September 20, 2019

Maryland Basketball: Terps success at home continues with impressive win over No. 18 Purdue

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.

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Maryland Basketball: Terps end two-game road skid by narrowly beating Ohio State

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.

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Maryland Basketball: Terps put a statement win on their resume by beating the No. 3 Iowa Hawkeyes

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.

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Maryland Basketball: Michigan State plays harder as Terps lose their third game of the year

(Photo by: 247 Sports)

(Photo by: 247 Sports)

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.

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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 StateMark 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.

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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: The Twitter world reacts to Melo Trimble’s game winning three at the buzzer

(Photo by: Mary Langenfeld- USA TODAY Sports)

(Photo by: Mary Langenfeld- USA TODAY Sports)

Melo Trimble is securing his names in College Park as a legend. Today’s game winning three from way beyond the arc to beat the Wisconsin Badgers at the buzzer was nothing but extraordinary. Coach Turgeon, who didn’t call a timeout because his mentors taught him that, said “Melo was Melo. We all expect him to make it.”

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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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