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Season over early after Maryland left out of NIT field

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Season over early after Maryland left out of NIT field

Posted on 16 March 2014 by Glenn Clark

The season is over for the University of Maryland men’s basketball team and the Terps will not be a part of postseason play for the third time in the last four years, the second time in Mark Turgeon’s three year tenure as head coach.

The Terrapins (17-15, 9-9 ACC) lost to Florida State in the second round of the ACC Tournament Thursday, marking the end of both their season and their history as part of the ACC. Not at all surprisingly, Maryland was left out of the NCAA Tournament for the fourth consecutive season Sunday night, marking the longest drought for the program since the beginning of former head coach Gary Williams’ tenure.

The Terps had been projected to be selected to the NIT field for a second straight season but were ultimately left out in part because of their lack of quality wins and in part because of the number of teams who received automatic bids (13) into the field of 32 after winning their conference’s regular season title but failing to claim an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament by coming up short in their conference tournaments.

The school did not comment on the possibility of the team participating in either the College Basketball Insider (CBI) Tournament or CollegeInsider.com (CIT) Tournament; but in previous years the university made it clear they had no interest in participating in such events.

“We’re disappointed our season came to an end, considering we played some of our best basketball down the stretch” Turgeon told the Washington Post after being left out of the field. “I look forward to our coaching staff and players working hard to take the necessary steps to advance our program.”

Maryland’s early exit in their final trip to Greensboro came just four days after their best win of the season, an overtime victory over ACC regular season and ACC Tournament champion Virginia at Comcast Center. Maryland also claimed a victory over Big East Tournament champion Providence at the start of the season in the championship game of the Paradise Jam event in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The 2014-2015 season will be the fourth in Mark Turgeon’s original eight year contract and the first for the program as part of the Big Ten Conference. Despite growing unrest from the fanbase, Turgeon’s job status is not at all at risk, in large part because of that contract. Athletic Director Kevin Anderson recently told the Baltimore Sun “I have the utmost confidence in Mark and what he’s putting together as a program. We’ve got a great recruiting class coming in.”

Maryland’s incoming recruiting class is indeed considered Top 15 by many recruiting services including ESPN.com. All members of the four man class are considered Top 100 recruits. SG Dion Wiley (Potomac), PG Romelo “Melo” Trimble (Arlington, VA), C Trayvon Reed (Snellville, GA) and SF Jared Nickens (Norristown, PA) make up the most impressive incoming class of Turgeon’s tenure.

The Terps lose only little-used forward John Auslander to graduation this offseason. Forwards Dez Wells and Jake Layman have been considered NBA prospects at times but neither is considered likely to depart school early. Wells and G Nick Faust (City) will be seniors next year, as will forward Jonathan Graham (Calvert Hall) who transferred to College Park from Penn State before the season. The veteran-laiden team is also slated to include rising juniors Layman, forwards Charles Mitchell and Shaquille Cleare and guard Seth Allen.

The only schools from the state of Maryland participating in postseason play are Mt. St. Mary’s (NCAA) and Towson (CIT).

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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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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 02 April 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Auto Racing-NASCAR STP Gas Booster 500 (Sunday 1pm from Martinsville, VA live on FOX), IndyCar Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama (Sunday 3pm from Birmingham live on NBC Sports Network); Golf: PGA Tour Valero Texas Open (Thursday & Friday 3pm live on Golf Channel, Saturday & Sunday 1pm live on Golf Channel 3pm live on NBC. All golf from San Antonio), LPGA Kraft Nabisco Championship (Thursday & Friday 12pm & 6pm Saturday & Sunday 5pm from Rancho Mirage, CA live on Golf Channel); Women’s College Basketball: NCAA Tournament Elite 8-Notre Dame vs. Duke(Tuesday 7:05pm from Norfolk live on ESPN), Tennessee vs. Louisville (Tuesday 9:10pm from Oklahoma City live on ESPN); Final Four (Sunday TBA from New Orleans live on ESPN); Mixed Martial Arts: UFC on FUEL TV-Alexander Gustafsson vs. Gegard Mousasi (Saturday 11am from Stockholm, SWE live on FUEL TV); Bellator MMA (Thursday 10pm from Atlantic City live on SpikeTV)

10. Maroon 5/Neon Trees/Owl City (Wednesday 7:30pm Verizon Center); Green Day (Thursday 7:30pm Patriot Center); They Might Be Giants (Saturday 9pm Rams Head Live); Brigance Brigade Foundation Benefit feat. Charm City Devils/Loving The Lie (Saturday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Senses Fail (Friday 8pm Ottobar); Marc Broussard (Monday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Meek Mill (Saturday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Ozomatli (Wednesday 7pm 9:30 Club), Local Natives (Friday 8pm Saturday 7pm 9:30 Club), Black Crowes (Monday 7pm 9:30 Club); Carolina Chocolate Drops (Wednesday 7:30pm Birchmere); Macklemore & Ryan Lewis/Walk The Moon (Sunday George Washington University)

I like Charm City Devils. I LOVE supporting anything involving O.J. Brigance. Nice little Saturday night then.

Loving The Lie is another excellent Baltimore band playing the event Saturday night. I throw my support fully behind that.

Genuinely believe I’ve heard more about Local Natives in the last month than I’ve heard about U2 in my life. Pretty good reason for that.

I can get behind EVERYTHING about Carolina Chocolate Drops…

9. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Dragons (Tuesday-Sunday 1st Mariner Arena); Jon Lovitz/Chris Kattan/Tim Meadows (Thursday 7:30pm Birchmere); Louis C.K. (Saturday 8pm & 10:30pm Meyerhoff Symphony Hall); Brian Regan (Friday 8pm Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric); Shawn & Marlon Wayans (Thursday-Sunday DC Improv); Craig Shoemaker (Thursday 8pm Baltimore Comedy Factory), Bret Ernst (Friday & Saturday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Rich Vos (Thursday-Saturday Magooby’s Joke House); “That Thing You Do!” available on Blu-Ray (Tuesday)

Don’t kill me for this, but I searched “That Thing You Do!” on YouTube and discovered this video of ‘N Sync performing the song over a decade ago. I could have ignored the video, but instead I shared it with you here.

Language, but nothing not to enjoy about Louis C.K…

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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)

 

Storyline

 

• 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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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 26 March 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: NBA-Washington Wizards @ Oklahoma City Thunder (Wednesday 8pm from Oklahoma City live on Comcast SportsNet), Washington Wizards @ Orlando Magic (Friday 7pm from Orlando live on Comcast SportsNet), Toronto Raptors @ Washington Wizards (Sunday 6pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet); Boxing: Brandon Rios vs. Mike Alvarado (Saturday 10:15pm from Las Vegas live on HBO); Mixed Martial Arts: Bellator MMA (Thursday 10pm from Tampa, FL live on SpikeTV)

10. Florida Georgia Line (Saturday 9pm Rams Head Live); Jimmie’s Chicken Shack (Friday 6:30pm Recher Theatre); Cris Jacobs Band (Friday 8pm 8×10 Club), All Mighty Senators (Saturday 8pm 8×10 Club); The Pietasters (Thursday 7:30pm Ottobar); Kenny Wayne Shepherd (Tuesday 8pm Rams Head on Stage), Family Of The Year (Monday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); DJ ?uestlove (Saturday 11pm Howard Theatre); Gloriana (Tuesday 7pm 9:30 Club); Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell (Friday 8pm Strathmore); The Strokes “Comedown Machine” and Lil Wayne “I Am Not A Human Being II” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

Any day where I get to post a JCS video in T10BD should be considered a good day. No…it should be considered a freaking FANTASTIC day.

The Pietasters are fun. That was a sentence.

Every time Emmylou Harris comes to town I get excited because I know I’ll post the video of her doing “Long Black Veil” with Dave Matthews at a Johnny Cash tribute show.

I enjoy music made by The Strokes. Insert your own witty comment here.

9. Creed Bratton (Friday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Aziz Ansari (Friday 7pm & 10:30pm D.A.R. Constitution Hall); Gary Gulman (Thursday-Saturday Magooby’s Joke House); Kevin Pollak (Thursday-Saturday DC Improv); Lincoln” and “Killing Them Softly” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” out in theaters (Friday); Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Presents Dragons (Wednesday-Sunday 1st Mariner Arena); Glenn Clark’s Easter plans (Sunday Time & Place TBA)

In a tradition unlike any other, this is the part of the year where I demand my fiancee make Cadbury Cream Eggs Benedict Sunday or risk this being our final Easter together.

(I actually have absolutely no idea if I would even enjoy this.)

We can all agree Staburst jelly beans >>>> Jelly Belly jelly beans, correct?

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Terps G Allen likely done for season with broken hand

Posted on 25 March 2013 by WNST Staff

With the Terps playing well in the NIT Tournament as they attempt to earn a championship appearance, things got harder for the University of Maryland.

Head coach Mark Turgeon announced Monday in his media session that freshman point guard Seth Allen, who averaged 7.8 PPG in his first season in College Park.

Turgeon said that Allen will not play Tuesday in their NIT quarterfinal match against Alabama Tuesday night on ESPN, and likely will be done for the season.

Allen, who had struggles with turnovers earlier in the season, had played well in the final stretch of the season leading into the ACC Tournament and NIT playoffs.

He finished in double figures in four of his last fives games, including 13 points in their second round game against Denver.

A combination of Pe’Shon Howard and Nick Faust will likely see action at point guard.

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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)

 

Storyline

 

• 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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Trip to Alabama next for Maryland in NIT

Posted on 23 March 2013 by WNST Staff

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Maryland men’s basketball team will face Alabama on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in the National Invitation Tournament quarterfinals in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

The Crimson Tide, which are a No. 1 seed, advanced to the quarterfinals with a 66-54 win over Stanford on Saturday afternoon. Tuesday’s game will be televised on ESPN.

No. 2 seed Maryland advanced to the quarterfinals with a 62-52 win over Denver on Thursday. The Terps also beat Niagara, 86-70, in the first round.

The winner of Tuesday’s game advances to the semifinals, which will be held on April 2 in New York.

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Maryland hosts Denver in NIT second round Thursday night

Posted on 20 March 2013 by WNST Staff

Maryland (23-12, 8-10 ACC) vs. Denver  (22-9, 16-2 WAC)

 

National Invitation Tournament – Second Round

Thursday, March 21, 2013 • 7 p.m. ET

Game #36 • Home Game #21 • College Park, Md. • Comcast Center

TV: ESPNU – Mike Patrick (Play-by-Play) & LaPhonso Ellis (Analyst)

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

 

Storyline

• Maryland continues play in the National Invitation Tournament as it plays host to the University of Denver Thursday at 7 p.m. in Comcast Center in the first ever meeting between the two schools. The Terrapins advanced to the second round of the NIT with an 86-70 win over Niagara Tuesday night.

• The quick turnaround has Maryland playing its fifth game in eight days. Despite the busy stretch, the Terrapins have played some of their best basketball as of late – over the last four games, Maryland is averaging 80 points per game, shooting .479 from the field, .408 from 3-point range and .798 from the free-throw line.

• Dez Wells and Nick Faust have increased their scoring recently, with Wells averaging 18.3 points per game over the last eight games and Faust averaging 13.3 over the last nine. In that eight-game stretch, Wells is shooting .550 (55-100) from the field and .438 (7-16) from 3-point range. Faust has also shot it well, having hit .506 (41-81) from the field and .450 (18-40) from 3PT.

• Wells led Maryland to the semifinals of the ACC Tournament last weekend, averaging 22.0 points per game en route to first team All-Tournament honors. The sophomore had a career-high 30 points on 9-of-13 shooting in the 83-74 quarterfinal win over No. 2 Duke, making all 10 of his free throw attempts while adding six rebounds and three assists.

• In the win over Niagara, Maryland dominated the second half after going into the locker room tied at 35. Faust, Seth Allen and Logan Aronhalt each had 15 points, while Wells added 12 and Charles Mitchell had 10. That marked the third time in the last four games that five Terrapins scored in double figures. Aronhalt scored all 15 of his points on 3-pointers (5-7), and Faust recorded his first career double-double by grabbing 11 rebounds to go along with his 15 points.

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Maryland to face Denver next in NIT

Posted on 20 March 2013 by WNST Staff

Maryland, Denver will tip-off at 7 p.m. Thursday in Comcast Center in NIT 2nd round game

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland men’s basketball team will play a second-round NIT game against the University of Denver on Thursday at 7 p.m. in Comcast Center.

 

The Terrapins advanced to the second round with an 86-70 win over Niagara on Tuesday, while Denver defeated Ohio 61-57. Thursday’s game will be televised on ESPNU.

 

Tickets for the game cost $25 to the general public and include parking. They can be purchased by calling the Terrapin ticket office at 1-800-IM-A-TERP.

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