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Maryland-Indiana Preview: 5 things you need to know

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Maryland-Indiana Preview: 5 things you need to know

Maryland faces Indiana in the regular-season finale on Sunday in Bloomington. Here are 5 things you need to know about the 4:30 p.m. matchup.

1) Longer-term gains

Maryland has a certain level of security heading into this game, being that they’ve already locked up a double bye in the Big Ten tournament. Now it is about trying to gain some ground back from other contenders as they jockey for position in the NCAA tournament.

A win over Indiana would give the Terrapins another quality road win, plus RPI Top 25 and RPI Top 50 wins. If they can string a win Sunday together with at least two in the Big Ten tournament, that NCAA seed could rise from where it is now, No. 4, to a No. 3 or even a No. 2 if someone else has a major hiccup.

2) Melo vs. Yogi (again)

Melo Trimble broke out of his slump on Thursday with an 18-point game against Illinois. Now he faces his closest counterpart in the Big Ten. Ferrell is playing at an All-Big Ten level this season and Trimble will have to try to match on Sunday.

Don’t expect Trimble to be defending Ferrell, though. That will be the responsibility of fellow guard Rasheed Sulaimon, who has been one of the team’s best perimeter defenders all season.

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3) Small-ball necessity

Maryland tested its small ball lineup extensively for the first time on Thursday and found great success with it. That was a trial run and an adjustment, but on Sunday they will likely have to play it out of necessity.

Indiana is fifth in the nation in three-point shooting at 42 percent and No. 1 in the country in offensive efficiency at 1.169 points per possession. They accomplish that by spreading the floor and making the defense react.

So expect a lot of Jake Layman at the power forward spot to counter what the Hoosiers do. Maryland will need to hit shots if it wants to keep pace. They’ve already seen what can happen in Bloomington if the Hoosiers get hot.

4) Battle of the freshman bigs

While everyone will be concerned about small ball, don’t forget the battle of two of the best freshman bigs in the country -- Maryland’s Diamond Stone and Indiana’s Thomas Bryant.

Bryant has takent significant strides offensively this season and has been a major factor for a team that lacked an interior presence last season.

It will be interesting to see how Stone bounces back after playing limited minutes against Illinois when small ball took over and he stayed on the bench for much of the second half.

5) Telling the truth on the boards

Illinois, on paper, looked like a step in the right direction toward fixing Maryland’s rebounding woes. The problem is, the Illini came into the game ranked 321st nationally in rebound percentage and were much less interested in crashing the boards than they were about getting back defensively in hopes of stifling Maryland’s transition game.

The Terrapins will get a much truer test of where they are on Sunday against Indiana. The Hoosiers rank 16th in the country in rebound rate, led by forward Troy Williams.

That was Maryland’s biggest issue against Purdue when it came to rebounding. It wasn’t A.J. Hammons or Isaac Haas who burned them. It was Vince Edwards and Raphael Davis on the wings.

First-possession defense is typically not an issue for Maryland. Give Indiana second chances, though, and they’ll burn you.

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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.

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