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Need to Know: Meet Terps' next opponent, Rhode Island


Need to Know: Meet Terps' next opponent, Rhode Island

Rhode Island beat TCU and Maryland beat Illinois State, meaning that the Terrapins will face the Rams in the championship of the Cancun Challenge on Wednesday night.

Don’t know much about URI? No problem. Here is your quick look at coach Dan Hurley’s team.

Player to Watch: Jared Terrell

Originally committed to Oklahoma State, he was the No. 66 overall player in the class of 2014. He is a physical natural shooting guard who is built like a football player, which makes him difficult to defend when he gets going downhill -- especially with the NCAA’s new officiating emphasis of freedom of movement.

He had a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds in the win over TCU.

Biggest strength: Defense

The Rams came to Cancun ranked 15th in the nation in defensive efficiency. They held TCU to just 40 percent shooting from the floor and 60 points in Tuesday night’s win.

When mid-majors get into slugfests that top out in the low 60s, it can be anyone’s game. Much of Maryland's win over Illinois State was evidence of that. The Rams did that against TCU, shooting just 43.5 percent themselves in the win.


Biggest weakness: Ripple effect of losing star guard 

Rhode Island’s best player, guard E.C. Matthews, was lost for the season to a knee injury in the season’s first game. It’s not just that the Rams are losing 16.9 points per game, which was the centerpiece of their offense.

With Matthews out of the lineup, Terrell becomes the team's backup point guard and that is not his usual position. Ball pressure could help Maryland force turnovers and get things going in their direction.

Reason Maryland should be concerned: Small ball problems 

If there is one thing that has been Maryland’s problem area through four games, it is when teams are able to go small and shoot from the outside. Mount St. Mary’s did it early and was able to hang in the game until the early second half. Georgetown did it and built a leader. Rider did it and pushed the lead to double digits by the second half.

The loss of Dion Wiley to injury has created a domino effect that head coach Mark Turgeon is still figuring out. Illinois State caused issues on Tuesday. Rhode Island could try to do the same on Wednesday.

Hassan Martin is an undersized power forward, but he still protects the rim. Kuran Iverson is long and athletic -- a Top 30 recruit out of high school. Surrounded by three guards, that is a team that can space the floor with players like Towson transfer Four McGlynn and make Maryland scramble.

Reason why Maryland should not to worry: Size advantage

Maryland has an elite front court. Offensively, a Jake Layman-Robert Carter-Diamond Stone lineup can go shot for shot with anyone in the country. Rhode Island has a big-time defender in Martin and high-major length in Iverson, but what happens if those guys get in foul trouble?

Rhode Island starts three guards and brings really only one more big off the bench in 6-7 Earl Watson. Work the ball inside and dare the Rams to defend you one-on-one situations. The result will likely either be foul trouble or buckets because the Terps are so skilled around the rim.

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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."