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Maryland Tries To Snap Losing Streak Saturday Against Va Tech

Posted on 28 January 2012 by WNST Staff

Virginia Tech (12-8, 1-4) at Maryland (12-7, 2-3)
Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012 | 2:30 p.m. | Comcast Center
ACC Network-WNUV 54 in Baltimore | Terrapin Sports Radio Network

  • Maryland will look to put an end to its three-game losing streak when it plays at home in a Saturday matinee matchup with Virginia Tech. The Terrapins are tied for sixth in the Atlantic Coast Conference standings with a 2-3 record. The Hokies were in 11th after opening league play at 1-4.
  • The Terrapins lost both games against Virginia Tech last season, losing 74-57 at home in January and 91-83 in Blacksburg in February. Maryland still holds a 27-10 edge in the all-time series.
  • Senior guard Sean Mosley continues to climb a number of career charts for the Terrapins. He is 34 points away from becoming the 50th Terrapin in history with 1,000 career points and has already become the 40th Terp with at least 500 rebounds. Mosley has 2,971 career minutes on the floor for the Terps (22nd all-time) and will soon become the 21st Terrapin with at least 3,000 minutes. Mosley is 16th on the career steals list with 133 and a start Saturday against Virginia Tech will be his 96th, tying him for 17th on Maryland’s all-time list. He is in line to become only the eighth Terrapin in history to combine 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 200 assists and 120 steals in a career.
  • Sophomore guard Terrell Stoglin posted his 17th consecutive game in double figures in points with a team-high 16 against Duke on Wednesday night. Stoglin now averages 20.9 points per game, best in the Atlantic Coast Conference (Harrison Barnes of North Carolina was at 17.4 before Thursday’s game at home against NC State.) With a third of the season remaining, Stoglin could end up pushing some Maryland school records for a sophomore. Tom McMillen averaged 21.2 points per game in 1972 and only three Maryland sophomores have averaged 20 ppg (McMillen, Joe Smith with 20.8 in 1995 and John Lucas with 20.1 in 1974). Stoglin is also closing on the sophomore mark for 3-pointers in a season, with his 48 in striking distance of the 64 made by Greivis Vasquez in 2008.
  • Following the matinee tilt with the Hokies, Maryland plays a number of its remaining games on the road. The Terps are home only three times in February, but hit the road for six ACC games. North Carolina will pay a visit to Comcast Center on Saturday, Feb. 4 in a game now slated to be carried on ESPN.
  • The Terps’ schedule is difficult the rest of the way. Of their 10 games remaining in the regular season following the meeting with Virginia Tech, the Terps play five nationally ranked teams (home-and-home with North Carolina, home-and-home with Virginia and the annual trip to Duke).Scouting the Hokies
  • After a 70-68 home loss to BYU Wednesday night, Virginia Tech has a 12-8 record on the season… The Hokies have dropped five of the last six and have a 1-4 mark in the conference, with the lone win coming at 15th-ranked Virginia last Sunday.
  • The Hokies have been stingy defensively, allowing opponents to just 60.5 ppg and 39.3 percent shooting… They’ve been especially good on the perimeter, holding opposing teams to 25.1 percent shooting from 3-point range, a mark that leads the conference. In their win at Virginia, Tech held the Cavaliers to 45 points.
  • Though they haven’t reached the 70-point plateau in the last seven games (2-5 over that span), the Hokies are 8-0 when they do score 70 or more… Junior guard Erick Green is the top offensive threat, averaging 15.8 ppg on 48.1 percent shooting… Green also has a team-high 56 assists to just 30 turnovers, with his 1.9 assist-to-turnover ratio ranking fifth in the ACC.
  • Senior guard Dorenzo Hudson is the second-leading scorer, averaging 11.8 ppg, while freshman forward Dorian Finney-Smith is the Hokies’ top rebounder with 7.3 rpg… 6-foot-7 swingman Jarell Eddie has made 36 of 73 (.493) 3-pointers this season.

    Upcoming

    Following a trip to Miami on 2/1, the Terps then return home to face nationally ranked North Carolina on 2/4… Note that the North Carolina game will also be televised only on ESPN.

    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.

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Maryland-Duke Postgame Notes

Posted on 26 January 2012 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Postgame notes following Maryland’s 74-61 loss to Duke Wednesday at Comcast Center.

Tipping Off: Maryland lost its third straight to fall to 12-7 and 2-3 in the ACC, while Duke improved to 17-3 and 5-1 in the conference … Duke has won four straight and leads the all-time series 111-61 … the loss also snapped an eight-game home winning streak for the Terps.

`Gary Williams Court’ Dedicated: Former head coach Gary Williams was on hand prior to the game for the dedication of Gary Williams Court. Williams’ signature is now on the Comcast Center floor in front of the visiting bench, and across the court from the home bench. A few highlights from Williams’ 22-year career at Maryland:

  • Williams retired as the winningest coach in school history with a 461-252 record.
  • 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. The Terps made 11 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances from 1994-2004.
  • Williams was national coach of the year in 2002, and ACC coach of the year in 2002 and 2010.
  • At the time he retired, Williams was fifth among active coaches at the times with a 668-330 (.637) overall record in 33 seasons.3PT FG% Defense: Duke came into the game ranked first in the ACC and seventh nationally in 3-point field goal percentage at .409. Maryland held the Blue Devils to 3-of-16 shooting (.188), a season low. Though Maryland’s two previous opponents shot better than 40 percent from 3PT, six of the seven before that had been held under 30 percent.

    Balanced Attack: Maryland had a balanced scoring attack in the first half, as eight of nine players who saw the floor scored. Sean Mosley and Ashton Pankey were the high scorers with six apiece. Alex Len was the lone Terp not to score in the half but had a bucket in the second half.

    Pankey Gets Start: Ashton Pankey drew his first start since the Radford game (12/23/11) and delivered a solid performance. The redshirt freshman had eight points on eight rebounds in 23 minutes of action. His five offensive rebounds were one shy of a season high.

    Stoglin Strong In Second Half: Despite scoring just four points in the first half, Terrell Stoglin tallied 12 in the second to finish with 16. Stoglin had multiple assists for the fourth straight game, finishing with three. He also had two rebounds and didn’t commit a turnover in 33 minutes.

    First-Half Notes: The teams were near even on the boards, with Maryland holding a slight edge, 18-17 … Duke held a 22-16 edge on points in the paint and a 12-8 edge in bench points … the Terps committed just four turnovers and Duke committed just three … Duke assisted on nine of its 14 field goals, while Maryland had four assists on 11 field goals.

    Second-Half Notes: Duke held a 19-13 edge on the boards and an 18-10 advantage in the paint … the Terps had 10 2nd-chance points to seven for the Blue Devils.

    Tidbits: Maryland used a starting lineup of Pe’Shon Howard, Terrell Stoglin, Sean Mosley, James Padgett and Ashton Pankey for the first time this season … the Terps had their first sellout of the season, with 17,950 in attendance … afterAlex Len’s jumper put Maryland ahead 45-42, Duke used an 11-2 run over 3:57 to take a lead it didn’t relinquish …Pe’Shon Howard had a season-high two 3-pointers … Maryland’s largest lead was 8 (1st half, 13:16), while Duke’s was 13 (2nd half, 00:34).

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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 Steps Out of ACC to Visit Temple Saturday

Posted on 20 January 2012 by WNST Staff

Maryland (12-5) at Temple (12-5)
Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012 | 11 a.m. | The Palestra
ESPNU | Terrapin Sports Radio Network

Maryland hits the road for a Saturday-morning test against Temple at the storied Palestra. The Terrapins and Owls come into today’s game with identical 12-5 records. The Terps are attempting to avoid back-to-back losses for the first time this season.

The game is the last non-conference test in the regular season for Maryland. The Terps are 10-3 so far outside the Atlantic Coast Conference, including a 2-2 mark in neutral-site games. Today’s matchup with Temple is Maryland’s first non-conference matchup of the year.

Sophomore guard Terrell Stoglin led Maryland with 27 points and four assists on Tuesday at Florida State. Stoglin remains the leading scorer in the Atlantic Coast Conference at 21.2 points per game and was sixth in the nation in scoring coming into the game at FSU. Stoglin has an ACC-best 12 games with at least 20 points and is the only player in the league thus far with a pair of 30-point games.

Stoglin is third in the ACC in 3-point percentage (.413) and second in 3-pointers per game (2.6). He has made 29 of 61 (.475) in the last seven games for the Terrapins. His 45 this season are already fourth on the list for sophomores at Maryland. Greivis Vasquez had 64 for the Terps as a sophomore in 2008.

Senior Sean Mosley is closing on a number of milestones in his versatile and memorable Maryland career. Against Florida State, he became the 40th Terrapin in history with 500 career rebounds. He is 43 points away from becoming the 50th Terrapin in history with 1,000 career points and is 50 minutes away from becoming the 21st Terrapin to play 3,000 minutes in his career.Scouting the Owls

Temple improved to 12-5 overall and 2-2 in the Atlantic-10 with its 76-70 home win over La Salle on Wednesday… The Owls come in at No. 24 in the most recently released RPI and have a 4-1 record at home, with the sole loss coming to Dayton on Jan. 7.

A trio of guards account for a little more than 63 percent of Temple’s scoring: senior Ramone Moore leads the team with 17.0 ppg, junior Khalif Wyatt is averaging 16.4 ppg and senior Juan Fernandez is contributing 11.5 ppg… All three rank in the top 10 of the A-10 in scoring.

Wyatt has a 21.0 ppg average over the last four games, all conference contests, and is shooting 42.1 percent from 3PT this season… 6-foot-6 junior forward Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson is the fourth Owl in the starting lineup averaging double figures at 10.1 ppg…

In the absence of Michael Eric, a 6-foot-11 forward who was averaging 11.3 rpg and 10.5 ppg but has missed the last 13 games with an injury, the Owls have turned to redshirt freshman Anthony Lee in the starting lineup… Lee is averaging 7.1 rpg, 5.9 ppg and has a team-high 31 blocks…

Temple ranks second in the A-10 in 3FG% at .392… In addition to Wyatt shoting 42.1 percent, Aaron Brown is shooting 40.4 percent and Fernandez is shooting 38.7 percent from long range.

Upcoming

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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Maryland Tries to Make It Back to Back With Visit From Jackets Sunday

Posted on 15 January 2012 by WNST Staff

Georgia Tech (8-8, 1-1) at Maryland (11-4, 1-1)
Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012 | 4 p.m. | Comcast Center
ACC Network-WNUV 54 locally in Baltimore
Terrapin Sports Radio Network

Maryland plays host to Georgia Tech in the second of back-to-back home games early in the Atlantic Coast Conference season. The Terrapins and Yellow Jackets are in a pack of league teams in the middle of the standings at 1-1. Each team won their most recent outing with Maryland winning at home 70-64 on Wednesday over Wake Forest and Georgia Tech winning Wednesday at NC State, 82-71.

The Terrapins are finishing a run of home games that had them playing only two games away from Comcast Center over a long period. The Terps played at Verizon Center in downtown Washington, D.C., in a win over Notre Dame on Dec. 4, 2011, and traveled to NC State on Jan. 8, 2012 to open their ACC schedule. Surrounding those two trips, Maryland played 10 home games, and comes into this afternoon’s matchup with the Yellow Jackets with a 9-1 mark at home this season. The schedule evens out over the next 1-1/2 months as eight of Maryland’s next 13 games are away from Comcast Center.

Maryland has won eight of its last nine games in a stretch dating back to the 78-71 win over Notre Dame on Dec. 4. During that time, the Terrapins have been playing considerably more of a Mark Turgeon-style by concentrating on defense and rebounding. Maryland has held opponents to just 67.3 points per game and .420 shooting from the floor. The Terps have held a plus-8.3 per game edge in rebounding and have out-boarded eight of their nine opponents in that streak.

Maryland is also taking strong advantage of the addition of sophomore point guard Pe’Shon Howard and redshirt freshman center Alex Len. Howard leads the team with a 4.8 assists-per-game average and has been on the floor an average of 31.8 minutes per game since his return. In his five games, Len has missed only eight shots from the floor (.729, 21-for-29), averaged 11.8 points per game, grabbed 7.4 rebounds per game and blocked 2.4 shots each outing.

Junior forward James Padgett continues to lead the ACC in offensive rebounding and is sixth in the nation in that category. Among his 96 rebounds in 15 games this season, 63 have come off the offensive glass (66 percent). Padgett had 11 points and eight boards (six offensive) in 19 minutes on Wednesday in the win over Wake Forest.

Sophomore guard Terrell Stoglin led the Terrapins in Wednesday’s win over Wake Forest with 20 points. It marked the 11th time in 15 games this season that Stoglin has hit the 20-point plateau. He remains the ACC’s leading scorer with a 21.3 points per game average. Stoglin has 38 3-pointers this season, already tied for sixth with Duane Simpkins (1994) on the sophomore list of 3FG. Greivis Vasquez hit 64 treys in 2008 to hold the school record by a sophomore.

The matchup with the Yellow Jackets is the first of two this season. Maryland returns the home game in a Feb. 25 trip to Atlanta. Maryland, which holds a 38-34 edge in the all-time series with Georgia Tech, has won 10 of the last 11 in the series. Maryland had a nine-game winning streak against the Yellow Jackets snapped in the 2010 ACC Tournament in a 69-64 loss before winning in Atlanta, 74-63, in last season’s only meeting between the teams.

Scouting the Yellow Jackets

Georgia Tech is 8-8 with a 1-1 mark in the ACC after picking up an 82-71 win at NC State on Wednesday… The Yellow Jackets had lost four consecutive prior to the win over NC State, dropping games to Mercer, Fordham, Alabama and Duke… Brian Gregory is in his first season as head coach after spending the previous eight seasons at Dayton.

Glen Rice Jr., a 6-foot-5 junior guard, is averaging a team-best 14.4 ppg and is shooting 51.8 percent from the field, which ranks fifth in the ACC… Rice has come off the bench the last three games and poured in 28 points vs. Duke and 22 against the Wolfpack, making 7 of 10 shots at NC State as Tech shot 51 percent as a team…

Rice was one of five Yellow Jackets to score in double figures in the win over NC State – guards Mfon Udofia (17), Brandon Reed (12) and Jason Morris (10), along with center Daniel Miller (10) helped make up a balanced scoring attack… Udofia leads the team with 40 assists and ranks second with 11.2 ppg, while Miller is averaging a team-best 6.8 rpg and ranks second in the league with 45 blocks…

Georgia Tech is one of the better teams on the boards in the conference, outrebounding its opponents by an average margin of 6.6 rpg, trailing just North Carolina (plus-12) and NC State (plus-6.7)… The Yellow Jackets are also third in blocked shots (5.7 bpg) and fourth in field goal percentage defense (.385).

Upcoming

Maryland hits the road for its next two games, having to face a tight turnaround after the Georgia Tech game on Sunday. The Terrapins will practice Monday, then fly to Tallahassee that night in preparation for a 9 p.m. tipoff Tuesday at Florida State… 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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Terps Shoot For First ACC Win Wednesday Against Wake

Posted on 11 January 2012 by WNST Staff

Wake Forest (10-5, 1-0) at Maryland (10-4, 0-1)
Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012 | 7 p.m. | Comcast Center
RSN/CSN-Plus | Terrapin Sports Radio Network

The Wake Forest game on 1/11 will begin at 7 p.m. due to television commitments, a departure from Maryland’s normal 8 p.m. weeknight starts. Fans are encouraged to arrive on campus early and to pay attention to area traffic reports. Campus Public Safety officials suggest avoiding the Campus Drive entrance off U.S. Route 1.

Maryland returns to Comcast Center for the first of back-to-back home games against Atlantic Coast Conference opponents when it plays host to Wake Forest on Wednesday night. The Terrapins lost their ACC opener at NC State on Sunday, 79-74, while the Demon Deacons won at home, 58-55, over Virginia Tech on Saturday.

Redshirt freshman center Alex Len earned ACC Rookie of the Week honors on Monday after posting his first career double-double against NC State. Len had 12 points and 11 rebounds against the Wolfpack, also adding two blocked shots. In his four games so far, Len has missed only six shots from the floor (20-for-26, .769) and is averaging 13.5 points and 8.8 rebounds per game.

Sophomore guard Terrell Stoglin continues his hot streak for the Terrapins. He had six 3-pointers against the Wolfpack, marking the third time in the last four games he’s had six treys in a game. Stoglin has moved into second place in the league in 3-point percentage (.429) and third in the ACC in 3-pointers per game (2.6). He is 20-for-36 (.556) behind the arc in the last four games.

Stoglin remains atop the ACC in scoring, now with a 21.4 ppg average. He is sixth in the nation in scoring through last Sunday’s games, and has scored at least 20 points in an ACC-best 10 games this season. His +9.8 improvement in scoring average from a year ago is also tops in the league this season.
 

Senior forward Sean Mosley had 12 points Sunday against the Wolfpack, marking his second straight game with double figures in scoring (also a team-high 19 vs. Cornell). He is now 11 rebounds away from becoming the 40th Terrapin in history with 500 career rebounds. Mosley already ranks among the Terrapins’ top 20 in career steals, now with 129.

Maryland’s improved play of late has come both in defense and rebounding – two keys to success for Mark Turgeon-coached teams. In their last six games, Maryland is allowing opponents a .406 shooting percentage, while the Terps have held an advantage or matched their opponents’ rebounds seven times in the last eight games.

Maryland leads the all-time series with Wake Forest, 64-56, including a sweep of the two games last season. The Terrapins are 7-2 against the Deacs in their last nine outings and own a 4-2 edge in Comcast Center.

Scouting the Demon Deacons

Wake Forest is 10-5 overall and 1-0 in the ACC after dispatching Virginia Tech 58-55 on Saturday… The Demon Deacons have won four of the last five, with the only loss over the last three weeks coming at home to Wofford.

Wake possesses two of the top four scorers in the league in C.J. Harris and Travis McKie… Harris, a 6-foot-3 junior guard, ranks second in the conference with 18.3 ppg, while McKie, a 6-foot-7 sophomore forward, ranks fourth with 17.5 ppg… Combined, the duo accounts for a shade over 51 percent of the team’s scoring, and both are efficient shooters – Harris ranks fifth in the league in FG% (.551) and McKie ranks seventh (.503)… Additionally, Harris has made 27 of 49 attempts (.551) from 3-point range this season.

The third scoring option for the Demon Deacons is sophomore guard Tony Chennault, who is averaging 11.1 ppg and leads the team with 40 assists and 19 steals.

The Demon Deacons have size up front with a pair of 7-foot centers in Carson Desrosiers and Ty Walker… Desrosiers ranks third in the conference with 40 blocks and had four in the win over Virginia Tech despite playing just 16 minutes… Walker, a senior, earned his first start of the season against the Hokies and is averaging 4.3 ppg and 4.8 rpg… Despite that, Wake ranks 11th in the conference in rebounding margin (minus-3.6 rpg).

Upcoming

Maryland returns to Comcast Center for back-to-back conference games against Wake Forest (Wednesday, 1/11, 7 p.m.) and Georgia Tech (Sunday, 1/15, 4 p.m.) before heading back out on the road at Florida State (Tuesday, 1/17, 9 p.m.) and at Temple (Saturday, 1/21, 11 a.m.) the next week.

Notable

The 9th annual coat drive, hosted by Shawne Merriman’s “Lights On Foundation,” will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 11 during the men’s basketball game with Wake Forest. Fans are encouraged to donate any new or gently-used coats, hats, scarves and mittens for distribution to those in need through the local area.

 

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Maryland Opens ACC Play Sunday Night at NC State

Posted on 07 January 2012 by WNST Staff

Maryland (10-3, 0-0) at NC State (11-4, 0-0)
Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012 | 6 p.m. | RBC Center, Raleigh, N.C.
ESPNU | Terrapin Sports Radio Network

  • Maryland enters a hostile enviroment for the first time in the 2011-12 season when it travels to NC State for a Sunday Night battle in Raleigh. The game is the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both teams. The Terrapins have played four games away from Comcast Center this season, but all have been neutral-site matchups (three in San Juan, P.R.; one in Washington, D.C., at Verizon Center).
  • Head coach Mark Turgeon makes his ACC debut also against the Wolfpack with a team that has played just three games with its full complement of players. Sophomore point guard Pe’Shon Howard has played in four games after returning from a broken left foot and 7-foot-1 center Alex Len has played in three games since coming off a 10-game NCAA suspension due to amateurism guidelines.
  • The Terrapins are coming off a perfect December than spilled into a seven-game winning streak with their 70-62 victory over Cornell last Tuesday. A win over the Wolfpack would give Maryland its first eight-game winning streak since the Terps opened the 2006-07 season with an 8-0 start.
  • Sophomore guard Terrell Stoglin continues to lead the ACC in scoring, now with a 21.2 ppg average. Stoglin, who enters the weekend sixth in the nation in scoring, is the only player in the league averaging over 20 points per game and is the only ACC player with two 30-point games this season. He also has a league-best nine 20-point games this year.
  • Senior guard Sean Mosley led Maryland against Cornell on Tuesday with a strong effort. He scored 19 points, grabbed six rebounds, dished out two assists and had two steals in a 28-minute start. He hit 6 of 9 from the floor and was one of three Terps who were 5-for-6 from the foul line.

    Scouting the Wolfpack

  • NC State heads into Sunday night’s matchup riding a five-game winning streak, with the last four victories coming at home by an average margin of 24 points…
  • In his first season at the school, Mark Gottfried has led the Wolfpack to an 11-4 overall record… Two of the four losses came to teams currently ranked in the Associated Press top 25 poll: Syracuse (No. 1) and Indiana (No. 12).
  • Only two teams in the ACC – Duke and North Carolina – shoot a better percentage from the field than NC State… The Wolfpack have hit at a .481 clip thus far, as three of its top five scorers are shooting better than 50 percent: forwards C.J. Leslie (.531) and Richard Howell (.533) and guard C.J. Williams (.533).
  • All five NC State starters average double figures in scoring, led by Leslie’s 13.0 ppg… The Pack normally go three forwards and two guards, with the aforementioned Leslie, Howell and Scott Wood in the front court and Williams and Lorenzo Brown in the backcourt…
  • Wood, a 6-foot-6 junior, leads the ACC in 3-point field goal percentage (.471), with 40 of his 52 made field goals this season coming from long range… Brown, meanwhile, leads the league in steals (1.9 pg) and ranks second with 6.7 assists per game.
  • The Pack, led by Howell and Leslie, is also strong on the boards… Howell is third in the ACC in rebounding (9.9 rpg) while Leslie chips in 6.2 per game… As a team, NC State is outrebounding its opponents by an average margin of 7.8 per game, a mark that ranks second in the conference behind North Carolina.

    Upcoming

    Maryland returns to Comcast Center for back-to-back conference games against Wake Forest (Wednesday, 1/11, 7 p.m.) and Georgia Tech (Sunday, 1/15, 4 p.m.) before heading back out on the road at Florida State and at Temple the next week.

  • Of Note

  • The 8th annual coat drive, hosted by Shawne Merriman’s “Lights On Foundation,” will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 11 during the men’s basketball game with Wake Forest. Fans are encouraged to donate any new or gently-used coats, hats, scarves and mittens for distribution to those in need through the local area.
  • The Wake Forest game on 1/11 will begin at 7 p.m. due to television commitments, a departure from Maryland’s normal 8 p.m. weeknight starts. Fans are encouraged to arrive on campus early and to pay attention to area traffic reports. Campus Public Safety officials suggest avoiding the Campus Drive entrance off U.S. Route 1.

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Inconsistent showing by Terps tempers expectations for start of ACC play

Posted on 04 January 2012 by Luke Jones

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Following Maryland’s 70-62 win over Cornell on Tuesday night, a game that started as a laugher before disintegrating into an erratic nail-biter, coach Mark Turgeon made a telling statement in assessing his players’ state of mind.

And it’s probably appropriate for Terps supporters as well with the ACC schedule days away from commencing.

“Maybe we’re a little caught up in a seven-game winning streak instead of where our team really is and where we need to be.”

With initial expectations as low as they’d been since the early years of the Gary Williams era, the whispers have grown that this 10-3 Maryland team might be better than anyone expected. The return of injured point guard Pe’Shon Howard and the debut of 7-foot-1 Ukrainian Alex Len have sparked excitement that the Terps can make noise in the ACC, where few teams have established themselves as potential threats beyond North Carolina and Duke at the top.

Jumping out to a 16-0 lead in the first 5 1/2 minutes of Tuesday’s game against Cornell was the latest shred of evidence in support of that theory. The Terps enjoyed a 23-point lead with 10:38 remaining in the first half, playing stifling defense and moving the ball around the floor as well as they have all season long as the Big Red had no answers for Maryland’s energy and talent level. It was Maryland’s best 10-minute stretch of basketball all season.

That lead shrank to 41-26 at the half, but Maryland was still in control, looking very much like a team capable of playing with anybody — even when considering Cornell entered the evening with a 4-8 record.

But then the second half started.

“We did what young teams do when [the game] is going easy,” Turgeon said. “We just thought it was going to be easy the whole game and so we quit guarding, we quit chasing down loose balls, we started shooting quick, we got a little bit selfish, and turned the ball over. I was not going to call timeout in the first four minutes and that was more of just trying to help them grow up.”

After shooting a blistering 63 percent in the first half, Maryland failed to register a field goal in the second half until senior Sean Mosley connected on a jumper with 8:34 left after the Terps’ lead had crumbled to just one. To their credit, the Terps did what they needed to down the stretch to secure the victory, making 14 of 17 free throws in the final 20 minutes and holding Cornell to just two points in the final 2:10.

However, the ugly second-half performance was just the latest snapshot of a young team not ready to handle success. Throughout the season, Maryland has struggled to hold significant leads against ordinary competition, a reflection of its immaturity as Turgeon pointed out after the game.

There’s no question the Terps are a better team than they were at the beginning of the season when Howard and Len were on the sidelines. The sophomore point guard allows Terrell Stoglin to focus on scoring — he entered the night sixth in the nation with a 21.8 points per game average — while Len has already shown enough in three games to make you understand why so many are excited about the big man’s potential.

But too many shortcomings remain, as Turgeon pointed out, that will doom the Terps in conference play more often than not. Maryland doesn’t shoot well enough to avoid long scoring droughts like the one it experienced to begin the second half. They take poor shots, with Stoglin heading the list in that department despite his undeniable talent.

The Terps lack focus on the defensive end and still struggle to defend beyond the arc. Fortunately, Cornell went just 7-for-30 from 3-point range or the Terps may have been dealt an embarrassing loss.

“In the first half, we played great defense and played together,” Stoglin said. “At the end of the game, we stayed together and won the game. We are only taking away positive things, not negative.”

Stoglin’s comments were exactly what you’d expect to hear, but you get the sense that Turgeon wants his players to focus a bit more on the negative in hopes of improving. A challenging trip to N.C. State awaits on Sunday as Maryland opens ACC play. The margin of error will shrink exponentially as the Terps won’t be able to survive lackluster performances like they did against Mount St. Mary’s, Florida International, and Radford.

The talent is there for the Terps to beat a few teams they probably shouldn’t, but they must also learn to finish off opponents and play intelligent basketball when enjoying a lead. Tuesday’s win over Cornell was the perfect microcosm of what to expect from an inexperienced Maryland team in 2012.

“We like to make it interesting, there’s no question about it,” Turgeon said. “It was so easy for us early. We were hitting shots, we were executing, we were defending at a level we haven’t defended at this year, and it just came so easy for us.”

It was a beautiful sight for the first 15 minutes of the game, but Maryland still hasn’t figured out how to play a complete game. Until the Terps do, it’s hard to imagine them surviving many contests in the ACC.

 

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Maryland Wraps Non-Conference Play Tuesday Against Cornell

Posted on 03 January 2012 by WNST Staff

Cornell(4-8) at Maryland (9-3)
Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012 | 8 p.m. | Comcast Center
ESPN3 | Terrapin Sports Radio Network

  • The last matchup in Maryland’s six-game homestand comes Tuesday night when Cornell of the Ivy League comes to Comcast Center. The Terrapins are 9-3 and are hoping to continue the momentum of a perfect December and a six-game winning streak. A victory over Cornell would extend the Terps’ string to seven games and match the longest string since they ended the 2009-10 season with a seven-game streak. Maryland’s perfect December was its first since 2008-09.
  • All 15 Terrapins in uniform saw action on New Year’s Eve in a 75-63 win over Samford. The Terrapins put three players in double figures – led by Terrell Stoglin’s 24 points in only 24 minutes. Alex Len had 13 points and seven rebounds, while Nick Faust had 13 points off the bench, including a 3-for-4 performance from 3-point range. Point guard Pe’Shon Howard led the Terps on the boards with nine (all at the defensive end) and dished out five assists.
  • Over the last six games, Maryland has been particularly strong on the glass. The Terrapins have out-rebounded their opponents 241-179 combined over those six games, averaging 10.2 per game more than their opponents in that stretch. The Terps have three players among the top 25 in the Atlantic Coast Conference in rebounding – James Padgett 12th (6.6 rpg), Ashton Pankey 19th (5.4 rpg) and Sean Mosley 22nd (5.2). Alex Len (7.5 rpg) and Pe’Shon Howard (5.3 rpg) have not yet played enough games for the Terps to qualify for the stats leaders. Of note is the current statistic that has Howard with 16 assists and 16 rebounds in his three games back after a broken foot.
  • Stoglin continues to lead the ACC with a 21.8 ppg average, the only player in the league averaging better than 20 points per game. Stoglin has buried six 3-pointers in each of the last two games, including a 6-for-8 effort on New Year’s Eve against Samford. Stoglin has gone from off-the-charts to now second in the ACC in 3-point FG percentage (.418, behind only Scott Wood of NC State, .486) and third in 3-point FG per game (2.3, behind Malcolm Grant of Miami and Wood, 2.8). Stoglin is 15-for-29 from 3-point range in the last four games. He remains the only ACC player to have scored 30 points or more in two games this season.
  • The return of Howard has also seemingly freed up Nick Faust’s offensive game. The freshman from Baltimore has scored in double figures in back-to-back games for the first time this season, following his 10-point performance against Albany with 13 points against Samford. Faust is hitting 10-of-18 from the floor in the last two games, including 3 of 7 from 3-point range. Faust has also been outstanding with his floor game, posting 10 assists and only one turnover in the last three games.
  • Maryland’s meeting with Cornell will be its second all-time and the first since 1993 when the Terrapins earned a 92-41 victory at Cole Field House (11/27/1993).

    Scouting the Big Red

    Cornell enters Tuesday night’s matchup on a four-game losing streak and a 4-8 overall record this season… The Big Red are 0-7 on the road, but have stayed close in six of those games. Discounting a season-opening 79-58 loss at St. Bonaventure, Cornell has lost by an average of seven points per game… Cornell has also played in three overtime games already (2-1 record).

    Under the direction of second-year coach Bill Courtney, Cornell is prone to shoot the long ball – they’ve attempted 294 3-pointers this season – whereas Maryland has taken just 170… Their 8.5 3-point field goals made per game leads the Ivy League and is t-24th nationally… Senior guard Drew Ferry leads the nation in 3-point field goals per game (4.0) and ranks 22nd in 3-point field goal percentage (.457)… Ferry leads the team in scoring at 14.2 ppg

    In its most recent game, a 63-60 loss at Bucknell, Cornell used a starting lineup with three guards and two forwards: joining Ferry in the backcourt were junior Johnathan Gray and senior Chris Wroblewski, while 6-foot-6 sophomore Dwight Tarwater and 6-foot-8 junior Eitan Chemerinski were the starting forwards… Wroblewski leads the team with 69 assists and ranks second in scoring at 8.8 ppg… Gray is averaging just 5.8 ppg but is coming off a career-high 18-point performance against Bucknell.

    Freshman forward Shonn Miller leads the team in rebounding (5.9 pg), though the Big Red rank last in the Ivy League in rebounding margin (minus-8.2 pg).

    Upcoming

    The Cornell game marks the end of Maryland’s six-game homestand. The Terrapins will play their first game in a hostile arena on Sunday when they open their Atlantic Coast Conference schedule at NC State (6 p.m., ESPNU)… Maryland then returns to Comcast Center for confernece matchups with Wake Forest (Wednesday, 1/11) and Georgia Tech (Sunday, 1/15).

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Maryland Hosts Samford in Saturday Matinee

Posted on 30 December 2011 by WNST Staff

Samford (3-8) at Maryland (8-3)
Saturday, Dec. 31 | 2 p.m. | Comcast Center
RSN (CSN locally) | Terrapin Sports Radio Network

 

  • Maryland tries to add to its five-game winning streak on New Year’s Eve with a 2 p.m. matinee against Samford University. The Terrapins are perfect so far through the month of December and could post their first unbeaten December since the 2008-09 season. The Terps are 6-1 at Comcast Center so far this season. The winning streak is the Terps’ longest since they finished the 2009-10 regular season with seven consecutive victories.
  • Wednesday’s 83-72 victory over Albany marked the collegiate debut of Alex Len and the first appearance in the starting lineup this season for Pe’Shon Howard. Len scored 14 points, had eight rebounds and had three blocks in 27 minutes, going 6-for-9 from the floor. Howard had a perfect shooting night, hitting all three field goals, including a 3-pointer, and all four of his free throws on his way to 11 points. Howard also chipped in with eight assists, the most by a Terrapin so far this season.
  • The addition of Len and Howard into the lineup changed the dynamic of the team quite a bit against Albany. Maryland posted team season-bests in a number of categories both offensively and defensively – points scored (83), winning margin (+11), FG (29), FGA (57, tied), FG% (.509), FT% (.727), rebounds (49), defensive rebounds (36), rebound margin (+21), assists (19), blocks (9, tied), FT allowed (7, tied), FTA allowed (12, tied), rebounds allowed (28), defensive rebounds allowed (17, tied).
  • The Albany game also marked the first time Maryland placed five players in double-figure scoring – Terrell Stoglin (22), Len (14), James Padgett (13), Howard (11), Nick Faust (10). All nine Terps who played against the Great Danes finished with at least four rebounds.
  • Sophomore guard Terrell Stoglinscored 14 of his game-high 22 points in the second half against Albany on Wednesday. He hit 6 of 11 shots from 3-point range, setting a new career-best for 3-pointers in a game (previously four, accomplished three times).Stoglin still leads the Atlantic Coast Conference in scoring with a 21.5 points-per-game average and remains the only ACC player averaging more than 20 points. He has hit the 20-point mark eight times this season and is the only ACC player to have a pair of 30-point games. Stoglin is also the league’s best in terms of scoring improvement, having added 10.1 ppg to his 11.4 average from a year ago. He has scored in double figures in nine straight games.
  • Junior forward James Padgett came off the bench to score 13 points against Albany, the sixth time in the last seven games he’s hit double figures. Padgett has improved his scoring average from 7.3 ppg to 9.7 in that stretch. He leads Maryland and is 11th in the ACC in rebounding with a 6.7 rpg average and is averaging 7.8 boards per game over his last five outings. He led or tied for the team lead on the boards in five straight games before being passed by Alex Len’s eight on Wednesday.
  • The meeting with the Bulldogs of the Southern Conference is the first ever between the schools in men’s basketball. It marks the third straight game (Radford, Albany, Samford) and the fourth time this season (Florida Gulf Coast) the Terrapins will meet a new opponent.

    Scouting the Bulldogs

  • Samford enters the New Year’s Eve matchup with Maryland at 3-8 on the season following losses at No. 3 Kentucky and Sam Houston State… Prior to that two-game losing streak the Bulldogs had won a pair in a row, knocking off Lindsey Wilson College and Spring Hill College… Head coach Jimmy Tillette is in his 15th season at Samford with a 221-208 record.
  • A member of the Southern Conference, the Bulldogs returned three starters from last season’s squad including last year’s top scorer Jeffrey Merritt…
  • Merritt, a senior guard, who averaged 10.3 ppg a year ago, is second on the team this season with 9.4 ppg. He leads the team with 6.5 rebounds per game… Sophomore center Drew Windler, another returning starter, leads the team with 11.2 ppg… Guard Will Cook is the third returning starter and is the team’s most frequent 3-point shooter – the sophomore has attempted 48 3-pointers and connected on 17 (35.4 percent)… Redshirt freshman forward Tyler Hood (9.0 ppg) and freshman guard Devin McNeil (6.0 ppg, team-high 32 assists) are among the other top contributors.
  • Samford leads the Southern Conference in 3-point field goals made (9.5 pg), ranks second in assists (15.6 apg) and third in field goal percentage (.442), but it has struggled in rebounding and turnovers… The Bulldogs rank 10th of 12 teams in rebounding margin (-2.3 pg) and 11th in turnover margin (-3.2 pg).

    Upcoming

    Maryland ends its six-game homestand on Tuesday, Jan. 3 against Cornell. After opening their Atlantic Coast Conference schedule on Sunday, Jan. 8 with their first official road game of the season at NC State, the Terrapins return to Comcast Center for back-to-back league games against Wake Forest (Jan. 11) and Georgia Tech (Jan. 15).

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