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Every team this year has a flaw and we have likely found Maryland's


Every team this year has a flaw and we have likely found Maryland's

Every team in the nation with hopes of making a run in March has flaws. It may be clear that at this point in the season, rebounding is that flaw for Maryland.

Despite the fact that KenPom ranks Maryland as the nation’s 19th-best defensive team in the country in terms of adjusted defensive efficiency, their inability to to close possessions with defensive rebounds has worked counter to that effort.

Maryland ranks 132nd in the country in defensive rebounding rate, meaning that although their first-possession defense has been strong they are often forced into either defending for an additional 30 seconds or find themselves caught out of position following an opponent’s offensive rebound.

Frustration from head coach Mark Turgeon followed Saturday’s loss to Purdue, saying, “I can only do so much.”


Five days later and there still seems to be a subtle, unspoken recognition of the flaw with Turgeon. Asked Wednesday if he had addressed the issue with the team.

“It’s an every day deal,” he said.

Purdue can in a way be regarded as an outlier. With all of that size both on the interior and on the wing, the Boilermakers made a flaw look like a mountain of an issue. As for Thursday, if Maryland cannot rebound against Illinois then maybe the problem runs deeper.

The Illini rank 321st of 351 teams in rebounding rate. Maryland has the size and athleticism to at least pull even on most nights. Thursday should be one where the pendulum should swing in their favor.

Perhaps the keys? Energy, effort, and fundamentals.

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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.