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The least talked-about NBA prospect on Maryland's roster


The least talked-about NBA prospect on Maryland's roster

Maryland five-star freshman Diamond Stone has been the center of most talk about how quickly the Terrapins have upgraded their roster in one year's time. If not him, it has been about the addition of Duke guard Rasheed Sulaimon.

But it's the player who will play alongside Stone in the frontcourt who is the team's least talked-about, possibly high-level NBA prospect -- Georgia Tech transfer Robert Carter.

Transfer years have a tendency to make players fade into the background of a national conversation, which is only reasonable considering they're not on the court. But now eligible, Carter will be a difference maker.

"Robert Carter has been terrific from day one since we got him. He's just totally changed his body," head coach Mark Turgeon told ESPN's Andy Katz and Seth Greenberg this week.

Turgeon says that Carter dropped more than 20 pounds and cut his body fat percentage in half, from about 22 to 11. And that's on the frame of a guy who averaged 11.4 points and 8.4 rebounds the last time he was on the court at Georgia Tech.


That was one of the biggest question marks for him while he was at Georgia Tech. Could he cut weight and play with more intensity? The first part seems to be answered. The second part does, too, if you listen to Jake Layman's praise of him throughout practice last season.

Layman credits Carter with making him tougher when the natural small forward was asked to play power forward for the Terrapins last season. Praise continues from Turgeon, too.

"He's a good player. He was a good player at Georgia Tech and we expect him to be a really good player for us," Turgeon said. "What he can do is he can really stretch the defense. We have a team full of good shooters and Robert's right up there with all of them as far as shooting the ball from three. He can flat-out shoot it."

That's what could push Carter into the conversation with Stone, Layman, and Trimble as possible first-round draft picks on this roster.

The most coveted player archetype in the NBA right now is the stretch-four. Teams are enamored with the idea of playing small. And now we're looking at a 6-8 forward with a 7-2 wingspan who is a double-double threat every night while being able to stretch the ball out to the perimeter? He checks all the boxes.

Who knows? Deep NCAA tournaments runs have a way of showcasing certain players and helping to make them a lot of money in the NBA Draft. Maryland has the team to do just that.

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Palmer's big 2nd half lifts Huskers past Maryland

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Palmer's big 2nd half lifts Huskers past Maryland

LINCOLN, Neb. -- James Palmer Jr. scored 24 of his 26 points in the second half, Isaiah Roby had all 11 of his after half, and Nebraska held off Maryland 70-66 on Tuesday night.

Palmer and Roby combined for 35 of the Cornhuskers' 40 second-half points, and they secured their first 20-win season since 2008. They won a sixth straight conference game for the first time in 20 years.

Palmer scored 15 straight points for the Huskers (20-8, 11-4 Big Ten) over a 10-minute span that ended when Roby hit one of two free throws with 2:57 left for a 64-59 lead. Roby had a double-double, with 10 rebounds, and he also blocked three shots.

The Terps (17-11, 6-9) had a chance to take the lead with a minute to play, but Glynn Watson Jr. blocked Anthony Cowan Jr.'s 3-point try, Evan Taylor came up with the loose ball and got it to Watson.

Watson missed a 3-pointer coming out of a timeout, and Roby got the rebound and was immediately fouled. He made both free throws for a 66-63 lead. Kevin Huerter's layin cut it to one point before Watson made two free throws.

Huerter went to the line with 2.8 seconds left, and after making the first free throw he intentionally missed the second. Palmer got the rebound, was fouled and put the game away with two free throws.

Bruno Fernando led the Terps with 21 points and nine rebounds. Huerter added 12 points and Darryl Morsell had 11.


Maryland: The Terps' fading NCAA Tournament hopes might have been dashed with their seventh straight road loss.

Nebraska: The Huskers are resting firmly on the NCAA bubble and absolutely needed this win. They got it, thanks to Palmer and Roby's efforts in the second half.


Maryland hosts Rutgers on Saturday. It's the teams' only meeting this season.

Nebraska visits Illinois. The Huskers beat the Illini 64-63 in Lincoln on Jan. 15.

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Maryland overwhelmed by Penn State in close loss


Maryland overwhelmed by Penn State in close loss

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Lamar Stevens feels like he's playing his most consistent basketball right now, a bad omen for upcoming opponents considering Penn State expects its hybrid forward to do a little bit of everything.

Just like he did on Wednesday.

Stevens scored 25 points on 10-of-12 shooting with 14 in the second half to lift Penn State over Maryland 74-70.


"Lamar really stepped up for us," Penn State coach Patrick Chambers said. "We needed every one of those points that he had tonight."

Tony Carr added 16 points, Josh Reaves scored 14, and Mike Watkins added 11 for the Nittany Lions (17-9, 7-6 Big Ten Conference), who equaled their previous best mark for conference victories under Chambers.

"The best teams always find ways to win," Stevens said. "We locked down when we had to, got huge stops, huge rebounds and I think that's a huge step for this team."

With Maryland (16-10, 5-8) up 20-14 midway through the first half, Stevens nailed his first of two 3-pointers to spark a quick 9-0 run that helped Penn State take control.

He rolled layups off his fingers and sank midrange jumpers on multiple back-to-back possessions in the second half, where he scored 11 of his team's first 20 points.

"He made some incredible, incredible shots," Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said. "He was terrific, he was so efficient."

Stevens added four rebounds, two assists and was 3-for-4 on free throws with all three makes coming in the final 5:48 as Maryland threatened.


Anthony Cowan Jr. led Maryland with 15 points while Kevin Huerter and Bruno Fernando added 13 apiece.

Darryl Morsell had 10 points for the Terrapins, who cut a 10-point deficit with 8:11 to play to just three with 1:13 left.

"I didn't think we competed in the first half defensively," Turgeon said. "I thought in the second half, we were really trying hard."


Maryland: The Terrapins' disappointing season continues and they have dropped to 7-7 since stalwart forward Justin Jackson's season was ended by a torn shoulder ligament in late December. Although they shot better than their season average, the Terrapins were badly outplayed in the paint, getting outscored 32-22 and outrebounded 27-23.

Penn State: The Nittany Lions are playing an exciting brand of basketball as of late. They have a combined 22 dunks over their last three home games and opponents are finding it hard to play fast against a team that thrives on speed.