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Maryland-WVU Preview: 5 things you need to know


Maryland-WVU Preview: 5 things you need to know

Maryland faces West Virginia on Saturday in the team's final non-conference game of the season, a crucial border rivalry in Week 4. Below are five things you need to know about the matchup, a 3 p.m. kickoff in Morgantown, W.V.

1) A second start for Caleb Rowe

Rowe had his ups and downs against South Florida last week. His four touchdowns were discounted a bit by his three interceptions, but it was clear that Maryland's offense runs more effectively when he is under center as opposed to the man he replaced, Perry Hills. 

Now comes a road challenge and a rivalry game. West Virginia's 3-3-5 defense is a challenge by itself, a very versatile defense that will test what appeared last week to be a reawakened Maryland passing offense.

Limiting turnovers will be important for Rowe, who can't afford to put the Maryland defense in compromising situations against a WVU offense that can put up points in a hurry without any extra help.

2) Struggles against the spread

Bowling Green gave it to Maryland in the second half of their game in Week 2, using the up-tempo spread offense to exhaust the Terrapin defense and put together back-to-back 99- and 73-yard touchdown drives that put the game away. 

But Maryland insists that having seen what Bowling Green can do prepares them for West Virginia. Linebacker Jermaine Carter said BGSU was "fast as hell" but now at least they know what they'll be up against. Mario Alford and Kevin White are gone to the NFL from last year's team, but wide receivers like Shelton Gibson and Jovon Durante are still threats.


3) So have a pass rush, but not too much pass rush

Surprisingly, Maryland currently ranks second in the nation in sacks (14) through three games, due in large part to the work of Yannick Ngakoue and the new 4-3 defense being employed by new defensive coordinator Keith Dudzinski.

But there is a catch, which Maryland saw a little bit of against Bowling Green.

Pursuit is great, but overpursuit is bad. Against a dual-threat quarterback like West Virginia's Skyler Howard, overpursuing can leave running lanes for the quarterback when the pocket breaks down and that can be just as bad as not getting pressure on the quarterback at all.

Maryland needs pressure, but pressure with containment.

4) First time on the road in 2015

Maryland is young in a lot of key spots, either with underclassmen or first-year starters. That means that Saturday will mark the first road game of the season and the first road game in a starting role for many. With that comes a level of understanding about how to operate in a road environment.

In front of a raucous crowd like the one Maryland will see in Morgantown, communication is paramount. That starts with Rowe, who had some issues with his offensive line during his first start. That also extends to the defense, where against the spread (as mentioned above) there have been issues in the past.

5) Can the running game get going?

After Maryland Week 1 win over Richmond, it looked like the much-improved offensive line would catalyze the two-headed (or even three-headed) rushing attack coming out of Maryland's backfield. But Brandon Ross and Wes Brown have had limited success in the two weeks since.

The running game obviously makes Rowe's job easier by pulling defenders down into the box, which opens up options over the top in the passing game. But it also helps the defense by stopping the snowball effect of the spread offense by sustaining drives and giving the defense a breather.

It's not a coincidence that Maryland lost a game in which its defense was on the field 63 percent of the game -- against Bowling Green -- and no coincidence they beat USF when that split was nearly 50/50. 

Play defense against West Virginia by playing some offense, too.

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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."