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PHOTOS: Mark Turgeon during his playing days at Kansas

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PHOTOS: Mark Turgeon during his playing days at Kansas

Mark Turgeon played at Kansas from 1984-87, then was a graduate assistant in Lawrence, including in 1988 when the Jayhawks won the national championship.

Now, his Maryland Terrapins enter the Sweet 16 to face Kansas with the right to a berth in the Elite Eight on the line. 

To mark the occasion, here are a few photos of Turgeon during his playing days:

(Courtesy Kansas Athletics)

 

(Courtesy Kansas Athletics)

(Courtesy Kansas Athletics)

Back in the 2013-14 season, Turgeon faced the man he is pictured with in that last photo -- Danny Manning -- when Maryland took on Wake Forest. He joked earlier this season after Kansas' win over Oklahoma about how dynamic a duo he and the former No. 1 overall pick made in Lawrence. 

“One game Danny Manning and I combined for 45 [points]," he said. "I had three.”

As a freshman at Kansas, Turgeon racked up the assists. He still ranks third all-time in assists by a Jayhawk freshman, per CSN statistician Rich Goldberg.

                                  Season       Assists

Aaron Miles              2001-02         252

Jacque Vaughn         1993-94         181

Mark Turgeon         1983-84         138

Darnell Valentine      1977-78         130

Mario Chalmers        2005-06         127

As a coach, Turgeon has faced Kansas six times, all while he was the head coach at Texas A&M. He is 0-6 in those games. A win in his seventh try would send the Terrapins to the Elite Eight.

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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.