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Maryland gets signature win over Iowa: 5 things you need to know


Maryland gets signature win over Iowa: 5 things you need to know

COLLEGE PARK -- Maryland came into Thursday’s game against Iowa with a collection of nice wins. Nice. But there was no signature win.

This game vs. the Hawkeyes presented that opportunity and Maryland seized it in a 74-68 victory over No. 3 Iowa at XFINITY Center in College Park.

These signature games (and signature victories) are what separates the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds in the NCAA tournament from the No. 3 and No. 4 seeds. Maryland missed chances earlier in the year to notch these kinds of victories, but Thursday was different.

Robert Carter, Jr. powered the second-half offensive push with 17 points and seven rebounds. Rasheed Sulaimon had 17 of his own. Defensively, Maryland held Iowa star Jarrod Uthoff to just nine points on 2-of-13 shooting.

Here are five things you need to know.

1) Diamond Stone starts, but Turgeon pulls plug early

On Thursday, for the first time since Dec. 1 vs. North Carolina (save a clerical error against Rutgers), Diamond Stone was in the starting lineup for Maryland. But the same problems that forced him to the bench earlier in the year showed themselves again.

He had a few subpar defensive possessions, allowing Iowa center Adam Woodbury to rack up five points before the under-16 timeout.

2) The feel of Maryland-North Carolina early

As everyone was applauding Maryland’s shot-making on Dec. 1 against North Carolina, Mark Turgeon pointed to the other end of the floor -- the defense -- that was lacking. You saw some of that against Iowa.

The Hawkeyes want to make you scramble. Coming off made baskets, they would push the ball up the floor and attack Maryland when the court was scattered. But Maryland was losing shooters in transition and not getting back.

Basket at one end, surrender one at the other. It was an offensive showing from both sides. Maryland shot 55 percent from the floor and 40 percent from three-point range. Iowa shot 50 percent from the floor.


3) Containing Jarrod Uthoff

Robert Carter, Jr. and Jake Layman came into this game being the cornerstones of what Maryland planned to do defensively. With Peter Jok and Jarrod Uthoff as hard-to-guard wings who can shoot from the outside, it would fall to Carter and Layman to contain them.

In the first half, they did. Uthoff was 0-of-5 from the floor through 20 minutes. It was Carter at times on Uthoff and Layman at others. The most they can ask for is to force Uthoff into tough shots and they did that.

The result was the ball being spread around and, yes, they gave up 35 first-half points, but if it is going to be other players being forced to beat you, so be it.

Maryland wanted to keep him inefficient, but could they really have expected this?

4) Pace changes in the second half

The first half was a shootout. The second half was much different. It was slower and more methodical. Iowa mixed in some zone defensively.

After holding a six-point lead at the break, a 7-0 Iowa run out of the gate put them up by one point by the 17-minute mark. But Maryland fought back as they got the ball back inside, pushing the lead to five by the under-12 media timeout.

The shots weren’t falling for Maryland from deep, which ground the offense to a halt.

5) All hail the under-8 adjustment

Maryland trailed at the under-eight timeout. The zone was giving Maryland trouble. Mark Turgeon made a change. He started to force the ball into the middle of the zone to Robert Carter and everything opened up from there.

He had four points over the next four minutes and created opportunities for Rasheed Sulaimon and Jake Layman around him. To much the crowd’s displeasure, he fouled out on a questionable reach-in call.

That was shortly after Iowa center Adam Woodbury fouled out, too.

When a player fouls out, your team can go one of two ways. Maryland slammed on the gas pedal. Turgeon drew up a beautiful play to get the Terrapins a basket out of the timeout, then the defense got a stop and Jared Nickens laid it in the other way.

Maryland made enough free throws down the stretch to seal it.

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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."