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Maryland's tourney resume improving without having to do extra work

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Maryland's tourney resume improving without having to do extra work

There was a time when Maryland's overall tournament resume wasn't as strong as other top-tier teams. As they piled up wins and climbed in the polls, the quality of those wins did not always match. For that reason, Maryland's bracket projection did not always seem to line up with its Top 25 ranking.

Now, the tide is beginning to turn in Maryland's favor. Despite the Terrapins taking a loss to Wisconsin on Saturday, ESPN bracketology still has the Terrapins as a No. 2 seed and an improvement in their RPI outlook is probably to thank.

Not long ago, Maryland's win over Iowa was the team's first RPI Top 50 victory. But as other teams they have beaten in the past play well down the stretch (plus adding a win over Purdue), Maryland suddenly has five -- Iowa, Purdue, Wisconsin, Connecticut, and Princeton.

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Maryland losing to Wisconsin actually helped the Badgers extend their winning streak to seven games and solidify themselves in the RPI Top 50. Princeton has won nine of its last 10 games. Connecticut has flirted on and off with the Top 50 and won seven of its last nine games.

All of that comes together to put Maryland at 5-3 against RPI Top 50 teams, with two of those losses (Michigan State and North Carolina) coming on the road. Michigan sits just outside the Top 50 at No. 52. The Wolverines beat Maryland in Ann Arbor earlier this Big Ten season. 

The conclusion? No bad losses for the Terrapins and wins that are increasing in quality without Maryland itself having to do much. That bodes well for a team trying to get back into the No. 1 seed conversation or cement themselves as a No. 2 seed.

Of course, notching wins of their own help too. 

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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.

WANT MORE HOOPS?  Listen below as Troy Machir and Chick Hernandez discuss Lefty Driesell's legacy in the area and why the Terps icon was on the outside of the Hall of Fame for so long.