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Same face, new place: Terps face unique QB vs. Michigan

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Same face, new place: Terps face unique QB vs. Michigan

COLLEGE PARK -- So you face a quarterback at home one year and beat his team, then a year passes and you’re set to play him again -- on a different team.

It’s the unusual situation that Maryland will face Saturday when former Iowa quarterback and now Michigan quarterback Jake Rudock leads the No. 23 Wolverines into College Park for an 8 p.m. kickoff.

The way that transfer rules work, especially within the conference, makes a case like Rudock’s unique. After having graduated from Iowa, Rudock was free to transfer to any school and play immediately, just like Maryland linebacker Jefferson Ashiru has done this season.

But there is a catch within the conference. An explanation from MLive.com:

Under the current Big Ten intra-conference transfer rule, there is no exception outlined for a student-athlete wishing to compete immediately as a graduate transfer. The rule calls for all players who signed scholarship players with another member institution to sit out a year before competing again at a different member school.

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So Rudock had to petition the conference to allow him to play. He won and he has been Michigan’s starter since their opener against Utah.

“That’s probably a first for me,” Maryland defensive coordinator Keith Dudzinski said of facing Rudock back-to-back years in different uniforms. “We saw him live and in color last year. We got a good feel for what he can do. He’s very comfortable in that offensive style. He’s efficient throwing the ball, doesn’t panic in the pocket. He’s playing with a lot of confidence.”

Last season against Maryland, a heavily pressured Rudock completed 32-of-56 passes for 317 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.

He won’t be throwing the ball 56 times this year. And that’s not just because there is a hurricane bearing down on the East Coast. Michigan has found success running the football and there’s no reason to stray from that against this Maryland defense.

So in those limited looks through the air, Maryland needs to capitalize. Other teams have in the past, including Utah. The Utes forced three Rudock interceptions on their way to a narrow victory.

“He’s very cautious with the ball and I think their offense is helping him do that,” sophomore linebacker Jermaine Carter said. “How they’re trying to control the game, run the ball and little short throws.

“So that’s a big thing. We’ve got to go out there and cause some turnovers.”

Turnovers give Maryland the ball back and having the ball bleeds time, which may be the difference on a drenched field Saturday at Byrd Stadium.

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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.