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CBS analyst says Maryland still 'best team' in Big Ten


CBS analyst says Maryland still 'best team' in Big Ten

Not every game is going to be a runaway win like Saturday’s victory over Ohio State, but where do the Terrapins now rank in the conference?

On Sunday, CBS analyst Doug Gottlieb said he thinks Mark Turgeon’s team is still at the top.

“I still think Maryland is the best team in this league,” he said. “Michigan State, I think eventually they’ll figure it out as now all their personnel -- with the exception of Tum Tum Nairn -- is healthy.

“And then the question is Indiana. Are they the team we’ve seen now beat up on the bottom of the Big Ten -- there’s a deep bottom of the Big Ten -- or are they the team that lost to UNLV, the team that lost to Wake Forest, the team that looked awful against Duke. They have a lot of talent to score, but will they defend against the elites of this conference? And Iowa, I agree, is among the elite.”

This upcoming stretch may be telling for Maryland.

Michigan State awaits the Terrapins on Saturday in East Lansing. Iowa back at home in College Park after that, then a second round against Ohio State, this time on the road.


There is no questioning what Maryland’s ceiling is. The loss to North Carolina on Dec. 1 showed that. You could count on one hand the teams who could have beaten the Terrapins on that night. The Tar Heels just happened to be one of them.

Now it is about consistency.

Where was the 100-point offensive machine we saw on Saturday on Tuesday night? To that same point, where was the lockdown defensive team we saw Tuesday night in some other games like the road loss to Michigan?

Maryland is as talented on paper as almost any team in the country. The question now is how consistently they can put it all together. But give them credit, on nights when only one half of the equation seems to be clicking, they have often found a way to win.

We will learn a lot, though, over the next week.

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Maryland loses two as Justin Jackson declares for NBA Draft, will sign with agent


Maryland loses two as Justin Jackson declares for NBA Draft, will sign with agent

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Maryland forward Justin Jackson will forgo his final two seasons of college eligibility to seek a career in the NBA.

Terrapins coach Mark Turgeon also says guard Dion Wiley will transfer before playing his senior season.


Jackson averaged 10.5 points as a freshman before missing most of the 2017-18 season with a shoulder injury.

Jackson says, "After talking with my family and weighing my options, it's my desire to turn my full attention to preparing for a career in professional basketball."

Wiley appeared in 83 career games, playing a backup role on three teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament under Turgeon.

Maryland was 19-13 this season, including 8-10 in the Big Ten, and failed to reach the postseason.

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Lefty Driesell to be inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame per report

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Lefty Driesell to be inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame per report

Long-time University of Maryland men’s basketball coach Charles Grice “Lefty” Driesell will finally be inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame this year.

This is according to NBC Sports Washington contributor Jon Feinstein.

Driesell coached the Terrapins for 17 seasons between 1969-86. While guiding the program to eight NCAA Tournament appearances and an NIT Championship, Driesell transformed Maryland into a legitimate force in college basketball.

When hired by the Terps, Driesell famously announced that he wanted to turn Maryland into the “UCLA of the East.” After only four seasons he had made it to two ACC Championship Games and his first Elite Eight appearance. His success opened the door not only for the program but the school to compete at the highest levels of competition.


Maryland made it as high as the Elite Eight twice under the reign of Driesell. He was named ACC Coach of the Year twice and won one ACC Tournament Championship in 1984. At the time of his NIT Championship with the Terps in 1972, the NIT was held in a similar regard to the NCAA Tournament.

He is second on Maryland’s all-time wins list (348), behind Gary Williams’ 461. Driesell however, still holds the best win percentage of all Maryland coaches with 68.6 win percentage.

After Maryland, the former Duke basketball coached at James Madison for just short of a decade and ended his coaching days at Georgia State. Driesell also coached at Davidson before taking the Maryland job to combine for over 40 seasons at the head of a Division I basketball program.

The 86-year-old was inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame back in 2007. He also the namesake for the NCAA’s best defensive player of the year award, which was first awarded in 2010.

The official announcement from the Naismith Hall of Fame will be during the Final Four on Saturday, March 31.

WANT MORE HOOPS?  Listen below as Troy Machir and Chick Hernandez discuss Lefty Driesell's legacy in the area and why the Terps icon was on the outside of the Hall of Fame for so long.