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More longer-term than short-term gains at stake for Terps vs. Indiana

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More longer-term than short-term gains at stake for Terps vs. Indiana

COLLEGE PARK -- Maryland locked up a double bye in the Big Ten tournament with its victory over Illinois on Thursday in College Park. Now they head to Bloomington to face the outright Big Ten champions with more to gain in the longer-term than the short term against Indiana.

Maryland is looking to improve in areas where it is lagging behind other contenders when it comes to NCAA tournament resumes -- in RPI Top 25 and Top 50 wins and looking to add a quality road win in their last opportunity to do so before the postseason. That would stand in contrast to the immediacy of having to secure a Top 4 seed in the Big Ten tournament or win a Big Ten regular-season title.

But head coach Mark Turgeon wants to rein in that free-spritedness -- or at least channel it.

“I don’t like that approach because then you set yourself up for embarrassment sometimes,” Turgeon said on Saturday.

“We should go out there and play free and play hard. You hope we’re excited, playing the league champion in their building. I think we’ve played all the top teams in their building this year, so I think our guys will be excited. We’re playing better basketball and it’s a big challenge for us.”

Indiana played the softest part of its schedule to begin the conference season and many expected a regression to the mean as they came down the stretch. But the Hoosiers beat Purdue and beat Iowa twice to earn the outright title.

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As Turgeon made a passing reference to, Maryland only gets to see Indiana on the road this season, just as it only saw Michigan State in East Lansing. These games are familiar to the Terrapins, but their only real breakthrough on the road in conference play has been against a Wisconsin team that had not yet hit its stride back in January.

Combine that with the fact that Indiana’s high-powered offense has the ability to run you out of the gym if they get hot and it’s easier to see why Turgeon was cautious and not willing to endorse anything closely resembling playing with reckless abandon.

The feeling seems to be the same among players.

“We’re just focused on each other, focused on this team, getting better,” Robert Carter, Jr. said. “Just to try different things before we get around to crunch time and hopefully it works out and we get the team playing together.”

One thing that Maryland has tried of late has been a small-ball approach with Carter or Diamond Stone shifting to the center spot and Jake Layman becoming the power forward. The result is a floor that is more spread out toward the perimeter with driving lanes and open spaces to pull up from deep.

Against Indiana it could be more of a necessity than a luxury. The Hoosiers typically play small and shoot 42 percent as a team from three. Maryland could lean on Layman and wing Jared Nickens simply to keep pace.

Tip is set for 4:30 p.m. in Bloomington.

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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.