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Maryland-Maryland Eastern Shore Preview: 5 things to know


Maryland-Maryland Eastern Shore Preview: 5 things to know

Maryland faces Maryland-Eastern Shore on Saturday in College Park before a good-sized layoff to take care of business in the classroom during finals.

Hit the books here with 5 things you need to know.

1) A change of pace

Saturday’s game included, Maryland has two games in the next 15 days -- much different from a stretch they had earlier in the season of four games in eight days. That presents some challenges, especially the balance between improving before conference play while trying to get some rest for key players.

Head coach Mark Turgeon expressed no concern about it, except for the fact that only six team practices remain before conference play. But there is a plan to make it work.

2) Diamond Stone continues to improve

Turgeon may have found something by shifting five-star freshman Diamond Stone to a new role as a sixth man and putting Damonte Dodd in the starting lineup. The overall defense has improved and the offensive firepower is more well-distributed as well.

Stone has responded with back-to-back 16-point games. His offense has never really been a question. Defensively is where he needs to continue to improve and redshirt junior Robert Carter, Jr. and Dodd both say they’ve helped him as he has needed it.


3) Defensive pressure

Maryland-Eastern Shore struggles offensively. They rank 338th of 351 teams in offensive efficiency, scoring just 0.83 point per possession. They struggled defensively, as well, ranking 298th of 351 teams by surrendering 1.087 points per possession.

What does that mean for Maryland? Step on the gas early and assert yourself. They have done that in each of the past two games and have been successful. Saturday is another opportunity to do so.

4) The Melo Switch

If anything has been most impressive about Melo Trimble so far this season, it has been that he can alternate game-by-game between being two different types of players -- a score-first offensive weapon or a pass-first point guard.

Against St. Francis (PA), he had just three points, but had seven assists and only two turnovers. Against Connecticut, he had 25 points and was 14-of-15 from the line to help Maryland past the Huskies.

For a game against a mid-major like this, we could see either of those Melos. We’ll have to wait and see.

5) Developing the bench

Maryland is running out of real opportunities to develop its backcourt depth before the start of conference play. That mostly means junior college transfer Jaylen Brantley, who has seen some time but still needs work to be fully comfortable.

Trimble and Rasheed Sulaimon have shouldered a high percentage of the minutes among guards and Saturday would be an opportunity to get Brantley into the mix for an extended period of time.

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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."