July 17, 2019

Maryland Basketball: Terps respond to first conference loss by blowing out Buckeyes

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.

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Maryland Basketball: Terps comeback against Michigan falls short on the road

Coming off of a clutch victory against the Wisconsin Badgers where sophomore guard Melo Trimble did this, the Maryland Terrapins had a quick turnaround before going right back on the road again. This time — a visit to Ann Arbor to play the Michigan Wolverines. Luckily for the Terps, they avoided NBA prospect and 17.6 points per game scorer Caris LeVert (left leg) for the second straight season.

Unlucky for the Terps is that John Beilein’s club made 12 3s in the game in what seemed like a nightmare to last year’s Indiana game. The Terrapins defense was a let down late and Maryland dropped their first Big Ten game of the year, 70-67, when Rasheed Sulaimon‘s “good look” did not fall.

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Maryland Basketball: Terps beat Badgers as Melo Trimble wins it at the buzzer from deep

MELO TRIMBLE WINS IT AT THE BUZZER FOR BEST START IN SCHOOL HISTORY, 15-1

When the second best center and seventh ranked recruit, according to ESPN, spurned his home state of Wisconsin to attend the University of Maryland last Spring, Diamond Stone received constant harassment. Nine months later, although coming off the bench, Stone clearly made the correct decision. Maryland, 14-1 (3-0), is the third-ranked team in the nation, while Wisconsin is no longer under the tenure of Bo Ryan and are trying to stay relevant at 9-7.

Stone had a modest 11 points off the bench, but it was his favorite point guard that ended up taking over the show. Trimble had a stretch of ten straight points before providing the dagger 3-pointer just before the buzzer to give Maryland a 63-60 road victory.

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Maryland Basketball: Terps beat Rutgers in impressive fashion, but greater concern for Melo Trimble

The Maryland Terrapins nearly had a let down to begin Big Ten conference play against the Penn State Nittany Lions and responded with their best game of the year against dark horse Northwestern. Although Rutgers is on their way of reaching double-digit defeats, 6-9 on the year, Mark Turgeon was not underestimating the opponent at hand. The Scarlet Knights played Maryland close last year and have an NBA experienced coach in Eddie Jordan, former Washington Wizards head man.

No matter what Rutgers threw at the Terps, the third ranked team in the country methodically countered it. Maryland led from coast-to-coast on their way to a 88-63 blowout victory. Maryland has their first 3-0 start in conference play since the year Gary Williams brought home a national championship in 2002.

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Maryland Basketball: Diamond Stone leads Terps to epic comeback against Penn State in Big Ten opener

The Maryland Terrapins worked out some rustiness, following a two week stretch with just one game, against Marshall on Saturday to get ready for conference play. With No. 1 Michigan State getting upset by Iowa last night, Mark Turgeon was wary for his team not to overlook Penn State (9-4). Things looked bleak when the Terps trailed by 13 points late in the game, but Diamond Stone would not let his team down. The freshman went off for 39 points in a dominating performance to give Maryland a 70-64 victory over Penn State to begin Big Ten play.

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Maryland Basketball: Terps head into Big Ten play rolling after beating Marshall

Between final exams and the holiday break, the Maryland Terrapins played one game in a two week span. Mark Turgeon was frank that both practices held on Saturday were not the greatest, as he tries to work his players back into shape. On the two-year anniversary of losing to the Marshall Thundering Herd in the Military Bowl, Maryland welcomed them into Xfinity Center for their last tuneup before Big Ten action. Despite a messy start, Robert Carter Jr. and Diamond Stone did impressive work down low to fuel a 87-67 victory.

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Maryland Basketball: Terps put it all together early, hold on late for quality road victory over Huskies at MSG

On Monday, the Maryland Terrapins dropped to sixth in the AP Poll and ninth in the USA Today Coach’s poll following a tough road loss to North Carolina. In the Jimmy V Classic from Madison Square Garden, the Terps had an opportunity to record their first quality road win of the year against the Connecticut Huskies. Even with two losses on the year, UConn is loaded with talent and was playing in their home away from home.

Maryland came out on fire, led by 16 at halftime, withstood a serious charge and eventually iced it at the line — thanks in part to a technical foul on Connecticut coach Kevin Ollie — and the Terps escaped with a tough, quality 76-66 win that felt like a tournament game. [Read more…]

Maryland Basketball: Terps get back on track against St. Francis after first loss of the season

In arguably what was the Maryland Terrapins best shooting performance of the season against UNC, they looked to minimize the turnovers and up the defense going forward. For the first time all year, the Terps controlled things from coast-to-coast with a convincing victory over St. Francis (PA), 96-55.

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Maryland Basketball: No. 2 Terps finally live up to the hype, dominate Rhode Island to win Cancun Challenge

(Photo by: Terrapin Hoops)

(Photo by: Terrapin Hoops)

After coming back to defeat the Illinois State Redbirds Tuesday night, the Maryland Terrapins took on Atlantic 10 contenders Rhode Island in the Cancun Challenge Championship game. For the first time this year, Maryland — sporting awesome gold rush-equse uniforms — dominated the opponent and looked like the second best team in the country. The Terps will return to College Park for Thanksgiving with the satisfying feeling of having won their third consecutive holiday tournament after a 86-63 victory.

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Maryland Basketball: Terps enjoy keeping it close, but hold on in the clutch again to get past Illinois State

The No. 2 Maryland Terrapins took off for Mexico not just to play basketball but to have a team bonding week for everyone to loosen up, according to Mark Turgeon after the Rider game. After a couple of days enjoying the Cancun scene, the Terps were brought back to focus with their matchup against the Illinois State Redbirds. Maryland put their fans on the edge of their seats again, but used a late run once again to breakaway from Illinois State and win 77-66. Here are five things you need to know: [Read more…]

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