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How Maryland will adjust to a 30-second clock this season


How Maryland will adjust to a 30-second clock this season

Among the handful of changes coming to college basketball is one that will affect literally every single possession of the game.

The trimming of the shot clock from 35 seconds down to 30 seconds will change not only how offense is played, but how defense is played as well. But Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon has been trying to combat how much it will impact his team by adopting the NBA model in practice.

“We’re trying to play faster than the 30,” he said at Big Ten Media Day last week.

“We put a 24-second shot clock up when we practice so we’re playing faster than we have, so it’s not a big part but it is getting used to the different defenses and how people are going to play I think is going to be the biggest thing and I think it’s a challenge for coaches.”


The change by the NCAA is all part of growth to make the college game more like the pro game, following changes to defensive hand checking that the rules committee made in hopes of freeing up more motion offensively.

For a team like Maryland, they have the offensive weapons to adjust.

With so many three-point shooters -- from Melo Trimble to Rasheed Sulaimon to Jake Layman to Jared Nickens to even Robert Carter -- even if nothing comes of a play, they should be at least able to give themselves a chance by taking a shot from deep.

It helps that Trimble is such an intelligent ball handler and floor general, but it will also fall on junior college transfer Jaylen Brantley or the Duke transfer, Sulaimon, to handle the basketball when teams decide to press.

“It was hard to get a good shot up in 35 seconds,” Turgeon said. “And that’ll be a big challenge for us to continue to figure out how to get great shots up with the 30-second shot clock.”

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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.

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