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Trimble reportedly planning to return to Maryland next year

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Trimble reportedly planning to return to Maryland next year

Posted on 24 March 2015 by Luke Jones

After completing one of the best freshman seasons in University of Maryland basketball history, point guard Melo Trimble will apparently stay put next season.

According to InsideMDSports.com, Trimble plans to return to College Park for his sophomore season after leading the Terps in scoring with 16.2 points per game. His efforts were a major factor in Maryland making it back to the NCAA tournament for the first time in five years.

Most NBA draft experts projected Trimble to be selected no earlier than the end of the first round, making his decision relatively easy despite trepidation from many fans in College Park. At only 6-foot-2 and 175 pounds, Trimble will need to improve his skills as a pure point guard in order to give himself the best chance to succeed at the next level.

Head coach Mark Turgeon has the potential to oversee his best team yet at Maryland next year with Dez Wells being the only significant departure from this year’s squad. The Terps will be adding Georgia Tech transfer Robert Carter and junior college point guard Jaylen Brantley to the mix for the 2015-2016 season while Trimble, Jake Layman, and Jared Nickens — three of Maryland’s top four scorers this past season — will return.

Trimble, a former McDonald’s All-American, made 41 percent of his 3-point shots as a freshman and showed a tremendous ability to get to the free-throw line, making 86 percent of his attempts from the charity stripe.

The Upper Marlboro native was a first-team all-Big Ten selection voted by the conference media.

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Terps given 75-1 odds to win NCAA tournament

Posted on 17 March 2015 by WNST Staff

Courtesy of Bovada, (www.Bovada.lv, Twitter: @BovadaLV).

Odds to Win the 2015 NCAA Championship

Kentucky #1 6/5

Arizona #2 15/2

Wisconsin #1 17/2

Duke #1 9/1

Villanova #1 10/1

Virginia #2 10/1

Gonzaga #2 16/1

Notre Dame #3 25/1

Iowa State #3 33/1

Utah #5 33/1

Kansas #2 40/1

Michigan State #7 40/1

North Carolina #4 40/1

Baylor #3 50/1

Oklahoma #3 50/1

Wichita State #7 50/1

Louisville #4 66/1

Northern Iowa #5 66/1

Maryland #4 75/1

SMU #6 75/1

Arkansas #5 100/1

Butler#6 100/1

Georgetown #4 100/1

LSU #9 100/1

Ohio State #10 100/1

Providence #6 100/1

Texas #11 100/1

VCU #7 100/1

West Virginia #5 100/1

St. John’s #9 150/1

Xavier #6 150/1

BYU #11 200/1

Indiana #10 200/1

Iowa #7 200/1

NC State #8 200/1

Ole Miss #11 200/1

Oregon #8 200/1

Purdue #9 200/1

San Diego State #8 200/1

Boise State #11 300/1

Cincinnati #8 300/1

Davidson #10 300/1

Dayton #11 300/1

Georgia #10 300/1

Oklahoma State #9 300/1

SF Austin #12 300/1

UCLA #11 300/1

Wyoming #12 300/1

UAB #14 500/1

Albany #14 500/1

Belmont #15 500/1

Buffalo #12 500/1

UC Irvine #13 500/1

E. Washington #13 500/1

Georgia State #14 500/1

Harvard #13 500/1

New Mexico State #15 500/1

North Dakota State #15 500/1

Northeastern #14 500/1

Texas Southern #15 500/1

Valparaiso #13 500/1

Wofford #12 500/1

Coastal Carolina #16 1000/1

Hampton #16 1000/1

Lafayette #16 1000/1

UL Lafayette #16 1000/1

Manhattan #16 1000/1

North Florida #16 1000/1

Robert Morris #16 1000/1

Odds to Win the 2015 NCAA Championship (By Seeds)

Kentucky #1 6/5

Wisconsin #1 17/2

Duke #1 9/1

Villanova #1 10/1

Virginia #2 10/1

Kansas #2 40/1

Arizona #2 15/2

Gonzaga #2 16/1

Notre Dame #3 25/1

Baylor #3 50/1

Oklahoma #3 50/1

Iowa State #3 33/1

Maryland #4 75/1

Louisville #4 66/1

North Carolina #4 40/1

Georgetown #4 100/1

West Virginia #5 100/1

Arkansas #5 100/1

Utah #5 33/1

Northern Iowa #5 66/1

Butler#6 100/1

Xavier #6 150/1

Providence #6 100/1

SMU #6 75/1

VCU #7 100/1

Wichita State #7 50/1

Michigan State #7 40/1

Iowa #7 200/1

Oregon #8 200/1

Cincinnati #8 300/1

NC State #8 200/1

San Diego State #8 200/1

Purdue #9 200/1

LSU #9 100/1

St. John’s #9 150/1

Oklahoma State #9 300/1

Indiana #10 200/1

Ohio State #10 100/1

Georgia #10 300/1

Davidson #10 300/1

Texas #11 100/1

BYU #11 200/1

Ole Miss #11 200/1

Boise State #11 300/1

Dayton #11 300/1

UCLA #11 300/1

Buffalo #12 500/1

Wofford #12 500/1

Wyoming #12 300/1

SF Austin #12 300/1

Valparaiso #13 500/1

Harvard #13 500/1

UC Irvine #13 500/1

E. Washington #13 500/1

Northeastern #14 500/1

Georgia State #14 500/1

Albany #14 500/1

UAB #14 500/1

Texas Southern #15 500/1

North Dakota State #15 500/1

New Mexico State #15 500/1

Belmont #15 500/1

Manhattan #16 1000/1

Hampton #16 1000/1

Coastal Carolina #16 1000/1

UL Lafayette #16 1000/1

North Florida #16 1000/1

Robert Morris #16 1000/1

Lafayette #16 1000/1

Will Kentucky Win the 2015 NCAA Championship?

Yes +120 (6/5)

No -150 (2/3)

Regional Odds

Odds to win the Midwest Region

Kentucky #1 4/11

Notre Dame #3 9/1

Wichita State #7 9/1

Kansas #2 10/1

Texas #11 25/1

Maryland #4 33/1

Butler #6 40/1

West Virginia #5 50/1

Indiana #10 66/1

Cincinnati #8 75/1

Purdue #9 75/1

Buffalo #12 150/1

New Mexico State #15 150/1

Northeastern #14 150/1

Valparaiso #13 150/1

Hampton #16 500/1

Manhattan #16 500/1

Odds to win the Midwest Region (By Seed)

Kentucky #1 4/11

Kansas #2 10/1

Notre Dame #3 9/1

Maryland #4 33/1

West Virginia #5 50/1

Butler #6 40/1

Wichita State #7 9/1

Cincinnati #8 75/1

Purdue #9 75/1

Indiana #10 66/1

Texas #11 25/1

Buffalo #12 150/1

Valparaiso #13 150/1

Northeastern #14 150/1

New Mexico State #15 150/1

Manhattan #16 500/1

Hampton #16 500/1

Odds to win the West Region

Arizona #2 8/5

Wisconsin #1 19/10

North Carolina #4 10/1

Baylor #3 12/1

Ohio State #10 18/1

Arkansas #5 20/1

VCU #7 20/1

Xavier #6 22/1

BYU #11 40/1

Oklahoma State #9 50/1

Ole Miss #11 50/1

Oregon #8 50/1

Wofford #12 75/1

Harvard #13 100/1

Georgia State #14 150/1

Coastal Carolina #16 300/1

Texas Southern #15 300/1

Odds to win the West Region (By Seed)

Wisconsin #1 19/10

Arizona #2 8/5

Baylor #3 12/1

North Carolina #4 10/1

Arkansas #5 20/1

Xavier #6 22/1

VCU #7 20/1

Oregon #8 50/1

Oklahoma State #9 50/1

Ohio State #10 18/1

BYU #11 40/1

Ole Miss #11 50/1

Wofford #12 75/1

Harvard #13 100/1

Georgia State #14 150/1

Texas Southern #15 300/1

Coastal Carolina #16 300/1

Odds to win the South Region

Duke #1 11/5

Gonzaga #2 5/2

Iowa State #3 11/2

Utah #5 7/1

Georgetown #4 12/1

SMU #6 20/1

Iowa #7 25/1

San Diego State #8 25/1

Davidson #10 33/1

St. John’s #9 33/1

UCLA #11 33/1

SF Austin #12 50/1

UAB #14 100/1

E. Washington #13 100/1

North Dakota State #15 150/1

North Florida #16 300/1

Robert Morris #16 300/1

Odds to win the South Region (By Seed)

Duke #1 11/5

Gonzaga #2 5/2

Iowa State #3 11/2

Georgetown #4 12/1

Utah #5 7/1

SMU #6 20/1

Iowa #7 25/1

San Diego State #8 25/1

St. John’s #9 33/1

Davidson #10 33/1

UCLA #11 33/1

SF Austin #12 50/1

E. Washington #13 100/1

UAB #14 100/1

North Dakota State #15 150/1

North Florida #16 300/1

Robert Morris #16 300/1

Odds to Win the East Region

Villanova #1 9/5

Virginia #2 9/4

Northern Iowa #5 8/1

Oklahoma #3 9/1

Michigan State #7 12/1

Louisville #4 14/1

LSU #9 25/1

NC State #8 25/1

Providence #6 33/1

Dayton #11 50/1

Georgia #10 50/1

Wyoming #12 50/1

Boise State #11 66/1

Albany #14 150/1

Belmont #15 150/1

UC Irvine #13 150/1

Lafayette #16 300/1

Odds to Win the East Region (By Seed)

Villanova #1 9/5

Virginia #2 9/4

Oklahoma #3 9/1

Louisville #4 14/1

Northern Iowa #5 8/1

Providence #6 33/1

Michigan State #7 12/1

NC State #8 25/1

LSU #9 25/1

Georgia #10 50/1

Dayton #11 50/1

Boise State #11 66/1

Wyoming #12 50/1

UC Irvine #13 150/1

Albany #14 150/1

Belmont #15 150/1

Lafayette #16 300/1

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No. 4 seed Maryland draws Valparaiso in difficult Midwest region

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No. 4 seed Maryland draws Valparaiso in difficult Midwest region

Posted on 15 March 2015 by Luke Jones

A 27-6 record and the No. 8 ranking in the country didn’t do Maryland any favors on Selection Sunday.

The Terrapins will return to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2010, but a No. 4 seed in the Midwest region and a potential Sweet 16 meeting with No. 1 Kentucky tempered the celebration for Mark Turgeon’s squad. Projected as a consensus No. 3 seed even after Saturday’s 62-58 loss to Michigan State in the Big Ten tournament semifinals, the Terps were apparently punished for their inability to top the Spartans for the third time this season.

Maryland takes on No. 13 seed Valparaiso in Columbus on Friday and will face the winner of West Virginia-Buffalo in the second round on Sunday. The Terps haven’t reached the round of 16 since 2003.

John Calipari and the undefeated Wildcats would likely await if Maryland can escape the opening weekend.

The tip-off for Friday’s game is scheduled for 4:40 p.m. with the contest being shown on TNT.

 

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Turgeon, Wells, Trimble, Layman earn Big Ten honors

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Turgeon, Wells, Trimble, Layman earn Big Ten honors

Posted on 09 March 2015 by WNST Staff

PRESS RELEASE

ROSEMONT, Ill. – Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon has been named Big Ten Conference Coach of the Year by the media, the conference office announced Monday. Senior Dez Wells, freshman Melo Trimble and junior Jake Layman also earned various All-Big Ten honors as the Terps finished with a school-record 26 wins in their inaugural season in the league.

Wells was tagged First Team All-Big Ten (coaches) and second team (media) while Trimble landed on the first team (media) and second team (coaches). Layman earned third team honors (media) and was also named honorable by mention by the coaches. Trimble was also named to the All-Freshman Team.

“I’m incredibly proud of what our team has accomplished. This is award is a testament to our coaching staff, players and administration who did a tremendous job preparing for our first season in the Big Ten,” Turgeon said. “I am very excited for Dez, Melo and Jake. The hard work they put in starting this summer paid off and I am very happy for this well-deserved recognition.”

“I am thrilled for Mark as he is very deserving of this honor, particularly with it being our first season in the Big Ten. Mark’s tireless work ethic and commitment helped established a new school record with 26 wins,” Maryland director of athletics Kevin Anderson said. “I’m happy for the success that Dez, Melo and Jake had during this remarkable regular season.”

Turgeon led Maryland to 26 wins in the regular season, a nine-game improvement from its 17 victories in the 2013-14 season, a mark that is second among schools in the Power Five conferences. Maryland – which finished second in the Big Ten – 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 15 consecutive weeks, the longest such streak since 2002-03.

Under the guidance of Turgeon, who is in his fourth year at the helm of the Terrapin program, 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 concluded with an 18-1 home mark at XFINITY Center.

Wells finished the regular season on an absolute tear, scoring in double-figures in 11 straight games, while averaging 17.7 points per game with a .527 field goal percentage during that span. He added a pair of double-doubles at Rutgers and Nebraska as the Terps reeled off seven consecutive wins to wrap up the season.

The guard/forward from Raleigh, N.C., scored 20-plus points in five games this season, including three of the last six games, and led the team in scoring (26), rebounds (7) and assists (4) in a win vs. then-No. 5 Wisconsin (2/24). He ranked ninth in scoring (15.3) and eighth in free throw pct. (.802) in the Big Ten and recently passed former Naismith Player of the Year Joe Smith on Maryland’s all-time career points list and is currently 23rd (1,343).

In his first season in College Park, Trimble led the team in scoring (16.0 ppg), assists (97) and steals (39) and paced the squad in in double-figure scoring games (28) and 20-plus point games (9). The point guard from Upper Marlboro, Md., ranked fifth in the Big Ten in points per game and first in free throw percentage (.874) and is fifth in the nation in free throws made (190). Trimble was named Most Valuable Player of the CBE Classic, averaging 21 points, three rebounds and two assists in a pair of wins over Arizona State and then-No. 13 Iowa State at the CBE Classic and scored a career-high 31 points against Arizona State (11/24), the highest mark for a Maryland freshman since former Naismith Award winner Joe Smith’s 33-point outing vs. Rider in 1993.

Layman has thrived in his new role at power forward in 2014-15, racking up 27 double-figure scoring performances. The Wrentham, Mass., native leads the squad in double-doubles (4) and ranks 18th in the Big Ten in scoring (13.1), 14th in field goal percentage (.474) and 14th in rebounding (5.9). During Wells’ seven-game absence due to a fractured wrist, Layman averaged 17.3 points, 5.9 rebounds, 5.1 field goals, 11 field goal at­tempts, 5.3 free throws, 6.9 free throw attempts and 31.6 minutes as Maryland went 6-1 during the stretch with its lone loss coming to then-No. 7 Virginia.

Maryland, (26-5 overall 14-4 in B1G), ranked No. 8 in the Associated Press poll, will open play at the Big Ten Tournament on Friday, March 13 against the winner of Indiana-Northwestern on 6:30 p.m. EST.

Big Ten Men’s Basketball Honors

Mark Turgeon – Coach of the Year (media)

Dez Wells – First Team All-Big Ten (coaches); Second Team All-Big Ten (media)

Melo Trimble – First Team All-Big Ten (media); Second Team All-Big Ten (coaches); All-Freshman Team

Jake Layman – Third Team All-Big Ten (media); Second Team All-Big Ten (coaches)

What They’re Saying:

Senior Guard/Forward Dez Wells

”It is very humbling. This makes me want to work harder to do everything I can for my team to be successful. There is still more we want to accomplish. I share this honor with my teammates and coaches.”

Coach Turgeon taught me how to lead and be patient. He stood by me. We stood by each other. I am really excited for him. He is an outstanding coach and very deserving of the award. Coach is such a hard worker who is committed to making Maryland Basketball the very best.”

Freshman Guard Melo Trimble

“I want to thank my teammates, especially the seniors, who believed in me from the moment I got here and pushed me to work harder every day. I am very appreciative of the trust that they have in me. I also want to thank Coach Turgeon and the rest of the coaching staff for helping me make the transition to the college game.”

Junior Forward Jake Layman

“This is a tremendous honor. I appreciate all the support and encouragement from Coach Turgeon, my teammates and the staff. Last summer, I worked out with John Auslander and he really pushed and encouraged me to elevate my play to another level.”

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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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Trimble receives Big Ten co-freshman of the week honors

Posted on 02 March 2015 by WNST Staff

PRESS RELEASE

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

PRESS RELEASE

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

PRESS RELEASE

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

PRESS RELEASE

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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