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How Fred Hoiberg to Bulls in a way affects Maryland


How Fred Hoiberg to Bulls in a way affects Maryland

Fred Hoiberg leaving Iowa State to take the head coaching job with the Chicago Bulls will -- if you connect a few dots and look at a few preseason projections -- at least tangentially affects the Maryland Terrapins.

Not to use “affect” too strongly, but it could more so shuffle some of the cards and help to shape the conversation at the top of the preseason polls when they are released closer to the start of the season.

Of the handful or so teams that are in contention for the No. 1 overall spot, Maryland continues to look strong as time passes.

Let’s take a look at some of the teams at the top and the case for (or against) each:


The Terrapins are two deep at every position after the additions of Rasheed Sulaimon and Diamond Stone, as well as Georgia Tech transfer Robert Carter becoming eligible. Melo Trimble’s upward trajectory should continue and (lest we forget) Jake Layman was a borderline NBA first rounder before deciding to return to school.

The question will be chemistry. How do the new pieces mesh with the returning players and does each player fill the role he will be assigned?


The key to the Cyclones in 2015-16 will be the pieces they have returning -- namely Georges Niang, Naz Long, Jameel McKay, and Monte Morris -- but also the transfers (as always) that they’ll have coming in. Among those are Hallice Cooke from Oregon State and Deonte Burton from Marquette.

Hoiberg’s departure is at the very least another factor to consider, though not to say that it radically changes everything. Iowa State could end up promoting assistant T.J. Otzelberger, which would keep personnel and system familiarity in Ames during the transition.



Almost everyone important is back for the Tar Heels, but North Carolina received its notice of allegations from the NCAA late last month.

That will be the consistent additional storyline for UNC as it is the most likely candidate to challenge Maryland for the No. 1 overall spot in the preseason. The most fun part? The Terrapins will meet the Tar Heels in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Dec. 1, which could be a possible 1 vs. 2 matchup.


Bringing back a ton of pieces of your Big 12 title team and adding a few five-star prospects to the mix is why Kansas will be in the conversation at the top of the polls early in 2015.

Frank Mason is a former Towson commit now starting for the Jayhawks. Incoming freshman Cheick Diallo has a motor that just doesn’t stop. Perry Ellis is a fine clothing brand and a proven veteran. Tough not to like the Jayhawks.


Unlike the four teams above, Kentucky will have rollover like it always does. Out goes talent, but at the same time in comes talent.

Maybe we were just spoiled by the collection of All-Americans coach John Calipari was able to put together last season, but after missing on five-stars like Jaylen Brown, Cheick Diallo, Malik Newman, and Ivan Rabb this spring the roster isn’t as packed as it has been in the past.

But that doesn’t mean they’re not still talented -- and couldn't end up in the Final Four.

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Maryland women's shooting struggles lead to second-round loss vs. N.C. State


Maryland women's shooting struggles lead to second-round loss vs. N.C. State

RALEIGH, N.C.  — Kiara Leslie had 21 points and 11 rebounds against her former team, and North Carolina State beat Maryland 74-60 on Sunday in the second round of the women's NCAA Tournament.

Leslie, who spent three seasons at Maryland before graduating and transferring to N.C. State, finished one point shy of a career high.

Kalia Ealey and Chelsea Nelson added 12 points apiece while Akela Maize scored 11 to help the fourth-seeded Wolfpack (26-8) earn their first Sweet 16 appearance since the late Kay Yow led an inspirational run in 2007.


N.C. State, which shot 45 percent and was 7 of 14 from 3-point range, will play the Oklahoma State-Mississippi State winner on Friday night in the Kansas City Regional semifinals.

Brianna Fraser had 17 points for the fifth-seeded Terrapins (26-8), who were held to 37 percent shooting.

Leading scorer Kaila Charles, plagued all day by foul trouble, finished with four points -- 14 fewer than her average -- on 2-of-8 shooting before fouling out with 2:29 left. She had scored in double figures in 30 of her previous 33 games.

Maryland's offense, which averages 80 points, had trouble scoring against one of the nation's stingiest defenses.

N.C. State allows 56.7 points per game and only one team in the past two months -- top-seeded Notre Dame -- has reached 70 against the Wolfpack.


Maryland: The Terrapins were denied their sixth Sweet 16 in seven years in part because their potent perimeter game was nonexistent. Maryland, at 39.1 percent the nation's seventh-most accurate team, missed all five of its 3s. Kristen Confroy, who's third in the nation from long range at 40.3 percent, didn't attempt one.

N.C. State: Leslie kept tormenting her former teammates by turning steals into layups. Big brother C.J. Leslie led the N.C. State men's program to a Sweet 16 in 2012, and now she's headed to one, too.


N.C. State will play either top-seeded Mississippi State or ninth-seeded Oklahoma State on Friday night in the Kansas City Regional semifinals.


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Big Ten season comes to a close for Maryland in final seconds of second round


Big Ten season comes to a close for Maryland in final seconds of second round

NEW YORK -- After struggling with injuries and poor play most of the season, Wisconsin is peaking at the right time.

Brevin Pritzl broke a tie with a foul-line jumper with 28 seconds left and Khalil Iverson secured the win with a steal in the waning seconds, leading Wisconsin past Maryland 59-54 on Thursday in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament.


Brad Davison and Iverson each made two free throws in the final nine seconds, and the ninth-seeded Badgers (15-17) advanced to the quarterfinals against top-seeded Michigan on Friday at Madison Square Garden after winning for the fifth time in seven games.

"It's a credit to these guys to my right and also the guys back in the locker room, how they've grown over the last month," Wisconsin coach Greg Gard said. "It has been fun to watch and hopefully we've got a lot more basketball yet to play."

The win wasn't pretty, but the Badgers made all the key plays down the stretch and eight-seeded Maryland (19-13) didn't.

The biggest plays were offensive rebounds by Iverson and Ethan Happ after Pritzl and Davison missed 3-point shots with the game tied at 53.

After the second miss with 40.3 seconds to go, Wisconsin called timeout and Pritzl got the game-winner 12 seconds later.

"I think, especially at the end of this game, the possessions are magnified," Davison said. "When you do things right those final possessions, you can really turn things around."

Maryland had a chance to tie the game when Kevin Huerter was fouled by Happ with 9.2 seconds to go, but he missed the first of two free throws and the Terps came up short for the seventh time in 11 games.

"I feel like we were fighting uphill all night," Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said. "We had the lead 24-23. It's the one time we had the lead. We tied it a bunch of times. It really came down to two things. We fouled too much and we couldn't get a rebound when we needed a rebound."


Happ had 14 points and seven rebounds for Wisconsin, which lost to Michigan State 68-63 less than a week ago. Davison finished with 13 points while Iverson had 11 and six rebounds and Pritzl 10 points. The Badgers, who lost starting point guard D'Mitrik Trice and reserve Kobe King to injuries in December, won despite shooting 36 percent.

"I personally figure we just have to string together an entire game for 40 minutes and just staying toe to toe with them like we did last game," Iverson said. "I know we'll be ready for them."

Huerter had 20 points to lead Maryland. Anthony Cowan Jr. added 16 points and Bruno Fernando had 12 points and nine rebounds.

Wisconsin never trailed in the second half, but it never led by more than three points in the final 11:40 until the closing seconds.

Pritzl's jumper broke a 53-all tie. Huerter then missed the first free throw and made the second. Maryland fouled Davison on the inbounds pass and he made both shots with 8.5 seconds to go for a 57-54 lead.

Wisconsin fouled Cowan rather than let him attempt a game-tying 3-pointer. Since it was a nonshooting foul, the Terps had to inbound with 5 seconds to go and Iverson stole Dion Wiley's pass and then closed the game with two free throws.

"He has evolved into our defensive end stopped," Gard said. "For him to come in and make a play like that at the end to seal it was great."