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'Just adds to Melo’s legend': Quotes on Trimble's Wisconsin winner

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'Just adds to Melo’s legend': Quotes on Trimble's Wisconsin winner

Melo Trimble's three-pointer as time was winding down against Wisconsin lifted Maryland to a 63-60 victory in Madison on Saturday afternoon. 

Let's take one more look at it, with fresh quotes Monday from Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon, Robert Carter, Jr., Rasheed Sulaimon, and Trimble himself as they met with the media. 

MARK TURGEON, HEAD COACH

“I didn’t realize it was his first game-winner. I watched him play a lot of high school games. I saw him put a lot of nails in the coffin, but that was pretty cool. We all just kind of sat there. I wasn’t going to call timeout. It was his game. Melo did what he does. He was feeling good about himself. He had a really great last nine minutes and I didn’t love the shot. I wish he had gotten a little bit closer, but he knew what he was doing and thank God it went in.”

“Maybe a couple feet closer would have been nice. It was great. It just adds to Melo’s legend.”

MELO TRIMBLE, SOPHOMORE

“I couldn’t believe I took that shot from that deep. I’m surprised I didn’t airball it, seeing as how far I shot it from and I’m just happy it went in.”

“I already knew soon as I got the ball from Rob after he took it out, I knew I was going to take a three. The previous three shots I had took, I missed. They were all on-line and I knew I just had confidence that the next one was going to go in, so that’s why I shot a three.”

“I just wanted to enjoy the moment. It was my first game-winner, so when I made the shot, I was very excited. I didn’t know what to do and that was it.”

ROBERT CARTER, JR, REDSHIRT JUNIOR

“He’s a great player. He’s one of many on this team. Everybody expects him to hit that shot and if he didn’t hit it, somebody is expected to get it and clean it up. We had trust in Melo. He put in the time to make that shot and thank God it went in.”

RASHEED SULAIMON, SENIOR

“He never shies away from the big shot. He always makes the right play and he’s confident. I just see those great qualities in some good players that I’ve played with the last couple years and I definitely see it in him.”

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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.