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'It’s our fault' -- Fixing what went wrong on Maryland's defense

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'It’s our fault' -- Fixing what went wrong on Maryland's defense

COLLEGE PARK -- Spending close to 63 percent of the game on the field is suboptimal for any defense. Doing so against a quick-hitting offense constructed by a former Baylor assistant makes it nearly impossible to win.

That defense was Maryland in a 48-27 loss to Bowling Green. And, in a departure from previous instances where he had voiced concerns over pace, head coach Randy Edsall says the Terrapins have no one to blame but themselves for the fact that the Falcons ran north of 100 plays on Saturday.

“We’re on the field because it’s our fault,” Edsall said bluntly on Tuesday. “You can look at it, like I said, two ways.

“Number one, we didn’t control the ball offensively. We didn’t make first downs and keep our defense [off] the field, knowing you’re going against that kind of team.

“And then, conversely, we didn’t do a good enough job of getting off the field on third down when we had the opportunities on defense. So, that’s our fault.”

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What resulted was a snowball effect, where the momentum of the Bowling Green offense couldn’t be stopped and the result were back-to-back back-breaking 99-yard and 73-yard touchdown drives.

Maryland will face another spread-based offense on Saturday against South Florida, one that features an all-conference caliber running back in Marlon Mack and a dual-threat quarterback in Quinton Flowers.

That means trying to contain an attack that features the read-option, a heavier dose of running than Bowling Green, and the reality that if the defense loses containment, a player like Flowers can make them pay.

“The thing that scares you is if he doesn’t have his first read,” defensive coordinator Keith Dudzinski said, “he can beat you with his feet in a hurry.”

So the prescription for Maryland on Saturday is multi-faceted.

Defensively, the team needs to get stops and force punts. Offensively, the staff is hoping that inserting Caleb Rowe at quarterback and shuffling the depth chart at wide receiver will help in sustaining drives, which keeps Maryland’s defense off the field.

Kickoff is set for noon at Byrd Stadium.

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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.