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No. 6 Maryland plays Xavier in first round of NCAA tournament

Posted on 12 March 2017 by Luke Jones

Maryland has drawn the No. 6 seed in the West region of the 2017 NCAA tournament and will take on Xavier in Orlando on Thursday.

The game will tip off at 6:50 p.m. and be televised on TNT.

The Terrapins (24-8) have made the tournament for the third consecutive year under head coach Mark Turgeon, the first time the program has done that since going 11 straight times under Gary Williams from 1994-2004. Maryland will aim to make it back to the Sweet 16 for the second straight year despite losing four starters from last season’s team.

A No. 6 seed was as much as the Terps could have hoped for after losing six of their last 10 games, which included their deflating 72-64 defeat to Northwestern in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten tournament on Friday night. Many projections entering Sunday had the Terps as a No. 7 or No. 8 seed, but 11 wins on road and neutral courts likely helped their cause as much as anything in the end.

“The hardest thing to do in college basketball is win on the road and we were rewarded for it,” Turegon said. “I said all along I think we’re going to be a six and I said to my staff today privately ‘we won eight road games; we’ve got to be a six.'”

The No. 11 seed Musketeers (21-13) have struggled down the stretch in the Big East, losing seven of their last 10 contests and six in a row prior to their final game of the regular season. Xavier is led by junior guard Trevon Bluiett, who is averaging 18.1 points per game this season.

The winner of Thursday’s game would take on the winner of the first-round contest between No. 3 seed Florida State and No. 14 seed Florida Gulf Coast in Orlando on Saturday. Gonzaga is the No. 1 seed in the West region.

Maryland is among seven teams from the Big Ten to make the NCAA tournament this year, joining Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Northwestern, Purdue, and Wisconsin. The Terps are making their 26th appearance in the NCAA tournament and its third in a row and own a 40-24 tournament record.

“Our guys are excited. They’re really proud of themselves and what they have done this year,” Turgeon said. “Our veterans will talk to the young guys. We talked a little bit about it on Saturday morning before we left the hotel — what we have to do to prepare for the NCAA tournament and how we have to practice. We’ve done all that already. It’s going to come quick.”

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Maryland makes Wells transfer official

Posted on 07 September 2012 by WNST Staff

Former Xavier forward was the 2012 Sporting News A-10 Freshman of the Year

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Former Xavier forward Dezmine Wells has signed a financial-aid agreement and been admitted to the University of Maryland, men’s basketball coach Mark Turgeon announced Friday.

 

A native of Raleigh, N.C., Wells was named the Sporting News Atlantic 10 Freshman of the Year after averaging 9.8 points per game and 4.9 rebounds per game during the 2011-12 season. He will enroll in classes this fall and have three years of eligibility remaining.

 

“I have followed Dez for the past three years and I know he will be a good student-athlete and teammate,” said Turgeon. “[Assistant coach] Bino Ranson was very active in his recruitment at Xavier and has also built a strong relationship with Dez over the past several years. This is a new beginning and a fresh start for Dez at Maryland and were looking forward to him joining us on campus.

 

“As a player, he is an athletic and powerful wing who can score in a variety of ways. He is also an excellent individual and team defender. Dez has experience playing in the postseason, which will help show our young players what it takes to reach that level of success.”

 

Wells started 32 games for the Musketeers last season and shot 50.4 percent from the field, including a 37.7 percent from beyond the 3-point line. In the NCAA Tournament Wells helped Xavier advance to the Sweet Sixteen, with his best game coming in the second round against Notre Dame when he had 14 points and 11 rebounds.

 

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Former Xavier G/F Wells picks Maryland

Posted on 04 September 2012 by WNST Staff

Former Xavier G/F Dezmine “Dez” Wells announced his decision to transfer to Maryland on Twitter Tuesday, posting the following message of explanation.

As noted, Wells selected Maryland ahead of Memphis & Oregon and also visited Kentucky last week. His eligibility for 2012-2013 remains in question as he will seek a waiver to not have to sit out a season, but CBSSports.com’s Jeff Goodman reported it “unlikely” that the NCAA would allow the exemption. If not, Wells would have three years of eligibility starting in 2013-2014.

Wells was expelled from Xavier after allegations of sexual assault despite prosecutors choosing not to charge him in the case. Wells averaged 9.8 points per game and 4.9 rebounds per game for the Musketeers as a freshman. He was also involved in last season’s December 10 brawl during XU’s game against Cincinnati, receiving a suspension for his role in the fight.

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