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Why one week in March could decide the three-team Big Ten race

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Why one week in March could decide the three-team Big Ten race

With Indiana's home win over Iowa on Thursday night, Maryland now sits in a three-way tie with the Hoosiers and Hawkeyes atop the Big Ten. That sets up for a photo finish in the stretch run between these three teams and it could all come down to one week in early March.

Perhaps it is a tip of the cap to the folks who make the schedule, but two games stand out during that week -- March 1 (Indiana at Iowa) and March 5 (Maryland at Indiana). Let's break it down by team as to what the final weeks of the season look like.

Indiana (20-5, 10-2 Big Ten)

It took a while for the Hoosiers to make believers out of many, but they likely swayed a few after Thursday's victory. The reason? The fact that they could not defend to save their Big Ten lives to start the year, then key guard James Blackmon went down with an injury.

Combine that with the fact that Indiana's schedule was soft to begin the Big Ten season (a lot of Rutgers, Minnesota twice, Illinois, Penn State) and minds weren't changing. 

Now, Indiana has to deal with a brutal end of the season. They cleared the Iowa hurdle and No. 8 Michigan State awaits. Then No. 18 Purdue on Feb. 20. Then that Iowa/Maryland combo to end the season. Tough.

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Iowa (19-5, 10-2 Big Ten)

Iowa, without a doubt, has the most favorable path to a Big Ten title of these three teams and they've earned it. After emerging 4-1 from a stretch that included Michigan State twice, Purdue, and Maryland on the road, the Hawkeyes will face just one identifiable threat late -- Indiana.

But they get the Hoosiers at home this time. 

If anyone has the best shot of winning out in conference play, it is the Hawkeyes. That would force someone else to be flawless. Could Maryland do it?

Maryland (22-3, 10-2 Big Ten)

Six games remain for Maryland. Four they will be favored in (vs. Wisconsin, at Minnesota, vs. Michigan, vs. Illinois). It is the two road games that raise some concern. 

On Feb. 27, Maryland goes to Purdue to face a Boilermaker team that they took care of in College Park -- but a team that shot poorly from three and attempted only five free throws in that game. Then March 5 is Indiana on the road and, if Thursday showed us anything, no one is going to waltz into Bloomington and come out with a win without a fight.

Seeding is also in play for Maryland in the final six games. They likely need at least a 5-1 record, plus a run in the Big Ten tournament, to be in the conversation for a No. 1 seed or solidify themselves as a No. 2.

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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.