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Maryland loses battle to Michigan State: 5 things you need to know


Maryland loses battle to Michigan State: 5 things you need to know

In an epic Big Ten tournament battle, Maryland could not shift its offense into gear late and lost a battle against Michigan State, 64-61.

Here are 5 things you need to know.

1) Early fire and intensity

Maryland used Jake Layman as an early catalyst against Nebraska and he got into a groove. They fed the ball to him on a post touch on their first possession and he converted. 

He then got tangled up with Michigan State guard Eron Harris. Some shoving ensued. Layman jawed with Michigan State players in a way rarely seen from him in his four years at Maryland and a double technical was assessed. That set the tone early for what would be a heavyweight title fight.

2) Half-court offense struggles, which feeds Spartans

Maryland was able to put up 97 points on Nebraska because the Terrapins did a nice job of pushing the pace and forcing the issue.

Against Michigan State, the Spartans were hitting 58 percent of their shots from the floor by the under-8 timeout of the first half. That meant less transition opportunities and more half-court possessions, where Maryland has consistently struggled.

Shots late in the clock spurred transition opportunities for Michigan State in the other direction and with a wizard like Denzel Valentine getting the ball in his hands with numbers in his favor, that’s deadly for the opposition.

The Michigan State lead grew to 12 points with just over four minutes to play in the half. Maryland trimmed it to six with 0:15 to play before the break. A Valentine jumper made it eight at the half.

3) Credit Maryland for its adjustment and fight before break

Robert Carter, Jr. was the real reason Maryland was within single digits at the half. While Jake Layman and Melo Trimble struggled to score, Carter was 3-of-4 from three-point range and the only floor-stretching threat Maryland had in the first half.

It was one of those games that made it so difficult for anyone to tell him how to play his game. When he is hitting from the perimeter, he changes the way defenses can play this team. At the same time, Maryland struggled to get the ball into the paint.

He finished with a team-high 18 points.

4) That set the stage for the second half 

With that momentum coming out of the half, Maryland started chipping away and chipping away and chipping away. Defensive stops kept them in it as they battled. A 12-3 run put them ahead, 57-56, with 6:55 to play. It was their first lead since early in the first half.

Maryland is not its best self when it puts up 97 points and hopes for defensive stops. It is its most reliable and deep-run-in-March-potential self when it starts with its focus on the defensive end of the floor and goes from there.

The Terrapins have plenty of weapons on offense. Get stops and go from there.

5) Drought proves to be too much

Maryland’s defense kept it afloat down the stretch. Maryland went from the 10:26 mark of the second half to 0:14 without a made field goal. They settled too often for jumpers, but there were also instances where they got to the rim and lived off of free throws.

Down one point with under a minute to play, Diamond Stone got a touch in the post. His hook shot was blocked on a sensational play by fellow freshman Deyonta Davis.

Maryland had another chance to take the lead with under 10 seconds to play. Melo Trimble drove to the basket looking for a foul. Davis gave room and Trimble could not convert the layup. It was the end of a tough 2-of-15 night for him from the floor.

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Maryland loses two as Justin Jackson declares for NBA Draft, will sign with agent


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.


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.


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.

WANT MORE HOOPS?  Listen below as Troy Machir and Chick Hernandez discuss Lefty Driesell's legacy in the area and why the Terps icon was on the outside of the Hall of Fame for so long.