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How Greivis Vasquez's presence turned the tide for Maryland

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How Greivis Vasquez's presence turned the tide for Maryland

COLLEGE PARK -- It’s difficult to quantify any sort of extra boost that the presence of former Maryland great Greivis Vasquez gave to this Terrapin team on Tuesday night against Georgetown, so let’s just state facts.

Some time around when Maryland trailed by seven points with 5:48 to go against the Hoyas, this happened:

The current Milwaukee Buck, having just played a game at Verizon Center against the Washington Wizards, made his way to College Park so he could catch the end of Georgetown-Maryland.

He was shown on the big screen overhead during a break in the action and the crowd went wild. Then, on the court, something clicked for Maryland. They hit shot, they got to the free throw line, and they chipped away at Georgetown’s lead.

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A Rasheed Sulaimon three with 1:18 to play put Maryland up for good. Head coach Mark Turgeon was asked after the game, was there a Greivis factor?

“I asked him when he came in and he said the five-minute mark, so I said it was all him the reason we won,” Turgeon said. “We had a lot of former players back. It was kind of a cool thing.”

Tuesday was a night of celebration along with the victory with a number of other program alumni returning to College Park, including former No. 1 overall pick Joe Smith. Smith had not been to campus during Turgeon’s tenure and, in speaking with the media he said he relished the opportunity to be a “student” in the stands.

Good thing Maryland was able to stave off the homecoming spoiler.

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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.

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.