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Glenn’s Drew’s Morning Dish: Incoming Terps better be as good as advertised

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Glenn’s Drew’s Morning Dish: Incoming Terps better be as good as advertised

Posted on 09 April 2014 by Glenn Clark

(Glenn’s Drew’s morning Dish is brought to you to by Koons Baltimore Ford. Unless they don’t want it to be.)

Since I’m in for Drew Forrester (with Luke Jones) on The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction today, I figured I wouldn’t hold back.

(As you read this, just remember that Drew is currently no more than three to four feet from Jim Nantz and will almost certainly not leave that space for the next 16 hours.)

As you probably heard Tuesday, there was a “mass exodus” of sorts from the University of Maryland basketball program. Roddy Peters, Nick Faust and Shaquille Cleare all chose to transfer out of coach Mark Turgeon’s program, depleting a roster than would have been the deepest of Turgeon’s era.

Reaction from Terrapins fans and those around the program was at least a bit mixed. This Twitter response to the news from WNST listener Sam Bruck was not uncommon from those in the Maryland fan base…

Meanwhile former Maryland G Terrell Stoglin had some very different thoughts about his former coach and former teammate (Faust)…


I talked to Stoglin Tuesday night about Turgeon off the record, I’m hoping we’ll be able to connect with him in Italy on Wednesday’s show. I reached out to Faust but didn’t hear back (I did briefly speak with his father) and I didn’t bother trying to get in touch with Turgeon after reading the incredibly vague comments he gave the Washington Post about all three players Tuesday night.

At 6am Wednesday, I’m forced to tell you that I can’t say with certainty what happened with the three players who chose to transfer out of the Maryland basketball program Tuesday.

I’m not sure that matters though. Having been around the program and having talked to others around the program it doesn’t seem like it would be hard to do some reasonable deductions.

Faust has been moved from role to role during his three years in College Park. The former City College standout has played at both the two and three as well as spending part of the 2012-2013 season at the point. Just this past season he mostly came off the bench to provide a defensive presence for the Terps while still getting mostly starters minutes. While Faust’s defense made him more valuable than most Maryland fans will want to admit, his inconsistent shooting and puzzling basketball IQ decisions lead to him never really living up to his expectations as a top recruit.

Faust won’t be graduating in time to avoid sitting out a year via transfer but could be capable of making a Danny Miller-like move and offering some role player help to a team in need of veteran assistance at a high level in 2015-16.

Cleare was also a highly sought after big man recruit out of Texas, but had only recently started playing the game after growing up in the Bahamas. Cleare struggled to adapt to the college level and never showed signs of consistency in his two seasons. You can only imagine he’ll be transferring down a level to try to develop further against lesser competition.

Peters is the most surprising and frustrating of the group, as he was considered a major pickup after Turgeon couldn’t land Kentucky stars Aaron and Andrew Harrison. Peters came to Maryland in large part because of the work former assistant Dalonte Hill put in during his recruitment. After Hill departed Maryland and Peters struggled to see the floor in his freshman campaign, it seems logical that he’ll look for a fresh start-also likely at a major program-in 2015.

Some will see three players depart a program and consider it a “mutiny” of sorts. Some will say Turgeon doesn’t have control of his own program. Some will say it’s further evidence he won’t be able to succeed at Maryland. With the defections coming at the same time Turgeon’s top assistant (Scott Spinelli) appears ready to depart, it’s easy to understand why those statements will be made.

I don’t know what’s going to happen in the rest of Mark Turgeon’s tenure at Maryland, but I know he isn’t going anywhere. Turgeon is under contract for five more seasons and even the new Big Ten Network money infusing the athletic department won’t be enough for a firing to even be considered this year or next.

In the meantime, there’s still reason for hope.

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Faust, Peters, Cleare all transferring from Maryland

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Faust, Peters, Cleare all transferring from Maryland

Posted on 08 April 2014 by Glenn Clark

Rising senior wing Nick Faust (City), rising sophomore point guard Roddy Peters (Suitland) and rising junior big man Shaquille Cleare have all been granted releases from their scholarships and will transfer from the University of Maryland, head coach Mark Turgeon announced Tuesday.

Faust averaged 9.4 points, 3.7 rebounds and two assists per game in 2014 and was named the team’s top defensive player at their end of season banquet. He played in 102 games for the Terrapins over his three seasons (making 66 starts). Faust was originally recruited to Maryland by Gary Williams’ staff but was considered a priority by Turgeon and re-committed in large part due to his relationship with assistant coach Bino Ranson, who was retained after the coaching change.

Peters averaged just over four points and two assists in his freshman campaign last year after joining the Terps as a highly touted recruit from the DC area. Peters’ commitment came in large part because of the work former Turgeon assistant Dalonte Hill did in recruiting. Cleare averaged just three points and 2.5 rebounds during his sophomore season and has been considered a disappointment after being a highly coveted recruit from the Houston area.

“I really enjoyed coaching Nick, Shaq and Roddy,” Turgeon said in a statement. “It is unfortunate that they will no longer be a part of the program. I wish them the very best in their future endeavors.”

There had been rumors that Cleare and Faust were considering transfers for weeks after the end of the Terrapins’ season. Peters is the only “surprise” of the group, but he did not develop the way many expected during the course of his freshman campaign and his relationship with Hill could certainly have played a role in the decision.

All three players also appeared to be in risk of losing minutes in 2014-2015 due to a regarded class of incoming freshman. Incoming PG Romelo Trimble was expected to compete for a starting job early on, leaving Peters’ playing time at least somewhat in doubt. Incoming guards Dion Wiley and Jared Nickens could compete for playing time behind rising senior Dez Wells and rising juniors Seth Allen and Jake Layman at the wing positions. Cleare would have been battling for playing time against incoming freshman Trayvon Reed and Michal Cekovsky as well as rising junior Charles Mitchell, rising senior Evan Smotrycz and rising sophomore Damonte Dodd.

Rising senior F Jonathan Graham (Calvert Hall) and rising senior G Varun Ram were also on scholarship in 2013-2014, they could fill out Maryland’s available scholarships for 2014-2015 or Mark Turgeon could continue recruiting incoming freshmen or potential transfers.

While depth could have played a role in the Terps’ decisions to transfer, Maryland will be counting on freshmen to play major roles next season. The Terps will have just five players on the roster who have played significant roles previously at the college level in Wells, Allen, Layman, Smotrcz and Mitchell.

NOTE: ESPN.com’s Jeff Goodman reported Tuesday that new Boston College coach Jim Christian is indeed “on the verge” of hiring Maryland assistant Scott Spinelli as reports had indicated he would Monday.

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Maryland plays final regular season ACC game Sunday against Virginia

Posted on 08 March 2014 by WNST Staff

No. 5 Virginia (25-5, 16-1 ACC) at Maryland (16-14, 8-9 ACC)

Maryland plays its final ACC regular season game in history Sunday at noon as it takes on conference regular season champion No. 5 Virginia. It marks the Terps’ third game against a top-5 opponent in six games.

Watch: CBS – Marv Albert (Play-by-Play), Steve Kerr (Analyst)

Listen: Terrapin Sports Radio Network - Johnny Holliday (Play-by-Play), Chris Knoche (Analyst), Walt Williams(Sideline); Sirius/XM 91

Fans are reminded to account for traffic when driving to the game, as the contest is a sellout!

Storylines

• The Terps have played the Cavaliers more than any school in their program’s history. Maryland is 106-74 in 180 meetings all-time against Virginia, including a formidable 63-24 home mark.

• Sophomore Jake Layman scored 13 points and junior Dez Wells added 11 as the Terps moved to 6-2 at home in ACC play with a 64-47 victory over Virginia Tech Tuesday. It was the first time Maryland has held an ACC opponent under 50 points since defeating Virginia, 66-42, on Jan. 27, 2011 at John Paul Jones Arena.

• Maryland was highly efficient offensively against the Hokies Tuesday, dishing 18 assists and totaling just five turnovers. It was the first time the Terps committed five turnovers or less in a game since Feb. 14, 1998 against top-ranked North Carolina.

• Former Maryland coaching greats Lefty Driesell (1969-86) and Gary Williams (1989-2011) will be in attendance at the game. Driesell totaled 348 victories at Maryland and is a member of the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame, while Williams led Maryland to the 2002 national title and is a finalist for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

• Maryland legends Gary Williams, Lefty Driesell, Tom McMillen, Walt Williams and Juan Dixon will be signing autographs prior to the contest to commemorate the Terps’ final ACC game. Additionally, the first 12,000 fans will receive an ACC timeline poster, and fans can share their favorite ACC memories on an interactive wall.

Maryland Outpaces Virginia Tech, 64-47
Jake Layman came off the bench to score 13 points, and Maryland defeated Virginia Tech under a barrage of 3-pointers in a 64-47 Atlantic Coast Conference victory Tuesday night.
The Terrapins (16-14, 8-9) connected five times from beyond the arc in an 18-5 run that turned a 29-28 halftime deficit into a 12-point lead. If the teams don’t meet in the ACC tournament, Maryland will head to the Big Ten after this season with a five-game winning streak against the Hokies and a 32-10 lead in the series.
Dez Wells began the charge with a three-point play and Nick Faust added a 3-pointer. After Jarell Eddie made two free throws, Seth Allen popped a 3 before Joey van Zegeren scored on a follow — the Hokies’ lone basket in the first 7½ minutes of the second half.

Scouting Virginia
Virginia captured its first outright ACC regular season title since 1981 when it defeated No. 4 Syracuse, 75-56, on March 1. The Cavaliers have climbed to fifth in the Associated Press national poll – their highest ranking in over a decade.
The Cavaliers boast the nation’s best defense, holding opponents to a meager 54.8 points per game. Virginia defeated every ACC team by double-digits at home this season except for Maryland.
Freshman guard London Perrantes is an excellent ball-handler for Virginia, ranking eighth in the nation with a 3.68 assist-to-turnover ratio. Akil Mitchell is eighth in the ACC in rebounds (7.0/g).
Virginia has taken six straight games from Maryland — its longest win streak in the series. Maryland has had winning streaks of 11 straight games (1950-55) and 10 (1972-76).

Last Meeting
Joe Harris scored 19 points and No. 17 Virginia stretched its winning streak to eight games by beating Maryland 61-53 on Feb. 10.
Seth Allen scored 15 points and Dez Wells had 12 for Maryland (14-11, 6-6), which had won three of four at the time.
The play of the game came in the second half when Roddy Peters’ fast break layup was blocked by Justin Anderson with 10:45 remaining. Anderson quickly passed the ball to Harris, who pulled up for a transition 3-pointer to complete the 5-point swing. The basket gave the Cavaliers a 40-35 lead that led to a 9-0 run.

By the Numbers: Maryland in the ACC

  • 1953-54 - Maryland joins the ACC, winning its inaugural basketball game, 53-49, at South Carolina on Dec. 3, 1953
  • 3 - ACC Tournament titles (1958, 1984, 2004). The Terrapins shocked the conference in 2004, having entered the tournament with a 7-9 ACC record.
  • 5 - ACC regular season titles (1975, 1980, 1995, 2002, 2010)
  • 99 - All-ACC Selections, including five ACC POY’s (Albert King, Len Bias (2x), Juan Dixon and Greivis Vasquez)
  • 447 - Wins in ACC regular season play (447-435 overall record)
  • 25 - 20-win seasons during time in ACC, and 24 NCAA Tournament appearances

Pregame Activies/Giveaways Planned for Virginia Game
Maryland athletics has a wide array of pregame activities and giveaways planned for the final regular season ACC game in history against Virginia.
The first 12,000 fans in attendance will receive an incredible ACC commemorative timeline poster that captures the most memorable Terrapin moments over the last six decades. Additionally, the first 4,000 students will be given a free t-shirt courtesy of Force 3.
An autograph session featuring Maryland legends will take place on a first come, first serve basis until 11:30 a.m. Former coaching greats Gary Williams and Lefty Driesell, in addition to Tom McMillen, Walt Williams and Juan Dixon, are scheduled to appear. The autograph area will be held on the third level concourse behind section 207 and 208.
Fans will have the opportunity to take photographs with ACC championship trophies at the top of the escalator stairs on the third level concourse. Fans are also encouraged to recall their most fond ACC moments on the “My Favorite ACC Moment” interactive wall, located on the Gate A side of Heritage Hall.

Big Ten Announces 2014-15 Home/Away Opponents
Maryland’s home and away opponents for its inaugural men’s basketball season in the Big Ten Conference were announced Feb. 28.
The Terps have home dates against five teams that qualified for the NCAA Tournament in 2013: Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Maryland will also host Nebraska, Northwestern, Penn State and Rutgers.
Maryland will play five home-and-home series, featuring Indiana, Michigan State, Nebraska, Penn State and Rutgers. It will also face Illinois, Iowa, Ohio State and Purdue on the road.

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Maryland visits Duke for final scheduled matchup between teams Saturday

Posted on 14 February 2014 by WNST Staff

Maryland (14-11, 6-6 ACC)

at #8 Duke (19-5, 8-3 ACC)

Maryland travels to Durham, N.C. for the final time in Atlantic Coast Conference regular season play Saturday as it faces No. 8 Duke at 6:00 p.m. on ESPN.

Watch: ESPN – Davie O’Brien (Play-by-Play), Doris Burke (Analyst)

Listen: Terrapin Sports Radio Network – Terrapin Sports Radio Network - Johnny Holliday (Play-by-Play), Chris Knoche (Analyst); Sirius/XM 91

Storylines

• The matchup marks the 177th all-time meeting between the conference rivals, with Duke holding a 113-63 advantage in the series. The Terps are currently riding a two-game win streak in the series for the first time since 2007, and are looking to win three straight for the first time since 2004-05. This is the first season Maryland will not host the Blue Devils since the inception of the ACC in 1953-54.

• Maryland took two-of-three games from the Blue Devils last season, including an 83-74 victory in the ACC Tournament semifinals. Then-sophomore Dez Wells shined in the effort, scoring 30 points on 9-of-13 shooting (10-of-10 from the free throw line).

• Sophomore Seth Allen is two games removed from a career day against Florida State on Feb. 8, when he posted a career-high 32 points on 7-of-10 shooting from beyond the arc. He followed the effort with a team-high 15-point display at No. 17 Virginia. Allen is averaging 18.5 points over his last four games.

• Junior Dez Wells averaged 17.3 points and seven rebounds in three games against Duke last year, and is averaging a team-high 16.4 points in road games this year. Junior Nick Faust is averaging 9.6 points in five career games against Duke.

• The Terps have been busy on the glass, ranking third in the conference in offensive rebounds (12.63/g) and second in total rebounds (903).

Virginia Edges Maryland, 61-53
Joe Harris scored 19 points and No. 17 Virginia stretched its winning streak to eight games by beating Maryland 61-53 on Monday night.
Seth Allen scored 15 points and Dez Wells had 12 for Maryland (14-11, 6-6), which had won three of four. Malcolm Brogdon added 14 points and Akil Mitchell had 13 for the Cavaliers.
After a block by Maryland, Justin Anderson soared at the other end to block a shot by Maryland’s Roddy Petersnear the rim and saved the ball. He started a fast break that moments later was capped by Harris’ 3-pointer from the right corner, arousing a crowd that had grown quiet by the tight ballgame.
It was 52-41 with just under 5 minutes to play when the Terps staged a rally, getting seven points from Nick Faustand a basket from Wells in a 9-2 run that brought them within 54-50.

Scouting Duke
Duke has won seven of its last eight games, with its lone loss in the span coming to No. 1 Syracuse. The Blue Devils were scheduled to play at North Carolina Wednesday, but the game was cancelled due to weather.
The Blue Devils are an incredible shooting team from behind the arc, leading the nation in 3-point field goal percentage (.420) and ranking fifth nationally in 3-pointers made (9.7). Duke is also fourth in the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.64).
Duke is led by freshman sensation Jabari Parker, who currently leads the ACC in rebounds (8.5/g) and is second in scoring (19.2/g). Quinn Cook is a strong ball handler, ranking fourth nationally in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.98).

A Look Back: Dec. 17, 1954
After a pair of meetings in College Park, Maryland and Duke met in Durham for the first time as ACC foes on Dec. 17, 1954. The Blue Devils overcame a loss to the Terps earlier in the season by winning, 68-61.
Bob Kessler and Bob O’Brien each scored 17 points for the Terps, while Ronnie Mayer had 20 points for Duke.
John Sandbower and Bob Everett made consecutive baskets to bring the Terrapins within five points, 63-58, with 1:30 to play, but Duke managed to hold off the streaking Terps to secure the victory.

Twice as Nice
Maryland defeated Duke twice in the same season last year for the first time since 2006-07, knocking off the Blue Devils at Comcast Center and then in the ACC Tournament semifinals. Dez Wells was tremendous in the conference tournament, pouring in 30 points — including a 10-for-10 effort from the free throw line — to down Duke.
Maryland is looking to win three straight in the series for the first time since a span from 2004-05.

Statistically Speaking

  • Sophomore Seth Allen is averaging 18.5 points over his last four games, including a 32-point performance against Florida State.
  • Junior Dez Wells leads the Terps with 16.4 points/g on 49 percent shooting in away contests.
  • The Terrapins rank third in the ACC with 12.4 rebounds per game on the offensive glass.
  • The Terps are 11-0 when holding opponents below 40 percent from the field. (see pg. 30 for all trends)

Maryland Rolls Past Florida State
Seth Allen scored 21 of his career-high 32 points in the decisive first half, and Maryland beat Florida State 83-71 Saturday to climb over .500 in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Playing in his 12th game of the season after being sidelined with a fractured left foot, Allen went 11 for 15 from the floor and 7 for 10 beyond the arc in topping his previous career best of 21 points. The 6-foot-1 sophomore guard also had four rebounds and two assists.
Dez Wells scored 15 and Jake Layman added 12 for Maryland (14-10, 6-5), which avenged a 24-point defeat at Florida State last month. The victory enabled the Terrapins to gain sole possession of seventh place in the ACC, one game ahead of the skidding Seminoles (14-9, 5-6).
Maryland led by 17 at halftime and coasted to the finish.

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Maryland opens road trip Monday at #20 Virginia

Posted on 09 February 2014 by WNST Staff

Maryland begins a critical road swing against two nationally ranked teams this week as it takes on Virginia in Charlottesville, Va. for the final time time in ACC play Monday night at 9 p.m. on ESPNU.

Watch: ESPNU – Sean McDonough (Play-by-Play), Jay Bilas (Analyst), Jeannine Edwards (Sideline)

Listen: Terrapin Sports Radio Network - Johnny Holliday (Play-by-Play), Chris Knoche (Analyst); Siriux/XM 85

Storylines

• The matchup marks the 179th all-time meeting between the conference rivals, with Maryland holding the edge by a hefty margin, 106-72, in a series that dates back to 1923-24. The Cavaliers have had the Terps’ number as of late, however, winning five in-a-row for the first time in the series since 1992-94.

• The Terrapins have won three of their last four contests, including a 12-point victory over Florida State Saturday night in College Park, Md. Maryland has shot better than 50 percent in all three of its victories during that span.

• Sophomore Seth Allen had a career day against Florida State, posting a career-high 32 points on 7-of-10 shooting from beyond the arc. Allen matched his previous career-high of 21 points in the first half alone. He is averaging 12.3 points since returning from injury 12 games ago.

• Junior Dez Wells is averaging a team-best 17.0 points in seven road games this season on 51 percent shooting. He is averaging 18.4 points (63 percent FG) over his last five games, and has reached double-figures in 19 of his last 20 games.

• In the last meeting between the Maryland and Virginia on March 10, 2013, Nick Faust scored 15 points on 5-of-9 shooting and Dez Wells had a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Virginia went on to win in overtime, 61-57.

Maryland Rolls Past Florida State
Seth Allen scored 21 of his career-high 32 points in the decisive first half, and Maryland beat Florida State 83-71 Saturday to climb over .500 in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Playing in his 12th game of the season after being sidelined with a fractured left foot, Allen went 11 for 15 from the floor and 7 for 10 beyond the arc in topping his previous career best of 21 points. The 6-foot-1 sophomore guard also had four rebounds and two assists.
Dez Wells scored 15 and Jake Layman added 12 for Maryland (14-10, 6-5), which avenged a 24-point defeat at Florida State last month. The victory enabled the Terrapins to gain sole possession of seventh place in the ACC, one game ahead of the skidding Seminoles (14-9, 5-6).
Maryland led by 17 at halftime and coasted to the finish.

Scouting Virginia
Virginia is one of the hottest teams in the country, having won seven consecutive games and 10 of its last 11. The lone hiccup in the span came in a four-point loss at Duke. The Cavaliers are 11-2 (5-0 ACC) at home this season, with losses coming against VCU and Wisconsin.
Virginia currently ranks second in the nation in scoring defense, allowing just 56.0 points per game. The Cavaliers have held every opponent under 70 points during the seven-game win streak, including a 64-45 dismantling of Georgia Tech Saturday night.
Freshman London Perrantes has provided strong guard play for Virginia, ranking 10th nationally in assist-to-turnover ratio (3.36).
Malcolm Brogdon leads the Cavs with 12.1 points per game, and is averaging 16.2 points over his last six games. He is also averaging 5.8 rebounds.

Wells Continues Scoring Streak
Junior Dez Wells capped his fifth straight game with at least 15 points in a 15-point performance against Florida State Saturday night. He shot 4-of-7 at the Comcast Center, while also knocking down six free throws.
Wells has been on a torrid scoring pace since scoring 19 points against then-No. 20 Pittsburgh on Jan. 25, averaging 18.3 points on 63 percent shooting over the last five games.
The Raleigh, N.C. native’s best performance of the span came on Jan. 29 against Miami, when he scored all 21 of his points in the second half. Sidelined in the first half without taking a shot due to foul trouble, Wells went 7-for-7 from the field (6-for-6 FT’s) in the second half and knocked down the game-winning 3-pointer with 5.9 seconds remaining.

Statistically Speaking

  • Sophomore Seth Allen notched career-highs in points (32), 3-pointers made (7) and field goals made (11) with a sensational performance against Florida State.
  • Junior Dez Wells leads the Terps with 17.0 points/g on 51 percent shooting in away contests, including a 33-point display at Boston College on Dec. 8.
  • The Terrapins rank second in the conference and 42nd nationally in total rebounds with 872 on the season, despite not having a single player averaging more than 7.0 per game.
  • The Terps are 11-1 when leading at the half, and also 10-1 when holding opponents under 70 points. (see pg. 30 for all trends)

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Maryland makes final ACC visit to North Carolina Tuesday night

Posted on 03 February 2014 by WNST Staff

Maryland (13-9, 5-4 ACC) at North Carolina (14-7, 4-4 ACC)

Hot off the heels of consecutive conference victories against Miami and Virginia Tech, Maryland heads to Chapel Hill, N.C., to take on North Carolina for the final time in ACC play Tuesday at 8 p.m.

Watch: ACCN – Tim Brant (Play-by-Play, Mike Gminski (Analyst)

Listen: Terrapin Sports Radio Network - Johnny Holliday (Play-by-Play), Chris Knoche (Analyst); Sirius 110, XM 191

Storylines

• North Carolina leads the all-time series 121-57, including a 57-16 mark at home against the Terps. The Terrapins won the inaugural ACC meeting between the teams on Dec. 18, 1954, as they pulled away for a 70-60 victory in Chapel Hill.

• The Terps mounted a 14-2 run to begin the second half and never looked back as they defeated Virginia Tech, 80-60, Saturday in Blacksburg, Va. Maryland shot over 50 percent for the second consecutive game, as Seth Allennotched a season-high seven assists in addition to 16 points.

• The matchup pits the conference’s top rebounding teams against each other, as North Carolina ranks first in the league with 41.3 rebounds per game and Maryland is second (38.2/g). The Terps are 11-4 overall and 3-1 in conference play when outrebounding their opponent.

• Junior Dez Wells has been sensational for the Terps over the last three games, averaging 19.7 points on 70 percent (19-of-27) shooting. He has shot 87 percent (20-of-23) from the charity stripe during that span.

• Head coaches Mark Turgeon and Roy Williams, who have a strong personal relationship, have met six times over the last two seasons. Junior Nick Faust is averaging 12.7 points in six career games against the Tar Heels, including three performances of 16 points or more. Dez Wells averaged 18 points on 53 percent shooting in three meetings last year.
Scouting North Carolina
North Carolina (14-7, 4-4 ACC) has won three consecutive games and four of its last five since beginning 0-3 in ACC play. The Tar Heels’ four victories in conference games have come by an average of 14.3 points, including a 14-point win over NC State on Saturday. UNC has strong victories against perennial powerhouses Kentucky and Michigan State, but also fell to UAB.
Sophomore Marcus Paige leads the Heels with 16.7 points/g in a team- high 35.6 minutes/g. Paige is lethal from the free throw line, shooting a conference-best 91 percent (84-of-92).
North Carolina leads the ACC with 41.3 rebounds/g, in addition to 14.71 offensive rebounds/g. The Tar Heels are also second in the ACC in points (76.0/g), trailing only Duke (81.9/g).

Back to the ‘Wells’
Junior Dez Wells continued his incredible play with a 19-point performance at Virginia Tech, downing the Hokies on 6-of-9 shooting (7-of-8 FT’s) to lead the Terps to victory.
Wells has been on fire over the last three games, averaging 19.7 points on 70 percent (19-of-27) shooting. He has also shot 87 percent from the free throw line during that span.
His most recent performance piggybacks his spectacular display against Miami, when he scored all 21 of his points in the second half on 7-for-7 shooting. Every shot Wells took went in the basket (6-for-6 FT’s), including the game-winning 3-pointer with 5.9 seconds remaining.

Statistically Speaking

  • Junior Evan Smotrycz has continued to shoot the ball well, shooting 55 percent (67 percent from 3-pt range) on 16-of-29 shooting over the last three games. He shot 9-of-36 (25 percent) in the previous three games.
  • Sophomore Jake Layman is shooting 50 percent over his last three games, averaging 14.3 points during that span.
  • Dez Wells has scored in double-figures in 17 of his last 18 games, and is averaging 19.7 points on 70 percent shooting over his last three games.
  • Maryland has shot over 48 percent in three straight ACC games for the first time in three seasons, last accomplishing the feat during the 2010-11 season.
  • The Terps are 10-1 when leading at the half, and also 10-1 when holding opponents under 70 points.

A Look Back: Dec. 18, 1954
The inaugural ACC meeting between Maryland and North Carolina took place on Dec. 18, 1954, when the Terps fought to a 70-60 victory in Chapel Hill. The Baltimore Sun game recap noted “Maryland controlled the backboards and threw up a defense that chilled North Carolina…”
Bob Everett led the Terrapins with 20 points, while teammate Frank Fuqua added 14. Tar Heel star Lennie Rosenbluth, the ACC’s leading scorer at the time, was held to 15 points on five field goals.
Maryland opened a 37-16 halftime advantage, as it held off a late North Carolina flurry to secure the victory. A total of five players fouled out in the game.

Terps Cruise Past Virginia Tech
Maryland guard Dez Wells scored 19 points to lead the Terrapins to an 80-60 victory over Virginia Tech on Saturday.
Maryland (13-9, 5-4 ACC) shot 51.8 percent (29 of 56), won its second in a row and beat the Hokies for the fourth-straight time. Wells shot 6-of-9 from the floor.
Maryland got 3-pointers on its final two possessions – from Seth Allen and Jake Layman - to take a 43-35 lead at halftime.
The Terrapins mounted a 14-2 run to grab a 17-point lead and take control. Wells scored four points in the run, including a one-handed dunk that prompted a Virginia Tech timeout with 16:06 remaining. Nick Faust’s 3-pointer capped the run and gave the Terrapins a 57-40 lead with 14:51 to go.

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Maryland gets rematch attempt against Pitt Saturday at Comcast Center

Posted on 24 January 2014 by WNST Staff

Maryland returns to Comcast Center Saturday night at 6:00 pm as it completes the second leg of a home-and-home series with Pittsburgh. The Terps are hosting Pitt in College Park for the first time since 1980 – a span of 34 years.

Watch: ESPN2 – Carter Blackburn (Play-by-Play), Sean Farnham (Analyst)

Storylines:

• The Terrapins have won eight of their last 11 home ACC contests, including their first two of the 2013-14 season. Maryland handily defeated Georgia Tech by a 16-point margin on Jan. 4, 77-61, before overcoming a nine-point halftime deficit to beat Notre Dame, 74-66, on Jan. 15.

• Maryland is 5-3 overall and 2-0 at home against Pittsburgh in a series that dates back to 1977. The Panthers defeated the Terps earlier this season on Jan. 6, 79-59, as they pulled away with 43 second half points. SophomoreSeth Allen had a team-high 18 points on 4-of-7 shooting from beyond-the-arc.

• Sophomore Charles Mitchell had a tremendous night on the glass in the Terps’ loss to NC State Monday, grabbing a career-high 18 rebounds (9 offensive). The mark is tied for the second-most in a single game among ACC players this season, and Mitchell is currently t-2nd in offensive rebounds (3.2/g) in the ACC.

• Comcast Center has been kind to sophomore Jake Layman, who is averaging a team-high 14.6 points in addition to 5.2 rebounds in nine games at home. He is shooting 49 percent (49-for-87) in Comcast, while averaging a team-high 31 minutes of action.

• Maryland is 11-0 when leading with 5:00 to play and 8-1 when leading at halftime. Additionally, the Terps are 9-0 when holding opponents below 40 percent shooting and 9-1 when holding opponents below 70 points.

Maryland Falls at NC State
Ralston Turner matched his career-high with 23 points, helping North Carolina State rally to beat Maryland 65-56 on Monday night.
Dez Wells and Evan Smotrycz each scored 10 for Maryland, which shot 31 percent for the game. Charles Mitchellfinished with eight points and a career-high 18 rebounds, including nine on the offensive end.
Desmond Lee added 14 points for the Wolfpack, who rallied from 11 down early in the second half to snap a three-game losing streak. NC State shot 57 percent after halftime, with Turner scoring 19 points and knocking down all five of his 3-pointers in the second half.
Maryland looked on its way to a second straight win when it took its biggest lead at 31-20 on Shaquille Cleare’s hook shot over Jordan Vandenberg 30 seconds into the second half.

Last Meeting
Pitt shot 53 percent from the floor to down Maryland, who was on the verge of moving to 3-0 in the ACC for the first time since 2001-02 by a score of 79-59.
Seth Allen and Evan Smotrycz led the way with 18 and 14 points respectively, but Lamar Patterson countered with a game-high 19 points on 8-of-12 shooting.
Pitt and Maryland battled back-and-forth in a tightly contested game during the early stages, as the Terps took a 28-25 lead on an Allen lay-up with 5:42 to play. The Panthers then flipped the script by taking an 11-2 run into the halftime break to take a 36-30 advantage.
Allen and Nick Faust combined for 18 points in the second half, but the Terps made just eight field goals on 29 percent shooting in the frame as Pitt pulled away for the win.

Statistically Speaking

  • Sophomore Jake Layman is averaging a team-high 14.6 points on 49 percent shooting in home games.
  • The Terps are outrebounding opponents by an average of 9.1 boards in home games.
  • Junior Nick Faust is averaging 11.3 points (45% shooting) in victories, and 8.6 points (31%) in losses.
  • Maryland is 11-0 when leading with 5:00 to play and 8-1 when leading at halftime.
  • Maryland is 9-1 when holding opponents below 70 points.

A Look Back: Jan. 12, 1980
In the last meeting between Maryland and Pitt in College Park, the Terrapins opened up a 17-point lead before eventually winning, 95-88, in front of 13,028 at Cole Field House.
The Terps moved to 11-2 on the young season as four players scored at least 20 points in the game, including Buck Williams (24 pts, 15 rebs), Albert King (23 pts), Greg Manning (22 pts) and Ernie Graham (20 pts, 7 rebs, 7 asts). Graham is the father of current Terrapin, Jon Graham.

Turgeon, Dixon Support Coaches vs. Cancer
Both Mark Turgeon and Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon will be wearing sneakers to show support for Coaches vs. Cancer – a joint effort of the American Cancery Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches that empowers basketball coaches to make a difference in the fight against cancer.
The annual Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers Weekend runs from January 24-January 26.

 

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Maryland looks for back to back wins Monday night at NC State

Posted on 19 January 2014 by WNST Staff

Fresh off the heels of an important home victory against Notre Dame, Maryland returns to action Monday night at 9:00 pm as it takes on North Carolina State in PNC Arena. The meeting marks the final regular season contest between the teams as ACC counterparts.

Watch: ESPNU – Mike Patrick (Play-by-Play), LaPhonso Ellis (Analyst)

Listen: Terrapin Sports Radio Network - Johnny Holliday (Play-by-Play), Chris Knoche (Analyst); Sirius/XM 85

Storylines

• The Terrapins have defeated NC State in 10 of their last 11 meetings, and hold a narrow 77-73 advantage in an all-time series that dates back to 1925. Maryland is 63-49 against the Wolfpack in ACC play, winning 26 of the last 32 meetings since 1995.

• Maryland snapped a two-game skid with a 74-66 victory against Notre Dame last Wednesday, as it clawed back from a nine-point halftime deficit. Maryland opened the second half on a 14-2 run, holding the Irish scoreless for the first 6:46.

• The Notre Dame game was a tale of two halves for junior Dez Wells, who answered an 0-for-6 first half (zero points) by tallying 17 points in the second frame. Wells carried the Terps in the second half by shooting 3-of-4 and knocking down a career-high 11 free throws to close the game.

• Wells is averaging 18.0 points on 56 percent shooting through four road games this season, including a career-high 33 points at Boston College in the Terps’ ACC opener on Dec. 12. The production is in line with his road performances last season, when he averaged 15.8 points on 56 percent shooting in 11 contests.

• Maryland is 9-0 when holding opponents under 70 points and 8-0 when it leads at the half. Additionally, the Terps are 9-0 when opponents shoot less than 40 percent.

Terps Rally Past Notre Dame
Dez Wells posted 17 second half points, Seth Allen had 14 points and four assists and Nick Faust added 13 as the Maryland men’s basketball team rallied for 74-66 victory over Notre Dame Wednesday night at Comcast Center.
Wells and the Terrapins used a strong second half to climb back over .500 in Atlantic Coast Conference play (3-2).
Charles Mitchell came off the bench to score 10 points on 5-of-10 shooting and added seven rebounds (six offensive). Maryland trailed by as many as 12 points, but made a 14-2 run to open the second half.
Maryland finished with 23 points off the bench to hand Notre Dame (10-7, 1-3) its third straight defeat. The Irish opened the second half by going scoreless for 6½ minutes.

Final ACC Meeting: Revisiting Game No. 1
The Terps and Wolfpack are meeting for the final time in regular season ACC play tonight. The teams have met every season since 1955, as Maryland holds a 62-47 all-time record in ACC play.
Maryland and NC State began their ACC rivalry with a highly-anticipated matchup at Ritchie Coliseum in College Park, Md. on Jan. 13, 1955. Due to seating limitations, more than 2,000 fans were turned away from the doors as the then-No. 2 Wolfpack (14-1) were set to take on the then-No. 11 Terrapins (11-2).
With the score tied 61-61 and less than four minutes remaining, the Terps used a Bob Kessler lay-in to take the lead. Bob O’Brien then knocked down a 35-foot jumper to send the crowd into a frenzy as the Terps held on for the win, 68-64. Kessler finished with a game-high 26 points in the marquee victory.

Statistically Speaking

  • Junior Dez Wells is averaging 18.0 points on 56 percent shooting in road games, including 81 percent from the charity stripe.
  • Sophomore Seth Allen has scored double-figures in 4-of-6 games since returning from injury, and had a season-high five rebounds versus Notre Dame.
  • Maryland is 8-0 when leading at the half.
  • Maryland is 9-0 when opponents shoot below 40 percent
  • Maryland is 9-0 when holding opponents below 70 points.
  • Maryland is 10-3 when outrebounding opponents.

Last Time: Buzzer-Beating Thriller
Alex Len dropped in a missed shot by teammate Pe’Shon Howard with 00.9 seconds left, giving the Terrapins a 51-50 upset victory over No. 14 North Carolina State in the teams’ lone meeting last season on Jan. 16, 2013.
Howard drove the left side and came up short on a 5-footer, but the 7-foot-1 Len grabbed the ball in front of the rim and eased it through the hoop. NC State’s last second heave fell short as the Terps won.
Len, with 10 points, was the only Terrapin to score in double figures. Maryland led for much of the game but needed Len’s basket to end NC State’s 10-game winning streak.
Coming off a stunning upset of then-No. 1 Duke, the Wolfpack trailed by 10 points with 9:34 left. Brown hit a jumper with 1:41 remaining to put North Carolina State up 50-49, and neither team scored again until Len’s game-winner.

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Maryland faces new ACC foe Notre Dame Wednesday at Comcast Center

Posted on 14 January 2014 by WNST Staff

Maryland returns to the friendly confines of Comcast Center after a two-game road trip as it welcomes new ACC foe Notre Dame for a 7 p.m. tip on ESPN2. The Terps have lost back-to-back ACC contests since beginning the season 2-0 for the first time since 2002-03.

Watch: ESPN2 – Bob Wischusen (Play-by-Play), LaPhonso Ellis (Analyst)

Storylines

• The Terrapins last hosted the Fighting Irish on Dec. 31, 1986, when Notre Dame took adavantage of a hobbled Derrick Lewis to earn a 63-50 victory in Cole Field House. Maryland is 9-10 all-time against Notre Dame, and 4-3 at home.

• Maryland has won eight of its last 11 ACC contests at Comcast Center, winning by an average margin of 13.5 points in the victories. The mark includes a 77-61 drubbing of Georgia Tech in the the Terps’ ACC home opener on Jan. 4, when Nick Faust and Evan Smotrycz combined for 30 points on 12-of-17 shooting.

• Junior Dez Wells had one of his most memorable collegiate games when he helped lead Xavier to the third round of the NCAA Tournament with a 67-63 defeat of Notre Dame on Mar. 17, 2012. Wells had 14 points in the effort, in addition to what still stands as his career-high with 11 rebounds.

• The Terrapins are 8-0 this season when holding opponents under 70 points and 9-0 when holding opponents to under 40 percent from the field. Additionally, they are 8-0 when leading at the half and 10-1 when shooting a higher field goal percentage than their oppoent.

• Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey is a native of Rockville, Md. and graduated from nearby DeMatha Catholic High School, where he also began his coaching career as an assistant.

Maryland Topped by Florida State

  • Ian Miller scored 20 as Florida State knocked down a season-high 16 three-point baskets en route to an 85-61 Atlantic Coast Conference victory against Maryland Sunday night. Dez Wells led Maryland with 15 points while Nick Faust added 14.
  • Despite making just 10-of-50 3-point attempts in its previous four games, the Seminoles caught fire against the Terps as they knocked down 16-of-24 attempts beyond-the-arc. The 16 3-pointers were the most by Florida State in its history of ACC play. The Seminoles entered the game shooting 31.2 percent from three-point range and ranked No. 13 in the ACC.
  • Faust turned in a strong effort for the Terps, connecting on 5-of-7 shots (2-of-4 from 3-pt) to the tune of 14 points.
  • Maryland also set a season-high with 24 made free throws, including nine from Wells and five from Jake Layman.

Scouting Notre Dame

  • The Fighting Irish are off to a 1-2 start in their first season of ACC play, falling to NC State and Georgia Tech in consecutive games. Notre Dame made a splash in its ACC opener, however, knocking off Duke, 79-77.
  • Among common opponents, Notre Dame lost to Georgia Tech, who the Terps defeated on Jan. 4, 77-61.
  • Notre Dame possesses a strong post player in 6-11 center Garrick Sherman, who currently leads the ACC in double-doubles (5). The big man leads the Irish in both points (14.8/g) and rebounds (8.6/g).
  • The Terps will also have to key in on junior sharpshooter Pat Connaughton, who ranks third in the ACC in 3-point field goal percentage (.421) and 3-point field goals per game (2.50).

Statistically Speaking

  • Five Terrapins are averaging double-figure scoring totals at home. Jake Layman leads the way with 15.4 points on 50 percent shooting  (40-80) from the field.
  • Dez Wells has scored double-figures in seven consecutive home games, while Nick Faust is on a four-game streak. Roddy Peters has dished eight assists and commited only four turnovers in his last three home games.
  • Maryland is 8-0 when leading at the half.
  • Maryland is 9-0 when opponents shoot below 40 percent, and 8-0 when holding opponents below 70 points.
  • Maryland is 9-3 when outrebounding opponents. (see pg. 29 for a complete list of tendencies)

Notre Dame: A Series History

  • The Terrapins snapped a two-game losing streak to Notre Dame when they defeated the Irish 78-71 in the BB&T Classic at Verizon Center on Dec. 4, 2011. Terrell Stoglin posted 31 points in the effort, while James Padgett posted a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.  Current Terp Nick Faust had just three points in 29 minutes, while Eric Atkins had 16 points on 5-of-16 shooting for the Irish.
  • Notre Dame holds a narrow 10-9 advantage in an all-time series that dates back to 1975. The last four meetings between the teams were on neutral courts — including three games in the BB&T Classic.
  • The Irish defeated the Terps 63-50 in the last meeting in College Park between the teams on Dec. 31, 1986. Maryland’s star center Derrick Lewis went down with an ankle injury in the first half and Notre Dame pulled away. John Johnson had 15 points for the Terps.

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Terps try to bounce back Sunday at Florida State

Posted on 11 January 2014 by WNST Staff

Maryland continues a two-game ACC road swing as it travels to Tallahassee, Fla. to take on Florida State on Sunday at 8:00 p.m. on ESPNU.

Watch: ESPNU – Carter Blackburn (Play-by-Play), Jay Williams (Analyst), Allison Williams (Reporter)

Storylines

• The Terrapins and Seminoles have met every season since the series began in 1992, with Maryland holding a formidable 29-13 all-time advantage (10-9 on the road). Maryland won 15-of-16 meetings from Feb. 13, 1997 – Jan. 14, 2001.

• Sophomore Seth Allen shined in the Terps’ loss at Pittsburgh, shooting 4-of-7 from beyond the arc for a season-high 18 points. Since returning from a fractured left foot against Tulsa on Dec. 29, Allen has sparked Maryland with 12.3 points/g on 52 percent shooting from 3-point range.

• Junior guard Nick Faust has the most experience among current Terrapins against Florida State, averaging 10.7 points on 12-of-24 (.500) shooting in three career games. Dez Wells had 19 points in the teams’ last meeting on Jan. 30, 2013, while Charles Mitchell posted 10 points in 14 minutes.

• Transfer Evan Smotrycz has posted 14 points in back-to-back games, and is currently averaging 12.3 points through three ACC games (12.4/g overall). The junior is currently tied for second in the ACC with three double-doubles on the season.

• The Terps turned in their most efficient game of the season against Georgia Tech on Jan. 4, registering 16 assists against a season-low six turnovers. It was the least amount of turnovers for Maryland since March 21, 2010 against Michigan State in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Maryland Falls to Pitt
Sophomore Seth Allen had a season-high 18 points and Evan Smotrycz added 14 as Maryland fell to Pittsburgh 79-59 on Jan. 6.
The Panthers (14-1, 2-0) shot 53 percent from the floor and pulled away from the Terrapins, who dropped their first ACC game of the season. Allen led Maryland (10-6, 2-1) but the Terrapins couldn’t keep up with the Panthers.
Durand Johnson keyed a late first-half surge that put Pitt in front and kept it going in the second half. The Panthers used a 15-7 burst to build a 13-point lead, then pulled away.
The Terrapins were looking for their first 3-0 start in ACC play since 2002, when they went on to win the national title behind Juan Dixon and Steve Blake.

Scouting Florida State
The Seminoles won their first conference game of the season Thursday night with a 56-41 road victory at Clemson. Florida State forced 18 turnovers and Clemson shot just 30 percent from the field as Ian Miller led all scorers with 15 points and five assists.
With Thursday’s win at Clemson, the ‘Noles have now won four of their last five contests, including a 60-55 victory over nationally-ranked Massachusetts on Dec. 21. FSU’s only loss during the span came in its ACC home opener against Virginia, 62-50.
Similar to the Terps, Florida State spreads the ball offensively with four players averaging at least 9.0 points/g, led by Miller (13.5/g). Okaro White, who has three double-doubles on the season, leads the team with 6.5 rebounds/g. Meanwhile, Aaron Thomas is third in the ACC in steals (2.21/g) and Boris Bojanovsky is third in blocks (2.14/g).

By the Numbers:

  • Evan Smotrycz has scored 14 points in back-to-back games, and has notched double-figures in four of his last five games.
  • Seth Allen has notched double-digit scoring totals in three-of-four games since returning from injury, and played a season-high 26 minutes at Pitt.
  • Both Nick Faust and Jake Layman were held without a 3-point field goal for the first time all season at Pitt. Faust was riding a streak of eight straight games, while Layman’s streak was snapped at seven.
  • Junior Jon Graham led the Terps in rebounds (5) at Pitt in just 12 minutes of action.
  • Maryland is 8-0 when leading at the half.
  • Maryland is 9-0 when opponents shoot below 40 percent.

Terps Cruise Past Georgia Tech
The Terrapins had four players score in double figures in Maryland’s 77-61 victory over Georgia Tech on Jan. 4 to move to 2-0 in the ACC for the first time since the 2002-03 season. They had 16 assists compared with only six turnovers, and nine players received significant playing time.
Maryland never trailed while launching the home portion of its final trip through the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Nick Faust scored 16, Evan Smotrycz contributed 14 points, Dez Wells added 11 and Charles Mitchell collected 11 rebounds for the Terrapins (10-5, 2-0).
In defeating Georgia Tech for the seventh-straight time at home, Maryland built a double-digit lead in the opening four minutes, upped the margin to 20 early in the second half and coasted to the finish.

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