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OC Locksley says Terps only using “50 percent” of playbook with Petty under center

Posted on 14 November 2012 by WNST Staff

University of Maryland Quotes

Offensive Coordinator Mike Locksley

 

On Kevin Dorsey’s career and dealing with change:

“I can tell you this, I’m proud of the way Kevin [Dorsey] has handled all the changes that have taken place. I know this year with the different guys that have been behind center for us he’s kind of been the one consistent force out there on the perimeter. Statistically it may not show, but he does a lot of the little things that you want out of a senior. I couldn’t be more proud of Kevin. Of all those seniors, obviously their last opportunity to play here at home, I’m sure it will be emotional for those guys. I can’t thank those guys enough for fighting through some adversity on the offensive side of the ball. They’ve had to deal with quite a lot, and they’ve come in each week and worked diligently to continue to go out and try to find ways to win ball games. I expect the same this week.”

 

On the difficulty of continuing to get adjusted to new quarterbacks:

“Offensive football is timing and spacing. It’s built on that, and when a guy comes in that they haven’t been playing with, there’s a reason they do so much stuff in the offseason with quarterbacks to develop the timing. For those guys it’s been an adjustment, and they’ve  taken it, they’ve made the most of it, and they’ve continued to come out no matter who’s out there. We talk about maybe having to make a tough catch because it’s not always going to be necessarily where you think it will be. Kevin has been one of those guys, Matt Furstenberg, Devonte Campbell, [Ryan] Schlothauer, all those guys have taken it in stride.”

 

On running the ball outside with Brandon Ross:

“I think anytime you can run the ball outside, It helps with the numbers you see in the box. That’s where perimeter blocking becomes a major factor. That’s how a guy like Kevin Dorsey has made his mark this year for us as a blocker. It takes pressure off the quarterback in the zone read game, some of the things we do because there is a threat of the ball hitting the perimeter. [Brandon Ross] has the ability to make some plays for us.”

 

On if they’re using around 50 percent of the playbook:

“That’s what coach said and that’s exactly what the number is. I know this we’re doing what Shawn [Petty] is capable of executing. I know that for all of us receivers, myself as a coach, often times once you get in the game plan, a lot of the creativity of wanting to do things that you think or know has a chance to be successful against an opponent, you’ve to tempo it down. You’ve got to go back and continue to ask yourself the question, ‘Can Shawn execute it?’ It’s not taking anything away from Shawn’s abilities because had he been a guy that’s been with us throughout the spring, through the fall, and all the eight weeks of practices we had prior to him playing, I think there’s a lot of things he can accomplish with his skill set. It’s so unfair to throw a playbook on a freshman quarterback that’s had three weeks to play the position. To give ourselves a chance to win, unfortunately you have to narrow it and focus it down to the bare minimum with enough to try and win the game. I’m sure like I told our receivers and all those guys, we have to do whatever it takes to try to win.  We have to do whatever our quarterback is capable of executing first and foremost, and that’s kind of been what we followed with the use of all those different guys that have played. It doesn’t always allow you to do the things you want to do, but you do what you can do.”

 

On if he’s been forced to be more creative than he has been in his career:

“I’d venture to say we haven’t been very creative with what we’ve done. We’re trying to do what our quarterback can get accomplished, but you also have to have enough to win the ball game. The big thing is what have you shown on tape, and how can you make it look different while doing the same things. That’s kind of the approach we have to take. We have to self-scout and say hey here’s what we’re doing, this is what they’re seeing, this is what they’re preparing for. But on the flip side of it, it’s not just getting us ready for what we can do against them, they change because all of a sudden you have a quarterback that they think isn’t a thrower. You want to run the ball to help him and now you have these creative run blitzes and eight, nine, 10 guys up at the box. They’re going to force us to throw the ball, and I think Shawn’s capable of making those plays, and I think we just have to continue to build it and give him the preparation he needs to be successful in doing some of those things.”

 

On if they’ll throw the ball more with Shawn now that he’s played in some games:

“Again, it’s not necessarily just his growth, it’s the protection. Unfortunately for Shawn, we’ve gone against some of the top defenses in our league. He’s moving forward, we’re getting better each week with him. Whether we’ll throw it more. We’re going to do whatever it takes to win the ball game. If the call is for throwing the ball more, that’s what we’ll do.”

 

On preparing for Florida State and the protection schemes:

“Well, protection obviously the most important thing we do. For us to have any chance to win, we can’t turn the ball over. If there’s been a thing that’s kind of gotten at me, regardless of your experience, the point of emphasis we’ve put on Shawn or any of the guys that touch the ball for us is we’ve got to take care of the football and give ourselves a chance to win by playing good smart sound football. We haven’t done that.”

 

Defensive Coordinator Brian Stewart

 

On the defensive seniors playing in their final home game:

“You really tip your hat off to these guys. They could very well be disappointed, and just say ‘wow look what happened to my senior season.’ But, that’s not what they’ve done. They’ve done a good job of just playing hard, fast, and everyone has bought in 100 percent. I’m pretty proud of them, each and every one of them, for their effort up and down throughout the season and how they’ve handled it.”

 

On how much of a struggle it’s been for Kenny Tate:

“You know we know he’s not 100 percent, but he gives us 100 percent. We’re very proud of his effort, and respect what he’s done on the field for us. I don’t know how close to 100 percent he is, or how far away, that would be something he and the doctors would have to tell you. I really have to applaud his effort, just day in and day out wanting to be there with his teammates and giving us 100 percent on every down that he’s out there.”

 

On Matt Robinson’s return last week:

“The timing of the game is what changes when you miss [games]. The more he went back out there, the game slowed down for him. Not that he made any mistakes, I’m not saying that, I just think he had an opportunity to play fast once the game evolved.”

 

On the play of L.A Goree:

“I agree with coach, I think a lot of times what happens is when you’re a backup at practice, you get a smaller amount of plays vs. the starter. So when you play behind [Demetrius] Hartsfield who doesn’t come off the field, at practice Hartsfield gets all the plays. So you’re not going to be at the same game shape as Hartsfield. I think that’s what caught up with L.A. [Goree] was that he just wasn’t in the same game shape he needed to be in. I think this week of practice should serve him well in that aspect.”

 

On the play of Florida State’s offense:

“I think EJ [Manuel] is playing lights out with the ball in his hand and throwing the ball down field. He has a great supporting cast to throw to. I haven’t seen anybody cover [Rashad] Greene yet, he’s still running in touchdowns. So, offensively, even though they’re missing their running back, they still have [James] Wilder, and have guys that can fill in and don’t skip a beat. As far as their offensive line goes, it’s probably going to be the best offensive line we see this year. They’re very athletic, can get to the second level, can run, so I mean it’s an exciting challenge for us, but it’s a very good offense.”

 

On assessing Kenny Tate’s role:

“All I can answer that question is from a perspective of this year. I feel we put him in the best position to make plays. Injuries are part of the game, and unfortunate that he has to play with lingering injuries. I believe we put him in the best position to make plays.”

 

On how detrimental Demetrius Hartsfield’s injury is to his chances of playing in the NFL:

“Obviously he won’t be able to do the Combine and some of those things because of the injury, but I’ve seen guys at the Combine that had injuries that people wanted to look at that injury specifically or just wanted to ask questions and interview the person and see what their football knowledge was. So, I don’t know, if somebody wants you and thinks you can play at that level, they’re going to take a chance. I think there’s plenty of stories of guys who got injured their senior year and got an opportunity. Will he be one of those? I don’t know, you’d have to talk to a scout or somebody to answer those questions. Again, it’s an unfortunate injury but if somebody wants to take a look at you they’ll do that.”

– Terps –

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Edsall unsure if Diggs, Brown will play Saturday for Terps

Posted on 13 November 2012 by WNST Staff

Quotes from Randy Edsall

Opening statement:

“Looking forward to Saturday because of a lot of different things, but most especially because it’s senior day for our 17 seniors who are playing their last home game here at Byrd stadium. It’s always a bitter-sweet day when that happens, but you know something that you’re very proud of those young men with what they’ve contributed and what they’ve learned here and then as they end up going on to future endeavors. Look forward to that and I know that we have a very good football team coming in in Florida State. You look at their numbers and their numbers really say it all in terms of where they’re ranked nationally defensively. Offensively a very talented football team and one that we are really going to have to prepare well for in order to have an opportunity to win.”

 

On if Shawn Petty was excited about switching from linebacker to quarterback

“Well he really had no choice. It wasn’t ‘Shawn do you want to do this?’ It was a ‘Shawn you’re gonna do it.’ So there was no choice when I talked to both he and Brian McMahon. But I think deep down in Shawn’s heart he always thought he was a quarterback and really relished the opportunity to go out there and play. And again, after the season is over we will evaluate where we go, knowing that we have guys coming back, we have guys coming in. But again, I just think that what Shawn has been asked to do is…just the more and more people that I talk to in this business and have been in the business longer than I have, they’ve never seen anything like it. For him to come and step in in the games that he has stepped in and will continue to play in just says a lot about who he is as a person and how tough a competitor he is, and just his willingness to do what’s best for the team. As a coach that’s what you appreciate and that’s what you’re trying to build in terms of your program is the team concept and whatever the team needs somebody to do, you want those guys to step in and do that. Shawn has done that for us, but I still think he’s going to be a pretty good linebacker.”

 

On how Devonte Campbell has fit in to the offense

“I think Devonte has played quite a bit for us this year because of the two tight-end package that we’ve played in. And again, just knowing Devonte’s background when I got here and having the opportunity to know him even better. You know, Devonte didn’t play a lot of football in high school, but to see the growth and development that I’ve seen in him the past two years has been on the upward curve. He’s gotten better, he’s worked at what we’ve asked him to work at, he goes out and practices hard. I just see a guy that is working to get better and has gotten better and can work to improve in areas. But I really like Devonte and because of his abilities, we’ve been able to do a lot of two tight-end packages because of his abilities and how he’s produced when he’s been in there.”

 

On the year Kevin Dorsey has had:

“Kevin hasn’t had the kind of year this year that I know he would like to have from a numbers standpoint I’m sure, but I appreciate Kevin from the standpoint of what he has done from a leadership standpoint and how he has gone out there each and every day and has practiced well and has worked with the young kids to help them come along. That’s when you’re an unselfish person when you do that. He’s a guy that takes a lot of pride in how he plays and how he prepares. I just wish he could have caught more balls this year, but he has done other things this year that has helped our team to be better. He’s always going to be a guy that I have a lot of great memories of.”

 

On what Stefon Diggs status is for Saturday:

“I really won’t know about Stefon or Wes [Brown] or any of those other guys until later in the week. We will see how they practice and if they practice here during the week, and then Thursday we will have the update. I’m hopeful that Wes and Stefon will be able to play, but again, you can only go by what you see in practice and how they respond to the injuries that they’ve had. Hopefully they’ll be out there. But like I said, I will have to wait until the end of the day Thursday to see where we are with them.”

 

On what it will take to beat Florida State:

“You can’t turn the ball over, that’s for sure. They’re very talented. You see thier defense, you take a look at it and see what they’ve done to people. The biggest thing that we have to do is not turn it over, be efficient with what we’re doing and make sure that we allow Shawn to be able to have time to throw the football. We’ve got to be able to run the ball. And then defensively, they’re very talented. They’ve got talented wide receivers. They’ve got talented running backs. E.J. Manuel is as good a quarterback as there is. And then in special teams, they are talented as well. The biggest thing is that we can’t make mistakes. We need to play a perfect game. If we want to have a chance to win, we’ve got to play a perfect game and get turnovers against them. That’s what we have to do.”

 

On Florida State quarterback E.J. Manuel:

“He’s a guy that has played for a few years now. He’s big. He’s strong. He’s got a good arm. He’s mobile. He’s got good people around him. He’s just one of those guys that has the ability to make plays. He can make plays with his feet or he can make plays with his arm.”

 

On Brad Craddock and the kicking competition:

“Every week since he had his problems earlier, I’ve had he and Brandon kick it against each other in the week. Last week, Brandon wasn’t very good and Brad was outstanding in practice. We decided to go with him based on the performance that we saw during the week in practice and he went out there and preformed. What he did on Saturday, that’s what we expect every time that he goes out there to kick. And I think he understands what he did wrong, the mechanics and the technique that didn’t allow him to kick as well as he would have liked to. He’s been practicing and working and hasn’t gotten down on himself and we haven’t lost any faith in him and he went out there and preformed. So we’ll see how this week goes. We kicked Sunday and we’ll kick tomorrow and we’ll kick Thursday and we’ll see where we are after Thursday. Because, you know, we chart all of that, between punts and kickoffs. And this week we told Nate Renfro, you know, we’ll have him and Brad have a kickoff in terms of the punting job to see who is more consistent. Because we have to average more in the punting game than what we are averaging right now.”

 

On how they have dealt with adversity and his outlook moving forward:

“You can see a team that is out there competing for 60 minutes. These are just lessons in life for these young men. We have gone through some things this year that you normally do not go through in football, but that is how life is. Sometimes someone in your family has a health issue or goes through general trials and tribulations, but what you have to understand is you are going to have tough times in your life, in school, and in football. It is how you deal with those tough times that determines who you are, and who you are as a team. I think anybody that watches this group of young men play, they can understand that this is a team of competitors who will go up against adversity. I think this is a program that sticks behind the guys who are playing and the best guy will play. I am more concerned with beating Florida State and the next team the following week than worrying about what has happened in the past. Since we had injuries last year to the defense and injuries this year to the offense, hopefully we have gone through the cycle and we won’t have injuries next year.”

 

On Florida State defensive lineman Cornelius Corradine:

“He is an outstanding player. The speed and athleticism of their defense is great. If you take care of one of their defensive ends they have another on the other side. Cornelius is very quick, very explosive and has good moves and you have to be very sounds and use good technique to be able to block him.”

 

On what the senior class has done over the past two years:

“The seniors this year have been very good. I think that these guys have really done a good job of heeding the message of what this program is about and what we want to do here. They might not get all of the wins that they would have liked, but the one thing that I think they should feel good about and be proud of is that they have really laid the foundation for what this program is going to be about going forward.”

 

On his hopes for the crowd this Saturday:

“I think that all the fans coming out has been great. I would love to see the place filled this weekend to pay respect to these seniors and also to this team for how they are battling and handling everything that has happened to them. These guys have come to work every day and they have done all of the things that we have asked them to do. That’s why I would like to see a sold-out place a great environment for this last home game.

 

“These players are just going out and playing each play like it is the last play they are ever going to play. For some of these guys, they have two games left in their careers and then it is over. The numbers are staggering: 2.4 percent of college football players go on to play professional football after college. If you have 100 guys on your roster, only maybe two players will go on to play football after their college career. The average lifespan of a player in the NFL is 3.3 years. A lot of players are not going to play long enough to get the pension that is received after three years.

 

“One of the great things about college football is the pageantry and the little things that you do for these kids. For example, as the season went on, we changed up the pregame introductions. It is really hard for these kids because of what they have to go through. They have two full-time jobs: they are students and they are athletes. They take classes all day long and come out with a degree from the University of Maryland, which presents them with such great opportunities. For these kids to go out and come to practice after that, it makes you really respect them and what they go through.

“That is why you want to see people out there in the stands to appreciate what these kids have done. It is always a sad day as a coach when you have that last home game. It gets emotional because of the attachment and ties that you build with these young men. The wins are always great, but when you can help make these young men better people, better students, and better athletes, and then to see them go out and play and get their degree and know that you played a role in that development and maturation, that is what it is all about. That is why senior day is a little emotional. You feel for these guys who have spent so much. Anybody that is out there is a competitor, but the end is growing near. Hopefully we can fill the place up and get a lot of fans out there because these kids have given everything that they have to make the program better and represent this institution in the best way possible on and off the field.”

 

- Terps -

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Maryland Hosts Duke Wednesday After Gary Williams Court Dedication

Posted on 25 January 2012 by WNST Staff

#8/6 Duke (16-3, 4-1) at Maryland (12-6, 2-2)
Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012 | 9 p.m. | Comcast Center
ESPN / ESPN3 | Terrapin Sports Radio Network

Maryland puts an eight-game home winning streak on the line in a battle with 6th-ranked Duke at Comcast Center. The Terrapins are tied for fifth place in the Atlantic Coast Conference with a 2-2 record, having won both games at home and lost both games on the road. The Blue Devils are ranked sixth in the coaches’ poll, eighth in the AP poll and are in a three-way tie with NC State and Florida State atop the league with a 4-1 mark. Both the Wolfpack and Seminoles have beaten the Terps this season.

Tonight’s game marks the public ceremony for the dedication of the Comcast Center court for longtime men’s head coach Gary Williams. Pregame ceremonies are scheduled to begin around 8:45 p.m. Tipoff is scheduled for 9:06 p.m.

Maryland will be attempting to snap a three-game losing streak to Duke, having dropped all three games with the Blue Devils last season (including the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament). The Terrapins’ last win over the Blue Devils was a 79-72 triumph on 3/3/2010 in Comcast Center. Duke has also won nine of the last 10 in the series.

Senior guard Sean Mosley is closing on a number of milestones in his Maryland career. Long noted for his all-around versatility, Mosley could become one of only eight Terps in school history to record 1,000 points (now with 960), 500 rebounds (now with 513), 200 assists (now with 232) and 120 steals (now with 132). A full chart of the previous seven players to have this combination is on page 3.

Sophomore guard Terrell Stoglin continues to lead the ACC in scoring with a 21.2 points-per-game average. Stoglin now has a league-best 13 games with at least 20 points, with the Terrapins going 9-4 in those games. He ranked fifth in the nation in scoring through Sunday’s games.

Scouting the Blue Devils

Duke, the sixth-ranked team in the country, is 16-3 overall and 4-1 in the ACC… The Blue Devils are coming off their first conference loss, a 76-73 home defeat to Florida State that snapped a 45-game home winning streak.

Freshman Austin Rivers earned his fourth ACC Rookie of the Week honor last week and leads the team in scoring at 14.4 ppg… Rivers is one of three Blue Devils shooting at least 40 percent from 3-point range – Rivers is hitting at a .400 mark, junior guard Andre Dawkins is shooting .419 and junior forward Ryan Kelly is shooting .460.

Duke leads the ACC and in field-goal percentage (.492) and 3-point field-goal percentage (.409), marks that respectively rank 13th and seventh nationally… The Blue Devils are also first in the ACC with 8.2 3-point FGs per game – in addition to Rivers, Dawkins and Kelly, junior guard Seth Curry has made 32 of 83 (.386) 3-pointers this season.

Those four, along with junior forward Mason Plumlee, are all averaging double figures in scoring… Plumlee is shooting 61 percent from the field, averaging 11.2 ppg and 9.3 rebounds per game, which ranks third in the conference.

Upcoming

The Terrapins returns home for two games, playing host to Duke on Wednesday, 1/25 on the night when Gary Williams Court is dedicated and Virginia Tech on Saturday, 1/28…

Following a trip to Miami on 2/1, the Terps then return home to face nationally ranked North Carolina on 2/4…

The Terps will then play five of their next seven on the road… Maryland has only three home games and six road contests in February.

Gary Williams Court

University President Wallace Loh announced in September 2011 the floor at Comcast Center would be dedicated in Gary Williams’ name. The unveiling occurred at a private event on Monday, with the public unveiling coming in pregame ceremonies on Wednesday.

  • Williams retired from Maryland with a 461-252 record in 22 seasons, as the winningest coach in school history.
  • He took Maryland to two Final Fours, including the NCAA national championship in 2002.
  • Maryland made 14 NCAA Tournament appearances, reaching the Sweet Sixteen seven times. Eleven of those trips came in consecutive seasons, ranging from 1994 through 2004.
  • Williams was national coach of the year in 2002 and ACC Coach of the Year in 2002 and 2010.
  • When he retired, Williams was fifth among active coaches at the time with a 668-330 (.637) record overall in 33 seasons.
  • Williams has been involved with a number of development initiatives across campus, including serving as co-chair of the scholarship portion of the Great Expectations campaign.

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Maryland Faces Tough Test Tuesday Night at FSU

Posted on 17 January 2012 by WNST Staff

Maryland (12-4, 2-1) at Florida State (11-6, 2-1)
Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012 | 9 p.m. | Tucker Center, Tallahassee, Fla.
ESPNU | Terrapin Sports Radio Network

  • Maryland takes the momentum off back-to-back wins in the Atlantic Coast Conference to Tallahassee for a Tuesday-night matchup with Florida State. The game matches teams with identical 2-1 records in the league standings, part of a five-way tie behind league-leading Duke. Both the Terrapins and Seminoles have won their last two straight.
  • The Terrapins are playing their second game in three days, as they beat Georgia Tech at home, 61-50, on Sunday afternoon. The Terps were on a plane at 4:30 p.m. Monday on the way to Tallahassee for the 9 p.m. tipoff against FSU. Maryland faces a similar turnaround in mid-February when it plays at home against Boston College (2/16) and heads to Virginia for a 2/18 afternoon game.
  • Maryland has won nine of its last 10 games, with the lone loss in that stretch being a 79-74 defeat at NC State on 1/8 in the ACC opener. Prior to the loss to the Wolfpack, the Terrapins had won seven straight. The Terps have turned up the defensive pressure of late, holding their last eight opponents to .403 shooting from the floor, a .289 mark from 3-point range and a 63.9 ppg scoring average.
  • Senior guard Sean Mosley had an outstanding outing Sunday in the win over Georgia Tech. He scored 16 of his game-high 18 points in the second half, including the final seven Maryland points. His clutch 3-pointer with 3:08 left came after Tech had pulled within four points. Mosley went 10-for-10 at the free-throw line against the Yellow Jackets, marking the 19th time in school history a Terp had been perfect from the line with at least 10 attempts.
  • Free throws have been increasingly important to Maryland of late. The Terrapins have outscored their opponents at the line 13 times in 16 games and are 12-1 in those 13 games.

    Scouting the Seminoles

  • After a 90-57 win over then-No. 3 North Carolina on Saturday, Florida State has an 11-6 overall record including 2-1 in the ACC and 9-1 at home…
  • The Seminoles are a strong defensive team, as they lead the conference in field goal percentage defense (.361), blocks (6.8 bpg) and steals (8.8 spg)… Though North Carolina leads the ACC in scoring offense averaging 85.2 ppg, Florida State held the Tar Heels to 57 points on .373 shooting.
  • Deividas Dulkys led the way in Florida State’s win over North Carolina by pouring in 32 points on 12-of-14 shooting, earning ACC Player of the Week honors… The senior guard knocked down 8 of 10 3-pointers and also had four steals as the Seminoles forced 22 Tar Heel turnovers.
  • Leading scorer Michael Snaer is averaging 13.2 ppg and had 17 against North Carolina.
  • Bernard James, a 6-foot-10 senior forward, is averaging 10.1 ppg, 9.1 rpg and is shooting .573 from the field… James’ 2.3 blocks per game rank fourth in the ACC and he is third in the conference in offensive rebounding at 3.5 rpg, behind James Padgett and North Carolina’s Tyler Zeller…
  • 6-foot-11 forward/center Xavier Gibson joins James in the FSU starting frontcourt and is chipping in 7.6 ppg and 5.3 rpg.

    Upcoming

    Maryland faces its last non-conference matchup of the regular season on Saturday, 1/21 against Temple in The Palestra…

    The Terrapins return home for two games the next week, playing host to Duke on Wednesday, 1/25 on the night when Gary Williams Court is dedicated and Virginia Tech on Saturday, 1/28…

    Maryland has only three home games and six road contests in the month of February.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 18 October 2011 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Boxing-Nonito Donaire vs. Omar Narvaez (Saturday 10:30pm from New York live on HBO); Soccer: MLS-Portland Timbers @ DC United (Wednesday 8pm from RFK Stadium live on Comcast SportsNet), Sporting Kansas City @ DC United (Saturday 7:30pm from RFK Stadium live on Comcast SportsNet PLUS); College Soccer: Penn State @ UMBC (Wednesday 7pm Retriever Soccer Park); Mixed Martial Arts: Bellator Fighting Championships 55 (Saturday 9pm from Yuma, AZ live on MTV2); High School Football: Perry Hall @ Woodlawn (Friday 7pm), Dunbar @ Poly (7pm), Archbishop Spalding @ Calvert Hall (7pm); Rugby World Cup Bronze Medal Match: Wales vs. Australia (Friday 3:30am from Auckland, New Zealand live on Universal Sports), Final: France vs. New Zealand (Sunday 3pm from Auckland, New Zealand on NBC); Canadian Football League: Montreal Alouettes @ Winnipeg Blue Bombers (Saturday 3pm from Winnipeg live on NFL Network)

10. Dirty Heads/Gym Class Heroes (Tuesday 7pm Rams Head Live), Jayhawks (Thursday 7pm Rams Head Live), Ani Difranco (Saturday 7pm Rams Head Live), New Found Glory (Sunday 5:30pm Rams Head Live), Mat Kearney (Monday 7pm Rams Head Live); Mike Posner (Thursday 7pm Recher Theatre); J Cole (Thursday 7pm Baltimore Soundstage); Blind Boys of Alabama (Tuesday 8pm Rams Head on Stage), Stephen Stills (Wednesday 8pm Rams Head on Stage), Dick Dale (Saturday 12:30pm Rams Head on Stage), Little River Band (Monday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Jason Isbell (Friday 10pm 9:30 Club), Taking Back Sunday (Saturday 11pm 9:30 Club); Wale (Saturday 7pm Fillmore Silver Spring); “Weird Al” Yankovic (Wednesday 8pm Warner Theatre), Jackson Browne (Sunday 7pm Warner Theatre); India.Arie (Saturday 8pm Strathmore); Martina McBride (Sunday 7pm France-Merrick Performing Arts Center at the Hippodrome); Coldplay “Mylo Xyloto, Jane’s Addiction “The Great Escape Artist” available on iTunes/in stores (Tuesday); Pearl Jam 20 available on DVD (Tuesday)

I’ve had my ass kicked a bit over not being more familiar with the Jayhawks until recently. They’re quite good…

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The name Dick Dale might not mean a lot to you, but if you listen to “The Reality Check” on AM1570 WNST.net (and why wouldn’t you?), you’d be familiar with the theme to “Totally Tubular.” (Someone will yell at me for not also noting that Dick Dale is one of the greatest surf guitarists of all time. I’ve handled that now.)…

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The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg introduced me to Jason Isbell (of Drive-By Truckers fame) perhaps without even realizing he had. I’m thankful.

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I’d love to be like the rest of the world and just make fun of Coldplay, but DAMN they make good music…

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9. Brad Garrett (Thursday 6pm & 9pm Rams Head on Stage); Lewis Black (Saturday 8pm Lyric Opera House Sunday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Paul Mooney (Thursday-Saturday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Dave Attell (Thursday-Sunday DC Improv); Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tide” and “Bad Teacher” available on DVD/Blu-Ray (Tuesday); Maryland Renaissance Festival final weekend (Saturday & Sunday RennFest Fairgrounds Crownsville)

There are few people in the world that GENUINELY make me laugh. Lewis Black is one of those people. (Language NSFW…unless you work in Lewis Black’s office of course.)

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The #Occupy15-7-0 Campaign Hasn’t Really Caught On Yet

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The #Occupy15-7-0 Campaign Hasn’t Really Caught On Yet

Posted on 17 October 2011 by Glenn Clark

You know how it works. 15 positive football observations, 7 “not so” positive football observations and one “oh no” moment from outside the world of football.

(As a reminder, we don’t do Baltimore Ravens analysis here. We do PLENTY of that elsewhere. This is about the rest of the world of football.)

15 Positive Observations…

1. After beating Old Dominion in miraculous fashion, I understand why Towson Coach Rob Ambrose’s first comment was “Oh my God!”

If you’re not aware, the Tigers topped ODU after trailing by 11 points late in the fourth quarter. They recovered an onside kick and then completed the miracle when QB Grant Enders found WR Tom Ryan for a 63 yard TD on 4th and 29.

Impossible?

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This season his been crazy for Towson football. I’m more and more surprised they didn’t win in College Park.

2. The Green Bay Packers are so good that even when they’re not very good they win.

Seriously, the defending Super Bowl champs (and last remaining undefeated team) did absolutely NOTHING in the second half. No matter, they had already ensured themselves a blowout victory.

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Yes, that WAS AJ Hawk flipping off his own sideline. I don’t get it either.

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3. I’ll assume Michael Turner’s big performance Sunday came because he heard I had picked the Atlanta Falcons to win the Super Bowl before the season.

But it’s not as though I feel any more comfortable about my chances of being right.

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I liked Cam Newton’s Deion Sanders dance. I would assume Panthers fans would prefer that he win games. He will.

4. I’m keeping Kellen Moore and Trent Richardson just ahead of Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson in my Heisman Trophy watch. (Landry Jones is now 5th for me if you’re scoring at home).

I’m sure this keeps you up at night. Russell Wilson had the best highlight of the weekend in Wisconsin’s blowout win over Indiana…

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Trent Richardson had both the best game of his career and perhaps the best juke of all time in Alabama’s win over Ole Miss…

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But I put Kellen Moore at the top of the list a few weeks ago and he hasn’t done anything to make me change my mind. Certainly not in Boise State’s blowout win over Colorado State…

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Luck was great again in Stanford’s big win over Washington State, but he might have been upstaged by teammate Ty Montgomery…

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Landry Jones should probably not be making his first appearance in my Top 5. Hey, it’s my list jerks. He was really good in Oklahoma’s win over Kansas…

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5. So let me get this straight. Ryan Tannehill was a great receiver, now he’s a great quarterback and he might go on to be an orthopedic surgeon? I wish I had one skill.

Tannehill threw four TD’s to Ryan Swope alone in Texas A&M’s big win over Baylor Saturday…

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In the loss, Bears QB Robert Griffin III…I don’t know how to describe this. I’m just glad Gus Johnson called it…

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Elsewhere in the Big 12, Oklahoma State and Texas traded kickoff return TD’s. And otherwise the Cowboys kicked the Longhorns’ asses…

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6. The New York Giants got a nice win over the Buffalo Bills. How the hell did they lose to the Seattle Seahawks last week?

It wasn’t a good 4th quarter for Drayton Florence…

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But really, they lost to the Seahawks last week. How in the hell is that possible?

7. Attention Tom Brady: We get it. You’re good at quarterbacking.

He came up with a big time throw to Aaron Hernandez to help the New England Patriots beat the Dallas Cowboys…

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By law, we’ll all be talking about Tony Romo on Monday instead of anything that happened in the game. Right up until we remember Tim Tebow is playing again next weekend.

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The 15-7-0 Wants To Kick Floyd Mayweather’s Ass Too…

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The 15-7-0 Wants To Kick Floyd Mayweather’s Ass Too…

Posted on 19 September 2011 by Glenn Clark

You know how it works. 15 positive football observations, 7 “not so” positive football observations and one “oh no” moment from outside the world of football.

You might be able to guess what it is.

(As a reminder, we don’t do Ravens analysis here. We do PLENTY of that elsewhere. This is about the rest of the world of football.)

15 Positive Observations…

1. Navy won’t want to hear it, but they SHOULD take a moral victory from their loss to South Carolina

I get it. No one likes moral victories. But the Midshipmen went to Columbia, faced a completely legit Top 10 Gamecocks team and had them on their heels throughout.

Unfortunately for the Mids, they didn’t have Marcus Lattimore. He’s apparently pretty good…

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2. Tom Brady and Drew Brees are good at football. Why doesn’t anyone ever talk about them?

I feel like everyone’s always talking about stars like Bruce Gradkowski and Alex Smith. Why doesn’t anyone ever talk about the little guys in New England and New Orleans?

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I of course picked San Diego to beat the Patriots. But really, what the eff do I know about football anyway?

If you enjoy watching fat men run (and who doesn’t?), have another look at Vince Wilfork’s interception…

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3. Since appearing on WNST, Baltimore native Jim Schwartz has seen his Detroit Lions outscore their opponents 48-3

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Of course that’s because the Mt. St. Joe grad joined Drew Forrester on “The Morning Reaction” Friday before the Lions put the 45 point pounding on the Kansas City Chiefs.

Also this weekend Justin Verlander won his 24th game and the Detroit Tigers clinched the AL Central. In Charm City this weekend we watched the Ravens lose to the Titans and we have no freaking clue what the Orioles might have done.

Am I really feeling jealousy towards the Motor City?

4. I’m gonna go ahead and stop picking against Boise State now

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In three games this season, I’ve picked Boise State to lose twice. I thought a SEC power like Georgia would teach them a lesson in Atlanta. I thought an upstart like Toledo would pull the stunner at home after nearly toppling Ohio State.

Look, we call my picks segment “Everybody Beats Glenn” for a reason.

5. Jesse Holley is the greatest* Wide Receiver to ever win a TV reality show

If you don’t know the story, Jesse Holley won Michael Irvin’s SpikeTV reality show “4th & Long” to get a spot in Dallas Cowboys Training Camp. He went from that to the practice squad, from the practice squad to the active roster, from the active roster to making his first NFL catch, from making his first NFL catch to coming within a foot of beating the 49ers…

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…from coming within a foot of beating the 49ers to holding a celebration that I believe is still going on at this moment.

Oh yeah, Tony Romo played this game with a fractured rib. We’re not going to talk about that though because it doesn’t involve him humping Jessica Simpson. (But it should!)

6. The Buffalo Bills are all that’s right with America…or something like that

I have no idea if the Bills are any good, but Ryan Fitzpatrick is fun to watch and I can support the idea of the Oakland Raiders losing.

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The Bills have more wins thus far this season than Lee Evans does. Chew on that.

7. Oklahoma was about as much better than Florida State as everyone thought they were

Why don’t my teams ever make plays like the one Sooners QB Landry Jones and WR Kenny Stills made the other night?

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Will FSU’s Rodney Hudson’s College Success Translate in NFL?

Posted on 31 March 2011 by Brian Billick

Florida State lineman, Rodney Hudson, was a unanimous firs team All-American and is quite possibly the most decorated lineman in ACC history.  When I evaluate him as a prospect, I tend to believe that he can be just as successful in the NFL.  Hudson’s size of 6’2 3/8 and only 299 pounds at the combine, is really my only true concern.

Hudson has an excellent week at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama.  He dominated in one-on-one pass protection drills, and shined in the 11-on-11 team sessions throughout the week of practice.  He has tremendously quick and nimble feet that continue to chop while engaged with a defender.  While his quick feet are impressive, his hands are even faster.  He shot his hand inside on the numbers first every time, giving himself a total advantage off the snap of the ball.  He uses those inside hands to control the defender and influence him opposite the direction of the play.  Hudson also shows great field awareness in the interior stunt game that defensive lineman use to throw off timing and traditional blocking schemes.  He stuns one defender to pass him off to either the center or tackle, and is always in position to block the next defender that flashes in his gap.  I would like to see him work on his balance and fight the urge to bend at the waist.  He also needs to become more comfortable getting to the second level and maintain that same athleticism that he shows on the line of scrimmage.

Like the other top interior lineman in this draft, Hudson has the versatility to play both guard and center in the NFL.  With his overall body of work and skill-set, I think he be a great value pick for a team in the late second round.

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Thursday 3-Pointer: 2011 Yanks- Underdogs and Overlords, Niets No Longer & Talking Terps and Tourney

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Thursday 3-Pointer: 2011 Yanks- Underdogs and Overlords, Niets No Longer & Talking Terps and Tourney

Posted on 24 February 2011 by Thyrl Nelson

Thursday 3-Pointer

 #1 – 2011 Yankees: Underdogs and Overlords

 

A lot of things can come to pass over the course of a 162-game baseball season, but I’m having a hard time adapting to this perception of the Yankees cast as underdogs in the AL East. Perhaps the off-season realization that pinstripes don’t always sell themselves and that some people (even modern ballplayers) still value some things more than money isn’t sitting well with a team who has handed out more than their fair share of blank checks in recent seasons. Although the Yanks clearly aren’t as improved as the Red Sox since the end of last season, they’re still a 1/5 billion dollar juggernaut and a force to be reckoned with, regardless of their own futile attempts to make us believe otherwise.

 

If the Yanks do have one thing potentially working against them going forward, it may be the seemingly cumbersome oversight of the team by Hank Steinbrenner, whose mid-eighties King George act has only seemed to pick up steam in the months since his father’s passing. Never shy about taking shots across the bow at the opposition, after a round of contentious off-season negotiations with Derek Jeter, and another with CC Sabathia probably looming on the horizon, Prince Hank has turned his ire toward his own team and their front office of late too…a la 80′s George.

 

One thing’s for sure, Hank’s not George. For now though it appears that he’s working like mad at trying to be, which could mean opportunities ahead for their AL East contemporaries. It arguably wasn’t until George himself was forcibly removed from Yankees operations at the behest of Major League Baseball that the organization finally found the breathing room needed to be champions again. We’ll see if it takes as drastic a circumstance to make Hank realize the same.

 

#2 – Niets No More

 

Once the highly anticipated Carmelo Anthony trade took place on Monday, it seemed a safe bet that any other movement set to take place would pale by comparison and largely be an afterthought. That of course changed with the surprising announcement on Wednesday that the Nets had acquired the services of All-Star point guard Deron Williams from the Utah Jazz.

 

Call them the Niets no more…the New Jersey Nets, seemingly having learned their lesson after the speculation and disappointment surrounding their bid for Carmelo Anthony did a great job at keeping this one under wraps until it was done, and in Williams they have gotten a difference maker, and facilitator that will immediately help get Brook Lopez game back on track, and should provide compelling reasons for future free agents to consider New Jersey or Brooklyn.

 

After Jerry Sloan’s departure in the midst of his 23rd season just a couple of weeks ago, apparently at least partially due to a rift with his star point guard, it seemed that the team had chosen the young guard over the old coach, and put the aftermath to bed. If nothing else the trade indicates that the team likely wasn’t feeling the same amount of love in return from their playmaker.

 

It also appears that Utah wasn’t willing to go through the day-in day-out drama next season that they saw the Nuggets having to deal with this year. Conspiracy theorists may also conclude that the uncertain nature of impending collective bargaining and the likelihood that the 2011-12 season may not go off as planned may have compelled the Jazz also to act now, while the getting was good.

 

No sooner did the news of the trade break than speculation began to abound about the potential return of Sloan to the Jazz now that Williams is no longer an issue. I’d have to guess no. Regardless of Sloan’s reasoning in leaving as he did, he denied reports that Williams was the issue and remained protective of both the player and team on his way out the door. I doubt he’d do a 180 on that stance. What’s more, Sloan’s replacement Tyrone Corbin was an internal promotion from Sloan’s staff, and a player that worked under Sloan for a few seasons as well. The Jazz made no bones from the day of his promotion that interim was not a part of his title. I doubt the former coach or the team would sweep the rug out from under Corbin this quickly. And lastly, without Williams it remains to be seen how the Jazz move forward. Derrick Favors has lots of legitimate upside but joins and already crowded Jazz frontcourt. Devin Harris has big shoes to fill, we’ll see if he’ up to the task. And who knows what the team will make of their draft picks? At least for now, it’s a step back for Utah that Sloan wouldn’t likely be excited about jumping back in with.

 

#3 – Talking Terps & Tourney

 

The Terps took the next logical step in attempting to solidify a respectable tournament resume with a win over Florida State on Wednesday. With 3 games remaining on their conference schedule, the most important and most dangerous looks to be the next, coming on Sunday at Chapel Hill. A win against the Tarheels would provide the Terps with their only signature caliber win before they put their case before the NCAA Tournament selection committee. It would also keep them on track to finish conference play with a 10-6 record, and a legitimate shot at a top 4 seed in the conference tourney, giving them a shot at one of the conference’s lower echelon teams and a pseudo-bye in the first round, seemingly providing more fodder to impress the committee.

 

The Terps sure had their fair share of respectable showings against legitimate competition in the early part of the season, but those likely won’t gain them much favor with the committee. What will though is a spirited run through the remainder of conference play and into the conference tourney. As susceptible as the rest of the conference has been all season, a run through the ACC tourney wouldn’t be out of the question, and would put any bubble issues to bed as well.

 

What’s certain about this team of late though, is that they aren’t the same team that played good teams close early on, nor are they the same club that dropped a few disappointing games in conference to teams that they arguably should have beaten. No, as young and frenetic as these Terps are, they remain a work in progress. In the last month or so, Pe’Shon Howard has shown a willingness to take and make the big shot, with a propensity to drive into traffic and find open shooters or finishers in the lane. Terrell Stoglin has unleashed the quickest first step seemingly since Steve Francis and is evolving quickly into an adept scorer with other components of his game playing catch up. And how can you ignore the recent growth of Dino Gregory? I’ve said a number of times that Gregory’s athleticism is both encouraging and frustrating. While it has been impressive at times, those times were too few and far between to be overly encouraged about. Recently though, Gregory has unveiled a mid-range game that will have to make opposing frontcourts think twice about stacking the lane to deny Jordan Williams.

 

In open space Gregory looks much more comfortable than he has at the rim this season. And in February these Terps look much more comfortable in their own skin than they did just a month ago. It’s encouraging to think what both might look like once March comes around…and beyond perhaps.

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Maryland’s tournament hopes still alive after 78-62 win over FSU

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Maryland’s tournament hopes still alive after 78-62 win over FSU

Posted on 24 February 2011 by Luke Jones

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — If their NCAA tournament chances were flatlining following back-to-back road losses to Boston College and Virginia Tech, the Terps discovered a pulse, if only a faint one, on Wednesday night.

Five Maryland players reached double-digit scoring, and the Terps held Florida State to just 39 percent shooting in the second half to seize a convincing 78-62 win over the Seminoles, their first win over a top-50 RPI school this season.

It was the type of performance Gary Williams was waiting for all season despite an ominous start to the evening at Comcast Center.

With the “Wall” nearly empty at tip-off (see below) and not filling much more during the game, the veteran coach was clearly displeased with the lack of student support — evident in his post-game comments thanking those in attendance for “not giving up” and pointing out negativity in the student newspaper.

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Williams couldn’t have felt much better when the Seminoles sprung out to a 9-2 lead two minutes into the game with all points coming from the sharp-shooting Deividas Dulkys. The opening looked and felt like the disastrous 12-0 start against Virginia Tech last month, a game in which the Terps never found the energy or effort to make it competitive in a 17-point home loss.

Instead of sleepwalking as it did against the Hokies, Maryland awoke from the early lapse to answer Florida State’s high-energy level in what amounted to a frenetic first half before the Terps overwhelmed the Seminoles after intermission, outscoring them, 40-25. Defensively, the Terps (18-10, 7-6 ACC) held Florida State to 39 percent shooting in the second half to complete one of its best all-around performances of the season.

“Guys are getting comfortable with each other,” said Williams, who labeled his team’s man-to-man defense in the second half the finest it had played in awhile. “It takes time. Landon [Milbourne], Eric Hayes and Greivis [Vasquez] were four-year seniors [last year]. Now we’ve got three freshmen out there some of the time. It’s a little different.”

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Whether the gelling of this team has come too late remains to be seen, but the Terps took a step toward the postseason bubble — they’re not there yet — with a win over the third-place team in the ACC.

Chris Singleton or not — Florida State was without its leading scorer for the second straight game after the junior broke his right foot against Virginia on Feb. 12 — this was a big one for a Maryland team needing a quality win for both its hollow tournament resume and confidence with March quickly approaching.

Florida State entered the game leading the country in field-goal percentage defense, but Maryland shot 51 percent from the field, becoming only the second team to reach the 50-percent mark against the Seminoles this season. The Terps did it without a dominating performance from Jordan Williams, who still earned his 21st double-double of the year with 11 points and 11 rebounds.

After searching all season for a consistent scoring option behind the sophomore star, freshman Terrell Stoglin turned in a strong 17-point performance — 14 coming in the second half — but was only one of four other Terps (Dino Gregory, Adrian Bowie, and Sean Mosley the others) to contribute double digits to the point total. Maryland also went 7-for-14 from 3-point range after attempting only one shot from beyond the arc in Sunday’s win over North Carolina State.

The balanced effort certainly builds confidence as the Terps are now faced with a trip to Chapel Hill to challenge No. 19 North Carolina on Sunday night. A win over the Tar Heels would propel Maryland back into the NCAA tournament discussion, which is about as much as the Terps can ask for at this stage.

“This [win] definitely builds our confidence,” said Jordan Williams, who passed the 600-rebound mark for his career and joined Joe Smith as only the second Terp to reach the plateau as a sophomore. “North Carolina is a great team with a great coach. We are excited for the challenge.”

A tall challenge it will be as Maryland has a final attempt to beat a top-25 opponent in the regular season. Of course, the Terps have found themselves knocking loudly for a big victory several times this the season.

Only to smash their fingers in the door at the worst possible time.

Though a win seems unlikely, Sunday’s meeting with the Tar Heels is the kind of game Gary Williams has managed to win many times throughout his distinguished career.

Left for dead a little over a week ago, Maryland is suddenly playing like a team that doesn’t want to settle for the NIT.

“We’re a better team now,” Gary Williams said. “I knew it would be a process this year. It takes time to develop a team. I think we’re laying the groundwork here with this year’s team for very good things to happen in the future, but we want to win as many games as we can this year.”

The Terps still have a long way to go to even think about the bubble, their body of work, or their RPI (a modest 85th entering Wednesday night’s game), but they inched a step closer to the discussion with a win over one of the better teams in the conference.

And for now, that’s all Gary Williams and the Terps can do.

An even larger step will be available Sunday night.

NOTES: Maryland is 7-0 against the Seminoles in Comcast Center. … Williams’ double-double left him one shy of the single-season school record set by Len Elmore (22) in 1974. … Stoglin is averaging 19.2 points per game over his last five contests and has made 23 of 24 free throws in his last three games. … Gregory’s 14 points gave him double-digit scoring for the fifth consecutive game. … Five Terps reached double-digit scoring for the fourth time in the last five games. The exception was Sunday’s win over NC State when Maryland had four players in double figures.

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