Maryland Terps

Quick Links

Halftime Report: Evaluating Perry Hills early vs. Richmond

usatsi_8782019_141983962_lowres.jpg

Halftime Report: Evaluating Perry Hills early vs. Richmond

COLLEGE PARK -- Perry Hills got his first start for Maryland since the 2012 season on Saturday against Richmond with mixed results in the first half. Here are some early impressions through 30 minutes of gameplay.

- Starting Slow -- His first pass was dropped by Amba Etta-Tawo. His second was underthrown to fullback Kenny Goins in the end zone. His third was overthrown, intended for Malcolm Culmer. His fourth was intercepted deep, intended for Levern Jacobs.

- The Technical TD -- On a sweep from 23 yards out, Hills flipped the ball to Levern Jacobs as he came across the backfield. That’s technically a pass and Jacobs dipped, dashed, and took it the distance for the score. That was Hills’ first “touchdown pass” of the season.

- Showing Mobility -- Hills is not C.J. Brown, last year’s starter, in terms of running the read-option or being a run-first quarterback. But in the second quarter, he escaped the rush and scrambled for 13 yards.

MORE TERPS: DIGGS SAVES BEST FOR LAST IN PRESEASON FINALE

- Stalling in Red Zone -- Maryland’s offense stalled on three drives in the red zone in the first half, mostly as it tried to throw the ball in the tighter space. Kicker Brad Craddock was able to get three points out of each drive, but touchdowns there will be more crucial as the season progresses.

Between those three drives, four Hills passes were batted down and there was one overthrow deep. Included in that was an underthrow to Jacobs when he had no defender within five yards of him.

- Bright Spot Before Half -- On his best throw of the day, Hills hit Malcolm Culmer on a comeback route on the near side of the field. Culmer turned after the catch, losing his defender and taking it the rest of the way for a 37-yard score.

- Stats -- Hills finished the first half 10-of-18 for 111 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. He added 22 yards on the ground.

Quick Links

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

usatsi_9707882.jpg
USA TODAY Sports

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.

MORE TERPS: LEFTY DRIESELL IS FINALLY GOING TO ENTER THE HALL OF FAME

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.

Quick Links

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

lefty_driesell_usat.jpg
USA Today Sports Images

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.

MORE NCAA: BEST BUZZER BEATERS IN NCAA TOURNAMENT HISTORY

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.