December 15, 2019

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: 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 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 handle Princeton in first appearance in Baltimore since 1999

With finals week over and an end to the fall semester, the Maryland Terrapins traveled to Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore to compete for the first time this century. In a game that was meant to help recruiting in the area, the Terps faced off against the spread offense from the Princeton Tigers. After a scare early, Maryland outlasted the Tigers with a strong second half to earn a 82-61 victory. The nullification of the Princeton offense will serve as a good learning tool for the Terps if they see a similar style of play in the NCAA tournament.

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Maryland Basketball: Terps take care of business against undermanned Eastern Shore in Saturday matinee

Coming off of their best win of the young season, a 76-66 win over UConn, No. 6 Maryland took on Maryland-Eastern Shore at home during a slow stretch where the Terps will play just two games in 15 days. The Terps had no trouble putting away their in-state rivals, 77-56, on Saturday. Melo Trimble led Maryland with 18 points, while Diamond Stone and Jared Nickens has 12 points apiece.

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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 fall to No. 9 UNC, 89-81, as turnovers and cold shooting late too much to overcome

In the most anticipated game of the year for the Maryland Terrapins, the No. 2 ranked team in the country traveled to Chapel Hill to face off against former foe North Carolina in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge. UNC had their best player, senior point guard Marcus Paige, return to the lineup after he suffered a wrist fracture to his non-shooting hand. After it looked like Maryland might get run out of the Dean Dome early, they fought back to make this one of the most entertaining college basketball games of the year. It was two heavyweights responding to the other’s blow without quit — often with unconscious shooting.

Unfortunately, the hot shooting for Maryland went cold in the late stages of the game and they fell 89-81 to the Tar Heels in a game that was much closer. [Read more…]

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