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How Maryland's opponent Friday could help them down the line

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How Maryland's opponent Friday could help them down the line

COLLEGE PARK -- Maryland’s season-opening exhibition was a victory over Southern New Hampshire, the alma mater of assistant coach Bino Ranson. Now the Terrapins will open the regular season against the alma mater of another assistant, Cliff Warren, when Mount St. Mary’s comes to XFINITY Center in College Park on Friday night.

The Mountaineers, two years removed from an NCAA tournament berth, will be mentioned among the favorites to win the Northeast Conference title.

“We hope they start 0-1, but we feel like they’re going to win a lot of games,” head coach Mark Turgeon said during a meeting with the media on Thursday. “I’ve got a lot of respect for their program and the way they do things and they’re well-coached.”

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That’s part of the key for Maryland in scheduling The Mount, not only because they are an in-state team, but also because when push comes to shove on Selection Sunday the teams that have beaten quality teams early often get rewarded by the committee.

Should Maryland beat The Mount handily? Absolutely. But the difference between beating a mid-major conference title contender and a cellar-dwelling small school will show in their RPI and strength of schedule at tournament time.

One victory over a mid-major won't necessarily move the needle, but scheduling that way as a philosophy makes a difference. Maryland wants a No. 1 seed, but that comes much, much farther down the road. For now, it’s the start of a season that holds much promise and hopes of a Final Four run.

“We’ve been waiting for a long time, especially somebody like me who had to sit out last year,” junior Robert Carter said. “Just want to get out there and get things underway.”

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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.