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Maryland-Wisconsin Preview: 5 things you need to know


Maryland-Wisconsin Preview: 5 things you need to know

It’s a homecoming for one star player and an injury test for another, on top of the fact that games on the road are tough to win in conference play.

Maryland-Wisconsin tips at 1 p.m. Here are 5 things you need to know.

1) Diamond’s homecoming

Much has been written about the path that led Diamond Stone from his Milwaukee home to College Park to play his college basketball. On Saturday, he returns to his home state to face the Badgers and in all likelihood the overall reception won’t be so warm.

Fan bases do that. Maryland did it to former Terrapins commit Justin Anderson whenever he would come to XFINITY Center with Virginia. Jahlil Okafor and Tyus Jones, both former Duke Blue Devils who beat Wisconsin in the 2015 NCAA title game, were booed by Bucks fans when they came to Milwaukee as pros. It happens.

The key for Stone will be taking a page out of Rasheed Sulaimon’s book when he returned to North Carolina with the Terrapins earlier this season. Booed relentlessly as another former Blue Devil, Sulaimon says he tried to play within his limits and not let himself fall into a “1-on-5” trap or make the game about a “personal vendetta.”

2) Two different program trajectories this season

Maryland upset a Top 10 Wisconsin team at home last season before the Badgers went on to the national championship game. The Badgers, now with the Terrapins ranked No. 3 in the country, are hoping to return the favor.

Wisconsin has had to endure the loss of two NBA first-rounders, Frank Kaminsky and Sam Dekker, as well as the in-season retirement of coach Bo Ryan. They are 9-7 on the year. Handing a top-flight team its first loss of the conference season would be nice touch.


3) Concern about Melo Trimble’s injury

Head coach Mark Turgeon used the word “better” to describe Trimble’s condition on Thursday, as compared to Wednesday when he played only 14 minutes because of a hamstring injury that has been an issue dating all the way back to last season.

He is expected to play against Wisconsin, but Turgeon also used the word “concerned,” which likely means concern that there could be some lingering effects of the injury as the season progresses.

Trimble is not an explosive player, so the injury would not affect him in that way. It would be more about lift on his jump shots and his shiftiness being limited when he attacks the basket.

4) The problems Wisconsin has had

Last season, the Badgers were the No. 1 team in the country when it came to offensive efficiency, thanks in large part to Kaminsky and Dekker, and a freakishly low turnover percentage -- just seven total turnovers per game.

This season, both of those strengths have become issues. The Badgers are 102nd in turnover percentage this season and 132nd in points per possession. Combine that with the fact that their pace is one of the slowest in the country and they become susceptible to slipping into holes that are difficult to dig out of.

That is where Maryland can strike. With a collection of three-point shooters and the ability to rip off quick double-digit runs, the Terrapins will always have that card up their sleeve against a team like the Badgers. If their shooters are on, that is.

5) More production from the bench

Stone is an enormous part of Maryland’s bench attack. That’s part of the reason why he’s there, to add a scoring boost. But the Terrapins will need more from the others, starting with guard Jared Nickens and center Michal Cekovsky.

Nickens looked good against Rutgers, approaching a double-double, and is a constant three-point threat. Consistency is the question. Cekovsky does not need to be a Stone-level scorer, but really just be a second-unit Damonte Dodd -- getting rebounds and using his fouls wisely.

The bench might be the last piston that needs to fire for this whole Maryland engine to be running nearly perfectly.

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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."