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'They took their poison': Dissecting the pivotal play of Maryland-Purdue

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'They took their poison': Dissecting the pivotal play of Maryland-Purdue

COLLEGE PARK -- The day before every game, the media gathers on the XFINITY Center court in College Park prior to Maryland's practice and waits for head coach Mark Turgeon or players to be made available for comment.

And every day before every game, it seems, redshirt junior forward Robert Carter, Jr. is out on the court early and getting passes fed to him from underneath the rim as he takes jumper after jumper after jumper from five different spots around the three-point line.

With no one in the seats, the stroke is pure. With a sellout crowd of 17,950 on hand Saturday against Purdue, it was the same.

Carter was 4-of-6 from three-point range (on an afternoon when his teammates were 0-of-12 from deep) on his way to 19 critical points in a 72-61 Maryland victory over No. 18 Purdue.

He was an integral part of the offense out of the gate, hitting two early threes to set the tone and make clear that Maryland was going to exploit its advantage in the pick-and-roll game. But no shot was bigger than his three with 5:40 to play in the second half.

Trailing by four points, which against an elite defensive team like Purdue must have felt more like double that, Carter handed the ball off to guard Melo Trimble on the right wing and set a screen in the process. He then faded to the corner. Both defenders followed Trimble as he dribbled into the lane. The sophomore found the open Carter with a pass. He stepped up and drained the shot.

That cut the deficit to just one point and sparked a 16-2 run that closed out the Boilermakers on Saturday.

“They took their poison. They chose it. They both stayed with him, they left me open for the three, I knocked it down,” Carter said after the game. “You just have to pick your poison, you have to give something up and that’s what they gave up and I took my time and knocked down the shot.”

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Maryland exploited that set all night with both Carter and Diamond Stone as pick-and-roll dance partners with Trimble and Rasheed Sulaimon.

With it being so difficult to navigate among the big bodies, it is best to make those big bodies move. At that point, like Carter said, the defense has to make a choice.

Trimble is the best pick-and-roll point guard in the country. Go under a screen and he’ll knock down the shot. Go over it and he’ll drive past you. Switch and you would fear for any big man’s ankles with the way Trimble changes speeds.

Or you can double Trimble and leave a shooter open. That is what Purdue did on that play late.

“[Carter's] versatility is tough because he can put the ball on the floor and make a shot and also kind of dribble down into a post move and then knock down the threes like he did to start the game,” Purdue head coach Matt Painter said.

“That one in the second half was the biggest one for him.”

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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.

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