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Terps don't often need Bowie St. night from Cekovsky (and that's OK)


Terps don't often need Bowie St. night from Cekovsky (and that's OK)

COLLEGE PARK -- As Maryland tried to deal with early trapping pressure from Bowie State on Tuesday night in College Park, sophomore center Michal Cekovsky helped to get things going offensively by (almost casually) playing a first half in which he came just one point shy of his career high in scoring -- for a game.

He would go on to score 14 points, setting a new personal best, in a 93-62 victory over the Division II Bulldogs at XFINITY Center. 

"It's good for his confidence. I think defensively he was good, too, which is great to see. Any time you get up for 19, 20 minutes, whatever he plays, it's good."

Tuesday night was a rarity, though. Maryland will not often need that kind of scoring output from Cekovsky. If they do, that means that things aren't going well in another area because Cekovsky is the team's fourth big man and the fourth in the post from whom offense is expected.


Robert Carter, Jr. and Diamond Stone carry the offensive load, then Damonte Dodd adds what he can off the bench. Cekovsky helps in other ways.

Maryland has been able to avoid foul trouble in the post for much of the season, but his absence showed against Northwestern when those issues arose. 

Out with an illness, Cekovsky was not available and freshman Diamond Stone picked up four fouls. Without another option to turn to aside from Carter and Dodd, Maryland had to survive late in an overtime win. 

That's where the sophomore's talents will come into play down the stretch of the conference season and into tournament play.

"Coach always likes to tell me before every game, like, protect the basket, get rebounds, make impact on defense and that's basically it," he said.

Did he feel like he did some of those things on Tuesday, outside of scoring? "I tried," he said with a smile.

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Maryland loses two as Justin Jackson declares for NBA Draft, will sign with agent


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.


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.


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.