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Maryland eliminated after loss to Kansas: 5 things to know


Maryland eliminated after loss to Kansas: 5 things to know

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Farther into the tournament than the program had been in 13 years, Maryland had an opportunity to beat the nation’s No. 1 team for a spot in the Elite Eight.

But as has been the case in the Terrapins’ biggest games this season, they looked to be an equal, they competed early and they fought, but ultimately had the door slam shut on them in the second half. Thursday night, it ended their season -- a 79-63 loss to the Kansas Jayhawks in Louisville.

Maryland played a strong first 20 minutes and was within two points at the half, but there were some signs of cracks in the foundation. They again shot poorly from three-point range. Foul troubled had forced them to dig deeper into their bench than they ever would have liked in this spot. They uncharacteristically struggled from the free-throw line. Melo Trimble had gone cold from the field.

Against a Kansas team that is full of veterans and is the favorite to win the national title, it’s just far too difficult to absorb those blows and win a game in March. Perry Ellis was the engine for the Jayhawks, scoring 27 points on 10-of-17 shooting.

Trimble finished with 17 points, but on 5-of-16 shooting from the floor and 1-of-7 shooting from three. Rasheed Sulaimon had a team-high 18 points.

Here are five things you need to know.

1) Came to play early, especially defensively

Maryland has a (good) habit of playing its best basketball against their toughest opponents. That seemed to be the case early against Kansas. Offense wasn’t necessarily there through eight minutes, but the Terrapins were locking down defensively and closing out defensive possessions with rebounds.

Kansas was shooting 22 percent from the floor through eight minutes.

2) Rasheed Sulaimon the offensive firepower

While Maryland was defending and getting stops, it sputtered at times on the other end. Rasheed Sulaimon was huge in giving the Terrapins at least something. He was 4-of-6 from the floor and 2-of-4 from three in the first half.

Guards help you more than anyone else to win games in March. Sulaimon, with help from Melo Trimble, had 22 of the team’s 34 points at the break.

3) Maryland survives the first-half foul trouble

Robert Carter and Diamond Stone were both on the bench with two fouls before the under-four timeout of the first half. That forced Mark Turgeon to use a lineup that he had all but previously abandoned, putting Michal Cekovsky and Damonte Dodd on the floor at the same time.

The best Maryland could have hoped for was to hold the fort and they did. There is very little flow to the offense when both are played together and the lane becomes clogged, which is why Turgeon had spread them out in the past. They were solid defensively, though. Maryland trailed by two, 36-34, at the half.

4) The turning point

After a monster Jake Layman dunk that tied the game at 43-43, Kansas rattled off a 9-0 run to push the score to 52-43. Stone picked up his third foul early in the second, which forced more of the Dodd-Cekovsky lineup.

Through the first eight or so minutes of the second half, Kansas had outrebounded Maryland 10-1. The Terrapins still hung tough for a time by cranking up the defensive pressure. At the 10:30 mark, it was a single-digit game. Maryland kept it that way for nearly four minutes with the way they defended, but simply could not chip away at the deficit.

As veteran-heavy teams do, Kansas eventually took advantage. A 10-point Kansas lead was 16 in a matter of minutes and the Jayhawks had slammed the door.

5) The end of a season

A Maryland season that began with a No. 3 preseason ranking ends in the Sweet 16 at the hands of a Jayhawk team that was ranked one spot below them in that same Associated Press poll.

It will be debated how the story of this season will be written, whether these Terrapins will be labeled underachievers or whether they ought to be remembered as the team that ended a 13-year Sweet 16 drought for the program.

It also remains to be seen what next year’s roster will look like. Those questions will be answered in the coming weeks.

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Maryland women's shooting struggles lead to second-round loss vs. N.C. State


Maryland women's shooting struggles lead to second-round loss vs. N.C. State

RALEIGH, N.C.  — Kiara Leslie had 21 points and 11 rebounds against her former team, and North Carolina State beat Maryland 74-60 on Sunday in the second round of the women's NCAA Tournament.

Leslie, who spent three seasons at Maryland before graduating and transferring to N.C. State, finished one point shy of a career high.

Kalia Ealey and Chelsea Nelson added 12 points apiece while Akela Maize scored 11 to help the fourth-seeded Wolfpack (26-8) earn their first Sweet 16 appearance since the late Kay Yow led an inspirational run in 2007.


N.C. State, which shot 45 percent and was 7 of 14 from 3-point range, will play the Oklahoma State-Mississippi State winner on Friday night in the Kansas City Regional semifinals.

Brianna Fraser had 17 points for the fifth-seeded Terrapins (26-8), who were held to 37 percent shooting.

Leading scorer Kaila Charles, plagued all day by foul trouble, finished with four points -- 14 fewer than her average -- on 2-of-8 shooting before fouling out with 2:29 left. She had scored in double figures in 30 of her previous 33 games.

Maryland's offense, which averages 80 points, had trouble scoring against one of the nation's stingiest defenses.

N.C. State allows 56.7 points per game and only one team in the past two months -- top-seeded Notre Dame -- has reached 70 against the Wolfpack.


Maryland: The Terrapins were denied their sixth Sweet 16 in seven years in part because their potent perimeter game was nonexistent. Maryland, at 39.1 percent the nation's seventh-most accurate team, missed all five of its 3s. Kristen Confroy, who's third in the nation from long range at 40.3 percent, didn't attempt one.

N.C. State: Leslie kept tormenting her former teammates by turning steals into layups. Big brother C.J. Leslie led the N.C. State men's program to a Sweet 16 in 2012, and now she's headed to one, too.


N.C. State will play either top-seeded Mississippi State or ninth-seeded Oklahoma State on Friday night in the Kansas City Regional semifinals.


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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."