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Maryland earns No. 5 seed in South, will face South Dakota State

Posted on 13 March 2016 by Luke Jones

In a season filled with lofty expectations, a late-season slide resulted in Maryland receiving the No. 5 seed in the South region of the 2016 NCAA tournament.

As high as No. 2 in the AP top 25 poll earlier this season before losing five of their last seven and falling to No. 18 in the rankings, the Terps will face the No. 12 seed South Dakota State in the first round in Spokane, Wash. on Friday. The Jackrabbits (26-7) won the Summit League for the third time in the last five years.

Friday’s game will tip at approximately 4:30 p.m. locally and will be televised on TBS.

The winner would advance to play either No.4 seed California or 13th-seed Hawaii on Sunday. The top overall seed Kansas is also in the South region and would potentially loom in the Sweet Sixteen.

Maryland had missed the NCAA tournament in four consecutive seasons before earning the No. 4 seed in the Midwest and advancing to the second round last year. However, expectations soared this year with the arrivals of freshman standout Diamond Stone and transfers Robert Carter Jr. and Rasheed Sulaimon.

The Terps began the season 15-1, but their 10-7 finish entering the NCAA tournament hasn’t inspired confidence that they’ll realize the Final Four predictions that so many made a few months ago. Maryland fell 64-61 to Michigan State in Saturday’s Big Ten tournament semifinal after topping Nebraska in the quarterfinals on Friday night.

This was the fifth time in school history in which the Terps have won at least 24-regular season games, but they will be trying to advance to the Sweet Sixteen for the first time since 2003. Maryland has won at least one game in its last 11 NCAA tournament appearances dating back to 1998.

The program is making its 26th trip to the “Big Dance” and second under fifth-year head coach Mark Turgeon.

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Terps still ranked in top 10 despite loss at Minnesota

Posted on 22 February 2016 by WNST Staff

After suffering its worst loss of the season, Maryland appeared to be in danger of falling out of the top 10 for the first time all year.

Instead, the Terps hung on at 10th overall in the latest AP top 25 rankings released on Monday afternoon. Mark Turgeon’s team was No. 6 last week before Thursday’s shocking loss at Minnesota, who hadn’t won a conference game all season.

Maryland fell from fifth to No. 9 in the USA Today coaches’ poll.

Michigan State climbed to No. 6 in this week’s AP rankings while Iowa fell to eighth after a road loss to Penn State.

The Terps (23-5) return to action Saturday afternoon when they play at Purdue.

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Terps freshman Stone suspended for Minnesota game

Posted on 15 February 2016 by WNST Staff

Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon announced Monday that freshman center Diamond Stone has been suspended one game for his conduct late in the first half of Saturday’s loss to Wisconsin.

The 6-foot-11 big man was issued a technical foul but was not ejected for appearing to shove Badgers forward Vitto Brown’s head against the floor in the midst of an altercation. Wisconsin freshman Charlie Thomas was also issued a technical foul after he and Stone argued with one another.

“Diamond’s conduct during Saturday’s game was a poor representation of the standards that we have established as a program at the University of Maryland,” Turgeon said in a statement released by the school. “I have talked with Diamond and he realizes he made a mistake. He felt very badly about what happened and will learn from this experience. I want to sincerely apologize to Vitto Brown and [Wisconsin head coach] Greg Gard for what transpired Saturday.”

Asked about the incident following Saturday’s 70-57 loss, Turgeon said he could not see what happened from his vantage point, but he would review the video and discuss the matter with Stone. The talented big man will serve his suspension on Thursday as the Terps travel to face Minnesota.

The freshman scored 10 points and registered four blocks against Wisconsin despite Maryland having its school record 27-game home winning streak snapped.

“I want to apologize to Vitto Brown and the Wisconsin basketball team for my unacceptable behavior during Saturday’s game,” Stone said in a statement. “I regret that I let the emotions of the game get the best of me. I let my team down, and I accept full responsibility for my actions.”

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Maryland’s win over No. 3 Iowa brings peace of mind

Posted on 29 January 2016 by Luke Jones

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Mark Turgeon had downplayed the notion that Thursday’s showdown with third-ranked Iowa was a must-win game for Maryland.

The coach reiterated that sentiment even after the No. 8 Terrapins earned their first win of the season against a ranked opponent and served the Hawkeyes their first loss in Big Ten play in a 74-68 final

“Everybody that cares about Maryland basketball was in a panic, but we never were,” said Turgeon, who reminded that all three of the Terps’ losses had come in challenging road environments. “We’re in a grind session right now. We’ve got a tough schedule ahead of us. We’re trying to be the best team we can be in March and peak at the right time.”

Panic? That description might be too strong, but concern was growing about whether the Terps were as great as many thought they could be after last Saturday’s loss at Michigan State. And though a victory over a top-ranked opponent doesn’t guarantee a Final Four berth any more than the previous losses meant a trip to Houston wasn’t happening, Maryland offered some peace of mind on Thursday night.

Only three other games against currently-ranked opponents remain on the Terps’ regular-season schedule, meaning opportunities to enhance the NCAA tournament résumé in hopes of a No. 1 or No.2 seed were running low.

The signature win was more important than it was impressive as both teams trudged through an ugly second half that hardly resembled the fast-paced, high-quality first 20 minutes of action. Maryland was just 9-for-27 from the field and 0-for-10 from beyond the arc in the second half, but stingy defense was the difference for the Terps in the first game played between top-10 teams in the 14-year history of Xfinity Center.

Maryland outrebounded the Hawkeyes after struggling mightily in that department against Michigan State and Northwestern, and Robert Carter Jr. and Jake Layman combined to stifle one of the best players in the country as Jarrod Uthoff was an abysmal 2-for-13 and finished with just nine points.

Rasheed Sulaimon and Carter each scored 17 to lead the way for the Terps and ease the burden on star point guard Melo Trimble, who didn’t receive enough help in the loss to the Spartans last weekend. Maryland has plenty of players who can score — that was evident in the 100-65 demolition of Ohio State two weeks ago — but that balance and toughness needed to surface against a high-quality opponent.

To go along with the balanced offense, the Terps handled adversity in responding to Carter fouling out on a questionable call with less than two minutes remaining. Out of a timeout, Maryland executed a pretty set that resulted in a Diamond Stone dunk, forced a turnover on the other end, and then extended the lead to 66-60 on a layup by Jared Nickens with 1:11 left.

Iowa wouldn’t seriously challenge again as its nine-game winning streak was snapped.

“I think we grew as a team,” said Sulaimon about moving past the loss at Michigan State. “There’s a fine line in being a good and a great team, and I think that team chemistry and stuff like that makes a big difference.”

Time will tell whether the Terps crossed over from good to great on Thursday, but the victory was one fans were waiting for to help confirm why they’ve been so excited all season.

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Terps drop to No. 8 in AP poll before showdown with Iowa

Posted on 25 January 2016 by Luke Jones

A rough week that included a 74-65 loss at Michigan State didn’t hurt Maryland too badly in the polls.

Mark Turgeon’s Terrapins (17-3) fell only one spot to No. 8 in the latest AP Top 25 poll released on Monday despite a closer-than-expected home win over Northwestern and the defeat at the hands of the Spartans. Though standing in the top 10 all season, Maryland has yet to secure a win over a ranked opponent, leaving some to wonder just how great the Terps really are despite an abundance of talent on paper.

Defensive rebounding has been a major concern, particularly over the last two contests with Northwestern securing 16 offensive boards and Michigan State grabbing 17 on the offensive end to hand the Terps their third loss of the season.

Maryland will have a chance to secure its first victory of the season over a top 25 opponent against Iowa in College Park on Thursday night. The Hawkeyes have been one of the biggest surprises in the country and have climbed all the way to No. 3 in the AP poll with a perfect 7-0 mark in the Big Ten.

Following the win over the Terps to snap a three-game losing streak, Michigan State dropped one spot from No. 11 to 12th in the nation.

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Todd Helmick’s thoughts on college bowl season

Posted on 08 December 2015 by WNST Audio

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Maryland hires Michigan’s D.J. Durkin as head coach

Posted on 02 December 2015 by WNST Staff

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Mike Ashley’s thoughts on the struggles of the Maryland Terps

Posted on 04 November 2015 by WNST Staff

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Todd Helmick breaks down Week 8 in CFB

Posted on 20 October 2015 by WNST Staff

 

 

 

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Mike Ashley’s take on the dismissal of Randy Edsall

Posted on 13 October 2015 by WNST Staff

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