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Maryland welcomes Morehead State for home opener Monday night

Posted on 11 November 2012 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – After opening the season against defending national champion and third-ranked Kentucky at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., Maryland opens the home portion of its schedule against Morehead State Monday night in Comcast Center. The game will be broadcast on the Regional Sports Network and can be seen locally on Comcast SportsNet.

Storyline

• The Terps nearly knocked off Kentucky, rallying from a 15-point deficit to take a lead in the second half, before the Wildcats held on for a 72-69 win. Alex Len had the best game of his career, pouring in 23 points on 10-of-18 shooting to go along with 12 rebounds and four blocks. Nick Faust added 11 points and Brooklyn native James Padgett had 10.

• Maryland returns four key players from last season’s 17-15 squad: in addition to Len, Faust and Padgett, Pe’Shon Howard, Maryland’s active career leader in assists, also returns. A freshman class that was ranked in the top 20 nationally gives Maryland depth and talent. Charles Mitchell had 10 rebounds in just 16 minutes against UK and Seth Allen played 25 minutes off the bench.

• Maryland also added two transfers who are eligible to play immediately in Dez Wells and Logan Aronhalt. Wells averaged 9.8 points per game and 4.9 rebounds per game for Xavier last year. Aronhalt is a proven scorer that netted 1,100 points in his career at Albany.

• Faust, a sophomore, is Maryland’s leading returning scorer. A member of the ACC All-Freshman Team a year ago, Faust averaged 8.9 points per game and was at his best at the end of the season, averaging 13.4 points per game over the final nine contests. Padgett, meanwhile, nearly tripled both his scoring (3.3 to 8.8 ppg) and rebounding (1.9 to 5.8 rpg) averages from his sophomore to junior seasons.


On Home Openers

• Maryland has won 34 consecutive home openers, with the last loss in a home opener in an 80-79 overtime defeat to Notre Dame on 11/27/1976… Maryland is 74-17 (.813) all-time in home openers in College Park.

• Maryland defeated UNC Wilmington 71-62 in last year’s home/regular season opener. Among returning players, James Padgett led the way with 12 points on 6-of-7 shooting, along with seven rebounds


Who’s Next?

• Head coach Mark Turgeon and his staff signed a consensus top-20 recruiting class this season with freshmen Seth Allen, Shaquille Cleare, Jake Layman and Charles Mitchell.

The influx of talent gives Maryland the opportunity to extend a streak of being recognized for having talented young players in the program – for three years in a row, a Terp has been on the ACC All-Freshman Team. Prior to Nick Faust last year, Terrell Stoglin was honored in 2011 and Jordan Williams was honored in 2010.


Taking on the Defending Champ

It’s been a while since Maryland played its regular-season opener against the defending national champion – almost 29 years, in fact. The Terps last opened the season against the defending title holder on Sunday, Dec. 2, 1973, when they played UCLA. At that time, the Bruins had captured seven straight national championships and were in the midst of a 76-game winning streak. Maryland, coached by Lefty Driesell, fell to the Bruins 65-64 at Pauley Pavilion.

From the Washington Post’s recap of the game:

“Defending national champion UCLA needed a turnover forced by Bill Walton in the final seconds to survive a 65-64 thriller over Maryland tonight in Pauley Pavilion.

The Terrapins, who trailed by as many as 12 points earlier in the second half, had an opportunity to break the Bruins’ winning streak at 76 games after UCLA freshman Richard Washington, reputed to be last year’s best high school player, missed a foul shot with 22 seconds left. Tom McMillen grabbed the rebound.

After a time out, point guard John Lucas was forced into the right corner, where he was double-teamed. Walton batted the ball out of his hands and toward center court. Bruin teammate Tommy Curtis picked up the ball and was driving toward the Maryland basket when time ran out.”

Maryland went on to finish the season 23-5 and ranked No. 4 in the Associated Press poll. Before advancing to the National Semifinals later that year, UCLA had its winning streak snapped at 88 games in a loss to Notre Dame.

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Terps host IUP for exhibition Friday night

Posted on 02 November 2012 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The University of Maryland men’s basketball team plays its lone exhibition of the preseason when it hosts Indiana University (PA) this Friday at 7 p.m. It will also be streamed live on TerpsTV through umterps.com.

Season Outlook

With a year in College Park under his belt, a nationally-ranked recruiting class on campus and four key returnees to look to for leadership, head coach Mark Turgeon is excited and confident heading into the 2012-13 season.

Maryland, which went 17-15 last season, welcomes back four scholarship players in guards Pe’Shon Howard and Nick Faust, forward James Padgett and center Alex Len. A recruiting class rated in the top 20 nationally by analysts includes four-star prospects Shaquille Cleare, Jake Layman and Charles Mitchell, and three-star prospect Seth Allen. The addition of Albany transfer Logan Aronhalt gives the Terps yet another new player in the fold, but the group has meshed together quickly.

“I think the major strength of our team right now is our chemistry,” said Turgeon. “The guys are getting along well and liking each other. Another strength has been our effort. It has been great in the weight room, with conditioning, and individual work.

“There aren’t really any egos on the team. We have a great group of guys that listen and are eager to learn. Talent wise, our returning players have all gotten better and we’ve been getting what we’ve expected from all of the incoming players.”

The addition of so many newcomers – Maryland has nine of them – presents a challenge integrating them into the program. Though it seems there is a lack of veteran players, with only Howard and Padgett having played with the team for at least two seasons, Turgeon said the new NCAA rule allowing practices over the summer was incredibly important.

“The summer practices were critical,” he said. “We are so much further along now and I am a little more relaxed now then I have been in the past at this time. We’ve had close to 25 hours to practice and that has been huge for us.”

Those practices have afforded Turgeon the opportunity to evaluate his young but talented group. While the team battled a lack of depth at nearly every position last year, the Terps should have many more options in 2012-13.

“I think we have more talent than last year and we definitely have more depth,” said Turgeon. “Last year we had some really good players, but we just didn’t have enough of them. When Pe’Shon went down, we didn’t have enough players to step up and fill in for him. If he had stayed healthy we may have gotten to 20 wins. But this year our talent level is better, we are deeper, faster and stronger. If we stay healthy, we have depth at every position.”

Backcourt

Faust, Howard and Aronhalt represent Maryland’s most experienced players in the backcourt and will be counted upon to play major minutes and provide leadership. Faust, an All-ACC Freshman Team selection last year, had a strong second half of his rookie season. He averaged 13.4 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game over the final nine contests, including a season-high 19 in the ACC Tournament win over Wake Forest. For the year, Faust averaged 8.9 points per game while splitting time between point and shooting guard.

“Nick has really improved a lot,” said Turgeon. “He has been working hard on his jump shot and has improved that a lot. He is handling the ball much better and his decision-making has also gotten better. He is more unselfish than he was last year and I’m expecting him to be a great defender for us again this year.”

Staying healthy will be the key for Howard, who missed the first nine games last year with a broken bone in his foot and the final nine games after tearing the ACL in his right knee. In his 14 games, Howard averaged 6.5 points and 3.7 assists per game, and is expected to be healthy heading into this season.

“He worked his tail off all summer,” said Turgeon. “From the day he got hurt and started his rehab, he has had a positive attitude. He is going to be healthy when practice starts and I expect him to be so much better than last year. He has lost a lot of weight, he was at 205 pounds last year and he is down to 190 pounds right now. I think he looks better and is moving better than at any point last year.”

The experienced newcomer is Aronhalt, a transfer from Albany who is eligible to play this year because he already earned his undergraduate degree. Aronhalt had a decorated career at Albany, starting 73 games in three years while averaging 11.8 points per game and shooting 35.1 percent from 3-point range.

“Logan is a big-time shooter with a great feel for the game,” said Turgeon. “He is a proven scorer at the Division I level and he is healthy now. He wasn’t very healthy last year, but I think he’s getting healthier and should be a big asset for us.” Allen, a freshman from Woodbridge, Va., has the potential to be a dynamic scorer with his ability to get to the rim and shoot. He averaged over 20 points per game as a senior in leading Fredericksburg Christian School to a 31-2 record.

“He is an explosive scorer, but the game is moving too fast for him right now. He is a better defender than I anticipated; I think he’s going to be a great on-ball defender and a great team defender for us. He’s a big-time athlete and can cover a lot of ground.”

Frontcourt

Maryland’s frontcourt lacked depth last season, but a year later is now loaded with it. Padgett and Len are the returnees, while the addition of Cleare, Mitchell and Layman provide bulk and versatility.

Padgett is the elder statesman among the group, having played in 91 career games. The improvement the Brooklyn native made in a year under Turgeon – increasing his scoring average from 3.3 to 8.8 and his rebounding average from 1.9 to 5.8 – was clear. Now, Turgeon says, he’s ready to step into a leadership role.

“James has really worked hard to change his body and has put on about 15 pounds of muscle. He also worked on his leadership skills. James is a really good low post scorer and very good rebounder. He is much more confident even though he played with confidence last year. He has become a much better defender, especially an on-ball defender.”

Len, though, has perhaps made the most significant offseason improvement. He’s put on 30 pounds of muscle and improved his game in the low post, where Turgeon expects him to be much more comfortable and productive this season.

“Alex has worked as hard as anyone I have been ever around to improve from one year to the next. He is much tougher, more confident and his low post game is much better. We hope to let him shoot some threes because he is really shooting the ball well, so we are going to incorporate that into what we are doing with him. He is just a hard worker, and he has a large presence at the rim.”

The newcomers give Maryland a dynamic in the low post it didn’t possess a year ago. Cleare, at 6-foot-9 and 265 pounds, and Mitchell, at 6-foot-8 and 260 pounds, have the size and talent level to be instant contributors.

“Shaq is playing above the rim, and he really looks good, looking more athletic than I ever thought he could be. He is a low post scorer and a good defender. He has a lot of God given ability and he is a great kid. I can only see him getting better every day.

“Charles is a beast, he likes to be coached and he likes to work hard. He can score in a variety of ways, and he is really good on the low block which is really extending his game. He is a great passer and a really good rebounder. You are going to watch this kid really improve as the year goes on.”

Layman, at 6-foot-8, will play mostly small forward but has the ability to play power forward if necessary. The four-star prospect is an excellent shooter and spent the summer honing his game with the USA team that won the gold medal at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship.

“Jake can really shoot the ball,” said Turgeon. “He has got a lot of game and can shoot the 3-pointers. He has got a lot of range so we can use him in a variety of ways. His passing is doing much better than I thought, and I think Jake can be a great defender.”

John Auslander, who appeared in 14 games last year, is a smart player who will provide depth off the bench.

“I am really happy John can be back on scholarship this year, good for him,” said Turgeon. “He has a lot of respect in the locker room, and I am really expecting a lot from him on the floor. He does whatever I ask him to do, and he will be a leader on the second team and the scout team. In the paint he will always be ready to help us just like he did last year.”

Michigan transfer Evan Smotrycz will be a valuable practice player and the Terps are awaiting a decision on whether Xavier transfer Dez Wells will be eligible to play in 2012-13.

“One of the reasons we have been successful getting transfers is because we have a blueprint for them to improve,” said Turgeon. “In Evan’s case it really helped him change his body and become a better athlete. He has got to lead for us because he has been to the NCAA tournament twice and he is going to be a big part of helping our new guys in practice because he is really hard to guard. “It is going to be great having him out there.

“Dez is a tremendous athlete, a tremendous defender and competitor as well. He is a much better passer than I was thinking I was getting. He is also a much better leader and team guy than I thought I was getting. He is really explosive and gets the ball to the rim. He is a one-man fast break, and I knew he was good but he is even better than I was anticipating. He has a chance to be great.”

Walk-ons

Maryland has four walk-ons in Spencer Barks, Conner Lipinski, Varun Ram and Jacob Susskind. Barks and Susskind have both been with the team for a year, while Lipinski and Ram will be in their first season. Lipinski, a freshman who had a standout career at Annapolis Area Christian School, was initially a walk-on before being awarded with a scholarship prior to the season.

Coaching Staff

Maryland’s coaching staff has attacked the recruiting trail with zeal since coming together in May of 2011. Turgeon and assistants Scott Spinelli, Bino Ranson and Dalonte Hill signed a consensus top-20 class this season and have their sights set on another highly ranked class for next season. Having been together for a year, their comfort level has also increased. “This year we are much more comfortable, last year we really didn’t know what we were getting into,” said Turgeon. “The guys didn’t know us and we didn’t know them. At least the guys we have now we have coached for a year or recruited for a year so the comfort level there is much different from last year. We are comfortable at Maryland now and with the league.”

Schedule

The Terps will start the season off with a bang by playing defending national champion Kentucky at the brand new Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Nov. 9. After the season opener, Maryland will play 12 of its next 14 games at home, with the lone road trip coming on Nov. 27 at Northwestern as part of the ACC/Big 10 Challenge. The Terps also face George Mason on Dec. 2 at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. For the first time, Maryland will be playing an 18-game league schedule, including home-and-homes with Duke, North Carolina, Florida State and Virginia. The Terps play host to Duke on Feb. 16 and North Carolina on March 6. “The 18-game schedule will be a real challenge,” said Turgeon. “We have Duke and Carolina twice again along with Florida State and Virginia, so four of the top six teams picked in the league we have twice, which will be hard.”

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Pe’Shon Howard arrested outside College Park restaurant

Posted on 29 April 2012 by WNST Staff

Maryland point guard Pe’Shon Howard has had a tough year.

After missing most of the 2011-2012 basketball season with a broken leg and a knee injury, the soon-to-be junior point guard saw action in 14 games this year averaging 6.5 points-per-game for first year coach Mark Turgeon.

But it got even harder for Howard Sunday morning, as he was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct outside Shanghai Cafe in College Park.

Howard appeared to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, as he was apparently yelling over participants in a fight outside the establishment, but reportedly was not involved in the scuffle.

He was asked by police to step back, but refused initially. He was taken into custody, but was not held for long Sunday.

He will appear in court when a date is scheduled.

Howard’s incident stems off assistant coach Dalonte Hill being arrested on a DUI-charge earlier in the year.

The Diamondback was one of the first to report the story after the University police released a statement.

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Your Monday Reality Check-Turgeon Deserving Of Praise With Work To Do

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Your Monday Reality Check-Turgeon Deserving Of Praise With Work To Do

Posted on 12 March 2012 by Glenn Clark

On Friday’s edition of “The Reality Check”, Ryan Chell and I decided to put together a Maryland Terrapins season ending report card. After the Terps’ loss to North Carolina in the ACC Tournament, it was easy to assume the basketball season was over in College Park.

That assumption proved accurate Sunday night, as the NIT failed to extend an invite to the Terps as expected. The University of Maryland declined to participate in the lesser known postseason CBI Tournament due to the financial model that forces schools to pay for participation. (Three schools from BCS conferences-Washington State, Pitt and Oregon State all accepted CBI bids.)

It’s a long winded way to say the season is over. The Terps finished 17-15 in Mark Turgeon’s first season since taking over for the retired Gary Williams, surpassing the expectations of many while still falling short of the expectations of others.

In our Report Card segment Friday, I graded Turgeon’s job in year one as a “B”. I noted the lack of both quality and quantity in Maryland basketball players that Turgeon was forced to deal with partly due to the late timing of Williams’ retirement announcement. Not only did Maryland lose All-ACC Center Jordan Williams to the NBA, they also lost F Haukur Palsson to a pro turn in Europe. Turgeon was only able to retain one from Williams’ three-man recruiting class (G Nick Faust) although he made up for that in part with a late commitment from C Alex Len.

(I point all of this out because some Maryland fans have decided to “blame” Gary Williams for the state of the program. They’re only telling half of the story.)

Len’s 10 game suspension to start the season and PG Pe’Shon Howard’s 18 missed games due to injury made an already difficult situation nearly impossible. Entering the season, there was legitimate reason to fear a “bottoming out” of sorts for the Maryland program.

While those fears never came to fruition, the team never fully came together. Sophomore G Terrell Stoglin at times carried the Terps during a 6-10 Atlantic Coast Conference campaign, but often proved to be as much of the problem as the solution. Len never showed progress during his freshman campaign, Senior G Sean Mosley offered valuable leadership but never overwhelmed with his play on the floor. The only player that showed marked progress was Faust, who was named to the league’s All-Rookie team.

All of these were contributing factors in grading the job Turgeon did this season. It was a tough campaign, but it could have been significantly worse. Turgeon deserves credit for keeping the program afloat and avoiding any true embarrassment. (Only a late season loss at Georgia Tech stands out as a head shaker due to the opponent and Maryland’s most lopsided defeats came at the hands of NCAA Tournament participants like UNC, Duke, Virginia, Florida State, Alabama and Iona.)

Nearly five hundred words in, it’s time to look to the future. While Turgeon is absolutely deserving of praise for how he kept this Maryland team together in his first season, the coach offered a noteworthy thought Sunday night via Twitter.

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The Reality Check Maryland Terrapins Season Ending Report Card

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The Reality Check Maryland Terrapins Season Ending Report Card

Posted on 09 March 2012 by Glenn Clark

After the Terps’ 85-69 loss to North Carolina in the ACC Tournament, it is a safe assumption that the season is over. With that in mind, Ryan and I decided to take some time Friday to offer grades to each scholarship player (and the head coach) of the Terps after their 17-15 campaign.

Of course, you probably already knew that because you listen every day…

Backcourt…

Terrell Stoglin

Glenn Clark B, Ryan Chell B-

Nick Faust

Glenn B-, Ryan B

Sean Mosley

Glenn C+, Ryan B-

Pe’Shon Howard

Glenn B-, Ryan C

Mychal Parker

Glenn D-, Ryan D-

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Terps Open ACC Tournament Thursday Against Wake

Posted on 08 March 2012 by WNST Staff

#8 Maryland (16-14, 6-9) vs. #9 Wake Forest (13-17, 4-12)
Thursday, March 8, 2012 | Noon | Atlanta, Ga. (Philips Arena)
ACC Network-WNUV 54 locally in Baltimore | Terrapin Sports Radio Network

Maryland opens play in the 2012 Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament in a first-round matchup with Wake Forest. The Terrapins beat the Demon Deacons, 70-64, on Jan. 11 in the only regular-season meeting between the teams this year.Terrell Stoglin had 20 points, with James Padgett and Sean Mosley adding 15 each in the victory that marked the first league game of the year at Comcast Center.

Sophomore guard Terrell Stoglin earned second team All-ACC honors on Monday in balloting by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association. Stoglin remains atop the list of scoring leaders in the league with a 21.2 points-per-game average. He had 25 points in the last game of the regular season on Sunday against Virginia, becoming only the third Terrapin in history to reach 1,000 career points in only his second season.

Nick Faust earned a spot on the 2012 ACC All-Freshman Team on Monday. Faust has averaged 13.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.4 steals in the seven games since he returned to the starting lineup after the season-ending injury to Pe’Shon Howard. It marked the third straight season the Terps have put a student-athlete on the league’s All-Freshman Team (Jordan Williams in 2010, Stoglin in 2011). Faust has six double-figure games in the last seven.

The Terrapins are the eighth seed in the ACC Tournament for the sixth time. Maryland is 5-3 in matchups with Wake Forest, including five straight victories. The Terps lost their first three tournament meetings with the Demon Deacons (1954, 1961, 1963), but turned things around with a win in the 1973 semifinals. The other wins have come in 1984, 2001, 2004 and 2009.

Scouting the Demon Deacons

Wake Forest finished the regular season 13-17 overall with a 4-12 mark in the ACC, getting its four conference wins over Virginia Tech, Boston College and Georgia Tech at home and also defeating BC in Chestnut Hill.

The Demon Deacons possess two of the top-six scorers in the conference in guard C.J. Harris and forward Travis McKie… Harris is fourth in the league with 16.8 ppg and is also the team’s top 3-point shooter, having connected on 48-of-111 attempts (.432) this season… McKie is sixth in the conference with 15.9 ppg and is averaging a team-high 6.9 rebounds per game.

Wake is the best free-throw shooting team in the league (.736), led by Harris (.856) and McKie (.730)… Sophomore guard Tony Chennault is third on the team in scoring (9.3 ppg) and has a team-high 85 assists… Fifth-year senior forward Nikita Mescheriakov is fourth on the team with 7.7 ppg.

Upcoming

The winner of the opening first-round game will face top-seeded North Carolina at noon in Friday’s quarterfinals.

The Terrapins are in the top half of the bracket, meaning they would play in the 1 p.m. semifinal, with the championship game also scheduled for 1 p.m. on Sunday.

Follow the Entire Tournament

First-round coverage of all four games on Thursday will also be available on ESPNU nationally, with blackouts in the ACC geographic footprint.

Fans can also follow the tournament on Twitter: @ACCmbb, with hashtag #ACCTRNY

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Maryland Set to Host Miami, Honor Johnny Rhodes Tuesday Night

Posted on 21 February 2012 by WNST Staff

  • Miami (16-9, 7-5) at Maryland (15-11, 5-7)
    Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012 | 8 p.m. | Comcast Center
    ACC Network (WNUV 54 in Baltimore) | Terrapin Sports Radio Network

  • Maryland plays its return match with Miami in a Tuesday-night test at Comcast Center. The Terrapins and Hurricanes played one of the best games of the season so far in the Atlantic Coast Conference on Feb. 1 when the `Canes prevailed in a 90-86 double-overtime game. The Terrapins are 15-11 after last Saturday’s 71-44 loss at 22nd-ranked Virginia, and come into the game tied for seventh place in the league with a 5-7 conference mark. The Canes are 16-9 overall and in a three-way tie for fourth in the league with NC State and Virginia at 7-5.
  • The Terrapins got 33 points from Terrell Stoglin in the double-OT loss at Miami earlier in the season. The talented sophomore had six 3-pointers and went 9-for-9 from the free-throw line. Maryland came back from a 16-point deficit in the final seven minutes of regulation to send the game into overtime.
  • Maryland is completing a tight turnaround in its schedule, with three games in six days. The Terrapins played host to Boston College last Thursday, traveled to Charlottesville for a game early Saturday afternoon and complete the whirlwind against Miami on Tuesday at 8 p.m.
  • Stoglin continues to lead the Atlantic Coast Conference in scoring, now at 21.4 points per game. Stoglin has 24 straight games with double figures in points, and has 18 games with at least 20 points or more. The Terrapins are 12-6 in games in which he hits the 20-point mark. Against Boston College, Stoglin set the school record for 3-pointers in a season by a sophomore. Now with 72, he has surpassed the 64 of Greivis Vasquez in 2008.
  • Nick Faust has been playing particularly well of late, taking over the point guard role after the season-ending knee injury to Pe’Shon Howard. Faust has averaged 14.0 points per game in his last three outings, scoring in double figures in the last three and four of the last five games. He has also stood out at the defensive end, getting 11 steals in the last six games. His five against Boston College marked the first time a Terp player had that many in a game since the ACC Quarterfinals in 2010 when both Greivis Vasquez and Landon Milbourne accomplished that feat.
  • Maryland has won the last two straight over Miami in games played in Comcast Center, including an 81-59 victory on 1/26/2010 in the most recent matchup in College Park.
  • After road games at Georgia Tech on Saturday and at North Carolina on Feb. 29, the Terrapins will play their final game of the regular season at Comcast Center on Sunday, March 4 on Senior Day against Virginia.

    Scouting the Hurricanes

  • Miami is 16-9 and 7-5 in the ACC following a 74-56 home win over Wake Forest on Saturday… The Hurricanes are 4-6 on the road this season, but have won three of the last four, beating Georgia Tech, Boston College and Duke while falling to Florida State.
  • Junior guard Durand Scott is averaging a team-high 12.9 ppg and is one of four Hurricanes averaging double figures… junior forward Kenny Kadji (12.8), senior guard Malcolm Grant (11.6) and junior center Reggie Johnson (11.1) are the other three… Both Scott and Kadji had 18 points in the win over Wake Forest.
  • Miami ranks second in the ACC in 3FG made per game (7.5), with Grant, Trey McKinney Jones and Shane Larkin leading the way… Grant has made 49 of 162 (.302), McKinney Jones 30 of 84 (.357) and Larkin 27 of 76 (.355)… Against Wake Forest the Hurricanes made 12 of 31 3FG attempts (.387).
  • With the 6-foot-10, 284-pound Johnson and 6-foot-11, 251-pound Kadji, Miami has an imposing frontcourt… Johnson is averaging a team-high 7.1 rebounds per game, while Kadji has a team-best 40 blocks.

    Upcoming

    After road games at Georgia Tech on Saturday and at North Carolina on Feb. 29, the Terrapins will play their final game of the regular season at Comcast Center on Sunday, March 4 on Senior Day against Virginia.

    The Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament will be held March 8 to 11 at Phillips Arena in Atlanta.

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With Little to Play For, Maryland Offers Woeful Effort in Charlottesville

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With Little to Play For, Maryland Offers Woeful Effort in Charlottesville

Posted on 18 February 2012 by Glenn Clark

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — As a tie game at halftime turned into a blowout loss to the University of Virginia Saturday, University of Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon decided he couldn’t sit back and watch his scholarship players go through the motions anymore.

With roughly three minutes to play in the game, Turgeon inserted five walk-on players into the Terrapins’ lineup and stuck with them for the rest of the game. It only made a blowout loss more lopsided, but the head coach was in need of making a statement.

“I just had enough” Turgeon said. “Selfishness, not boxing out, not defending. I wanted to do it earlier. You can go down our whole list-if you can tell me one guy that played well today, I’ll argue that you’re wrong. We were 0-14 or however many guys we played today.”

The number actually was 14 players, and none had anything to offer in the second half of the Terrapins’ 71-44 loss to the Cavaliers at John Paul Jones Arena. The Terps (15-11, 5-7 Atlantic Coast Conference) had managed to erase an early deficit and tie things up at intermission thanks to 14 points from G Terrell Stoglin. Stoglin wouldn’t score again after the break, and the Cavs (20-6, 7-5 ACC) outscored Maryland 40-13 the rest of the way.

It was as ugly (if not uglier) than I’m sure it appeared on television. Maryland shot a putrid 5-24 (20.8%) from the field and turned the ball over 12 times after returning from the locker room. Those 12 points resulted in 20 points for the Wahoos, while the Terps forced just one UVa turnover after the half (which actually did result in two points).

There’s no silver lining to Maryland’s second half effort. It was abysmal. It made spectators wonder why the team even bothered to return to the floor after the break. It was so frustrating that the coach compared it to Maryland’s previous season low point.

“This reminded me of Puerto Rico today. I thought we looked like we were disinterested as far as trying to be tough on defense and rebounding. Our execution was poor.”

Turgeon was referring to the team’s early season trip to San Juan for the 5-Hour Energy Puerto Rico Tip-Off, where they lost two of three games-including a blowout defeat at the hands of Iona. After the stretch, Turgeon referred to his team as “the biggest challenge I’ve ever had in coaching; it’s not even close.”

Similarly, Maryland played the three games in Puerto Rico without sophomore PG Pe’Shon Howard, who missed his third straight game Saturday (and will be out for the rest of the season) with a torn ACL. The Terps were also without freshman C Alex Len in Puerto Rico due to suspension. Len tallied zero points, zero rebounds, zero assists, zero blocks and zero steals to go with one turnover and two missed field goals in 20 minutes Saturday. It’s difficult to determine which scenario would have been preferable.

This is the part of the column where I note that Maryland was playing a second game in roughly 40 hours after recording a win over Boston College Thursday night in College Park. Neither Turgeon nor senior G Sean Mosley would use the turnaround as an excuse, but Turegon was willing to admit the span “was hard” on his team. Now I’ve noted it.

I should also probably note that a tip of the cap is warranted for Virginia F Mike Scott, who bowled over four different Maryland defenders en route to a 25 point, seven rebound performance. Scott’s dominance of the Terrapins was perhaps “Plumlee-esque” Saturday. Consider that noted as well.

Sitting nearly an entire level away from the JPJ Arena floor, I started to wonder if the Maryland players had quit in the second half. For what it’s worth, the coach disagreed.

“We didn’t quit, we just hung our head. I wouldn’t say we quit, we just kind of felt sorry for ourselves and weren’t competing as hard as we can compete. I know it might have looked that way a little bit, but I don’t think we quit.”

Perhaps the players never actually quit, but it was a brutal effort that came at a time where it would be easy to see the team give up a bit. This is a difficult stretch for a Maryland team that has frankly overachieved with a thin roster. The players are smart enough to know that there’s no hope of a NCAA Tournament at-large bid and even slim NIT hopes aren’t enticing enough to maintain a high level of energy until March. The only tangible difference between winning and losing at this point is the reaction generated from coaches and fans.

When things aren’t going their way, it is understandable that players may be a little more willing to pack it in down the stretch. It’s not a condemnation of the collective heart of this group of players, it’s just more a look at reality for a team that is too thin in both quantity and quality.

It’s also not an excuse for poor effort down the stretch. Maryland’s second half performance was absolutely unacceptable even against a Virginia team in need of a strong effort to hold on their place in the nation’s Top 25. Things won’t necessarily get any easier for Maryland, as bubble dwelling Miami invades Comcast Center Tuesday and the final three games of the regular season include a return contest with Scott and the Cavaliers plus trips to North Carolina and Georgia Tech.

If Turgeon thought the stretch after the Puerto Rico trip was going to be a challenge, it would be hard to find the right word to describe the rest of the season.

The word is definitely not “easy”. That much I know.

-G

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Your Monday Reality Check-Stoglin Deserves Suspension After Twitter Display

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Your Monday Reality Check-Stoglin Deserves Suspension After Twitter Display

Posted on 13 February 2012 by Glenn Clark

I’m pretty sure you know the background here.

University of Maryland G Terrell Stoglin was benched for four minutes late in the second half of the Terrapins’ 73-55 loss to Duke Saturday at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

During the stretch when Stoglin was on the bench, what had been a close game turned into a bit of a blowout. Stoglin returned to the game and attempted just one more shot, a bad three point miss. He finished the game with 13 points on just 4-16 shooting.

These things were interesting, but obviously not as interesting as what happened after the game.

After not being made available to the media (according to reports…I know I said I was going to Saturday’s game but I was unable to make the trip), Stoglin took to Twitter to offer thoughts like “Loved sittin that bench today. [Smh] wow” and “shit its whtev my nigga. Just on this grind just was confused with today”.

The first of those two Tweets was deleted. The second was still available for consumption on Stoglin’s Twitter account early Monday morning. Stoglin offered something later that resembled an apology, “Never tweet after a loss. not a bad dude just frustrated. Love terpnation! My fault.” The Washington Times reported Maryland coach Mark Turgeon was aware of the Tweets. The Times also reported Stoglin was not suspended for his comments.

Turgeon is not expected to be made available to the media again until Wednesday, as the Terrapins do not play again until a Thursday night visit from Boston College at Comcast Center. It is certainly possible Turgeon could change his mind about Stoglin’s status, but it appears unlikely.

If he doesn’t, it will be a mistake. Stoglin’s comments absolutely warrant a suspension.

I’m certainly sympathetic to the difficult nature of the relationship Turgeon shares with Stoglin. While the head coach is clearly frustrated by the “me first” nature of the guard from Tucson, he’s also accepting of how important the sophomore has been for a Maryland team that has just managed to stay over .500 overall and keep within shouting distance of .500 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Turgeon has twice forced Stoglin to come off the bench and has openly questioned both his shot selection and defensive effort.

After two possessions late in the team’s February 4 loss to North Carolina saw only Stoglin touch the ball and no points scored, I asked the ACC’s leading scorer about the nature of his shot selection.

He answered “at the end of the game, I feel like I should just take more shots, so that’s what I try to do.”

Oh. Well then.

The issue is that as much as any coach (or fan…or analyst…or teammate actually) tries to tell Stoglin to “trust his teammates”, he knows what he’s dealing with. Only one other Terrapin (senior guard Sean Mosley) is averaging more than 10 points a game and even the St. Frances grad has been inconsistent at best. Stoglin probably SHOULD move the ball around a bit more, but it’s understandable that he’s not always been willing to move the ball.

I’m sympathetic to Stoglin for that reason. I KNOW he needs to pass the ball more, but I also know what he’s working with.

It doesn’t make his social media outburst Saturday acceptable or in any way excusable.

Stoglin’s “passion” and “fire” have been defended by Maryland fans since Saturday night. Fans have suggested excuses along the lines of “just be glad they didn’t have Twitter when you were 20 years old” and “what he said was the truth…if he had been on the floor perhaps the Terps would have beat the Blue Devils.”

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Maryland Hopes to Stun Duke Saturday at Cameron Indoor Stadium

Posted on 11 February 2012 by WNST Staff

Maryland (14-9, 4-5) at #10/9 Duke (20-4, 7-2)
Saturday, Feb. 10, 2012 | 4 p.m. | Durham, N.C. (Cameron Indoor Stadium)
ESPN / ESPN3 | Terrapin Sports Radio Network

  • Maryland continues its February road trip with its annual trip to Cameron Indoor Stadium to play Duke. The Terrapins started the week Tuesday with a 64-62 victory at Clemson and are in seventh place in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Blue Devils scored a last-second, 85-84 triumph over North Carolina on Wednesday to pull back into a three-way tie for the league lead with the Tar Heels and Florida State.
  • The Terrapins faced Duke earlier in the season, dropping a 74-61 test on 1/25 at Comcast Center. Terrell Stoglin had 16 points and Pe’Shon Howard had 10 to account for the only two Maryland players who scored in double figures. Mason Plumlee had 23 points and 12 rebounds for the Devils in that game. Maryland was within five points with eight minutes left, but the Blue Devils pulled away down the stretch.
  • Sophomore guard Terrell Stoglin has kept up his scoring pace throughout the season. He comes into the Duke game averaging 22.0 ppg and has four straight games with at least 20 points or more. He is the only ACC player to have more than one 30-point game this year (Stoglin has three) and his 17 20-point games are nearly double anyone else in the league (UNC’s Harrison Barnes and C.J. Harris have nine each).
  • Senior forward Sean Mosley had 16 points in the Tuesday win at Clemson. He became the 50th Terrapin in school history with 1,000 career points, hitting the mark with a free throw with 17:20 left in the first half. Mosley is expected to make his 100th career start as a Terrapin against Duke, joining a group of only 15 other players in school history to start that many games.
  • Maryland currently has four players averaging at least five rebounds per game (James Padgett, Alex Len, Ashton Pankey and Mosley). That balance has been achieved at Maryland only once (2004-05) in the last 15 seasons.

    Scouting the Blue Devils

  • Duke is 20-4 overall and tied atop the ACC standings at 7-2 after coming back to defeat North Carolina in Chapel Hill on a buzzer-beater by Austin Rivers… The Blue Devils are ranked ninth in the Coaches Poll and 10th in the Associated Press Poll.
  • Rivers continues to lead the team in scoring at a 15.1 ppg clip and had 29 against the Tar Heels… Guard Seth Curry is scoring 12.7 ppg and shooting .382 from 3FG… Forwards Ryan Kelly (12.7 ppg) and Mason Plumlee (11.5 ppg) represent the third and fourth players averaging double figures, with Plumlee’s 9.9 rebounds per game second in the league.
  • The Blue Devils knocked down 14 3-pointers against North Carolina, and continue to lead the ACC in 3FG made per game (8.2)… Andre Dawkins (.408) and Rivers (.404) lead the team in long-range shooting percentage.

    Upcoming

    Maryland has back-to-back road games at Clemson (2/7) and Duke (2/11) before coming home to face Boston College on 2/16… Five of Maryland’s final eight games are on the road…

    Maryland has four games remaining against nationally ranked teams, including the 2/11 matchup with Duke, two games (away on 2/18 and home on 3/4) against Virginia and a 2/29 return match at North Carolina.

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