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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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Terps reach back to past to celebrate Madness

Posted on 19 October 2013 by WNST Staff

The Maryland men’s and women’s basketball teams honored the past and present of Terrapins basketball at Maryland Madness in front of an electric crowd of 11,500 at Cole Field House Friday night.

The history of both programs was on display with numerous legendary figures on hand for the event and the atmosphere evoked great games of the past in the hallowed building.

An alumni game featuring former Maryland players Juan Dixon, Walt Williams and Byron Mouton, among others, opened the event. A ceremony narrated by former Terp gymnast and current broadcaster Bonnie Bernstein paid tribute to other legends including Ernie Graham and Vicky Bullett.

The women’s team came to the floor first. Coach Brenda Frese addressed the crowd after meeting at mid-court with former Terrapin coaches Dottie McKnight and Chris Weller.

“Tonight was really special for both teams,” Frese said.  “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.”

The men’s team followed, with the players pumping up the crowd with a number of acrobatic dunks.  Head coachMark Turgeon was introduced after former Maryland coaches Lefty Driesell and Gary Williams to the delight of the Terrapin faithful in attendance.

“I thought it was a fantastic night,” Turgeon said upon his introduction, flashing a V-sign and a fist pump in honor of his predecessors. “Our players loved it. The former players loved it. The crowd loved it. It’s one of the nights you’ll always remember.”

The event ended with each team participating in separate scrimmages. Both squads continued to honor the past, sporting the names of former Terrapin greats who shared their number on the back of each jersey.

The men’s team opens the season against UConn on Nov. 8 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. The women’s team faces South Florida on the road in its opener.

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Terps set for Madness Friday night at Cole Field House

Posted on 17 October 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Basketball is set to return to historic Cole Field House on the campus of the University of Maryland for the first time since 2002 as the Terrapin men’s and women’s basketball teams host Maryland Madness Friday night. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and the program will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Parking for media members and fans is available in Lot 1. Members of the men’s and women’s basketball teams will take part in an autograph session for the public from 5:30-6:15 p.m. The men’s basketball alumni game will tip off at 6:30 p.m.

Maryland athletics is happy to announce a TerpsTV Free Preview weekend from Friday, October 18, through Sunday, October 20.

The free preview weekend will allow Terrapin fans the chance to sample premium content from TerpsTV, including Maryland Madness live from Cole Field House on Oct. 18 at 6:30 p.m.

In addition to Maryland Madness, fans will also be able to listen to the Terrapin Sports Network radio broadcast of the Maryland-Wake Forest football game on Oct. 19 at 3:30 p.m., as well as watch live video for men’s soccer on Saturday and field hockey on Sunday.

Cole Field House was home to Maryland basketball for nearly half a century from 1955-2002. The men’s and women’s basketball teams garnered a 774-246 (.759) cumulative record at Cole Field House.

“Cole Field House represented many of the most iconic and memorable moments in Maryland basketball program history,” head coach Mark Turgeon said. “Cole was host to multiple hall of fame coaches and countless All-Americans that helped make Maryland basketball what it is today. It will be a special evening for our fans, students, alumni and our university as we reconnect with the historic past of Cole Field House and Maryland basketball.”

The Maryland men’s basketball team opened Cole Field House with a resounding 67-55 victory over Virginia on December 2, 1955, and closed the gym in similar fashion with a resounding 112-92 emotional victory over the Cavaliers on March 3, 2002.

“It’s a great chance for this generation to get a glimpse of what Maryland basketball was like and to honor our history,” said women’s basketball head coach Brenda Frese. “As we celebrate our theme of, ‘Proud Past, Fearless Future,’ this is really a culmination of that with our fans, students and the players. At the same time, we’ll be celebrating our future. So when you can do all that at the same time, that’s really special.”

At the time of its closing in 2002, Cole owned the distinction of having hosted more upsets of number one ranked teams than any building in the country. Duke became the seventh and final top-ranked team to fall in the arena on February 27, 2002, propelling the Terrapin men to their first national title.

A total of 16 Terrapin All-Americans (men and women) played at Cole, including Associated Press First Team selections John Lucas (1976), Albert King (1980), Jasmina Perazic (1983), Len Bias (1986), Vicky Bullett (1989), Joe Smith (1995) and Juan Dixon (2002).

Beginning in 1971, Cole was home to storied years for the women’s basketball program, as it housed the first-ever televised women’s basketball game in 1975, in addition to a sell-out crowd of 14,500 in 1992 which set a then-Atlantic Coast Conference women’s basketball attendance record.

The nation’s only on-campus arena to host multiple Final Fours, Cole hosted numerous NCAA tournaments for basketball, volleyball and wrestling. In addition to hosting U.S. President and Elvis Presley, it also hosted a U.S. vs. China ping-pong match in 1972 before a capacity crowd in what was the first sporting event held between the two nations.

 

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 15 October 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Auto Racing-NASCAR Chase For The Sprint Cup Camping World RV Sales 500 (Sunday 1pm from Talladega, AL live on ESPN); Golf: PGA Tour Grand Slam (Tuesday & Wednesday 4pm from Southampton, Bermuda live on TNT), PGA Tour Shriners Hospital for Children Open (Thursday-Sunday 5pm from Las Vegas live on Golf Channel); Champions Tour Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn (Friday-Sunday 2pm from Conover, NC live on Golf Channel); LPGA KEB HanaBack Championship (Friday-Sunday 11am from Incheon, South Korea on Golf Channel); Boxing: Mike Alvarado vs. Ruslan Provodnikov (Saturday 9:45pm from Denver live on HBO); High School Football: Parkville @ Perry Hall (Friday 7pm), Archbishop Spalding @ Gilman (Friday 2:10pm); Horse Racing: Jim McKay Maryland Million Day (Saturday 12pm Laurel Park)

10. Nine Inch Nails (Friday 8pm Verizon Center); Coheed & Cambria (Monday 8pm Rams Head Live); Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (Tuesday & Wednesday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Martha Reeves (Friday 8pm Howard Theatre); Simple Minds (Friday 6pm 9:30 Club); Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mt. Boys (Sunday 7:30pm Birchmere); Franz Ferdinand (Thursday 8pm Strathmore); Diana Krall (Saturday 8pm Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric); Emeli Sande/Johnnyswim (Saturday 8pm Meyerhoff Symphony Hall); Pearl Jam “Lightning Bolt”, Paul McCartney “New”, The Avett Brothers “Magpie and the Dandelion”, The Head and the Heart “Let’s Be Still” and Willie Nelson “To All The Girls” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

I’d ABSOLUTELY go see NIN again. So, somebody will take care of that for me, right?

Can I buy a ticket for the Meyerhoff show Saturday that allows me to pay less and not stay for the headliner?

Lots of new music this week. The Avett Brothers’ record is tremendous.

I haven’t heard all of The Head and the Heart’s record yet, but…this…

9. Das Best Oktoberfest (Saturday 12pm M&T Bank Stadium); The Gathering: Food Truck Rally (Friday 5pm Stratford University); Maryland Renaissance Festival (Saturday & Sunday RennFest Fairgrounds); Pacific Rim” and “The Heat” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); Carrie” out in theaters (Friday)

Oktoberfest is great for beer, beer maids and most notably-brats. I personally would like to spend Oktoberfest at Schmidt’s Sausage Haus in Columbus myself. They have a freaking all-you-can-eat sausage buffet, gang.

Can we just look at more pictures of brats?

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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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Terps move Maryland Madness event to historic Cole Field House Oct. 18

Posted on 24 September 2013 by WNST Staff

Maryland Madness to be Held at Cole Field House

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Maryland men’s and women’s basketball teams will return to historic Cole Field House for Maryland Madness Friday, October 18. Doors will be open at 5:30 p.m. and the program will begin at 6:30 p.m.Tickets will be available to students and Terrapin Club donors on Monday, September 30 at 8:30 a.m. on a first-come, first-serve basis.

 

Cole Field House was home to Maryland basketball for nearly half a century from 1955-2002. The men’s and women’s basketball teams garnered a 774-246 (.759) cumulative record at Cole Field House.

 

“Cole Field House represented many of the most iconic and memorable moments in Maryland basketball program history,” head coach Mark Turgeon said. “Cole was host to multiple hall of fame coaches and countless All-Americans that helped make Maryland basketball what it is today. It will be a special evening for our fans, students, alumni and our university as we reconnect with the historic past of Cole Field House and Maryland basketball.”

 

The Maryland men’s basketball team opened Cole Field House with a resounding 67-55 victory over Virginia on December 2, 1955, and closed the gym in similar fashion with an emotional 112-92 victory over the Cavaliers on March 3, 2002.

 

“It’s a great chance for this generation to get a glimpse of what Maryland basketball was like and to honor our history,” said women’s basketball head coach Brenda Frese. “As we celebrate our theme of, ‘Proud Past, Fearless Future,’ this is really a culmination of that with our fans, students and the players. At the same time, we’ll be celebrating our future. So when you can do all that at the same time, that’s really special.”

 

At the time of its closing in 2002, Cole owned the distinction of having hosted more upsets of number one ranked teams than any building in the country. Duke became the seventh and final top-ranked team to fall in the arena on February 27, 2002, propelling the Terrapin men to their first national title.

 

A total of 16 Terrapin All-Americans (men and women) played at Cole, including Associated Press First Team selections John Lucas (1976), Albert King (1980), Jasmina Perazic (1983), Len Bias (1986), Vicky Bullett (1989), Joe Smith (1995) and Juan Dixon (2002).

 

Beginning in 1971, Cole was home to storied years for the women’s basketball program, as it housed the first-ever televised women’s basketball game in 1975, in addition to a sell-out crowd of 14,500 in 1992 which set a then-Atlantic Coast Conference women’s basketball attendance record.

 

The nation’s only on-campus arena to host multiple Final Fours, Cole hosted numerous NCAA tournaments for basketball, volleyball and wrestling. In addition to hosting U.S. President and Elvis Presley, it also hosted a U.S. vs. China ping-pong match in 1972 before a capacity crowd in what was the first sporting event held between the two nations.

 

On September 30 at 8:30 a.m., students can go online to umterps.com/student to reserve seats, while Terrapin Club members can reserve tickets online at umterps.com or call 1-800-462-TERP.  Should any tickets remain, men’s and women’s basketball season ticket holders who are not Terrapin Club donors can reserve seats online or by calling 1-800-462-TERP on Oct. 3 beginning at 8:30 a.m.

 

– Terps –

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Maryland hosts “Madness” event Friday at Comcast Center

Posted on 12 October 2012 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The celebration of Maryland Madness, which tips off the new season of basketball at Comcast Center, is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 12, beginning at 7 p.m.

Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic will present a special one-hour program, Maryland Madness presented by Wendy’s, on Friday, Oct. 12. The show will air live on CSN Plus at 7:30 p.m. with an encore at 9 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet following the network’s live coverage of the Terps’ men’s soccer game at Duke (7 p.m.).

Comcast SportsNet’s coverage of Maryland Madness will be highlighted by introductions of the 2012-13 Terps’ men’s and women’s basketball teams, along with head coaches Mark Turgeon and Brenda Frese, and their team scrimmages. The event, which was first held 41 years ago, will also feature the unveiling of the teams’ new Under Armour uniforms.

Doors open at 6 p.m. and admission is free. No tickets are required and seating is first-come, first-served.

The evening includes a student dunk contest, – which will be judged by former Terps football players Torrey Smith, LaQuan Williams and Josh Wilson and former basketball players Walt Williams, Juan Dixon and Dave Neal (subject to change) – and a performance by the Maryland Gymkana Troupe.

Students can register for the student dunk contest and vote on the best returning Terrapin dunker at 2012MarylandBasketball.com, the official fan site of Maryland basketball. Free t-shirts will be given away to the first 4,000 students in attendance and the winner of the student dunk contest will be awarded with free books for the school year.

Comcast SportsNet anchor and reporter Rob Carlin will lead the network’s coverage live from Comcast Center in College Park, Md. He will be joined by former Terrapins star Christy Winters Scott and men’s radio analyst Chris Knoche, who also contributes to the network’s Terps coverage on CSNwashington.com and CSNbaltimore.com.

For CSN Plus carriage and channel location, check with your provider or visit CSNwashington.com or CSNbaltimore.com.

 

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 09 October 2012 by Glenn Clark

Honorable MentionPro Wrestling: TNA Bound For Glory (Sunday 8pm from Phoenix live on Pay-Per-View); “Fall Ball” College Lacrosse: Villanova @ Loyola (Saturday Ridley Athletic Complex), MRB “Thumbs Up” Weekend-Ohio State vs. North Carolina (Sunday 10am Calvert Hall); Boxing: Nonito Donaire vs. Toshiaki Nishioka (Saturday 10pm from Carson, CA live on HBO); Golf: PGA Tour Frys.com Open (Thursday-Sunday 4pm from San Martin, CA live on Golf Channel), Champions Tour Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn (Friday-Sunday 1:30pm from Conover, NC live on Golf Channel); High School Football: Eastern Tech @ Perry Hall (Friday 7pm), McDonogh @ Calvert Hall (Friday 7pm), Loyola @ Gilman (Friday 4pm)

10. Zac Brown Band (Friday 6:30pm Jiffy Lube Live); Peter Gabriel (Sunday 8pm Patriot Center); Silversun Pickups (Thursday 8pm Rams Head Live); Los Lonely Boys (Wednesday & Thursday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Temper Trap (Saturday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Mint Condition (Tuesday 8pm Howard Theatre), Ray Manzarek/Roy Rogers (Friday 8pm Howard Theatre); Matt and Kim (Tuesday & Wednesday 7pm 9:30 Club), Passion Pit (Sunday & Monday 7pm 9:30 Club); Jars of Clay (Tuesday 7:30pm Birchmere); 2 Chainz (Thursday 8pm Hill Field House); Dispatch (Thursday 7pm D.A.R. Constitution Hall); Spin Doctors (Thursday 8pm Rams Head Center Stage); The English Beat (Friday 9pm State Theatre); Island Bay Day feat. LA Guns/Charm City Devils/Days of the New (Saturday 11am Queen Anne County Fairgrounds); “This Land is Your Land”: Woody Guthrie at 100 Concert feat. John Mellencamp/Tom Morello/Old Crow Medicine Show (Sunday 6pm Kennedy Center); The Wallflowers “Glad All Over” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

There’s few shows that would get me to Jiffy Lube Live, but if the Birds were to wrap this series against the Yanks in 4, I’d be there for Zac Brown Band…

Silversun Pickups are so underrated…

I saw Passion Pit in Chicago once. I don’t really have anything to follow that up with. This is a good song…

Noticed a billboard for the Spin Doctors show on 83 going in to the baseball game Sunday night. Thought to myself “hell yeah, I’d go see the Spin Doctors…”

9. Maryland Brewer’s Oktoberfest (Saturday 11am Timonium Fairgrounds); BJ Novak (Saturday 8pm RAC Arena); Mick Foley (Thursday 8pm Baltimore Comedy Factory), Rob Schneider (Friday-Sunday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Maryland Renaissance Festival (Saturday & Sunday Revel Grove); “Prometheus” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); Argo” and “Seven Psychopaths” out in theaters (Friday)

OH MY GOD I LOVE OKTOBERFEST!!! Quick-what’s better about Okotberfest-the food…

The beer?

Or the service?

Danke schoen.

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Maryland Madness announced for October 12

Posted on 25 September 2012 by WNST Staff

Maryland Madness Set for Friday, Oct. 12

Madness starts at 7 p.m.; doors open at 6:00

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The celebration of Maryland Madness, which tips off the new season of basketball at Comcast Center, is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 12, beginning at 7 p.m.

Doors open at 6 p.m. and admission is free. No tickets are required and seating is first-come, first-served. Portions of the evening will also air on ESPNU, with former Terrapin great Len Elmore serving as Maryland’s on-site analyst.

The annual event, which was first held 41 years ago, has a number of surprises in store as the Terps look toward the 2012-13 season. The evening includes a student dunk contest, performance by the Maryland Gymkana Troupe and the unveiling of the team’s brand new Under Armour uniforms.

Students can register for the student dunk contest and vote on the best returning Terrapin dunker at www.2012MarylandBasketball.com, the official fan site of Maryland basketball. Free t-shirts will be given away to the first 4,000 students in attendance and the winner of the student dunk contest will be awarded with free books for the school year.

Fans will also be introduced to the 2012-13 men’s and women’s basketball teams.

The Maryland men’s team welcomes eight newcomers and returns two starters in Nick Faust and James Padgett from last season’s team, which went 17-15 under first-year head coach Mark Turgeon.

The Terrapin women’s team, ranked No. 4 in at least one preseason poll, returns four starters from last year’s squad that reached the NCAA Elite Eight and went 31-5 under head coach Brenda Frese.

More information will be released in the coming days on www.umterps.com.

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