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Maryland-Cleveland State Preview: 5 things you need to know


Maryland-Cleveland State Preview: 5 things you need to know

Coming off a tournament championship in the Cancun Challenge, Maryland faces Cleveland State on Saturday night in College Park.

Here are five things you need to know about the matchup.

1) Another tune-up (and avoiding the trap)

Maryland heads to Chapel Hill to face North Carolina on Tuesday. They have to play this game first, though. Just as Rasheed Sulaimon called Rider a “trap game” before the team headed off to Cancun, Cleveland State could function the same way.

You avoid a trap by staying focused and executing the game plan. Maryland should be able to do that on Saturday night.

2) Hitting their stride?

Up until Wednesday, Maryland looked like it had been driving with the parking brake on. They had to battle back from second-half deficits and squeaked out wins over Georgetown and Rider in the process. Finally, against Rhode Island, they looked like the nation’s No. 2 team.

The offense was running like a machine, they were getting out in transition, and they were defending like their length should make them capable of doing. That showed in the final score vs. the Rams.


3) Defense should take precedent again

Cleveland State struggles offensively. The Vikings rank 337th of 351 teams in the nation in offensive efficiency, scoring just 0.819 points per possession. Demonte Flannigan, the team’s leading scorer, averages 10.2 points per game.

This presents an opportunity for Maryland. With the length that they have, they should be able to force tough shots and turnovers. That can help to kickstart the offense like it did against Rhode Island.

4) More comfortable Melo

If you looked at statistics alone, you would think Melo Trimble has been coasting so far this season. He is, as it turns out, leading the team in both points (16.2) and assists (4.2) per game. The truth is, the game against Rhode Island was the first that he truly looked comfortable -- and that should be scary for defenses.

He was producing even when appearing tentative and a bit out of sorts. Now that he appears to be settling into a groove, everything is trending in the right direction.

5) Leaning on the bench?

Coach Mark Turgeon has said in the past that he has to have “guts enough” to put backup guard Jaylen Brantley into the game to take minutes pressure off of Trimble and Sulaimon. That hasn’t been easy, with Maryland having to battle back against some mid-majors.

Against Rhode Island, Turgeon finally had the opportunity and Brantley was solid. The junior college transfer did not score, but he had three assists with no turnovers. That’s a step in the right direction.

Even if he can give Maryland 10 turnover-free minutes per game, that will help the cause as Maryland adapts to life without Dion Wiley.

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Big Ten season comes to a close for Maryland in final seconds of second round


Big Ten season comes to a close for Maryland in final seconds of second round

NEW YORK -- After struggling with injuries and poor play most of the season, Wisconsin is peaking at the right time.

Brevin Pritzl broke a tie with a foul-line jumper with 28 seconds left and Khalil Iverson secured the win with a steal in the waning seconds, leading Wisconsin past Maryland 59-54 on Thursday in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament.


Brad Davison and Iverson each made two free throws in the final nine seconds, and the ninth-seeded Badgers (15-17) advanced to the quarterfinals against top-seeded Michigan on Friday at Madison Square Garden after winning for the fifth time in seven games.

"It's a credit to these guys to my right and also the guys back in the locker room, how they've grown over the last month," Wisconsin coach Greg Gard said. "It has been fun to watch and hopefully we've got a lot more basketball yet to play."

The win wasn't pretty, but the Badgers made all the key plays down the stretch and eight-seeded Maryland (19-13) didn't.

The biggest plays were offensive rebounds by Iverson and Ethan Happ after Pritzl and Davison missed 3-point shots with the game tied at 53.

After the second miss with 40.3 seconds to go, Wisconsin called timeout and Pritzl got the game-winner 12 seconds later.

"I think, especially at the end of this game, the possessions are magnified," Davison said. "When you do things right those final possessions, you can really turn things around."

Maryland had a chance to tie the game when Kevin Huerter was fouled by Happ with 9.2 seconds to go, but he missed the first of two free throws and the Terps came up short for the seventh time in 11 games.

"I feel like we were fighting uphill all night," Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said. "We had the lead 24-23. It's the one time we had the lead. We tied it a bunch of times. It really came down to two things. We fouled too much and we couldn't get a rebound when we needed a rebound."


Happ had 14 points and seven rebounds for Wisconsin, which lost to Michigan State 68-63 less than a week ago. Davison finished with 13 points while Iverson had 11 and six rebounds and Pritzl 10 points. The Badgers, who lost starting point guard D'Mitrik Trice and reserve Kobe King to injuries in December, won despite shooting 36 percent.

"I personally figure we just have to string together an entire game for 40 minutes and just staying toe to toe with them like we did last game," Iverson said. "I know we'll be ready for them."

Huerter had 20 points to lead Maryland. Anthony Cowan Jr. added 16 points and Bruno Fernando had 12 points and nine rebounds.

Wisconsin never trailed in the second half, but it never led by more than three points in the final 11:40 until the closing seconds.

Pritzl's jumper broke a 53-all tie. Huerter then missed the first free throw and made the second. Maryland fouled Davison on the inbounds pass and he made both shots with 8.5 seconds to go for a 57-54 lead.

Wisconsin fouled Cowan rather than let him attempt a game-tying 3-pointer. Since it was a nonshooting foul, the Terps had to inbound with 5 seconds to go and Iverson stole Dion Wiley's pass and then closed the game with two free throws.

"He has evolved into our defensive end stopped," Gard said. "For him to come in and make a play like that at the end to seal it was great."


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Cowan, Fernando, Huerter receive All-Big Ten honors


Cowan, Fernando, Huerter receive All-Big Ten honors

In a roller-coaster season for the Maryland Terrapins, there have been three points of consistency on their roster: Anthony Cowan Jr., Kevin Huerter, and Bruno Fernando.

On Monday, the Big Ten awarded them each their first conference recognition.


Sophomore guard, Cowan was named the All-Big Ten Third Team and the All-Defensive Team. The 6-0 guard finished 10th in the Big Ten in scoring with 15.7 points per game. He also was third in assists (5.2) and steals (1.5). He was a nightmare to defend, filling right into the role that Melo Trimble left vacated this year. Both recognitions were from the Big Ten coaches and media.

Freshman forward, Fernando was selected for the Big Ten All-Freshman Team. Leading all freshmen with 6.4 rebounds and averaging 10.2 points a game, he instantly had an impact on the Terps. From Angola, the 6-10 forward capped his season with 21 points against Iowa on Jan. 7. In his first year, he went from a bench player to a starter, to Sportscenter. It was the first time ever a Terp has been named to the All-Freshman Team 

Huerter was named a Big Ten Honorable Mention by the coaches and media. Stepping into a new role in the 2017-18 season, Huerter struggled but still managed to be highly productive. With the ball in his hands more he shot 42.1 percent from deep and made 72 three-point baskets on the season. Already through two seasons, he is 12th on Maryland’s all-time three-point list.  He also scored 14.6 points a game.