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Stoglin Says Terps Bounced Back After Virginia Mess to Beat Miami

Posted on 21 February 2012 by WNST Staff

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Maryland Set to Host Miami, Honor Johnny Rhodes Tuesday Night

Posted on 21 February 2012 by WNST Staff

  • Miami (16-9, 7-5) at Maryland (15-11, 5-7)
    Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012 | 8 p.m. | Comcast Center
    ACC Network (WNUV 54 in Baltimore) | Terrapin Sports Radio Network

  • Maryland plays its return match with Miami in a Tuesday-night test at Comcast Center. The Terrapins and Hurricanes played one of the best games of the season so far in the Atlantic Coast Conference on Feb. 1 when the `Canes prevailed in a 90-86 double-overtime game. The Terrapins are 15-11 after last Saturday’s 71-44 loss at 22nd-ranked Virginia, and come into the game tied for seventh place in the league with a 5-7 conference mark. The Canes are 16-9 overall and in a three-way tie for fourth in the league with NC State and Virginia at 7-5.
  • The Terrapins got 33 points from Terrell Stoglin in the double-OT loss at Miami earlier in the season. The talented sophomore had six 3-pointers and went 9-for-9 from the free-throw line. Maryland came back from a 16-point deficit in the final seven minutes of regulation to send the game into overtime.
  • Maryland is completing a tight turnaround in its schedule, with three games in six days. The Terrapins played host to Boston College last Thursday, traveled to Charlottesville for a game early Saturday afternoon and complete the whirlwind against Miami on Tuesday at 8 p.m.
  • Stoglin continues to lead the Atlantic Coast Conference in scoring, now at 21.4 points per game. Stoglin has 24 straight games with double figures in points, and has 18 games with at least 20 points or more. The Terrapins are 12-6 in games in which he hits the 20-point mark. Against Boston College, Stoglin set the school record for 3-pointers in a season by a sophomore. Now with 72, he has surpassed the 64 of Greivis Vasquez in 2008.
  • Nick Faust has been playing particularly well of late, taking over the point guard role after the season-ending knee injury to Pe’Shon Howard. Faust has averaged 14.0 points per game in his last three outings, scoring in double figures in the last three and four of the last five games. He has also stood out at the defensive end, getting 11 steals in the last six games. His five against Boston College marked the first time a Terp player had that many in a game since the ACC Quarterfinals in 2010 when both Greivis Vasquez and Landon Milbourne accomplished that feat.
  • Maryland has won the last two straight over Miami in games played in Comcast Center, including an 81-59 victory on 1/26/2010 in the most recent matchup in College Park.
  • After road games at Georgia Tech on Saturday and at North Carolina on Feb. 29, the Terrapins will play their final game of the regular season at Comcast Center on Sunday, March 4 on Senior Day against Virginia.

    Scouting the Hurricanes

  • Miami is 16-9 and 7-5 in the ACC following a 74-56 home win over Wake Forest on Saturday… The Hurricanes are 4-6 on the road this season, but have won three of the last four, beating Georgia Tech, Boston College and Duke while falling to Florida State.
  • Junior guard Durand Scott is averaging a team-high 12.9 ppg and is one of four Hurricanes averaging double figures… junior forward Kenny Kadji (12.8), senior guard Malcolm Grant (11.6) and junior center Reggie Johnson (11.1) are the other three… Both Scott and Kadji had 18 points in the win over Wake Forest.
  • Miami ranks second in the ACC in 3FG made per game (7.5), with Grant, Trey McKinney Jones and Shane Larkin leading the way… Grant has made 49 of 162 (.302), McKinney Jones 30 of 84 (.357) and Larkin 27 of 76 (.355)… Against Wake Forest the Hurricanes made 12 of 31 3FG attempts (.387).
  • With the 6-foot-10, 284-pound Johnson and 6-foot-11, 251-pound Kadji, Miami has an imposing frontcourt… Johnson is averaging a team-high 7.1 rebounds per game, while Kadji has a team-best 40 blocks.

    Upcoming

    After road games at Georgia Tech on Saturday and at North Carolina on Feb. 29, the Terrapins will play their final game of the regular season at Comcast Center on Sunday, March 4 on Senior Day against Virginia.

    The Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament will be held March 8 to 11 at Phillips Arena in Atlanta.

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With Little to Play For, Maryland Offers Woeful Effort in Charlottesville

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With Little to Play For, Maryland Offers Woeful Effort in Charlottesville

Posted on 18 February 2012 by Glenn Clark

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — As a tie game at halftime turned into a blowout loss to the University of Virginia Saturday, University of Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon decided he couldn’t sit back and watch his scholarship players go through the motions anymore.

With roughly three minutes to play in the game, Turgeon inserted five walk-on players into the Terrapins’ lineup and stuck with them for the rest of the game. It only made a blowout loss more lopsided, but the head coach was in need of making a statement.

“I just had enough” Turgeon said. “Selfishness, not boxing out, not defending. I wanted to do it earlier. You can go down our whole list-if you can tell me one guy that played well today, I’ll argue that you’re wrong. We were 0-14 or however many guys we played today.”

The number actually was 14 players, and none had anything to offer in the second half of the Terrapins’ 71-44 loss to the Cavaliers at John Paul Jones Arena. The Terps (15-11, 5-7 Atlantic Coast Conference) had managed to erase an early deficit and tie things up at intermission thanks to 14 points from G Terrell Stoglin. Stoglin wouldn’t score again after the break, and the Cavs (20-6, 7-5 ACC) outscored Maryland 40-13 the rest of the way.

It was as ugly (if not uglier) than I’m sure it appeared on television. Maryland shot a putrid 5-24 (20.8%) from the field and turned the ball over 12 times after returning from the locker room. Those 12 points resulted in 20 points for the Wahoos, while the Terps forced just one UVa turnover after the half (which actually did result in two points).

There’s no silver lining to Maryland’s second half effort. It was abysmal. It made spectators wonder why the team even bothered to return to the floor after the break. It was so frustrating that the coach compared it to Maryland’s previous season low point.

“This reminded me of Puerto Rico today. I thought we looked like we were disinterested as far as trying to be tough on defense and rebounding. Our execution was poor.”

Turgeon was referring to the team’s early season trip to San Juan for the 5-Hour Energy Puerto Rico Tip-Off, where they lost two of three games-including a blowout defeat at the hands of Iona. After the stretch, Turgeon referred to his team as “the biggest challenge I’ve ever had in coaching; it’s not even close.”

Similarly, Maryland played the three games in Puerto Rico without sophomore PG Pe’Shon Howard, who missed his third straight game Saturday (and will be out for the rest of the season) with a torn ACL. The Terps were also without freshman C Alex Len in Puerto Rico due to suspension. Len tallied zero points, zero rebounds, zero assists, zero blocks and zero steals to go with one turnover and two missed field goals in 20 minutes Saturday. It’s difficult to determine which scenario would have been preferable.

This is the part of the column where I note that Maryland was playing a second game in roughly 40 hours after recording a win over Boston College Thursday night in College Park. Neither Turgeon nor senior G Sean Mosley would use the turnaround as an excuse, but Turegon was willing to admit the span “was hard” on his team. Now I’ve noted it.

I should also probably note that a tip of the cap is warranted for Virginia F Mike Scott, who bowled over four different Maryland defenders en route to a 25 point, seven rebound performance. Scott’s dominance of the Terrapins was perhaps “Plumlee-esque” Saturday. Consider that noted as well.

Sitting nearly an entire level away from the JPJ Arena floor, I started to wonder if the Maryland players had quit in the second half. For what it’s worth, the coach disagreed.

“We didn’t quit, we just hung our head. I wouldn’t say we quit, we just kind of felt sorry for ourselves and weren’t competing as hard as we can compete. I know it might have looked that way a little bit, but I don’t think we quit.”

Perhaps the players never actually quit, but it was a brutal effort that came at a time where it would be easy to see the team give up a bit. This is a difficult stretch for a Maryland team that has frankly overachieved with a thin roster. The players are smart enough to know that there’s no hope of a NCAA Tournament at-large bid and even slim NIT hopes aren’t enticing enough to maintain a high level of energy until March. The only tangible difference between winning and losing at this point is the reaction generated from coaches and fans.

When things aren’t going their way, it is understandable that players may be a little more willing to pack it in down the stretch. It’s not a condemnation of the collective heart of this group of players, it’s just more a look at reality for a team that is too thin in both quantity and quality.

It’s also not an excuse for poor effort down the stretch. Maryland’s second half performance was absolutely unacceptable even against a Virginia team in need of a strong effort to hold on their place in the nation’s Top 25. Things won’t necessarily get any easier for Maryland, as bubble dwelling Miami invades Comcast Center Tuesday and the final three games of the regular season include a return contest with Scott and the Cavaliers plus trips to North Carolina and Georgia Tech.

If Turgeon thought the stretch after the Puerto Rico trip was going to be a challenge, it would be hard to find the right word to describe the rest of the season.

The word is definitely not “easy”. That much I know.

-G

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Terps Make Quick Turnaround for Saturday Visit to Virginia

Posted on 18 February 2012 by WNST Staff

MARYLAND (15-10, 5-6) AT #22/22 VIRGINIA (19-6, 6-5)
Saturday, February 18, 2012 • 1 p.m. EST
Game #26 • Road Game #7 • Charlottesville, Va. • John Paul Jones Arena
Radio: Terrapin Sports Radio Network – Johnny Holliday (Play-by-Play), Chris Knoche (Analyst)
TV: ACC Network – Tim Brant (Play-by-Play), Cory Alexander (Analyst)-Locally on WNUV-TV.

• Maryland travels to Charlottesville for its first matchup of the season but the 176th all-time with Virginia, which is currently ranked 22nd in both polls. The Terps are tied with Clemson for seventh in the ACC with a 5-6 mark, just one game behind the fifth-place tie between the Cavaliers and Miami. Maryland and Virginia close the regular season on Sunday, March 4 at Comcast Center in a 2 p.m. matchup.
• Maryland scored its most lopsided victory of the season on Thursday in an 81-65 victory over Boston College. The Terrapins took control with a 14-0 run over a 2:45 stretch of the first half that gave Maryland an 18-10 lead. All 14 of those points were by sophomore guard Terrell Stoglin. The streak extended to a 29-4 run over 7:51 that put Maryland ahead 33-14 with 7:53 left before halftime. Stoglin had 19 of his game-high 24 in the first half.
• Stoglin set the sophomore record for 3-pointers in a season against BC, with his five giving him 68 for the year. Greivis Vasquez had 64 during the 2008 season for the record. Stoglin became the 16th Terrapin with 100 3-pointers in his career in that game and has tied Terence Morris (1995-99) for 15th on the all-time list with 101. Stoglin has accomplished that milestone in only 58 career games.
• Junior forward James Padgett came off the bench against BC for the first time in 14 games and played well. His 15 points (one off his career-high) came on near-perfect shooting, as he went 5-for-5 from the floor and 5-for-6 at the line. Padgett also had eight rebounds for the Terrapins.
• Maryland is in a tight stretch of quick turnarounds, with less than 48 hours between the BC and Virginia games. The Terps play three games in six days, including Tuesday’s home game with Miami.

Scouting the Cavaliers
• No. 22 Virginia enters Saturday’s game with a record of 19-6, including 6-5 in the ACC… However, the Cavaliers have dropped three of their last four and sit in a tie for fifth in the standings… Virginia is 12-1 at home with the lone blemish a 47-45 loss to Virginia Tech on Jan. 22.
• Senior forward Mike Scott, an ACC Player of the Year candidate, leads the team in scoring at 16.9 ppg, third in the league… He is also first in the conference in field-goal percentage (.596) and sixth in rebounding (8.2 rpg)… Sophomore guard Joe Harris is second on the team in scoring (12.0 ppg)…. Junior guard Jontel Evans is fifth in the conference in both assists (3.7 apg) and steals (1.6 spg).
• Virginia is the top defensive team in the ACC… The Cavaliers are allowing a league-low 52.2 ppg… Opponents are shooting just 39.2 percent from the fl oor which ranks third in the ACC… The Cavaliers
also shoot the ball well, connecting on 46.1 percent of their field-goal attempts, fourth in the ACC
• Tony Bennett is in his third season as head coach… Prior to his stint there, he spent three seasons as head coach at Washington State, where he led the Cougars to two NCAA Tournament appearances.

Upcoming
Maryland has a little better than a 36-hour turnaround before its 1p.m. tipoff at Virginia on Saturday…The Terps then return home on Tuesday for their rematch against Miami (2/21)… Maryland has five
regular-season games on the schedule, two at home and three on the road… Of the five remaining, three are against nationally ranked teams, including the home-and-home with the Cavaliers.

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Maryland’s concerns over Stoglin eased for now in win over Boston College

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Maryland’s concerns over Stoglin eased for now in win over Boston College

Posted on 17 February 2012 by Luke Jones

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — If we’ve learned anything about Mark Turgeon in his first year as head coach at Maryland, it’s that he’ll be completely honest with his feelings, no matter how harsh his words might sound at times.

His relationship with sophomore Terrell Stoglin — the leading scorer in the Atlantic Coast Conference — can be described as precarious at best, and that was before Stoglin’s blowup on Twitter in which he defiantly questioned being benched late in the second half of Maryland’s 73-55 loss at Duke last Saturday.

Choosing to handle the matter privately in lieu of the suspension many outsiders suggested, Turgeon allowed his best player to play against Boston College on Thursday night as Maryland played one of its most balanced games of the season in an 81-65 victory at Comcast Center.

“It’s a roller coaster,” said Turgeon of his relationship with Stoglin. “There’s no question about it with him. Tonight, I can’t believe how well [he guarded]. He’s giving effort and trying to do everything I say, but it’s a full-time job for me.”

That roller coaster appeared to take a perilous dip last Saturday, with many wondering if Stoglin’s Twitter comments would be the beginning of the end for the player-coach relationship. Even more concerning was the potential impact that might be felt on the entire team, as Stoglin’s not-so-cryptic comments on social media suggested teammates weren’t pleased with Turgeon’s decision to sit him down for a critical stretch against the Blue Devils.

But instead of a potential collapse against a struggling Boston College group that entered the night having lost seven of its last eight games, Maryland played team-style basketball with 15 assists and smothering defense in holding the Eagles to just below 33 percent from the field in the 16-point win, the Terps’ largest margin of victory this season.

“I talked about two things: we talked about discipline on defense and we talked about being together,” Turgeon said. “I don’t like the way we acted at Duke; I don’t like the way we acted after Duke. We just talked about being a team and being a family and being together and doing it for your teammates. I thought we did that.”

Though talking about his entire team, Turgeon might as well have been speaking about Stoglin directly after questioning his defensive effort and shot selection at different points through the season. The sophomore came out of the gate on fire in the first half, connecting on five 3-pointers and scoring 19 points before halftime. However, there were a few ill-advised shots mixed in, including a missed jumper with 27 seconds remaining on the shot clock and under three minutes to go that had Turgeon visibly upset, even after Stoglin followed the miss with an offensive rebound and put-back.

As is always the case with Stoglin, who entered the evening ranked seventh in the nation in scoring, you take the good with the bad. Thursday trended mostly in the positive direction — even if it wasn’t a perfect performance by Turgeon’s standards.

“I thought I did pretty well,” said Stoglin when asked if he agreed with his coach’s praise of his defense. “Coach was still on me; he’s always on me about little things, but other than that, I think I played pretty well on the defensive end.”

Regardless of whether you agree or disagree with Turgeon’s decision to allow his mercurial star to play against Boston College, there’s no question that the two need each other. Without Stoglin, Turgeon lacks a single consistent scorer he can depend on. On the flip side, Stoglin dreams of one day playing in the NBA, but he needs Turgeon — whether he realizes it or not at this point — to mold him into the well-rounded player he’ll need to be in order to overcome his slight stature at 6-foot-1.

Stoglin needs to understand Turgeon is in charger, and no matter how many outsiders might be telling him how great he is, the head coach will be around College Park much longer than he will.

Fortunately for all parties involved, Maryland leaned on Stoglin early and the sharpshooting guard delivered by scoring 14 straight Maryland points to build an 18-10 lead that the Terps never relinquished. Stoglin gave way to his teammates in the points column in the second half, scoring only five points while forward James Padgett paced Maryland with 15 points after intermission. The body language was positive and the effort remained consistent.

“It makes my job a lot easier when Terrell hits his first shot,” Turgeon said. “If he can get his points early, then he’s not searching for them the whole game. So, he got them early tonight, and I thought in the second half, he really deferred and just tried to help us win the game.”

The strong start — for both Stoglin and the entire team — was exactly what Turgeon needed to defuse what was an ugly scene on Saturday. It certainly doesn’t solve the love-hate nature of the relationship with Stoglin, but cooler heads have seemed to prevail.

Winning solves just about anything.

“Everyone was just playing off each other,” Stoglin said. “I got my three going early, then everyone got their threes going, and we started going inside. We played together as a team, and it was a good win.”

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Maryland to Honor Ernie Graham, Battle BC Thursday Night

Posted on 16 February 2012 by WNST Staff

Boston College (8-17, 3-8) at Maryland (14-10, 4-6)
Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012 | 9 p.m. | Comcast Center
ACC Network-WNUV 54 in Baltimore | Terrapin Sports Radio Network

  • Maryland has one of its rare home games in the month of February when it hosts Boston College on Thursday in Comcast Center. The Terrapins are 14-10 overall and are in eighth place with a 4-6 mark at the in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Eagles are 8-17 overall and have lost seven of their last eight. The lone win in that stretch was a 64-60 upset of Florida State. BC was in 10th place before Wednesday’s games with a 3-8 mark.
  • In pregame ceremonies, Maryland will honor Ernie Graham by adding a banner to the rafters of Comcast Center. Graham holds the single-game school record with 44 points in a 1978 game against NC State. Graham is 13th on the all-time list in scoring and 16th in assists.
  • Maryland got season-best performances from two youngsters in its 73-55 loss at Duke on Saturday. Freshman Nick Faust led the Terrapins with 15 points on 6-of-12 shooting, matching his season-best 15 points scored in the win over Colorado in Puerto Rico. It was the first time this season Faust has led Maryland in scoring. Faust also led the Terps with a season-best eight rebounds. Sophomore Mychal Parker hit double figures in points for the first time in his career, getting a dozen in only 21 minutes off the bench. Parker went 6-for-6 at the free-throw line against the Blue Devils.
  • Maryland has three games remaining against nationally ranked teams among its six left in the regular season, including its annual home-and-home visits with Virginia. The Terps also play at North Carolina on 2/29. Four of the final six are against teams ranked in the top 35 in the Ratings Percentage Index, as of Tuesday.
  • Sophomore point guard Terrell Stoglin still leads the ACC in scoring with a 21.6 points-per-game average. He is the only player in the league with more than one 30-point game (Stoglin has three) and his 17 games with at least 20 points are almost double anyone else in the ACC (Harrison Barnes, UNC, and C.J. Harris, Wake Forest, each have nine).

    Scouting the Eagles

  • Boston College comes into Thursday’s game 8-17 overall, 3-8 in the Atlantic Coast Conference and 0-6 on the road this season. The Eagles have lost seven of the last eight, with the lone win in that stretch coming over Florida State last Wednesday.
  • Matt Humphrey, a 6-foot-5 junior guard, leads the team in scoring with 10.4 ppg, and has attempted a team-high 139 3-pointers, connecting on 43 of them (.309). No team in the conference has attempted more threes than BC (540), and the Eagles rank sixth in the league in 3-point FG percentage (.341).
  • Freshman forward Ryan Anderson is BCs top rebounder with a 6.8 per-game average, and is also chipping in 9.9 points per game. Another freshman, 7-foot center Dennis Clifford, joins Anderson in the frontcourt and is averaging 9.2 ppg.
  • In all, Boston College has nine freshmen on its roster, and four were in the starting lineup last time out: Anderson, Clifford, and guards Jordan Daniels and Lonnie Jackson.

    Upcoming

    Maryland has a little better than a 36-hour turnaround before its 1 p.m. tipoff at Virginia on Saturday… The Terps then return home on Tuesday for their rematch against Miami (2/21)… Maryland has six regular-season games on the schedule, three at home and three on the road… Of the six remaining, three are against nationally ranked teams, including the home-and-home with the Cavaliers.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 14 February 2012 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Golf-PGA Tour Northern Trust Open (Thursday & Friday 3pm live on Golf Channel, Saturday & Sunday 3pm live on CBS. All golf from Pacific Palisades, CA), Champions Tour ACE Group Classic (Friday & Saturday 6:30pm Sunday 7pm from Naples, FL on Golf Channel), Honda LPGA Thailand (Thursday & Friday 12:30pm Saturday & Sunday 3pm from Chonburi, Thailand on Golf Channel); Women’s College Basketball: Duke @ Maryland (Sunday 3pm from Comcast Center live on ESPN2); Soccer: MISL Milwaukee Wave @ Baltimore Blast (Saturday 7:35pm 1st Mariner Arena); Boxing: ShoBox-Thomas Dulorme vs. Jose Reynoso (Friday 11pm from Santa Ynez, CA live on Showtime), Paul Williams vs. Nobuhiro Ishida (Saturday 10pm from Corpus Christi, TX live on Showtime), Friday Night Fights-John Molina vs. Marvin Quintero (Friday 9pm from Arlington, TX live on ESPN2); High School Basketball: Perry Hall @ Hereford (Wednesday 6:30pm); Roller Derby: Charm City Roller Girls (Saturday 5:30pm Du Burns Arena)

10. They Might Be Giants (Friday 7pm Rams Head Live); Hunter Hayes (Wednesday 7pm Recher Theatre), Biohazard (Thursday 7pm Recher Theatre), Less Than Jake (Saturday 7pm Recher Theatre); Gary Puckett and The Union Gap (Thursday & Friday 8pm Rams Head on Stage), America (Saturday 8pm Sunday 7pm Rams Head on Stage), Ben Lee (Monday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Sleigh Bells (Thursday 7pm 9:30 Club), Mos Def (Monday 7pm 9:30 Club); New Edition (Thursday 7pm Show Place Arena); Peter Frampton (Sunday 8pm Warner Theatre); Amos Lee “As The Crow Flies” available on iTunes/in stores (Tuesday)

I had never heard Hunter Hayes until last week. I don’t like all country music, but I will be forced to admit I enjoy this country music…

Here’s Less Than Jake doing David Cassidy because they can…

I get steamed up for Gary Puckett. Now I miss WQSR…

Other than the fact that he’s talented, Mos Def and I are exactly the same…

9. Royal Comedy Tour feat. Sommore, Tony Rock, Bruce Bruce, Mark Curry, Earthquake (Friday 8pm 1st Mariner Arena); Kevin Hart (Tuesday-Thursday 7pm & 10:30pm Meyerhoff Symphony Hall); Norm MacDonald (Thursday-Sunday DC Improv); Steve Harvey (Friday & Saturday 8pm D.A.R. Constitution Hall); Alonzo Bodden (Tuesday 7pm & 9pm Baltimore Comedy Factory), Tommy Davidson (Thursday-Sunday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Glenn Clark’s Valentine’s Day plans (Tuesday Parts Unknown)

First here’s Norm MacDonald…

Now here’s Jay Mohr doing Norm MacDonald…

And this is the Chocolate Wonderfall my girlfriend and I will enjoy when I take her to Golden Corral Tuesday night like they said I should do in those commercials…

She’s so lucky to have me.

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Your Monday Reality Check-Stoglin Deserves Suspension After Twitter Display

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Your Monday Reality Check-Stoglin Deserves Suspension After Twitter Display

Posted on 13 February 2012 by Glenn Clark

I’m pretty sure you know the background here.

University of Maryland G Terrell Stoglin was benched for four minutes late in the second half of the Terrapins’ 73-55 loss to Duke Saturday at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

During the stretch when Stoglin was on the bench, what had been a close game turned into a bit of a blowout. Stoglin returned to the game and attempted just one more shot, a bad three point miss. He finished the game with 13 points on just 4-16 shooting.

These things were interesting, but obviously not as interesting as what happened after the game.

After not being made available to the media (according to reports…I know I said I was going to Saturday’s game but I was unable to make the trip), Stoglin took to Twitter to offer thoughts like “Loved sittin that bench today. [Smh] wow” and “shit its whtev my nigga. Just on this grind just was confused with today”.

The first of those two Tweets was deleted. The second was still available for consumption on Stoglin’s Twitter account early Monday morning. Stoglin offered something later that resembled an apology, “Never tweet after a loss. not a bad dude just frustrated. Love terpnation! My fault.” The Washington Times reported Maryland coach Mark Turgeon was aware of the Tweets. The Times also reported Stoglin was not suspended for his comments.

Turgeon is not expected to be made available to the media again until Wednesday, as the Terrapins do not play again until a Thursday night visit from Boston College at Comcast Center. It is certainly possible Turgeon could change his mind about Stoglin’s status, but it appears unlikely.

If he doesn’t, it will be a mistake. Stoglin’s comments absolutely warrant a suspension.

I’m certainly sympathetic to the difficult nature of the relationship Turgeon shares with Stoglin. While the head coach is clearly frustrated by the “me first” nature of the guard from Tucson, he’s also accepting of how important the sophomore has been for a Maryland team that has just managed to stay over .500 overall and keep within shouting distance of .500 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Turgeon has twice forced Stoglin to come off the bench and has openly questioned both his shot selection and defensive effort.

After two possessions late in the team’s February 4 loss to North Carolina saw only Stoglin touch the ball and no points scored, I asked the ACC’s leading scorer about the nature of his shot selection.

He answered “at the end of the game, I feel like I should just take more shots, so that’s what I try to do.”

Oh. Well then.

The issue is that as much as any coach (or fan…or analyst…or teammate actually) tries to tell Stoglin to “trust his teammates”, he knows what he’s dealing with. Only one other Terrapin (senior guard Sean Mosley) is averaging more than 10 points a game and even the St. Frances grad has been inconsistent at best. Stoglin probably SHOULD move the ball around a bit more, but it’s understandable that he’s not always been willing to move the ball.

I’m sympathetic to Stoglin for that reason. I KNOW he needs to pass the ball more, but I also know what he’s working with.

It doesn’t make his social media outburst Saturday acceptable or in any way excusable.

Stoglin’s “passion” and “fire” have been defended by Maryland fans since Saturday night. Fans have suggested excuses along the lines of “just be glad they didn’t have Twitter when you were 20 years old” and “what he said was the truth…if he had been on the floor perhaps the Terps would have beat the Blue Devils.”

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Maryland Hopes to Stun Duke Saturday at Cameron Indoor Stadium

Posted on 11 February 2012 by WNST Staff

Maryland (14-9, 4-5) at #10/9 Duke (20-4, 7-2)
Saturday, Feb. 10, 2012 | 4 p.m. | Durham, N.C. (Cameron Indoor Stadium)
ESPN / ESPN3 | Terrapin Sports Radio Network

  • Maryland continues its February road trip with its annual trip to Cameron Indoor Stadium to play Duke. The Terrapins started the week Tuesday with a 64-62 victory at Clemson and are in seventh place in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Blue Devils scored a last-second, 85-84 triumph over North Carolina on Wednesday to pull back into a three-way tie for the league lead with the Tar Heels and Florida State.
  • The Terrapins faced Duke earlier in the season, dropping a 74-61 test on 1/25 at Comcast Center. Terrell Stoglin had 16 points and Pe’Shon Howard had 10 to account for the only two Maryland players who scored in double figures. Mason Plumlee had 23 points and 12 rebounds for the Devils in that game. Maryland was within five points with eight minutes left, but the Blue Devils pulled away down the stretch.
  • Sophomore guard Terrell Stoglin has kept up his scoring pace throughout the season. He comes into the Duke game averaging 22.0 ppg and has four straight games with at least 20 points or more. He is the only ACC player to have more than one 30-point game this year (Stoglin has three) and his 17 20-point games are nearly double anyone else in the league (UNC’s Harrison Barnes and C.J. Harris have nine each).
  • Senior forward Sean Mosley had 16 points in the Tuesday win at Clemson. He became the 50th Terrapin in school history with 1,000 career points, hitting the mark with a free throw with 17:20 left in the first half. Mosley is expected to make his 100th career start as a Terrapin against Duke, joining a group of only 15 other players in school history to start that many games.
  • Maryland currently has four players averaging at least five rebounds per game (James Padgett, Alex Len, Ashton Pankey and Mosley). That balance has been achieved at Maryland only once (2004-05) in the last 15 seasons.

    Scouting the Blue Devils

  • Duke is 20-4 overall and tied atop the ACC standings at 7-2 after coming back to defeat North Carolina in Chapel Hill on a buzzer-beater by Austin Rivers… The Blue Devils are ranked ninth in the Coaches Poll and 10th in the Associated Press Poll.
  • Rivers continues to lead the team in scoring at a 15.1 ppg clip and had 29 against the Tar Heels… Guard Seth Curry is scoring 12.7 ppg and shooting .382 from 3FG… Forwards Ryan Kelly (12.7 ppg) and Mason Plumlee (11.5 ppg) represent the third and fourth players averaging double figures, with Plumlee’s 9.9 rebounds per game second in the league.
  • The Blue Devils knocked down 14 3-pointers against North Carolina, and continue to lead the ACC in 3FG made per game (8.2)… Andre Dawkins (.408) and Rivers (.404) lead the team in long-range shooting percentage.

    Upcoming

    Maryland has back-to-back road games at Clemson (2/7) and Duke (2/11) before coming home to face Boston College on 2/16… Five of Maryland’s final eight games are on the road…

    Maryland has four games remaining against nationally ranked teams, including the 2/11 matchup with Duke, two games (away on 2/18 and home on 3/4) against Virginia and a 2/29 return match at North Carolina.

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Maryland Looks For First Road Win Tuesday at Clemson

Posted on 07 February 2012 by WNST Staff

Maryland (13-9, 3-5) at Clemson (11-11, 3-5)
Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012 | 7 p.m. | Clemson, S.C. (Littlejohn Coliseum)
ESPNU | Terrapin Sports Radio Network

  • Maryland travels to Clemson on Tuesday night for a nationally televised contest to be shown on ESPNU. The Terrapins and Tigers are in a tie for seventh place in the Atlantic Coast Conference with 3-5 records. The Terps come into the game having dropped five of their last six, with four of those losses coming to teams receiving votes in the most recent polls. Clemson has lost five of its last seven, with four of those losses having come by four points or less. This meeting is the only one of the regular season between the Terps and Tigers.
  • Senior guard Sean Mosley is one point away from becoming the 50th Terrapin in history with 1,000 career points. He is the first to reach the plateau since Landon Milbourne in the 2009-10 season, when Milbourne and Eric Hayes each reached the mark. Mosley will be one of eight players in Maryland history to combine 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 200 assists and 120 steals, with the last being current New Orleans Hornets guard Greivis Vasquez.
  • Sophomore guard Terrell Stoglin is working on a string of 20 straight games with double figures in points, and a three-game string of games with at least 20 points. He’s hit the 20-point mark 16 times this season, with Maryland being 10-6 in those games. Stoglin is closing on 100 3-pointers in his two-year career and could become only the 16th Terrapin in history with triple figures in “triples.”
  • The Terrapins have six games on the road in the month of February, with the matchup Tuesday at Clemson being the second of those six. Maryland lost at Miami in double overtime on 2/1. The Terrapins are 0-4 this season in road games. Dating back to last season, the Terps have dropped eight straight on the road, with their last victory being a 74-63 win at Georgia Tech on 1/30/2011.

    Scouting the Tigers

  • Clemson is 11-11 and 3-5 in the ACC after a pair of close conference losses last week… The Tigers fell at No.16 Virginia 65-61 last Tuesday and at Virginia Tech 67-65 on Saturday.
  • Senior guard Andre Young leads the Tigers in scoring with a 13.6 points-per-game average, and ranks second in the ACC with a 3.1 assist-to-turnover ratio… Young is second on the team in assists (3.4 apg), with Tanner Smith leading the team and tying for third in the conference with 4.0 apg… Smith, a senior guard, is also contributing 11.1 ppg.
  • Devin Booker is the third Tiger scoring in double figures, coming into Tuesday’s game averaging 10.9 ppg… Booker is shooting 47.9 percent from the field and leads Clemson with 6.7 rebounds per game…
  • Freshman forward KJ McDaniels joins Booker in the frontcourt and is coming off a 14-point, 5-rebound, 5-block performance against Virginia Tech.

    Upcoming

    Maryland has back-to-back road games at Clemson (2/7) and Duke (2/11) before coming home to face Boston College on 2/16… Five of Maryland’s final eight games are on the road…

    Maryland has four games remaining against nationally ranked teams, including the 2/11 matchup with Duke, two games (away on 2/18 and home on 3/4) against Virginia and a 2/29 return match at North Carolina.

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