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Maryland tops No. 1 UCLA, advances to Super Regional

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Maryland tops No. 1 UCLA, advances to Super Regional

LaMonte Wade did it again for Maryland.

With Monday's decisive regional tied, 0-0, in the third inning, UCLA’s Trent Chatterton flied out to Wade in center with a runner on third base. Darrell Miller, Jr. tried to test Wade’s arm, something that Wade flexed in an earlier game between these two teams this weekend.

With help from the positioning of catcher Kevin Martir, Miller was tagged out to keep the game scoreless.

It was that momentum -- and perhaps the emphatic spike of the baseball from Martir after the home plate umpire signaled that the runner was out -- that fueled Maryland on Monday night in a 2-1 win over UCLA to advance to the Super Regional round of the NCAA tournament.

Maryland freshman Taylor Bloom threw 6+ innings and surrendered just one hit, also working out of jams caused by two errors behind him defensively. He left with a 2-0 lead in the seventh.

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Kevin Mooney relieved him in that inning, which was extended after a possible double play ball was dropped by second baseman Brandon Lowe. UCLA would take advantage by driving in a run to make it 2-1, but Mooney would pitch out of a jam with two men on to preserve the lead.

Mooney would finish out the game, though not without dramatics in the ninth inning.

UCLA worked to get runners on first and third with two outs in the one-run game. Miller, Jr. came to the plate and worked a deep count against Mooney before striking out looking on a breaking ball over the plate.

It is the second year in a row that the No. 1 national seed does not advance to the Super Regional. Last year, Oregon State was eliminated. This year, Maryland takes out UCLA.

The Terrapins now advance to the Super Regional round to face Virgina. This marks the second straight Super Regional berth for Maryland.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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