October 22, 2019

Maryland Basketball: Terps take care of business against Bowie State before starting final stretch

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.

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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 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 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…]

Maryland Basketball: #3 Terps knock off Rider 65-58 after extended scare for all in College Park

After a great comeback win in a renewed rivalry against the Georgetown Hoyas, the Maryland Terrapins came out a bit sluggish against the Rider Broncs. Luckily with the new 30 second shot clock, college basketball is a long game that allows for the more talented team to usually come up on top. Even though Maryland did not take their first lead until the 5:26 mark of the second half, the Terps were victorious 65-58 against an aggressive Rider team that looks to be competitive in the MAAC.

Michal Cekovsky starts for Diamond Stone, but Turgeon opts to go small

Cekovsky was the Terps best center against Georgetown and Mark Turgeon was hoping to get the best mix of Damonte Dodd‘s defense and Diamond Stone’s offense. After poor defense from Cekovsky early, Turgeon brought Stone off the bench three minutes into the game before ultimately going into a small ball lineup. It was Jared Nickens off the bench against the Hoyas that helped lead the Terps to victory and Turgeon tried to use that as a catalyst against Rider. Postgame, Stone said that anyone of the Terps bigs (Cekovsky, Dodd, and himself) can start and it does not matter between the three.

Maryland kept things close in the first half despite being visibly out played

(Photo by: @UMTerps)

(Photo by: @UMTerps)

The Terps came out slow for the second straight game and did not lead at all in the first half. Eight minutes into the game, Maryland was 1 of 6 from beyond the arc and getting outrebounded 9 to 7. With the interior defense lacking while Rider’s aggressive on-ball defense was paying off, Maryland found themselves in a whole. But as we have come to know this season whenever Turgeon finds his team in a rut, he looks to graduate transfer Rasheed Sulaimon who came through with nine points when the offense was sputtering. At the half, the Terps were down 31-29 when it could have been worse.

Rider comes out on fire to start the second half

After committing a turnover to start the half, it was all Rider who came firing with a 12-0 run. Even after a Turgeon timeout, Maryland could not figure things out and found themselves down by 14, the most this season. It was a mix of bad defensive rotations and transition buckets that hurt the Terps, but luckily for those in College Park things would change by the end of the half. At the end of this run by the Broncs, the veteran leadership of Sulaimon and Robert Carter Jr. were in the ears of their teammates to calm down and relax because they were going to win this game.

Diamond Stone showing why he was a five-star recruit

After not starting the game, the Wisconsin native showed Terp Nation why he is still a force to be reckoned with. Against the smaller Rider defenders, Stone went to work in the post and was starting to finish close to the basket. Stone would get the Terps first points of the half to snap Rider’s 12-0 run with a layup and would follow that up with a MONSTROUS put back dunk that energized the sold out Xfinity Center crowd. Stone’s eight points over a five minute span would directly lead to a 17-5 run. It was also Stone’s work on the defensive end, with two recovery blocks, that helped Maryland’s interior defense that was tested in the first half. Stone told me postgame that even though he may not show it on the court, he appreciates the support of the fans because it amps him up internally.

Closing things out in crunch time a success again

At the 5:26 mark in the second half, Sulaimon gave Maryland their first lead of the game at 52-50. Two minutes later, Melo Trimble hit his first three of the game after both Rider defenders fell back with Stone off the pick-and-roll to give Maryland the lead for good. Helping the Terps close things out were their dominance on the offensive glass as they had eight second chance opportunities thanks to crashing the boards. Credit Rider for sticking with it offensively, but Maryland responded in their own right. It certainly helped the Terps cause when the Xfinity wall helped Rider’s Kahlil Thomas miss the front end of the one-and-one free throw. The Terrapins were great in close games last year, and it seems like we might see a similar trend this time around.

The Terps will take off for the Cancun Challenge to face off against Illinois State on Tuesday 11/24.

Maryland Basketball: Terps win big in exhibition over SNHU, but have things to clean up

The Maryland Terrapins basketball season has finally kicked off with an exhibition victory over Southern New Hampshire University, 82-60. Here are the five biggest takeaways from the victory that comes a week before Maryland opens the season against Mount St. Mary’s.

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Maryland Terrapins 2015-16 Season Position Outlook: Center

To be a competitive team in college basketball, one must have at least one dominant big man that can efficiently score in the paint. Unfortunately for Maryland, the loss of Charles Mitchell and Shaq Cleare left the Terps with a young center core that were raw offensively. Damonte Dodd was more of a defensive specialist and it took Michal Cekovsky quite a bit of the season to adjust to the American style of the game. Now with an elite talent in Diamond Stone, the Terps have a game changing center who will help fill a major hole for the Terps.

(Photo by: Terrapin Station)

(Photo by: Terrapin Station)

Stone dominated in high school, where he led Dominican to four straight state championships while averaging 24.4 points, 11.7 rebounds, and 3 blocks per game in his senior year. In the 2015 McDonald’s All-American game, Stone was 7 of 9 from the field with three rebounds and a couple of blocks.

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Maryland Terrapins 2015-16 Season Position Outlook: Power Forward

Due to the lack of a dominant big man offensively, one of Maryland’s biggest weaknesses last season, Jake Layman played most of his minutes as a stretch four. This year, with Georgia Tech transfer Robert Carter Jr. eligible, the Terps can return to a more traditional two big man set.

Although Carter is likely to have fallen off of many people’s radar while sitting out the past season, he is confident that he will return to prominence as he likely will. With the offseason, Carter has credited the strength and conditioning coaches at Maryland for getting his body into great shape entering his redshirt junior year.

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Maryland Basketball: Five ambitious, yet realistic goals for talented Terps in 2015-16

It is crazy to think that last year at this time, Mark Turgeon was on the hotseat after losing five important players to transfer including his very first recruit at Maryland, Seth Allen. Turgeon however knew during the Summer of 2014 that he had a “special group” with a combination of veteran leadership from the clutch Dez Wells and a number of talented freshmen headlined by Melo Trimble. This year even with the loss of Wells, the Terps are arguably the most talented team in the country, more than the likes of traditional powerhouses Duke and Kentucky. As a result, it will not be a surprise that a program picked to finish 10th in the Big Ten can make waves on the national level in March. Here are five optimistic but obtainable goals for this year’s Maryland Terrapins basketball squad.

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