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Why Maryland should be circling Oct. 3 vs. Michigan


Why Maryland should be circling Oct. 3 vs. Michigan

No coach will ever so much as acknowledge a game in October when we've barely gotten out of the month of August. And they shouldn't because they've got games to win in the interim. That's where our jobs as prognosticators come into play.

But if Thursday night reinforced anything for Maryland, it's that the Terrapins ought to have Oct. 3 against Michigan circled on their calendars.

The path to six wins for head coach Randy Edsall's team has been talked about (we did that here yesterday) and Michigan's performance Thursday night in a loss to Utah should remind Maryland that that game against the Wolverines could go a long way toward determining whether or not this team is bowl eligible in 2015.

Let's lay out some groundwork first.

Here are the assumptions: Maryland needs to take care of business in its first three games against Richmond, Bowling Green, and South Florida. They will be favored or close to it in the final two games of the season against Indiana at home and Rutgers on the road. So let's say they have five wins.


Where does the sixth come from? At West Virginia? At Iowa? The most likely scenario would be either at home against Michigan or at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore against Penn State.

Thursday reminded many, as Pat Forde wrote in a terrific column over at Yahoo!, that coaching changes don't fundamentally change programs overnight. Personnel rollover and talent infusion take time. In many ways, Michigan is still similar to the vulnerable team the Terrapins beat in Ann Arbor last season.

Jake Rudock, who threw three interceptions in his first start for the Wolverines on Thursday, is the same quarterback Maryland beat at home last season when he was with Iowa.

For a team like Maryland that is fighting for its footing in the middle of a tough Big Ten East, it is about taking care of games you should win, then identifying winnable games that will push you over the top.

Better take advantage in 2015, too, because it won't be long under Harbaugh before the Wolverines aren't a swing game anymore.

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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.