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Maryland-Mount St. Mary's Preview: 5 things you need to know


Maryland-Mount St. Mary's Preview: 5 things you need to know

Maryland opens its season on Friday night against Mount St. Mary’s (Md.) at XFINITY Center in College Park. Here are five things you need to know about the matchup, which tips at 7 p.m.

1) Finally, a real game

It has been an offseason of hype and expectations for Maryland. Yes, there was an exhibition, but this is finally the real thing for the Terrapins. Head coach Mark Turgeon has said he is eager for it to begin. Players have said the same. Finally, it’s here.

2) Compensating for Wiley’s loss

Friday marks the first of what will likely be an entire season without sophomore guard Dion Wiley. The Oxon Hill native underwent surgery to repair the torn meniscus in his right knee and set off a domino effect in the rotation because of it.

Who will start? Maryland has options. Sophomore Jared Nickens started the team’s exhibition and gives them size and length on the perimeter, as well as a scoring touch. But Turgeon has been interested in a dual-point guard look that would feature Melo Trimble and Rasheed Sulaimon on the floor at the same time.

That would give Maryland a reliable slasher from the wing in Sulaimon, but also raise questions about who will do the bulk of the scoring on the second unit.


3) Bring on Mayhem

Mount St. Mary’s, under the watch of head coach Jamion Christian, run a system that he calls “Mayhem”. The former VCU assistant under Shaka Smart calls himself the composer of the system and it is fast-paced, up-tempo, and full of threes.

Maryland has some trouble with turnovers early in its exhibition against Southern New Hampshire that allowed the Penmen to keep it closer than they would have liked for a portion of the first half. The Terrapins cannot fall into the same trap on Friday night.

Read more on Christian and the Mount here.

4) Not to be overlooked

In an interview with CSN on Thursday, Christian was asked whether it’s a possibility that Maryland could be overlooking Mount St. Mary’s because a big-time early season showdown against Georgetown looms next week.

Christian said he didn’t believe so because after an offseason where experts had picked Maryland to win the national title, they would be eager to prove they could get off on the right foot.

For the Terrapins sake, hopefully that is their mindset. Mount St. Mary’s will play fast and with energy. They have two All-NEC players in Gregory Graves and BK Ashe and there is experience across the board.

5) Atmosphere change?

Maryland games in the early part of the last few seasons have been played in front of relatively empty arenas in College Park. If the exhibition was any indication (with more than 13,000 in attendance), that should change on Friday.

It’s only natural, being that this team could make a run at a national championship.

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Palmer's big 2nd half lifts Huskers past Maryland

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Palmer's big 2nd half lifts Huskers past Maryland

LINCOLN, Neb. -- James Palmer Jr. scored 24 of his 26 points in the second half, Isaiah Roby had all 11 of his after half, and Nebraska held off Maryland 70-66 on Tuesday night.

Palmer and Roby combined for 35 of the Cornhuskers' 40 second-half points, and they secured their first 20-win season since 2008. They won a sixth straight conference game for the first time in 20 years.

Palmer scored 15 straight points for the Huskers (20-8, 11-4 Big Ten) over a 10-minute span that ended when Roby hit one of two free throws with 2:57 left for a 64-59 lead. Roby had a double-double, with 10 rebounds, and he also blocked three shots.

The Terps (17-11, 6-9) had a chance to take the lead with a minute to play, but Glynn Watson Jr. blocked Anthony Cowan Jr.'s 3-point try, Evan Taylor came up with the loose ball and got it to Watson.

Watson missed a 3-pointer coming out of a timeout, and Roby got the rebound and was immediately fouled. He made both free throws for a 66-63 lead. Kevin Huerter's layin cut it to one point before Watson made two free throws.

Huerter went to the line with 2.8 seconds left, and after making the first free throw he intentionally missed the second. Palmer got the rebound, was fouled and put the game away with two free throws.

Bruno Fernando led the Terps with 21 points and nine rebounds. Huerter added 12 points and Darryl Morsell had 11.


Maryland: The Terps' fading NCAA Tournament hopes might have been dashed with their seventh straight road loss.

Nebraska: The Huskers are resting firmly on the NCAA bubble and absolutely needed this win. They got it, thanks to Palmer and Roby's efforts in the second half.


Maryland hosts Rutgers on Saturday. It's the teams' only meeting this season.

Nebraska visits Illinois. The Huskers beat the Illini 64-63 in Lincoln on Jan. 15.

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Maryland overwhelmed by Penn State in close loss


Maryland overwhelmed by Penn State in close loss

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Lamar Stevens feels like he's playing his most consistent basketball right now, a bad omen for upcoming opponents considering Penn State expects its hybrid forward to do a little bit of everything.

Just like he did on Wednesday.

Stevens scored 25 points on 10-of-12 shooting with 14 in the second half to lift Penn State over Maryland 74-70.


"Lamar really stepped up for us," Penn State coach Patrick Chambers said. "We needed every one of those points that he had tonight."

Tony Carr added 16 points, Josh Reaves scored 14, and Mike Watkins added 11 for the Nittany Lions (17-9, 7-6 Big Ten Conference), who equaled their previous best mark for conference victories under Chambers.

"The best teams always find ways to win," Stevens said. "We locked down when we had to, got huge stops, huge rebounds and I think that's a huge step for this team."

With Maryland (16-10, 5-8) up 20-14 midway through the first half, Stevens nailed his first of two 3-pointers to spark a quick 9-0 run that helped Penn State take control.

He rolled layups off his fingers and sank midrange jumpers on multiple back-to-back possessions in the second half, where he scored 11 of his team's first 20 points.

"He made some incredible, incredible shots," Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said. "He was terrific, he was so efficient."

Stevens added four rebounds, two assists and was 3-for-4 on free throws with all three makes coming in the final 5:48 as Maryland threatened.


Anthony Cowan Jr. led Maryland with 15 points while Kevin Huerter and Bruno Fernando added 13 apiece.

Darryl Morsell had 10 points for the Terrapins, who cut a 10-point deficit with 8:11 to play to just three with 1:13 left.

"I didn't think we competed in the first half defensively," Turgeon said. "I thought in the second half, we were really trying hard."


Maryland: The Terrapins' disappointing season continues and they have dropped to 7-7 since stalwart forward Justin Jackson's season was ended by a torn shoulder ligament in late December. Although they shot better than their season average, the Terrapins were badly outplayed in the paint, getting outscored 32-22 and outrebounded 27-23.

Penn State: The Nittany Lions are playing an exciting brand of basketball as of late. They have a combined 22 dunks over their last three home games and opponents are finding it hard to play fast against a team that thrives on speed.