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CB McDougle headlines Terps working out at Pro Day

Posted on 08 April 2014 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - A showing of 35 representatives from 24 NFL teams gathered at the University of Maryland Tuesday afternoon for the football program’s 2014 Senior Pro Day.

Participating for the Terps were offensive lineman De’Onte Arnett, defensive backs Isaac Goins and Dexter McDougle, linebackers Demetrius Hartsfield and Marcus Whitfield, long snapper Greg Parcher and tight ends Ryan Schlothauer and Dave Stinebaugh.

As Maryland head coach Randy Edsall put it, this day is no different from a job interview for these men as they tried to impress the scouts with the hopes of making a name for themselves at the professional level.

“Our guys are well prepared,” Edsall said. “They’re in good shape, you can see that from their bodies. I know the guys that have had an opportunity to sit down and talk to these clubs; clubs have been very impressed with the kids in terms of their football knowledge, but also the kind of young men that they are and the character with how they conduct themselves.”

McDougle was invited to the NFL Combine in February, but was unable to participate due to his continued recovery from a shoulder injury he suffered in a Sept. 14 game at Connecticut. Pro Day was McDougle’s first opportunity since the injury to showcase his talents.

“It’s everybody’s dream to go [to the Combine] and I didn’t get to participate, so I was down,” McDougle said. “I’ve been looking forward to this day. I finally get to show them that I’m moving again. Show them a little bit of what I can do at my position. Show them that I have not lost a step. Today was definitely a big day.”

Edsall is quick to vouch for McDougle, as he has seen him face adversity and push through to the next steps toward his dream.

“The only thing I told him is just go have fun,” Edsall said. “He’s prepared. He’s done all the hard work. He’s put the time and effort into it. Now it’s just a matter of going out here today and just relaxing and enjoying the moment. Enjoying the day.”

Maryland’s other participants took advantage of the time to get in front of NFL representatives and spark some interest. Marcus Whitfield was quick to remember that, “All you need is one team, that’s it.”

As seniors in 2012, Hartsfield and Schlothauer both got the opportunity to return and participate in this year’s Pro Day. Due to an injury, Hartsfield could not participate in the 2013 Pro Day and though Schlothauer did participate, he suffered an injury after and had to put this NFL dreams on hold.

“It’s Maryland football. It’s family,” Edsall said of the opportunity for Hartsfield and Schlothauer to return for Pro Day.

More than a year out from knee surgery, Hartsfield took the opportunity to heart and expects only good to come from the day’s workout.

“I’m going to bring a lot of intensity, a lot of leadership [to an NFL team],” Hartsfield said. “Sideline speed, that’s one of my biggest things. [I’m] just a person that can get to the ball. I can cover. I can stop the run. I can blitz. I definitely think I can do everything you would need me to do in the NFL.”

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Turgeon, Terps add big man but could lose top assistant

Posted on 07 April 2014 by Glenn Clark

There was mixed news for the current University of Maryland men’s basketball program Monday as the fanbase celebrated the election of former head coach Gary Williams to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.

First, multiple sources reported the program added a late member to their already heralded 2014 recruiting class. Michal Cekovsky is a seven foot Slovakian native who comes to College Park from the Canarias Basketball Academy in Spain.

Cekovsky chose Maryland over offers from Louisville and Arizona according to a report from 247Sports.com (ESPN reported Florida, Florida State, UConn and Oregon had all made offers as well) and is considered a four star prospect by most major recruiting services. Cekovsky is believed to be capable of making an impact for the Terps immediately.

The Slovakian big man joins a recruiting class that includes another incoming big man (Trayvon Reed) as well as wing players Melo Trimble, Dion Wiley and Jarred Nickens. The class was already regarded as one of the best in the country.

Front court play was an issue throughout the season for the Terps after the departure of first round NBA Draft pick Alex Len following his sophomore season in 2012-2013. Rising junior Charles Mitchell averaged 6.5 points and 6.3 rebounds per game to provide the most consistency of the group. Fellow rising junior Shaquille Cleare was hardly a factor in 2013-2014, rising sophomore Damonte Dodd played limited minutes during the course of the season, rising senior Jonathan Graham (a transfer from Penn State) was equally limited in playing time. Rising senior Evan Smotrycz (a Michigan transfer) is listed as a power forward but plays much more of a wing position.

The addition of Cekovsky causes a bit of a scholarship logjam for the Terrapins, as they were already slated to have the full allotment of 13 scholarship players on the roster. There have been rumors of potential transfers (Cleare and rising senior Nick Faust have been the two most popular names involved in those rumors) but nothing has panned out as of now. Another option would be for one of the five incoming freshman to re-classify for the 2015-2016 season.

While Turgeon appears to have solved some of his roster issues heading into his fourth season at the helm of the program, there could be some issues brewing within his own coaching staff.

The Boston Globe reported late Monday that Maryland assistant coach Scott Spinelli was a candidate to join new head coach Jim Christian’s staff at Boston College in a similar capacity. The Baltimore Sun quoted Turgeon as labeling the situation as “serious negotiations” for the job. Spinelli grew up in the Boston area and played collegiately at Boston University. He has recruited heavily in New England during his time at Maryland.

A Spinelli departure would be difficult for Maryland, after assistant Dalonte Hill resigned last season following a third DUI arrest. At the time, Maryland promoted Director of Basketball Operations Dustin Clark to an assistant coaching role and added the program’s all-time leading scorer Juan Dixon as a special assistant to Turgeon.

Maryland’s other assistant coach Bino Ranson has been mentioned as a potential candidate to replace Fang Mitchell at Coppin State.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 07 April 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable MentionMixed Martial Arts: UFC Fight Night-Roy Nelson vs. Minotauro Nogueira (Friday 2pm from Abu Dhabi live on UFC Fight Pass); Auto Racing: NASCAR Southern 500 (Saturday 6:30pm from Darlington, SC live on FOX); Tennis: ATP Tour U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championships (Thursday 7pm Friday 2pm Saturday 3pm from Houston live on Tennis Channel)

10. Katt Williams (Friday 8pm Baltimore Arena); Lewis Black (Thursday-Saturday Warner Theatre); Mick Foley (Tuesday 8pm Baltimore Comedy Factory), Guy Torry (Thursday-Saturday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Privateer Festival (Friday-Sunday Fells Point); The Gathering: Food Trucks Rally (Friday 5pm War Memorial Plaza); Bay Bridge Boat Show (Friday-Sunday Bay Bridge Marina); Decanter Wine Festival (Saturday & Sunday Pimlico Race Course); Draft Day“, “Oculus” and “Rio 2” out in theaters (Friday); The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug“, “August: Osage County“, “Grudge Match” and “Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a trailer that has made me want to see a movie LESS than Draft Day. But since Monday was the 25th anniversary of a REALLY good movie about a Cleveland sports franchise, let’s just remember that.

9. Avicii (Saturday 7pm Jiffy Lube Live); Aaron Lewis (Wednesday 8pm Rams Head Live); Phil Vassar (Friday 6:30pm Rams Head Center Stage); Carolina Chocolate Drops (Tuesday 7pm 9:30 Club); Ashley Monroe (Sunday 7:30pm Birchmere); Emmylou Harris (Friday 7pm Lincoln Theatre); Rick Ross (Friday 9pm Echostage); Dirty Dozen Brass Band (Saturday 8:30pm The Hamilton); Southern Soul Assembly feat. Marc Broussard/JJ Grey/Anders Osborne/Luther Dickinson (Saturday 8pm Howard Theatre)

You know what drives me nuts? I hate the idea of Avicii but I actually like some of his tunes.

I love Carolina Chocolate Drops. I also love Charm City Devils. I feel like if someone started a band called Cool Colorado Demons, I’d probably like them too. It’s a CCD thing.

I could use much more Dirty Dozen Brass Band in my life.

Marc Broussard is a totally unfair type of talented.

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Loyola remains #1, Towson enters both new major lacrosse polls

Posted on 07 April 2014 by WNST Staff

The #1 ranked Loyola Greyhounds survived a major Patriot League scare Saturday, topping Navy 7-6 in 2OT and holding on to their spot atop the rankings. Elsewhere in local lacrosse action this weekend, Johns Hopkins shook off a three game losing streak by beating Albany 13-8 Friday night at Homewood Field and Towson scored their biggest win of the season by going on the road and outlasting previous #11 UMass 6-5.

Maryland was idle this weekend after throttling Robert Morris 19-6 Wednesday night. This has set the stage for a major top ten showdown between the Terps and Blue Jays this coming Saturday afternoon.

Here is a look at both of the new weekly lacrosse polls (courtesy of NCAA.com). We’ll start with the new Inside Lacrosse media poll.

RANK SCHOOL RECORD POINTS PREVIOUS
1 Loyola (Md.) (16) 10-1 432 1
2 Duke (2) 10-2 414 3
3 Maryland (4) 9-1 401 4
4 North Carolina 9-2 375 5
5 Denver 9-2 347 6
6 Cornell 9-1 337 2
7 Syracuse 6-3 308 7
8 Johns Hopkins 6-3 273 10
9 Notre Dame 4-4 252 8
10 Virginia 8-4 244 9
11 Penn 5-3 215 13
12 Fairfield 9-2 195 15
13 Yale 6-3 184 14
14 Hofstra 7-3 131 T16
15 Bryant 9-3 111 11
16 Massachusetts 7-3 97 12
17 Princeton 5-4 69 19
18 Army 7-3 54 20
T19 Towson 8-3 42 NR
T19 Lehigh 9-3 42 NR

And now the new weekly USILA coaches’ poll.

RANK SCHOOL RECORD POINTS PREVIOUS
1 Loyola (Md.) (12) 10-1 278 1
2 Duke (1) 10-2 258 3
3 Maryland (1) 9-1 250 4
4 North Carolina 9-2 243 5
5 Denver 9-2 223 6
6 Cornell 9-1 209 2
7 Syracuse 6-3 184 T8
8 Virginia 8-4 168 T8
9 Johns Hopkins 6-3 166 10
10 Notre Dame 4-4 163 7
T11 Fairfield 9-2 119 13
T11 Penn 5-3 119 15
13 Yale 6-3 112 14
14 Massachusetts 7-3 73 11
15 Princeton 5-4 72 17
16 Hofstra 7-3 48 20
T17 Harvard 6-4 46 NR
T17 Bryant 9-3 46 12
19 Towson 8-3 42 NR
20 Lehigh 9-3 32 NR

 

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Maryland WR’s Diggs, Long return to practice field after suffering season ending injuries

Posted on 07 April 2014 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Wide Receivers Deon Long and Stefon Diggs are back on the practice field as they continue their recovery from season-ending injuries that cut their 2013 campaign short.

Both Diggs and Long participated in 7-on-7 and individual drills as the team continues to prepare for the annual Red-White Spring game this upcoming Friday.

“They’re really excited to be back,” head coach Randy Edsall said. “We’ve been getting a lot of good work in as a team, so it’s nice to be able to get these guys back out here to get some reps in.”

The two are continuing to rehab back from leg injuries that ended both receivers’ seasons against Wake Forrest last season. Through seven games last season, Diggs registered 587 receiving yards and three touchdowns and Long amassed 489 yards and one touchdown catch.

“It feels good to be out here with my teammates,” Long said. “You just have to come out here and play every play like it’s your last. If we all do that, there’s no telling how far we can go.”

The time rehabbing has given both Diggs and Long the opportunity to sharpen their game off the field as the two took the opportunity to meet with wide receivers coach Keenan McCardell and review film.

“I take everything he says to heart,” Diggs said. “He’s going to make both of us complete receivers and all-around better receivers. As a coach, he is going to lead us in the right direction, and I appreciate it.”

The energy and competitiveness the two bring to the table has given the wide receiver unit, as well as the team, a little extra motivation on the field.

“It was very helpful to have Stefon [Diggs] around,” Long said. “Just looking and seeing that there was a teammate doing the same thing that I was doing, really pushed us to get better.”

And while Long and Diggs have been pushing each other to get better during this rehab process, both are very excited to be getting back on the field to the game they love.

“It’s good to have him [Deon Long] next to me on the field and off the field,” Diggs said. “He’s a great friend. I’m going to continue to learn from him, and he is going to continue to learn from me. We work off each other, but right now, we are just happy to be back.”

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Maryland AD Anderson on Williams HOF election: “(His) contributions…are unmatched”

Posted on 07 April 2014 by WNST Staff

Williams Elected for Enshrinement in Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Former University of Maryland head coach Gary Williams has been elected for enshrinement in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as announced today. The Class of 2014 will be enshrined during festivities in Springfield, Mass. on Friday, August 8.

“On behalf of the University of Maryland athletics department, we want to congratulate Gary on being selected for induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame,” said Maryland director of athletics Kevin Anderson. “Over the past five decades, Gary’s contributions to the University of Maryland as an alum, player and coach are unmatched. Gary has earned this honor through his unwavering commitment and dedication to the game of basketball. He had the uncanny ability to bring the best out of his players. Gary is an outstanding coach and great friend, whose drive, passion and knowledge of the game have led him to the pinnacle of his profession.”

Selected for induction into National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame last month, Williams will be the first coach in history to be selected to both institutions in the same year. Joining Williams in the Class of 2014 is Immaculata University’s AIAW National Championship teams of the early 1970s, Alonzo Mourning, Nolan Richardson, Mitch Richmond, Bob Leonard, Nat Clifton, Sarunas Marciulionis, Guy Rodgers and David Stern.

To be elected, finalists required 18 of 24 votes from the Honors Committee for election into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.  The addition of the direct elect committees were incorporated into the election process to maintain a strong focus on keeping history on the forefront of the voting procedures and to preserve a balance between two eras of basketball.

“Gary Williams is an icon not only here at the University of Maryland, but for all of college basketball,” said Wallace D. Loh, President.  “I congratulate Coach Williams on this much-deserved honor and I celebrate this moment with Terp alumni and fans all over the world.”

Upon returning to the College Park campus in 1989, Gary Williams (Maryland ‘68) led his alma mater’s basketball program from a period of troubled times to an era of national prominence during his 22 seasons at the helm from 1993-2011.

With 14 NCAA Tournament berths in his final 18 seasons, Williams and his staff garnered seven Sweet Sixteen appearances, a pair of consecutive Final Four showings, and the 2002 National Championship – the first of its kind in Maryland basketball history.

“I want to congratulate Gary on this prestigious honor,” said current Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon. “Gary is as respected as they come in the coaching profession. He won at every level, did things the right way and will be recognized as one of the all-time greats in our profession. His record and championship pedigree speak for themselves.”

After leading the Terrapins to the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season title in 2010, Williams was voted the league’s Coach of the Year by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association. It was his second such award, as he was also honored in 2002.

With an all-time record of 461-252 (.646) as Maryland’s head coach, Williams stands as the Terrapins all-time winningest head basketball coach. He passed Charles “Lefty” Driesell, who amassed 348 victories in 18 seasons from 1969 to 1986.

The rise of the Maryland program ran parallel with Williams’ ascent among the most notable in the collegiate coaching fraternity. Williams was one of only five coaches to boast a string of 11 consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament from 1994-2004. He produced at least 20 wins in a school-record eight straight seasons from 1996-97 to 2003-04.

Williams was heralded as the national and Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year during the Terps’ 2002 championship run.

In 2001, Williams became just the sixth coach since 1980 to direct his alma mater to the Final Four. A year later, he became the first coach since 1974 to guide his alma mater to a national title.

A former Terrapin point guard and 1968 graduate, Williams was a starter under coach Bud Millikan during the 1965, 1966 and 1967 seasons. He was the team captain as a senior and still lists one of his most memorable basketball moments as his experience as a spectator at the 1966 national championship game conducted at Maryland’s legendary Cole Field House, between Texas Western and Kentucky.

Williams was hired by Maryland on June 13, 1989, inheriting a team that had won only nine games the year before and finished in last place in the ACC. Displaying his coaching abilities immediately, he helped the Terps to 19 wins while advancing to the second round of the National Invitation Tournament – and making him the first coach in school history to lead a team into the postseason in his first year.

Williams began his coaching career as a graduate student at Maryland under freshman coach Tom Davis. The 1969 freshman team finished with a 12-4 record as Williams bonded with Davis in a relationship that would serve him well as his coaching career progressed.

After earning a degree in business, he continued his coaching career as an assistant at Woodrow Wilson High School in Camden, N.J. After one year, he took over as the head coach and guided his first team to a perfect 27-0 record and the state title. Williams has called that season “the ultimate — there wasn’t another game to win.” Upon winning the NCAA West Region championship in 2001, he fondly recalled his championship at Camden as the “only other time I’ve ever got to cut down a net.”

Williams spent one more year at Woodrow Wilson before accepting an invitation from Davis in 1972 to become an assistant at Lafayette College. While an assistant at Lafayette, Williams also served as the head soccer coach. In 1978, Williams accompanied Davis to Boston College. After one year there, Williams became the head coach at American University.

Williams immediately began making his mark at American. His 1981 squad set the still-standing school record for victories with a 24-6 mark, won the East Coast Conference championship, and played in the NIT. Williams was named the district coach of the year.

American returned to postseason play the next season as the Williams-led Eagles went 21-9 and played in the NIT for the second consecutive year. Only once prior to Williams’ arrival had AU attended a postseason tournament, and the Eagles have not returned since. Williams’ four-year record at AU was 72-42.

In 1983, Williams succeeded Davis at Boston College. He was once again an instant success, posting a 25-7 record and leading the Eagles to the regular-season championship of the Big East in his first season. Making his first appearance in the NCAA Tournament, Williams directed the Eagles to the Sweet 16. He finished third in the balloting for national coach of the year, and was honored again as the Eastern Coach of the Year by his peers. He went on to duplicate that NCAA Tournament success again in 1985, leading B.C. back to the Sweet Sixteen.

In 1987, Williams accepted the head coaching job at Ohio State, becoming the 10th basketball coach in that school’s illustrious history. He succeeded Eldon Miller and once again enjoyed success. In three years, the Buckeyes made three postseason appearances. His first squad defeated then-No. 1 and unbeaten Iowa (coached by Tom Davis) in the regular season, in what would be the first of many giant-killings.

During Williams’ three-year term at Ohio State, the Buckeyes defeated a second-ranked Purdue team, perennial power Kansas and highly regarded Big Ten powers Michigan and Illinois. Each of Williams’ three Ohio State teams advanced to postseason play, and he laid the groundwork for the highly successful teams that followed when he left Columbus for College Park.

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Former Terps coach Williams elected to Naismith Hall of Fame

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Former Terps coach Williams elected to Naismith Hall of Fame

Posted on 05 April 2014 by WNST Staff

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Maryland women set for Final Four showdown Sunday night against Notre Dame

Posted on 05 April 2014 by WNST Staff

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The fourth-seeded Maryland women’s basketball team (28-6) will take on top-seeded Notre Dame (36-0) Sunday at 6:30 p.m. ET in the NCAA Final Four at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.

The Terps-Irish matchup will be shown on ESPN and ESPN3.com and can be heard on ESPN 980 (DC).

For the full NCAA Tournament bracket, log on tohttp://www.ncaa.com/interactive-bracket/basketball-women/d1. The winner of Sunday’s matchup will take on Connecticut or Stanford Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. ET in the NCAA National Championship game.

Three-time All-American Alyssa Thomas scored 22 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as Maryland reached its fourth NCAA Final Four all-time with a 76-73 win at third-seeded Louisville Tuesday night. Freshman Lexie Brown added 20 points and senior Katie Rutan scored 12.

This is the seventh all-time meeting between the Terps and the Irish. Maryland owns the series, 4-2. The Irish won this year’s regular season meeting between the two, 87-83, at Comcast Center on Jan. 29. Alyssa Thomas led a furious second half comeback for the Terrapins with 29 points and 12 rebounds as they took a one-point lead with minutes to play.

In last year’s NCAA Tournament run, the fourth-seeded Terrapins cruised past Quinnipiac, 72-52, in the First Round in College Park, then beat Michigan State, 74-49 to advance to the Sweet Sixteen. Maryland fell to eventual national champion Connecticut in the Sweet Sixteen in Bridgeport, Conn.

This marks Maryland’s 22nd NCAA Tournament appearance and 10th in head coach Brenda Frese’s 12 years. She’s led Maryland to four Elite Eights, five Sweet Sixteens, two Final Fours and the 2006 NCAA Championship. Her all-time record with Maryland in the Tournament is 25-8 (.758).

The Terrapins are a top four seed for the 13th time in school history No. 4 seed for the third time. They are 7-2 all-time as the fourth-seed.

Thomas became Maryland’s all-leading scorer in the men’s or women’s history in the NCAA First Round with her 13 points. She passed Juan Dixon (2,269) and currently has 2,342 career points. She also has 1,229 career rebounds, which ties her with Crystal Langhorne for the school record.

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Maryland F Thomas named WBCA All-American

Posted on 05 April 2014 by WNST Staff

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Senior Alyssa Thomas of the Maryland women’s basketball team is one of 10 players in the country to be named an All-American by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Saturday. She is the first in program history to earn the honor three times.

The WBCA All-America Team was announced at a ceremony held at Bridgestone Arena during the 2014 NCAA® Women’s Final Four® Super Saturday festivities. The 10-member team was decided from a group of 52 finalists by the selection committee at an in-person meeting held during the 2014 WBCA National Convention.

Thomas was named a First Team All-American by the Associated Press and a USBWA All-American earlier this week.

She was named ACC Player of the Year for the third consecutive year by the Blue Ribbon Panel earlier this month. Thomas is just the second player in history to earn the ACC’s top individual honor three times.

Thomas leads the Terrapins (28-6) in scoring with 19.1 points per game and in rebounding with 11.0 rebounds per game and averaged 4.3 assists per game. In the NCAA First Round, she passed Juan Dixon as Maryland’s all-time leading scorer. She currently has 2,341 career points and is tied with Crystal Langhorne as the school’s leading rebounder with 1,229 career boards.

Thomas has an ACC-best 28 double-doubles in 34 games played this year and leads the nation with four triple-doubles. She is one of just three players in NCAA history with six or more triple-doubles in her career and is one triple-double shy of tying the NCAA career and season records.

Thomas is joined on the team by Stefanie Dolson (Connecticut), Bria Hartley (Connecticut), Breanna Stewart (Connecticut), Kayla McBride (Notre Dame), Jewell Loyd (Notre Dame), Odyssey Sims (Baylor), Jordan Hooper (Nebraska), Tiffany Mitchell (South Carolina) and Chiney Ogwumike (Stanford).

“The 10 student-athletes who have been selected to the 2014 Division I Coaches’ All-America Team are extremely deserving of this award,” said WBCA CEO Beth Bass. “These young women have led their teams to be contenders for conference championships and berths in the NCAA Tournament. Each of these young women is the one on her team who the coach can turn to in order to take the program to the next level.”

Fourth-seeded Maryland will take on top-seeded Notre Dame (36-0) Sunday at 6:30 p.m. ET at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. The Terps-Irish matchup will be shown on ESPN and ESPN3.com and can be heard on ESPN 980 (DC).

For the full bracket, log on to http://www.ncaa.com/interactive-bracket/basketball-women/d1.

In last year’s NCAA Tournament run, the fourth-seeded Terrapins cruised past Quinnipiac, 72-52, in the First Round in College Park, then beat Michigan State, 74-49 to advance to the Sweet Sixteen. Maryland fell to eventual national champion Connecticut in the Sweet Sixteen in Bridgeport, Conn.

This marks Maryland’s 22nd NCAA Tournament appearance and 10th in head coach Brenda Frese’s 12 years. She’s led Maryland to five Elite Eights, six Sweet Sixteens, two Final Fours and the 2006 NCAA Championship. Her all-time record with Maryland in the Tournament is 25-8 (.758).

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Maryland to play Villanova in 2014 Jimmy V Classic

Posted on 03 April 2014 by WNST Staff

Four historic college basketball programs — Indiana, Louisville, Maryland and Villanova – will participate in the 20th annual Jimmy V Men’s Basketball Classic doubleheader on Tuesday, Dec. 9. ESPN will televise both games from New York City’s famed Madison Square Garden, beginning with Villanova vs. Maryland at 7 p.m. ET followed by Indiana vs. Louisville at 9 p.m.

The early-season event will conclude the eighth annual Jimmy V Week, a weeklong initiative across multiple ESPN platforms and programs featuring special content to help raise funds for cancer research. In seven years, Jimmy V Week has generated $8,246,000 in total contributions for The V Foundation for Cancer Research, including a record-setting number of $1,827,000 in 2013.

Each game will include a defending conference champion that participated in the 2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship and lost to an eventual Final Four team: Defending BIG EAST regular-season champion Villanova, a two-seed in the NCAA Championship, lost to Connecticut while American regular-season co-champion and conference champion, Louisville, lost to Kentucky in the Sweet Sixteen.

Villanova vs. Maryland at 7 p.m.: Villanova has defeated Maryland in four of the five all-time meetings. Maryland, making its Big Ten Conference debut next season, will make its first appearance in the Jimmy V Classic. Villanova will play in its third Jimmy V Classic, losing the previous two games: 67-58 to Texas in 2008 and 81-71 to Missouri in 2011.

Indiana vs. Louisville at 9 p.m.: Indiana holds a 10-6 record over Louisville, but lost the last meeting between the teams in 2003. Indiana has won its previous two Jimmy V Classic games, defeating North Carolina 82-73 in 1999 and Pittsburgh 64-54 in 2009. Louisville, making its Atlantic Coast Conference debut next season, will play in its second Jimmy V Classic after losing to Arizona 72-65 in 2006.

Tickets for the Jimmy V Classic will go on sale at a later date this fall.  Ticket prices range from $15-$275 and will be available for purchase at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, Ticketmaster charge by phone at (866) 858-0008 and online at www.ticketmaster.com and www.thegarden.com.

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