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What helped Maryland get historically hot from three vs. Illinois

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What helped Maryland get historically hot from three vs. Illinois

Maryland wasn't just hot from three-point range against Illinois. The Terrapins were historically hot, making 14 of their 25 attempts from deep in a blowout 81-55 victory in College Park.

Those 14 made threes are the most for Maryland in a single game since joining the Big Ten and the second-most made threes in a game in program history.

(Graphic via CSN Mid-Atlantic)

As shown in the graphic above, the only time a Maryland team has made more shots from three in a game was back in 2006 when they rained 17 on UMKC. 

"We got our legs back underneath us," head coach Mark Turgeon said. "We moved the ball. We have good shooters. Felt like we were missing a lot in the first half that we could have made. In the second half, they all started to go so it's good to see.

"We really shot it well Tuesday. I mean, it was like every shot in practice was going in Tuesday. I was just kind of hoping it would carry over so it's good. Guys are putting in extra work, coming in early, staying late and guys are excited about the rest of the season."

Maryland played a lot more small ball on Thursday, having now gotten to the point in the season where minutes concerns stemming from a lack of backcourt depth are less of a concern.

That meant shifting Jake Layman to the power forward spot, which stretches the floor a true one-through-four for Maryland and even through the center spot when Robert Carter, Jr. is paired with Layman in the frontcourt.

Sophomore Jared Nickens might be hitting his stride too after a prolonged midseason slump, making 4-of-7 from three.

That made the job of defending the Terrapins difficult on Thursday, especially because Illinois was committed to doubling on all post entries which sent the defense scrambling when Maryland was able to get a pass back out to the perimeter without turning it over.

Then Terrapin shooters made them pay.

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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.