Tag Archive | "NCAA"

Five-star recruit Diamond Stone commits to Maryland

Tags: , , , ,

Five-star recruit Diamond Stone commits to Maryland

Posted on 28 March 2015 by Luke Jones

Less than a week after its season came to a disappointing end in the NCAA tournament’s round of 32, the University of Maryland received a commitment that could springboard the Terps into the national title discussion for 2016.

Five-star big man Diamond Stone announced his intentions to attend Maryland on Friday night, which suddenly transforms a frontcourt that was the Terps’ biggest weakness this season into a major strength. The 6-foot-10 center out of Dominican High School in Milwaukee will combine with Georgia Tech transfer Robert Carter to form an imposing twosome.

Stone took an official visit to Maryland back in October and had narrowed his choices down to the Terps, Wisconsin, Connecticut, and Oklahoma State. His arrival coupled with the return of freshman sensation Melo Trimble will arguably give Maryland its most talented team since the 2002 national championship squad.

A McDonald’s All-American this past season, Stone averaged 24.4 points, 11.7 rebounds, and 3.0 blocks per game.

Maryland’s strong ties with Kevin Plank and Under Armour likely helped in his recruitment as the shoe and apparel company sponsored Stone’s AAU team.

Comments (0)

Trimble reportedly planning to return to Maryland next year

Tags: , , , , ,

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.

Comments (0)

Tags: , , ,

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

Comments (0)

Tags: , , , ,

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

Posted on 16 February 2015 by WNST Staff

PRESS RELEASE

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.

Comments (0)

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

Tags: , , , , , ,

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.

Comments (0)

Tags: , ,

UMBC’s Billy Heavner Earns NCAA Elite 89 Award

Posted on 11 December 2014 by WNST Staff

PRESS RELEASE

BALTIMORE—UMBC red-shirt sophomore goalkeeper Billy Heavner (Landisville, Pa./Hempfield) is the recipient of the Elite 89 award for the 2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Championship.

Heavner, majoring in financial economics, currently carries a 4.00 GPA. He was presented with the award during the College Cup Men’s Soccer Team Tribute on Thursday evening in Cary, N.C.

The starting Retriever netminder also received the America East inaugural Elite 18 award, which closely replicates the NCAA honor. Heavner has posted a record of 11-1-3 in the goal in 2014 and is ranked third in save percentage (84.7) and fourth in goals against average (0.50) in the latest NCAA statistics. He and the Retriever defense have not allowed a goal in 400 minutes of NCAA Tournament competition.

The Elite 89, an award founded by the NCAA, recognizes the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers. The Elite 89 is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA’s championships.

Eligible student-athletes are sophomores or above who have participated in their sport for at least two years with their school. They must be an active member of the team, traveling and a designated member of the squad size at the championship. All ties are broken by the number of credits completed.

For more information on the Elite 89 award winners, log on to NCAA.com/elite-89.

Comments (0)

Tags: , , ,

UMBC soccer to face Virginia in NCAA semifinal

Posted on 07 December 2014 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE – The UMBC men’s soccer team will face the 16th-seeded Virginia Cavaliers in the first semifinal match of the NCAA College Cup on Friday, Dec. 12. The contest will take place at WakeMed Soccer Stadium in Cary, North Carolina at 5:00 p.m. and we be televised by ESPNU.

The unseeded Retrievers (14-5-5) have arrived at the national semifinals by advancing four times on the road. UMBC advanced past Wake Forest on Nov. 20 (0-0, 3-2 penalties), No. 4 Maryland on Nov. 23 (1-0), No. 13 Louisville on Nov. 30 (1-0) and No. 12 Creighton on Dec. 5 (0-0, penalties).

UMBC enters the College Cup unbeaten in its last ten contests (8-0-2) and has not allowed a goal in 400 minutes of tournament play.

The Retrievers have competed in four of the last five NCAA Men’s Soccer Championships and five in school history. After dropping a 4-3 overtime decision at No. 1 Duke in 1999, UMBC is unbeaten in its last nine contests, winning three, advancing three times and failing to advance after a draw in 2010, 2012 and 2013.

Virginia (12-6-3) advanced through its second straight road match in the NCAA tournament – a first in program history – with a 5-4 decision in penalties after a 1-1 draw at No. 8 Georgetown on Dec. 6. After opening the tournament with a 3-1 home victory over UNC-Wilmington on Nov. 23, the Cavaliers knocked out top-seeded Notre Dame last Sunday on the road with a 1-0 win.

Comments (0)

UMBC men’s soccer advances to 2014 College Cup

Tags: , , , ,

UMBC men’s soccer advances to 2014 College Cup

Posted on 06 December 2014 by WNST Staff

PRESS RELEASE

Omaha, Neb. – The UMBC men’s soccer team advanced to the NCAA College Cup, as the Retrievers advanced past No. 12 Creighton, 4-3 in penalty kicks, after 110 minutes of scoreless soccer.

UMBC red-shirt sophomore goalkeeper Billy Heavner (Landisville, Pa.) saved the first penalty kick and after senior Mamadou Kansaye (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) converted, the Retrievers never trailed in the shoot-out. With the shoot-out tied at 3-3, senior forward Kay Banjo (Upper Marlboro, Md./Largo) beat CU netminder Connor Sparrow to the keeper’s right, setting off a wild celebration by the unseeded Retrievers.

UMBC (14-5-5) will play the winner of the match between Virginia and Georgetown on Friday, Dec. 12 in Cary, N.C.

The Bluejays had a slight edge in possession time in the first half, but the Retrievers had the best attempt, as senior back Jordan Becker (Pocomoke, Md.) hit a rocket from 23 yards just a yard or so over the crossbar in the 25th minute. Creighton sent a through ball into dangerous territory with a minute remaining in the half, but Heavner came out aggressively and snuffed out the chance.

UMBC took better control of the match in the second half. Senior midfielder Geaton Caltabiano (Lothian, Md./Mt. St. Joseph) had the best chance, with a good strike from 20 yards, but CU netminder Connor Sparrow made with good save in the 79′.

The Retrievers kept the pressure on in the first overtime period. UMBC got an early corner and senior back Marquez Fernandez (Baltimore ,Md./McDonogh) soared for the corner ,but Sparrow snared it. Later in the period, junior Joseph Pratt (Gaithersburg, Md./Gaithersburg) tried to run onto a cross from senior Michael DiCesare (Westerville, Md./St. Frances) at the four yard line, just was shielded off the ball.

The Bluejays rallied in the second extra frame and had an excellent chance late, but chipped a shot from eight yards out over the net.

In the shootout, Creighton’s Fabian Herbers shot first and Heavner dove to his right to make the save. After Kansaye converted, CU’s Eric Dejulio hit the left post, but Caltabiano’s shot to the right corner was saved by Sparrow. The Bluejays would convert on each of their final three shots, but were matched by Becker, junior Michael Scott (Fife, Scotland) and finally Banjo, who beat Sparrow to the keeper’s right side.

Notes: UMBC is now unbeaten in its last ten games (8-0-2)… The Retrievers are the first unseeded team to make the College Cup since UMass made it in 2007… UMBC has gone 788 minutes and seven games (Princeton, 2010) without allowing a road goal in NCAA Tournament play… UMBC becomes the first America East team to make the College Cup.

Comments (0)

Tags: , ,

UMBC to face Wake Forest in first round of NCAA soccer tourney

Posted on 17 November 2014 by WNST Staff

PRESS RELEASE

INDIANAPOLIS – The America East champion UMBC men’s soccer team will take on Wake Forest University in the first round of the NCAA Championships in Winston-Salem, N.C. on Thursday, Nov. 20. The Retrievers and Demon Deacons will kick-off at 7 p.m. at Spry Stadium.

The Retrievers earned their fifth bid to the Division I championships by virtue of a 2-1 victory over the University of Hartford on Saturday, Nov. 15 at Retriever Soccer Park. UMBC has earned bids to the tournament in three consecutive years and four of the last five campaigns.

The Retrievers’ first appearance in the tournament occurred in 1999.

UMBC finished the season on a six-game winning streak and currently stand at 12-5-3.

The winner of the UMBC-Wake Forest match will play at No. 4 seeded Maryland on Sunday, Nov. 23 in College Park, Md.

Wake Forest stands at 10-7-1 overall and did not advance in the first round of the ACC Tournament, as they drew at Clemson, 1-1, and the Tigers prevailed, 3-2, in penalty kicks.

UMBC has not played Wake Forest since 1989, a game the Deacons captured, 5-0, in the only meeting between the two schools. The two sides have not played any common opponents in 2014.

The Retrievers have advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament in its previous three appearances and were eliminated in penalty kicks each time. UMBC defeated Princeton, 2-1, in 2010, before failing to advance in a scoreless draw at William & Mary. In 2012, the Retrievers got past Old Dominion in penalty kicks, but could not advance past North Carolina in the same scenario. Last season, 16th-seeded UMBC received a first-round bye and played UConn to a 2-2 double overtime draw, but failed to advance.

Comments (0)

Tags: , , ,

Terps cruise over Bowie State in final tune-up before season opener

Posted on 08 November 2014 by WNST Staff

PRESS RELEASE

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Junior Jake Layman scored a game-high 18 points and added seven rebounds as Maryland defeated Bowie State 89-47 in its final exhibition contest Saturday at XFINITY Center.

The Terps shot 58 percent from the field and limited Bowie State to a 22 percent clip. Maryland posted a stout 45-29 advantage on the boards.

Freshman Dion Wiley scored 13 points and senior Dez Wells added 11, including a tomahawk dunk with 10:16 remaining to give Maryland a commanding 69-32 lead. Senior Jon Graham, who earned a starting nod, was two-points shy of a double-double, recording eight points to go along with a team-best 11 rebounds.

The Terps led from start-to-finish with the signature moment of the first half coming on a Wells’ cross-court pass to a streaking Layman for a transition dunk to give Maryland a 30-7 lead with 8:07 to play in the period.

“I enjoyed the game and I thought our kids played well,” head coach Mark Turgeon said. “Jake got us going early by making some shots and rebounding the ball and I thought Jon got us going defensively. He was terrific defensively. We played a lot of minutes, shared those minutes and played a lot of guys. Dez played well in those limited minutes, but we played the game without Dez really being a part of the rotation. It was a good sign. I thought we were much better today than we were last week on both ends of the court.”

Maryland returns to action for its first regular-season contest Friday at 7:30 p.m. when it welcomes Wagner to the XFINITY Center.

Comments (0)