today.

The Terrapins’ schedule features 10 NCAA Tournament teams from last season, with a possible 11th depending on the outcome of the CBE Hall of Fame Classic. Maryland is also scheduled to host perennial powers Michigan State, Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana and Virginia at the XFINITY Center.

“We are excited to begin our inaugural season in the Big Ten Conference,” Turgeon said. “The Big Ten has been one of the best conferences over the past few years. We have a tremendous Big Ten schedule and a great home schedule for our fans. In addition, we’re looking to hosting one of our longtime rivals Virginia in non-conference play.”

Maryland opens its inaugural Big Ten Conference season with a trip to Michigan State on Dec. 30, followed by its first-ever home Big Ten match Jan. 3 against Minnesota at the XFINITY Center. It will mark the Terps’ first non-ACC conference game since they were members of the Southern Conference in 1952-53.

After a pair of road games against Illinois and Purdue, the Terps return home for contests against Rutgers (Jan. 14) and Michigan State (Jan. 17). The Spartans have visited College Park just one time in history, when they defeated Maryland, 95-75, in Cole Field House on Dec. 29, 1955. Michigan State memorably knocked the Terps out of the NCAA Tournament on a buzzer-beater in 2010.

The Terps will then visit Indiana in historic Assembly Hall on Jan. 22 for just the second time in history (2009), in addition to a road date with Ohio State on Jan. 29. Following four games to open February, Maryland will host three consecutive NCAA Tournament teams at the XFINITY Center: Nebraska (Feb. 19), Wisconsin (Feb. 24) and Michigan (Feb. 28).

Maryland closes its regular season with a pair of road matches at Rutgers (Mar. 3) and Nebraska (Mar. 8).

Highlighting Maryland’s non-conference schedule is a home bout with Virginia on Dec. 3 in the 16th annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge as the longtime rivals meet for the first time as conference foes. The Terps closed out their tenure in the ACC last season with a thrilling 75-69 overtime victory over the fifth-ranked Cavaliers at the XFINITY Center.

Maryland has played Virginia more times (171) than any other team throughout its history, and holds a 107-74 advantage dating back to 1912-13.

The Terps’ non-conference schedule also features a first round matchup with NCAA Tournament qualifier Arizona State on Nov. 24 at the CBE Hall of Fame Classic in Kansas City, Mo. Iowa State and Alabama are featured on the other side of the bracket, with the winners and losers facing off Nov. 25.

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame head coach Gary Williams will also be inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame on Nov. 23 in Kansas City.

The Terps will also travel to Stillwater, Okla., for the first time in program history as it faces NCAA Tournament qualifier Oklahoma State. Maryland won the lone meeting between the teams, 50-49, on Dec. 16, 1966, at the Memphis Invitational.

Maryland will face defending MEAC champion and 2014 NCAA Tournament qualifier NC Central for the second consecutive season at the XFINITY Center on Dec. 10. The Terps were victorious, 70-56, in the inaugural meeting between the teams last season.

In addition to the aforementioned games above, the Terps’ non-conference schedule includes nine contests at the XFINITY Center and exhibitions against San Francisco State (Nov. 1) and Bowie State (Nov. 8).

The Terrapins open the season on Fri., Nov. 14 against Wagner, followed by games on Nov. 17 against Central Connecticut State and on Nov. 20 versus Fordham.

After traveling to Kansas City for the CBE Hall of Fame Classic, Maryland returns to the XFINITY Center for a match against Monmouth (Nov. 28).

The Terps will then restore an old rivalry with former Southern Conference foe VMI on Nov. 30. Though Maryland and VMI have met just once since 1953 (Maryland won, 99-68, in 2005), the teams met 51 times dating back to their inaugural matchup in 1911. The Terps lead the all-time series, 42-10.

Sandwiched between Maryland’s matchups with Virginia and NC Central is a Dec. 6 game against Winthrop, which has qualified for the NCAA Tournament five times in the last 10 years. The Terps are 4-0 all-time against the Eagles.

Maryland then closes out its non-conference schedule with first-time meetings against both USC Upstate (Dec. 13) and Oakland (Dec. 27). The Terps will also face Bowie State on a date yet to be determined.

 

2014 Maryland Men’s Basketball  Schedule

Non-Conference Schedule

Sat., Nov. 1         San Francisco State (Exhib.)

Sat., Nov. 8         Bowie State (Exhib.)

Fri., Nov. 14       Wagner

Mon., Nov. 17    Central Connecticut State

Thu., Nov. 20     Fordham

Mon., Nov. 24    vs. Arizona State (CBE Hall of Fame Classic)

Tue., Nov. 25     vs. TBD                (CBE Hall of Fame Classic)

Fri., Nov. 28       Monmouth

Sun., Nov. 30     VMI

Wed., Dec. 3       Virginia (ACC/Big Ten Challenge)

Sat., Dec. 6          Winthrop

Wed., Dec. 10    NC Central

Sat., Dec. 13       USC Upstate

Sun., Dec. 21      at Oklahoma State

Sat., Dec. 27       Oakland

 

Conference Schedule

Tue., Dec. 30      at Michigan State

Sat., Jan. 3           Minnesota

Wed., Jan. 7        at Illinois

Sat., Jan. 10         at Purdue

Wed., Jan. 14     Rutgers

Sat., Jan. 17         Michigan State

Thu., Jan. 22       at Indiana

Sun., Jan. 25       Northwestern

Thu., Jan. 29       at Ohio State

Wed., Feb. 4       Penn State

Sun., Feb. 8         at Iowa

Wed., Feb. 11    Indiana

Sat., Feb. 14        at Penn State

Thu., Feb. 19      Nebraska

Tue., Feb. 24      Wisconsin

Sat., Feb. 28        Michigan

Tue., Mar. 3        at Rutgers

Sun., Mar. 8        at Nebraska

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Turgeon grateful to see Williams get Hall of Fame recognition

Posted on 08 August 2014 by WNST Staff

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Maryland Athletics hosted a luncheon Friday afternoon at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame to celebrate Gary Williams’ enshrinement.

Family and friends joined Williams hours prior to the ceremony for a luncheon, which was hosted by Maryland broadcast icon Johnny Holliday.

Director of athletics Kevin Anderson, current men’s basketball coach Mark Turgeon, former Terps standout Walt Williams, assistant coaches Billy Hahn and Dave Dickerson, and Williams’ daughter, Kristen Scott, were also in attendance and shared fond memories of the newest member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

“He’s a Hall of Fame Terp,” said director of athletics Kevin Anderson. “The Maryland family appreciates his commitment, dedication, and love for Maryland basketball and the University.”

Williams, who was also selected for induction into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame, will be the first coach in history to be selected to both storied institutions in the same year.

“The true test of being a great coach is the relationships you develop with your student-athletes,” said head coachMark Turgeon. “It’s great to see him getting the recognition he deserves. This is an outstanding day for the University of Maryland.”

The enshrinement ceremony is scheduled to begin in the Springfield Symphony Hall at 6:30 p.m. and the event will be broadcasted live on NBA TV.

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Trayvon Reed Will NOT Enroll With UMD

Posted on 01 August 2014 by Ethan Stewart

The University of Maryland Basketball Program was dealt a serious blow today as freshman center Trayvon Reed was dismissed from the team as a result of an arrest which occurred on Wednesday night.

Reed was at a 7-11 in Prince George’s County and he attempted to steal 2 candy bars and an ice cream bar by placing the items in his pockets before plain-clothes cops tried to question him.  As Reed was about to be handcuffed he attempted to flee the scene while also hitting the hand of the undercover cop.  Reed was then arrested and charged with theft of under $100, 2nd degree assault and resisting arrest.

In a statement released by University of Maryland Head Basketball Coach Mark Turgeon, “Trayvon failed to meet the standards that are required by the University of Maryland athletics department.”

Although Reed was dismissed from the team and university due to his arrest he is not the only player to leave the program during the offseason as Seth Allen, Roddy Peters, Charles Mitchell, Shaquille Cleare and Nick Faust all handed in transfer requests which were granted by Mark Turgeon.

Reed was supposed to be a part of the highly-touted 2014 freshman class along with Melo Trimble, Dion Wiley, Jared Nickens and Michal Cekovsky, however, it appears his dreams of playing for the University of Maryland have been dashed.

The dismissal leaves Mark Turgeon’s squad even more short-handed than what had previously been anticipated after the 5 players transferred away from the program earlier this year.

Freshman Michael Cekovsky and sophomore Damonte Dodd will be forcibly thrust into bigger roles than had previously been thought during the upcoming season

Dodd had a lackluster freshman season as he was unable to garner any regular playing time and was missing from games for long stretches of the season.  Cekovsky has received high praise from his coaches as well as Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports.  However, Cekovsky was recruited from Slovakia so the transition to basketball in the United States could prove to be a difficult one especially in his first season with the Terps.

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Layman expected to miss 4-6 weeks with hand injury

Posted on 17 July 2014 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland men’s basketball head coach Mark Turgeon announced today junior Jake Layman fractured a bone in his left hand during a voluntary team pickup basketball game. Layman is expected to miss four-to- six weeks and will not need surgery. He is expected to be fully recovered when the team begins practice in September.

Layman appeared in 32 games (28 starts), averaging 11.7 points and 5.0 rebounds while averaging a team-high 31.8 minutes per game. He led the Terps with 61 3-pointers made, shooting 37 percent from beyond the arc.

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Maryland freshman C Reed to miss 2-3 months with ankle injury

Posted on 10 June 2014 by WNST Staff

Reed to Miss 8-to-12 Weeks with Fractured Right Ankle

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland men’s basketball coach Mark Turgeon announced on Tuesday that freshman center Trayvon Reed has been diagnosed with a fractured right ankle. Reed sustained the ankle injury this past April in high school.

The injury was further evaluated during his pre-participation physical and the fracture was discovered at that time. Reed is expected to miss 8-to-12 weeks and the injury will not require surgery.

Reed (7-1, 235) is one of two freshman 7-footers joining the Maryland men’s basketball program this season as part of a nationally ranked top-10 recruiting class. The Snellville, Ga. is a four-star prospect and ranked in the top-100 of major recruiting outlets including Scout.com, Rivals.com and 247sports.com.

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