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Turgeon named semifinalist for Coach of the Year award

Posted on 05 March 2015 by WNST Staff

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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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Trimble receives Big Ten co-freshman of the week honors

Posted on 02 March 2015 by WNST Staff

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College Park, Md. – The Maryland men’s basketball team moved up four spots to No. 10 in the Associated Press Top 25 on Monday. The Terps, who defeated No. 5 Wisconsin and Michigan last week, are ranked in the Top 10 for the first time since February 3, 2003 (ranked No. 8 at that time). Maryland, winners of five straight contests, is 24-5 overall and is 12-4 in its inaugural season in the Big Ten Conference.

In addition, Maryland guard Melo Trimble was named co-Big Ten Freshman of the Week after averaging 17.5 points and connecting on 11-of-23 (47.8%) from the floor in home wins over No. 5 Wisconsin and Michigan. Trimble shared the honor this week with Ohio State guard D’Angelo Russell.

This marks Trimble’s third Big Ten weekly honor this season. He was named co-Big Ten Player of the Week and freshman of the week on December 1.

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Maryland receives highest AP ranking in 12 years

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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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Strong defense leads Maryland LAX to 12-3 win over Drexel

Posted on 28 February 2015 by WNST Staff

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Jay Carlson notched his first hat trick of the season to lead the No. 10 Maryland men’s lacrosse team to a 12-3 victory over Drexel on Saturday afternoon at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.

Meeting for the first time since 1943, the Dragons jumped out to an early 2-0 lead before the Maryland (3-1) defense buckled down to hold them scoreless for 56:17. The Terps scored 12 unanswered during the Drexel’s scoring drought, which was the longest since Maryland held Penn scoreless for 51:12 in 2008.

Bryan Cole jumpstarted the Terrapin offense when he found Matt Rambo with 3:02 remaining in the first quarter to kick off the scoring for the Terps.

Cole then found the back of the net himself to knot the score at 2-2 with 14:11 left in the second quarter.

The offensive domination continued with three straight goals from Carlson, who has scored in a team-leading eight consecutive games.

Kyle Bernlohr finished with 11 saves to lead the strong defensive performance along with Casey Ikeda who caused three turnovers. Dan Morris also made a save in relief of Bernlohr.

A pair of freshman, Connor Kelly and Bryce Young each tallied their first career goals for the 3-1 Terrapins.

The Terps return to action Saturday, March 7 for a noon tilt against Princeton at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.

NOTES:

- Jay Carlson scored his ninth career game-winning goal, moving into a tie with Grant Catalino and Joe Cummings for second in Maryland history. Joe Walters (2003-06) holds the program record with 13 goals

- Charlie Raffa moved into a tie for fourth all-time in ground balls with Bryn Holmes (236)

- Maryland moved to 2-0 all-time against Drexel

- Maryland improved to 39-3 all-time in the month of February, including 13-1 under Tillman

- The Terps have won 11 consecutive regular season home games, dating back to 2013

- Bobby Gribbin scored his first goal since May 4, 2013

- Freshmen Bryce Young and Connor Kelly scored their first career goals

- Dan Morris, Tyler Brooke, Colin Giblin, Christian Zawadzki, Josh Reinson and James Bull made their first career appearances for Maryland

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Trimble named watch list finalist for Bob Cousy Award

Posted on 23 February 2015 by WNST Staff

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SPRINGFIELD, MASS. – Maryland freshman Melo Trimble has been named one of 16 watch list finalists for the 2015 Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced Friday.

Trimble is averaging a team-best 16.1 points per game while leading the No. 16-ranked Terps in assists (84) and steals (37). The Upper Marlboro, Md., product, has scored 20 or more points eight times this season, including a 31-point showing against Arizona State on Nov. 24 which fell just two points shy of the Maryland single-game record for a freshman (Joe Smith vs. Rider, 1993). He is averaging 21 points per game in Maryland’s last four contests.

Named after Hall of Famer and former Boston Celtic and Holy Cross guard Bob Cousy, the annual honor now in its 12th year, recognizes the top point guards in men’s college basketball. The original watch list of 35 candidates was narrowed down to the below list of 16 by a national committee.

The current list of 16 finalists for the 2015 Bob Cousy Award presented by College of Holy Cross will be narrowed down to five players by early March. The winner of the 2015 Bob Cousy Award presented by College of Holy Cross will be presented at ESPN’s new College Basketball Awards presented by Wendy’s from Club Nokia in Los Angeles, CA on Friday, April 10, 2015. The Awards will be televised live on ESPN2 at 8:00pm EST.

Previous winners of the Bob Cousy Award include Shabazz Napier, Connecticut (2014), Trey Burke, Michigan (2013), Kendall Marshall, North Carolina (2012), Kemba Walker, Connecticut (2011), Greivis Vasquez, Maryland (2010), Ty Lawson, North Carolina (2009), DJ Augustin, Texas (2008), Acie Law, Texas A & M (2007), Dee Brown, Illinois (2006), Raymond Felton, North Carolina (2005) and Jameer Nelson, St. Joseph’s (2004).

2015 Bob Cousy Award Candidates

T.J. McConnell, University of Arizona

Tyrone Wallace, University of California, Berkeley

Ryan Boatright, University of Connecticut

Kevin Pangos, Gonzaga University

Keifer Sykes, University of Wisconsin, Green Bay

Yogi Ferrell, Indiana University

Monte Morris, Iowa State University

Terry Rozier, University of Louisville

Melo Trimble, University of Maryland

Marcus Paige, University of North Carolina

Kris Dunn, Providence College

Delon Wright, University of Utah

Nigel Williams-Goss, University of Washington

Juwan Staten, West Virginia University

Fred VanVleet, Wichita State University

Tyus Jones, Duke University

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Maryland football parts ways with defensive coordinator Stewart

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Maryland football parts ways with defensive coordinator Stewart

Posted on 19 February 2015 by WNST Staff

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. – University of Maryland and Defensive Coordinator Brian Stewart have mutually agreed to part ways. Keith Dudzinski, who has served as the team’s inside linebackers coach the past four seasons, has been named Defensive Coordinator.

“We appreciate Brian’s contributions to our program over the past three seasons,” Head Coach Randy Edsall said. “Brian played an integral role in developing our student-athletes both on and off the field during his time at Maryland. While overseeing the defense he helped elevate our program to compete in one of the nation’s premier conferences. In our conversations, we both felt this was the best of course of action for Brian and his family, and the Maryland football program. I wish Brian the best in his future endeavors.”

“I truly enjoyed working with the coaches, student-athletes and administration at the University of Maryland,” Stewart said. “It was an exciting time to be a part of this program, and I will always have great memories and relationships from my time in College Park. After talking with my family and then meeting with Randy, we both agreed that this was best direction moving forward. I would like to thank Randy for the opportunity to coordinate the defense for the past three seasons. I also want to express my appreciation to the defensive staff and players for their hard work and commitment to the football program.”

Dudzinski has over two decades of coaching experience on the collegiate level, including eight seasons as a defensive coordinator. He has served as the inside linebackers coach at the University of Maryland for the past four seasons. Last year, Dudzinski tutored two of the team’s top three tacklers in All-Big Ten performer Cole Farrand and L.A. Goree. During his time as defensive coordinator at UMass-Amherst, the Minutemen finished among the top-20 in total defense three times and ranked first nationally in scoring defense in 2005.

“Keith is an accomplished coach who has a strong history as a defensive coordinator prior to his time at the University of Maryland,” Edsall said. “Over the past four seasons, he has been a great asset to our coaching staff in terms of game planning and developing our inside linebackers. Keith has a good rapport with our student-athletes and a great knowledge of our personnel, which will make for a seamless transition for our defensive unit.”

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Maryland’s Layman added to Malone Award watch list

Posted on 17 February 2015 by WNST Staff

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Junior forward Jake Layman has been named one of sixteen watch list members for the 2015 Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award, announced Tuesday.

Named after Hall of Famer and two-time NBA Most Valuable Player Karl Malone, the annual honor, in its inaugural year, recognizes the top power forwards in Division I men’s college basketball. A national committee comprised of top college basketball personnel determined the watch list of 16 candidates.

Layman has scored in double-figures in 23 games this season and is sixth in rebounding (6.6), 15th in scoring (13.5), and 12th in field goal percentage (.496) in the Big Ten through 26 games. He has four double-doubles in 2014-15, including a 21-point, 11-rebound performance at now-No. 21 Oklahoma State.

By early March, the current list of 16 finalists for the 2015 Karl Malone Award will be narrowed down to five players. The final five players in contention for the award will be presented to Mr. Malone and the Hall of Fame’s selection committee. The winner of the 2015 Karl Malone Award will be presented at ESPN’s new College Basketball Awards presented by Wendy’s from Club Nokia in Los Angeles, CA on Friday, April 10, 2015. The Awards will be televised live on ESPN2 at 8:00pm EST.

For more information on the 2015 Karl Malone Award, log onto www.HoophallAwards.com.

2015 Karl Malone Award Candidates

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, University of Arizona

Justin Moss, University at Buffalo

Kevon, Looney, UCLA

Kyle Wiltjer, Gonzaga University

David Laury, Iona College

Aaron White, University of Iowa

Georges Niang, Iowa State University

Perry Ellis, University of Kansas

Jordan Mickey, Louisiana State University

Montrezl Harrell, University of Louisville

Jake Layman, University of Maryland

Christian Wood, UNLV

Seth Tuttle, University of Northern Iowa

Myles Turner, University of Texas

Larry Nance Jr., University of Wyoming

Rico Gathers, Baylor University

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Wells named co-Big Ten Player of the Week

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Wells named co-Big Ten Player of the Week

Posted on 16 February 2015 by WNST Staff

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland senior guard/forward Dez Wells earned co-Big Ten Player of the Week honors, the league announced Monday. Wells shares this week’s honor with senior forward Frank Kaminsky of Wisconsin.

Wells averaged 20.0 points and connected on 14-of-23 (61.0%) field goal attempts in a pair of wins over Indiana and Penn State.

A senior from Raleigh, N.C., Wells had a team-high 22 points and was 7-of-10 from the field and 7-of-7 from the free throw line in Maryland’s 76-73 win at Penn State. He added a team-high 18 points in the Terps’ 68-66 win over Indiana. In addition, Wells has posted six consecutive double-figure scoring games. He has averaged 17.3 points, and has made 35-of-63 (55.5%) field goal attempts in those contests.

Wells joins junior forward Jake Layman (Big Ten Player of the Week, (1/19) and co-Big Ten Player of the Week, (12/22) and freshman guard Melo Trimble (co-Big Ten Player of the Week, (12/1) in earning this weekly conference honor.

Maryland, ranked No. 16, will host Nebraska on Thursday, Feb. 19 at 7:00 p.m. at XFINITY Center.

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Maryland-Michigan game on Feb. 28 slated for noon tip

Posted on 16 February 2015 by WNST Staff

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CHICAGO – The Big Ten Conference announced Sunday that Maryland’s final regular season home men’s basketball game on Feb. 28 against Michigan is scheduled to tip off a noon EST. The game will be broadcasted on either ESPN or ESPN2.

Maryland (21-5 overall, 9-4 B1G), ranked No. 19 in the latest Associated Press poll, will host Nebraska on Thursday at 7 p.m. in its next Big Ten action.

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

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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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