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Terps blown out by No. 2 Wolverines in Durkin's return to Ann Arbor

Terps blown out by No. 2 Wolverines in Durkin's return to Ann Arbor

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Jim Harbaugh is stumping for another Heisman Trophy candidate, shifting his lobbying efforts from Jabrill Peppers to Wilton Speight.

The steady quarterback finished with a career-high 362 yards after accounting for three touchdowns and setting a school record in the first half, helping No. 2 Michigan build a huge lead before coasting to a 59-3 win over Maryland on Saturday. Harbaugh said Speight is playing so well he should be mentioned as someone who could be voted the nation's most outstanding college football player.

"It's time to throw his hat into the ring," Harbaugh said.

Speight helped the Wolverines (9-0, 6-0 Big Ten, No. 3 CFP) scored touchdowns on all five of their drives in the first half.

"You need a great quarterback to succeed the way we are," said Jake Butt, who had five receptions for 76 yards and set a school record for yards receiving (1,521) in a career by a tight end.

Speight, cool in the pocket and crafty with his feet when he had to move, completed 19 of 24 passes and had a 10-yard TD run. He set a first-half team record with 292 yards passing, connecting on 13 of 16 passes before halftime.

"That's the best half of football I've ever seen a Michigan quarterback play," Harbaugh said.

And while Speight said it was "cool," Harbaugh put him in the conversion for the Heisman, he doesn't want to take away from Peppers' chance to get invited to the award ceremony for what he does on defense, offense and special teams.

"Jabrill deserves to be there in New York," Speight said.

The Terrapins (5-4, 2-4) had no answer for Speight. On offense, they moved the ball with some success without making a mark where it mattered on the scoreboard.

Maryland's Adam Greene missed a 29-yard field goal, hitting the right upright, after his team drove to the Michigan 1 only to lose 10 yards on two plays and a penalty in the second quarter. The Terrapins came up 1 yard short of a TD at the end of the first half. They failed to convert a trio of fourth downs.

"It's disheartening that we didn't compete," Maryland coach DJ Durkin said "It's hard for me to say that and to even acknowledge that."

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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.