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Maryland survives South Dakota St.: 5 things you need to know


Maryland survives South Dakota St.: 5 things you need to know

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Before Maryland tipped off against South Dakota State, No. 13-seed Hawaii pulled out an upset win over No. 4-seed California on this same floor at Spokane Arena.

After leading by as many as 18 points in the middle of the second half, South Dakota State cut the margin to just two points 1:03 to play after three Jackrabbit free throws. Melo Trimble fouled out. 

But somehow, despite mental errors down the stretch that included fouling two shooters on three-point attempts and allowing the lead to again dwindle to two with 12.1 seconds to play, Maryland was able to pull out a 79-74 victory on Friday afternoon in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

Jake Layman led the way for Maryland with 27 points on 7-of-11 shooting and 5-of-8 shooting from three. He also hit all eight of his free throws to help seal it.

Maryland now advances to play Hawaii in the Round of 32 on Sunday. Here are five things you need to know

1) Melo Trimble locked in early

South Dakota State coach Scott Nagy admitted that, straight up, his team could not defend Maryland point guard Melo Trimble. They threw multiple looks at him early, hedging on ball screens to try to force the ball out of his hands but he fought through it.

By the under-eight timeout, he had 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting from the floor and 4-of-4 shooting from the free-throw line. He had 15 points as part of a classic Trimble line -- 4-of-7 shooting from the floor and 7-of-7 shooting from the line.

2) Defense stout, but offense is the issue

By the under-four media timeout of the first half, Maryland had been holding South Dakota State to 28 percent shooting from the floor. It was really Maryland’s lack of offensive flow that was keeping them down in the first half.

Frustrated with an inability to get to the rim, South Dakota State took 17 threes in the first half and hit just four of them. Their most successful sets, which they got away from at one point, involved moving Maryland’s bigs in pick-and-rolls. Damonte Dodd had trouble defending out to the perimeter and there is nowhere to hide an immobile big against the Jackrabbits.

3) Important run to end first half

When the Jackrabbits had trimmed the game down to three points, 23-20, with 5:14 to play, Maryland ended the half on an 11-2 run to extend the lead to 12 by the break. Maryland used more of its soft press, which did well to fluster SDSU. They also got big threes from Jake Layman and Jared Nickens also catalyzed the run. had Maryland with a 96 percent chance to win the game at halftime.

4) Enduring the storm

By the midway point of the second half, Trimble, Robert Carter, and Diamond Stone all had three fouls and were forced to the bench. That is where Jared Nickens proved to be crucial. Nickens has had stretches where he struggled this season, but his big shot-making was back on Friday.

He hit threes at critical junctures in both the first and second halves, most notably with 16:05 to play to push an eight-point Maryland lead to double digits. He also contributed defensively.

As its final card to play, South Dakota State starting pressing Maryland as the game came toward the under-eight timeout.

5) Battle until the end

The pressure gave Maryland troubles early. South Dakota State baskets meant they could set up the press that gave the Terrapins issues with Melo Trimble on the bench in foul trouble.

There was some big-time shot making, too. Deondre Parks and George Marshall hit back-to-back threes to cut an 11-point Maryland lead down to just six with 2:54 to play. Maryland needed stops.

It was two with 1:03 to play without Trimble on the floor as a go-to free-throw shooter. That came on a three-point attempt. Maryland fouled again on a three-point attempt, this time Sulaimon. It was a two-point game with 12.1 seconds to play.

Jaylen Brantley hit one free throw before pressuring the ball and helping to force a turnover that led to a Sulaimon steal and dunk to seal it.

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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."