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Maryland plays only preseason tuneup Sunday against Catholic U

Posted on 03 November 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Mark Turgeon and the 2013-14 Maryland men’s basketball team debut against Catholic in their lone exhibition Sunday at 1:00 p.m. in Comcast Pavilion.

Turgeon returns 12 letterwinners to a Terrapin team that won 25 games and advanced to the NIT semifinals a season ago. Among the returners are Dez Wells (13.1 ppg), Nick Faust (9.4 ppg) and Charles Mitchell (5.4 rpg).

The team has practiced since the beginning of September and has had a pair of scrimmages open to the public, but this will mark the first true test against opposing competition.

“We’ve had some opportunities to play in front of crowds at Maryland Madness and in open scrimmages,” Turgeon said. “However, this is a great step for us prior to the start of the season.”

The Terps fell on hard luck Tuesday night when starting point guard Seth Allen fractured his left foot at practice. Expected to miss 10 weeks, Allen will be replaced at point guard by Wells Sunday.

“Dez is going to be the starting point guard on Sunday against Catholic,” Turgeon said. “Everybody is going to have to step up and do a little more. We are further along though because we had the summer tour in the Bahamas.”

Turgeon brought in a pair of highly touted local recruits in 6’3” guard Roddy Peters (District Heights, Md.) and 6’9” forward Damonte Dodd (Centreville, Md.). The duo is joined by sharpshooting junior Evan Smotrycz (Michigan), who sat out last season due to NCAA transfer rules.

Maryland opens its regular season slate Friday, November 8 as it takes on No. 18 Connecticut at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available online at Ticketmaster.com.


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Terps G Allen out 8-10 weeks with fractured foot

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Terps G Allen out 8-10 weeks with fractured foot

Posted on 30 October 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Sophomore guard Seth Allen sustained a fracture of the fifth metatarsal in his left foot and will miss 8-10 weeks, head coach Mark Turgeon announced today.

Allen suffered the injury at the conclusion of Tuesday evening’s practice as he drove to the basket and landed awkwardly on his left foot. He is scheduled to have surgery on Thursday, which will be performed by Dr. Craig Bennett at Kernan Hospital in Baltimore.

“We are devastated for Seth,” said Turgeon. “He was playing at a very high level throughout the summer and fall and was poised to have an excellent start to the season.  We will support Seth during his rehabilitation process and will prepare him, so he can get back on the court with his teammates.”

In 36 career games (seven starts), Allen has averaged 7.8 points and 2.3 assists per game.

Freshman Roddy Peters is likely to assume starting point guard duties, junior Nick Faust could be an option as well after playing some point last season in emergency situations.

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Terps to hold basketball scrimmage Saturday

Posted on 22 October 2013 by WNST Staff

Terrapins to Hold Red-White Scrimmage Saturday


COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Maryland men’s basketball team will host the annual Red-White intrasquad scrimmage at 1:00 p.m. in Comcast Center Saturday, October 26.

Fans are encouraged to enter Comcast Center through Gate E. Parking options include utilizing the gameday football parking pass or parking at Terrapin Trail Garage for $15.

Coach Turgeon and selected student-athletes will be available to the media directly after the open practice.

A year removed from a 25-13 season and a trip to the NIT semifinals, the Terrapins are poised for a breakout season in head coach Mark Turgeon’s third year at the helm.

Maryland returns six scholarship players to the fold this season, including All-ACC honorable mention forward Dez Wells (13.1 ppg) and guards Seth Allen (7.8 ppg) and Nick Faust (9.4 ppg). Meanwhile, forwards Charles Mitchell, Shaquille Cleare and Jake Layman, in addition to transfer Evan Smotrycz, will provide the Terps with plenty of options in the frontcourt.

The Terrapins open the season with an exciting matchup against Connecticut in Brooklyn, N.Y. on Friday, November 8 at the Barclays Center. Game time is set for 6:30 p.m.

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Layman, Wells lead way in first Maryland hoops scrimmage

Posted on 12 October 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Maryland men’s basketball team held an open practice Saturday morning at Comcast Center as the Red team defeated the Black team, 38-36, in a 20-minute scrimmage.

Jake Layman (Red) and Dez Wells (Black) were the leading scorers with 14 points apiece, while Nick Faust (Red) and Evan Smotrycz (Black) chipped in 12 points each. Smotrycz also had five rebounds in the effort.

“Coach Turgeon has talked about doing your part on offense and executing the play,” said assistant coach Scott Spinelli. “We did a good job of communicating on defense and have improved over the last two days. There were so many positive moments – we showed some good flashes and versatility and we just have to move forward and build on today’s practice.”

The Terrapins are less than a month away from opening the season at the Baryclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. against Connecticut on November 8 at 6:30 p.m. Barclays Center tickets will be available through Ticketmaster and can be purchased through www.barclayscenter.com or www.ticketmaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.

To order season tickets, contact the ticket office at 800-462-TERP or order online by clicking here.

Leading Scorers:

Dez Wells: 14 pts, 3 rebounds

Jake Layman: 14 pts, 2 rebounds

NIck Faust: 12 pts, 4 rebounds, 3 assists

Evan Smotrycz: 12 pts, 5 rebounds

Seth Allen: 6 pts, 3 assists, 2 rebounds

Charles Mitchell: 3 pts, 5 rebounds

Shaquille Cleare: 4 pts, 2 rebounds

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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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Maryland hoops finishes Bahamas trip with 3-0 record

Posted on 09 August 2013 by WNST Staff

Terps Conclude Foreign Tour With An 88-77 Victory

NASSAU – Maryland completed a perfect 3-0 record on their foreign tour with an 88-77 win over the Grand Bahamas All-Stars Friday afternoon at Sir Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium.

The Terps had five players score in double figures, including sophomore forward Jake Layman who had a team-high 25 points and connected on 5-of-8 three-point attempts.  Junior guard Nick Faust added 20 points while sophomore backcourt mate Seth Allen chipped in with 15 points.

Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon was proud of how hard the team competed with three games in four days.

“We got better as the week went on,” Turgeon said. “It was a great overall trip.  On the court, we defeated three teams away from home, faced a number of different situations, handled adversity well and had the opportunity to play every healthy player on our roster.”

Turgeon’s team spent six days in the Bahamas with the overall goal of improving on the basketball court and continuing to build strong team chemistry for the upcoming season.

“We have been able to spend quality time and have a lot of fun together as a basketball family,” Turgeon said.

Notes: Today’s starting lineup featured Allen, Faust, Layman, Dez Wells and Evan Smotrycz … Wells missed the second game on the tour with a sore knee but responded with 10 points on Friday … Sophomore Charles Mitchell came off the bench and added 12 points … Layman had a pair of 25-point games during the foreign tour … The Terps will leave the Bahamas on Saturday afternoon … Maryland will have a few weeks off before resuming workouts on September 3.

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Maryland basketball to play preseason Bahamas tournament

Posted on 30 July 2013 by WNST Staff

Coming off a successful 2012-13 campaign in which Maryland posted a 25-13 record and advanced to the NIT Semifinals,  Mark Turgeon and the Terps’ basketball team will participate in a Summer Basketball Tour from August 6-9 in the Bahamas.

The Terps have games on Tuesday, Aug. 6 against the Bahamas All Stars at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 7 versus the Commonwealth Giants at 7 p.m., and conclude the tournament with a game against the Grand Bahamas All-Stars on Friday, Aug. 9 at 11 a.m.

Turgeon returns nine players from a team that finished with the most wins in a single season (25) since 2006-07 season.  In addition, three starters return in 2013-14, including sophomore guard  Seth Allen, junior guard Nick Faust and junior forward Dez Wells, who was named to the ACC All-Tournament team and led Maryland in scoring (13.1 points per game).

Maryland also returns a pair of instrumental sophomore front court players in center Shaquille Cleare and forward Charles Mitchell and welcomes forward Evan Smotrycz, who didn’t play last season after transferring from Michigan. It will also mark the debut of the Terps’ much-celebrated incoming freshman class – -ranked 25th nationally according to 247 Sports.com — as forward Damonte Dodd and guard Roddy Peters join Maryland this season.

“We are excited about this great opportunity for our young team to have this invaluable experience in playing in the Bahamas,” said Turgeon, whose .600 winning percentage is the best by any Maryland head coach in his first two seasons. “This is a terrific experience to learn about another culture, and to be doing it together as a team over the summer helps with our overall chemistry as we begin to prepare for the upcoming season.”

Maryland has had 14 scheduled practices between the middle of July until the first week of August, which has been very beneficial for Turgeon’s young and talented team. The Terps enter the 2013-14 season having lost three key players from last year’s team: guard Logan Aronhalt, center Alex Len and forward James Padget.  Len ranked second on the team with 11.9 points per game and fifth in the ACC with 7.8 rebounds per game. Following the season, Len (7-1) was taken fifth overall by the Phoenix Suns in the NBA Draft, becoming Maryland’s highest drafted player since Steve Francis went No. 2 overall in 1999.

Entering his third season with the Terps and his 16th overall season as a head coach in college basketball. Turgeon is very optimistic and excited about the progress his team has made over the summer.

“I like the intensity and focus we’ve had over the summer,”  Turgeon said. “We have done some great work on the court over the last month and I am really looking forward to seeing how we respond in the Bahamas. We will  play three talented teams and it will give us a good indication about the type of progress we have made.”

A complete schedule is below and umterps.com will have updates from the Bahamas.

Tues., Aug. 6: Maryland vs. Bahamas All Stars – 7 p.m.

Wed. Aug. 7: Maryland vs. Commonwealth Giants – 7 p.m.

Fri. Aug. 9: Maryland vs. Grand Bahamas All-Stars – 11 a.m.

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Antonio Barton picks Tennessee over Maryland

Posted on 26 May 2013 by WNST Staff

Former University of Memphis PG Antonio Barton will not spend his final year of eligibility with the Maryland Terrapins.

Instead, Barton will spend next season with the Tennessee Volunteers, as was announced Sunday by his brother Will Barton-now with the NBA’s Portland Trailblazers.

Both Bartons hail from Baltimore (Lake Clifton). The proximity to home was thought to be key in the decision making process for the guard who spent the last three seasons playing for the Tigers. Barton ultimately chose Tennessee over the Terps, Kansas State and Texas A&M.

Barton would have been a significant immediate addition as he is eligible to play this fall because he is graduating this year from Memphis. Logan Aronhalt made a similar move last year in his switch from Albany to College Park.

Without adding any other potential transfers, Mark Turgeon’s team will be thin at the point guard position next season. Pe’Shon Howard decided to transfer after the 2012-2013 season, he has visited USC but has not committed anywhere of yet. Rising sophomore Seth Allen will be a point guard option for Maryland, as will incoming freshman Roddy Peters (Suitland) although both are more combo guards than true point guards.

Rising junior Nick Faust also saw some time at point guard last season but was clearly frustrated by the position move and the results were mostly shaky. Rising junior Dez Wells also handled some possessions at point guard with mixed results.

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Maryland battles Iowa in NIT semis Tuesday

Posted on 01 April 2013 by WNST Staff

Maryland (25-12) vs. Iowa (24-12)


National Invitation Tournament – Semifinals

Tuesday, April 2, 2013 • 9 p.m. ET

New York, N.Y. • Madison Square Garden

TV: Semifinals – ESPN2 – Bob Wischusen (Play-by-Play), Bill Raftery (Analyst) & Dan Dakich (Analyst)

Radio: Terrapin Sports Radio Network – Johnny Holliday (Play-by-Play) & Chris Knoche (Analyst)




• Maryland is playing in the National Invitation Tournament semifinals for the third time in history and first time since 2005 after dispatching No. 1 seed Alabama, 58-57, last Tuesday. The Terrapins are 14-6 all-time in the NIT and 1-1 in the semifinals; they captured the title in 1972 with wins over Jacksonville and Niagara, and fell in the 2005 semis to South Carolina.


• In winning at Alabama, Maryland captured its 25th victory of the season, the most for the program since 2006-07 when the Terps were 25-9. A win in the semifinals would give Maryland its most victories since it had 32 in the 2001-02 national championship season.


• Since opening postseason play in the ACC Tournament, Maryland has played some of its best basketball, winning five out of the last six games. Dez Wells has carried the scoring load in the postseason, averaging 18.3 points per game on .574 shooting from the field, including .727 (8-11) from 3-point range. Wells’ scoring surge goes back to the regular season – the sophomore is averaging 17.8 points per game on .558 (67-120) shooting in the last 10 games.


• Alex Len recorded a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds at Alabama, his sixth of the season and first since the home win over Boston College on Jan. 22. Len also matched a career high with five blocks. At 11.5 points per game, the sophomore is one of four Terps averaging double-figure scoring in the postseason. Nick Faust is averaging 11.2 points per game and is shooting .400 (10-25) from 3-point range. The fourth, freshman Seth Allen, averaged 10.8 points per game off the bench in five postseason games, but fractured a bone in his shooting hand in practice on March 24 and will miss the rest of the postseason.


• The Terps are set to meet Iowa for just the third time in history. Maryland won each of the previous meetings, in 1984 and in 1999. Should they advance, the Terps would be playing their first ever game against either Baylor or BYU.


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Maryland visits Alabama Tuesday in NIT quarters

Posted on 25 March 2013 by WNST Staff

Maryland (24-12, 8-10 ACC) at Alabama  (23-12, 12-6 SEC)


National Invitation Tournament – Quarterfinals

Tuesday, March 26, 2013 • 7:30 p.m. ET

Game #37 • Road Game #11 • Tuscaloosa, Ala. • Coleman Coliseum

TV: ESPN – Bob Wischusen (Play-by-Play) & Jimmy Dykes (Analyst)

Radio: Terrapin Sports Radio Network – Johnny Holliday (Play-by-Play) & Chris Knoche (Analyst)




• Maryland will play in the quarterfinals of the National Invitation Tournament for the third time in history and first time since 2005 when it takes on Alabama in Tuscaloosa Tuesday night. The Terrapins advanced to the quarters with wins over Niagara and Denver last week in College Park.


• In its two previous quarterfinal appearances Maryland is 2-0, beating Syracuse 71-65 in 1972 and topping TCU 85-73 in 2005. The Terps are seeking their third trip to New York for the semifinals and finals, having won the title in 1972 and lost in the semis in 2005.


• Since opening postseason play in the ACC Tournament, Maryland has played some of its best basketball, winning four out of the last five behind the play of Dez Wells and Nick Faust. Wells is averaging 19.4 points per game on .586 (34-58) shooting, while Faust is averaging 12.8 points per game. As a team, Maryland is shooting .476 from the field, .386 from 3-point range and .797 from the free throw line.


• Over the past 10 games, Faust is shooting .500 (43-86) from the field, .442 (19-43) from 3-point range and averaging 13.2 points per game. He has scored in double figures in seven straight games. Wells, meanwhile, is averaging 18.3 points per game over the last nine and shooting .564 (61-110) from the field in that span.


• In both its first- and second-round wins, Maryland dominated the second half en route to double-digit wins. The Terrapins were tied at 35 with Niagara before outscoring the Purple Eagles 51-35 in the final 20 minutes. Against Denver, Maryland trailed 30-27 at halftime, but used a 23-4 run over the game’s final nine minutes to win 62-52.


• The Terps will be meeting Alabama just the fifth time in history. Maryland leads the series 3-1, though the Crimson Tide won the last meeting, 62-42 in the 2011 Puert

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