The last time Maryland had to play Wisconsin, it took the clutch shooting of Melo Trimble to give the Terps a dramatic win on the road. Mark Turgeon and company were hoping for a less dramatic, close game and that is exactly what he got. The only problem was that it was the Terrapins who ended up losing by double-digits after getting dominated for much of the game. Points off turnovers, 16, helped Wisconsin in the first half, but it was second chance points, 20, that allowed the Badgers to put the home team away in the second. At the end of it all Maryland’s school record 27-game winning streak was snapped with a 70-57 loss to Wisconsin.
Maryland is coming off of a difficulty three game stretch in just seven days and are now rewarded with a non-conference matchup with Bowie State. Although it will be far from a quality win on the tournament resume, it gave the Terps an opportunity to play against a press and zone defense that has given them trouble over the past two seasons. As expected, this game was not close to being interesting as even the students did not care to come out in full force. In a taste of how the NBA game is transitioning, all of Maryland’s points came from in the paint (48), 3-pointers (12), or free throws (33). The Terps led from start to finish and improved to 22-3 on the season with a 93-62 victory.
The Maryland Terrapins had their best win of the season three games ago over No. 3 Iowa, but only squeaked past Ohio State and Nebraska on the road. The Terps might be ranked No. 4 and No. 3 in the AP and USA Today’s Coaches Polls, respectively, but have gotten little love from bracketologists like Joe Lunardi. Today they had a chance to improve their greatest weakness is the eyes of the committee, quality wins. Despite Purdue leading with six minutes left in the game, Maryland hit them with their best shot to the tune of a 25-10 run to end the game. The transfers, Rasheed Sulaimon and Robert Carter Jr., were terrific again by combining for 40 points and 17 rebounds.
Under the new leadership of DJ Durkin, the Maryland Terrapins are attempting to quickly turnaround a program down in the dumps with the recruitment of high level talent from across the country.
Although the motto of DMV to UMD lives on in “The Movement”, the Terps have made a valiant effort in bringing in talent from the Sunshine State, a “second home” according to Durkin. All of the players that had not withdrawn their verbal commitments held true to their word as there were no day-of flips.
Fresh off of their best win of the season, against No. 3 Iowa, the Maryland Terrapins were looking to make their return to a projected one or two seed. Even after hitting the century mark in College Park against the Ohio State Buckeyes, the Terps are on a two-game skid on the road: Michigan and Michigan State. Maryland had a strong showing at the end of the first half, but a cold stretch to start the second allowed Ohio State to get back into things. Back-to-back 3-pointers late in the game gave the Terps the cushion they needed to survive on the road against Ohio State, 66-61.
Having already lost to North Carolina and Michigan State, the Maryland Terrapins were running out of chances to put a win against an elite team on their tournament resume. Enter: the hottest team in America, the No. 3 Iowa Hawkeyes. Iowa had great matchups with Jarrod Uthoff and Peter Jok, which meant the Terps had to bring their A-game, even at home.
Maryland did an “unbelievable” job on defense, according to Mark Turgeon, and that was the difference in the game when they could not continue their hot start. The efficiency from Robert Carter Jr. and Rasheed Sulaimon carried Maryland to a 74-68 victory over the Hawkeyes.
While the Lady Terps bout with the Michigan State Spartans was canceled due to Winter Storm Jonas, the Maryland Terrapins men’s basketball got out to East Lansing prior to the blizzard. In a matchup between the two best teams in the Big Ten — although Iowa climbing fast — the Terps and Spartans waged war after three encounters last season. From the first half alone it was clear that the Spartans played harder. They played their “hardest in years” according to Tom Izzo, and 17 offensive rebounds prove it. In a game where Melo Trimble did his thing, scoring 24 points, he didn’t get much in the way of help. The Terps fell 74-65 for their third loss of the year.
Maryland Basketball: After shaky play during regulation, Terps beat Wildcats in OT for regular season sweep
Over two weeks removed from dominating the Northwestern Wildcats in Evanston, the Maryland Terrapins opened up the Xfinity Center doors for a rematch. Fresh off their historic beatdown of Ohio State, Mark Turgeon is far from concerned about Melo Trimble‘s lack of a double-digit scoring performance over the past four games because “he is a winner” that knows exactly what the team needs.
In overtime the Upper Marlboro native came through to make up for all of the mistakes made during regulation. Maryland allowed 16 offensive rebounds, which were converted into 16 second chance points, and committed 16 turnovers that Northwestern cashed into another 14 points. The Terps led that game for less time than the Wildcats but the defensive performance that was one of the “best” ever according to Turgeon helped pull out a 62-56 victory in overtime.
After weeks of momentum for head coach DJ Durkin in putting together a recruiting monster of coaching staff, a storm of bad news came down on MLK Monday when quarterback Dwayne Haskins and outside linebacker Keandre Jones both flipped their verbal commitments from Maryland to Ohio State.
Both de-commits come on the eve of wholesale coaching changes that resulted in both players going on official visits to other schools. Besides Randy Edsall‘s termination, the likely departure of former-interim head coach Mike Locksley, an elite national recruiter, was also a huge cause of lost verbal commitments. Haskins was on the Buckeyes campus on Dec. 11, while Jones just finished a visit this past weekend.
Fresh off their first loss in over a month, since Dec. 1 against UNC, the Maryland Terrapins looked to respond in the comfortable confines of Xfinity Center. Since the change in name from Comcast in July 2014, the Terps are a whopping 29-1 in friendly territory. Mark Turgeon and company were looking at this as a “must-win” game, as the tournament committee judges heavily on back-to-back losses.
Maryland got it done on both ends of the floor easily to win their ninth straight game following a loss. When the starters left the game the Terps were up 91-47, hitting two out of three shots from the field. The Terrapins hit the century mark for the first time in a conference game since 2002 vs. Virginia on their way to demolishing Ohio State, 100-65.