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First Half QB Report: Perry Hills vs. Ohio State

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First Half QB Report: Perry Hills vs. Ohio State

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Perry Hills started his third game of the season at quarterback for Maryland vs. Ohio State and his first since Week 2 against Bowling Green.

Here are CSN’s takeaways from the first half.

1) Opening up the playbook

With Caleb Rowe or Daxx Garman under center the past few weeks, Maryland’s playbook has been limited to plays from inside the pocket. Perry Hills brings some mobility, which allows Maryland to open things up.

Early on, there were a lot of bootlegs and rollouts in an attempt to shift the Ohio State defense around and spread them out. Success was not overwhelming, but it was a different look.

2) And then the early strike

Hills had been benched previously because he could not get the ball down the field. Well in the first quarter on Saturday, a nice play-action call out of a timeout freed up wide receiver D.J. Moore over the top and Hills hit him with a 52-yard strike for a touchdown.

Hills ran down the field to celebrate, arms raised, and it gave Maryland an early gust of wind in their sails to begin the game on the road.

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3) Ohio State adjusts

After that big strike, Hills struggled to find his receivers. Aside from the 52-yard touchdown, he was 1-of-10 the rest of the half for 10 yards.

There was undoubtedly more life to the offense with Hills under center than there has been the last two weeks under Rowe or Garman, but that doesn’t mean it was necessarily spectacular.

Maryland managed just over 100 yards of total offense in the game against Michigan. It had 197 yards by the half, aided by a late 75-yard Hills run.

4) But those legs

Hills surprised many near the end of the half by breaking through the gut of the defense for a 75-yard run, turning a drive that seemed to be a routine end-of-the-half clock bleed into a scoring drive that made it 21-14 at the break.

Halftime Hills Stats: 2-of-11, 62 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT | 9 carries, 97 yards, 1 TD

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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