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Maryland-Minnesota Preview: 5 things you need to know


Maryland-Minnesota Preview: 5 things you need to know

Maryland goes on the road Thursday to face a Minnesota team that is winless in Big Ten play. Here are 5 things you need to know.

1) The crazy season continues

Maryland’s road to a Big Ten title got a lot tougher after losing to Wisconsin on Saturday. Thanks to Penn State’s upset win over Iowa on Wednesday, though, a win over Minnesota gets Maryland back into a three-way tie with the Hawkeyes and Indiana atop the conference.

What’s even more indicative of how unpredictable this season has been? Iowa was one of three Top 5 teams to lose on Wednesday lone. Oklahoma lost to Texas Tech. North Carolina lost to Duke.

The biggest takeaway from that is this: everyone loses. Maryland’s loss to Wisconsin is far from reason to panic for the Terrapins. This season remains wide open.

2) No Diamond Stone, so how do they react?

Maryland’s five-star freshman will serve his one-game suspension when the Terrapins face Minnesota, taking away a major interior force offensively for this team.

When Maryland is at its best, it works the ball inside and forces the defense to react by either letting Stone work one-on-one on the block or doubling, which frees up shooters on the perimeter. Yes, Robert Carter, Jr. is still in the lineup (and will be a focal point) but having Stone alongside him makes them that much more dangerous.

Now, the bench becomes thinner because Damonte Dodd moves into the starting lineup. Can they avoid the big man issues they have against Northwestern when Michal Cekovsky was sick and Stone was in foul trouble? That game went to overtime before Stone helped them to seal it late.


3) Carlos Morris dismissed

Minnesota’s fourth-leading scorer, Carlos Morris, has been dismissed from the team, head coach Richard Pitino announced on Wednesday.

Though his scoring has been streaky this Big Ten season, he was one of the two players who scored in double figures the last time these two teams met.

4) Melo working toward 100 percent health

Trimble is coming off of his most trying game of the season, going 1-of-14 from the floor in the loss to Wisconsin. Head coach Mark Turgeon said that Trimble is close to 100 percent health. Early this year, he was limited by a back and hamstring injury.

Maryland’s offense, which all starts with Trimble’s diverse set of skills, has struggled in patches of late, like against Northwestern, Ohio State on the road, and against Wisconsin.

Whether or not the injury recovery plays a part, there are more tangible explanations too. One might be found at the free throw line. It has been a point of contention for Turgeon all season, hoping that the sophomore would get more foul calls when getting into the lane.

Being that he hits from the line at such a high clip, free throws mean more efficient stat lines like against Nebraska (20 points on 5-of-7 FG, 7-of-9 FT). Also, don’t forget about the pick-and-roll. Trimble is arguably the best point guard in the country out of that set and Maryland always has it in its back pocket if the offense stalls.

5) Will bench production be there?

Jaylen Brantley played 10 minutes against Wisconsin, perhaps an indication that Turgeon is willing to lean on the junior college transfer to take some pressure off of Trimble and Sulaimon. But with Dodd now in the starting lineup sans Stone, more production needs to come from somewhere.

Could it be Jared Nickens? Or Michal Cekovsky? Ivan Bender may even get some run to patch any need.

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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."