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Thad Matta: Terps' 100-point showing perhaps best I've ever faced

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Thad Matta: Terps' 100-point showing perhaps best I've ever faced

COLLEGE PARK -- Ohio State coach Thad Matta said he still needs to figure out whether the 100-65 drubbing that his team took on Saturday against Maryland in College Park was more the result of game planning or his players not being prepared to play.

But he’s also not sure that there were many teams in the country who could have beaten the Terrapins while they were on a tear like that.

“Maryland played as well as maybe any team I’ve ever coached against,” Matta said. “I don’t know today, with the way they were playing, if we had played our best basketball we would have had a chance to win.”

It was one of those nights for Maryland, a lethal combination of cohesiveness and shot-making to take advantage of an Ohio State defense that lost its edge after the first few minutes of the game.

Saturday was a complete 180-degree turn from what took place last year in Columbus, where the D’Angelo Russell-led Buckeyes trounced the Terrapins.

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Russell is now on to the NBA, which can help to explain the difference between the two games, but Maryland is also a year older and infused with two new, highly talented centerpieces in the front court -- Robert Carter, Jr. and Diamond Stone.

Those two combined to scored 37 points and grab 11 rebounds against an Ohio State team that could not compete inside.

“Those guys, with their size and their skill level, this is as good a front line as there is in college basketball,” Matta said. “What Carter did tonight was incredible.”

That’s before even mentioning Rasheed Sulaimon, whose season-high 22 points made up the other half of the relentless inside-out attack from Maryland.

Matta credits one person with being able to bring all of that talent together -- a player who did not score a single point until the second half, which probably proves the coach’s point.

“When you have a point guard like [Melo] Trimble,” Matta said, “you welcome in three guys of that talent level and I think that he probably deserves a ton of credit because he has a very unique ability to keep everybody happy.”

Maryland returns to the floor on Tuesday against Northwestern.

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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.