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Why Robert Carter, Jr. was Maryland's unsung hero in win over Hawaii


Why Robert Carter, Jr. was Maryland's unsung hero in win over Hawaii

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Robert Carter, Jr.’s offensive stat line was more solid than beautiful in Sunday’s 73-60 victory over Hawaii, as he scored seven points on 3-of-6 shooting before fouling out of the game late.

But it was the fact that he made another guy’s line look ugly that made all the difference.

Assigned to defend star Hawaii center Stefan Jankovic, Carter made the junior’s night a hassle. Despite Jankovic’s diverse offensive game that ranges from strong deep post touches to shots well beyond the three-point line, Carter stuck to him all night and held him to 14 points on 5-of-17 shooting from the floor.

He made three threes, but one came when defended by freshman Diamond Stone. Another came with a hand in his face. Another came from the top of the key, almost deep enough that his foot neared the outermost reaches of the halfcourt logo. All tough shots. A defender can only tip his cap on those.

In the paint, he shot just 2-of-8. Simply put? Carter had his number.

“I wanted to take that challenge on,” Carter told CSN. “We watched him play yesterday [on film] and everybody’s been talking about how good he was.

“He’s versatile. I feel like I’m versatile, so I knew how to guard him. I just took on the challenge tonight and made him take some tough shots.”


Just like any other star player, Jankovic got his 14 points, which is not far off from his average. But the key defensively is making that player inefficient in the process. Making someone take as many shots as they have points scored is typically a good indicator. Carter did even better, forcing Jankovic into those 17 shots to get his 14 points.

It was clear from the start that Hawaii had read the scouting report. After Maryland had issues defending ball-screen actions against South Dakota State, much of what the Rainbow Warriors did started with that on Sunday.

The thought was, get the bigs to move their feet and issues will arise. The difference was, Maryland did a tremendous job as a team in helping and recovering all game -- Carter and the rest.

Take Jankovic out of the game and other pieces of the Hawaii offense can only do so much.

Until midway through the second half, Carter’s defensive efforts simply kept Maryland afloat. Then, once the Terrapins started flipping those defensive stops into transition opportunities, the separation began.

“I was really proud of Rob. He's worked hard,” head coach Mark Turgeon said. “We got on him about three weeks ago, four weeks ago, with some things that we need to start doing, more important than shooting a bunch of jump shots, we need to work on his foot speed and trying to get his body right. And it paid off tonight.”

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Big Ten season comes to a close for Maryland in final seconds of second round


Big Ten season comes to a close for Maryland in final seconds of second round

NEW YORK -- After struggling with injuries and poor play most of the season, Wisconsin is peaking at the right time.

Brevin Pritzl broke a tie with a foul-line jumper with 28 seconds left and Khalil Iverson secured the win with a steal in the waning seconds, leading Wisconsin past Maryland 59-54 on Thursday in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament.


Brad Davison and Iverson each made two free throws in the final nine seconds, and the ninth-seeded Badgers (15-17) advanced to the quarterfinals against top-seeded Michigan on Friday at Madison Square Garden after winning for the fifth time in seven games.

"It's a credit to these guys to my right and also the guys back in the locker room, how they've grown over the last month," Wisconsin coach Greg Gard said. "It has been fun to watch and hopefully we've got a lot more basketball yet to play."

The win wasn't pretty, but the Badgers made all the key plays down the stretch and eight-seeded Maryland (19-13) didn't.

The biggest plays were offensive rebounds by Iverson and Ethan Happ after Pritzl and Davison missed 3-point shots with the game tied at 53.

After the second miss with 40.3 seconds to go, Wisconsin called timeout and Pritzl got the game-winner 12 seconds later.

"I think, especially at the end of this game, the possessions are magnified," Davison said. "When you do things right those final possessions, you can really turn things around."

Maryland had a chance to tie the game when Kevin Huerter was fouled by Happ with 9.2 seconds to go, but he missed the first of two free throws and the Terps came up short for the seventh time in 11 games.

"I feel like we were fighting uphill all night," Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said. "We had the lead 24-23. It's the one time we had the lead. We tied it a bunch of times. It really came down to two things. We fouled too much and we couldn't get a rebound when we needed a rebound."


Happ had 14 points and seven rebounds for Wisconsin, which lost to Michigan State 68-63 less than a week ago. Davison finished with 13 points while Iverson had 11 and six rebounds and Pritzl 10 points. The Badgers, who lost starting point guard D'Mitrik Trice and reserve Kobe King to injuries in December, won despite shooting 36 percent.

"I personally figure we just have to string together an entire game for 40 minutes and just staying toe to toe with them like we did last game," Iverson said. "I know we'll be ready for them."

Huerter had 20 points to lead Maryland. Anthony Cowan Jr. added 16 points and Bruno Fernando had 12 points and nine rebounds.

Wisconsin never trailed in the second half, but it never led by more than three points in the final 11:40 until the closing seconds.

Pritzl's jumper broke a 53-all tie. Huerter then missed the first free throw and made the second. Maryland fouled Davison on the inbounds pass and he made both shots with 8.5 seconds to go for a 57-54 lead.

Wisconsin fouled Cowan rather than let him attempt a game-tying 3-pointer. Since it was a nonshooting foul, the Terps had to inbound with 5 seconds to go and Iverson stole Dion Wiley's pass and then closed the game with two free throws.

"He has evolved into our defensive end stopped," Gard said. "For him to come in and make a play like that at the end to seal it was great."


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Cowan, Fernando, Huerter receive All-Big Ten honors


Cowan, Fernando, Huerter receive All-Big Ten honors

In a roller-coaster season for the Maryland Terrapins, there have been three points of consistency on their roster: Anthony Cowan Jr., Kevin Huerter, and Bruno Fernando.

On Monday, the Big Ten awarded them each their first conference recognition.


Sophomore guard, Cowan was named the All-Big Ten Third Team and the All-Defensive Team. The 6-0 guard finished 10th in the Big Ten in scoring with 15.7 points per game. He also was third in assists (5.2) and steals (1.5). He was a nightmare to defend, filling right into the role that Melo Trimble left vacated this year. Both recognitions were from the Big Ten coaches and media.

Freshman forward, Fernando was selected for the Big Ten All-Freshman Team. Leading all freshmen with 6.4 rebounds and averaging 10.2 points a game, he instantly had an impact on the Terps. From Angola, the 6-10 forward capped his season with 21 points against Iowa on Jan. 7. In his first year, he went from a bench player to a starter, to Sportscenter. It was the first time ever a Terp has been named to the All-Freshman Team 

Huerter was named a Big Ten Honorable Mention by the coaches and media. Stepping into a new role in the 2017-18 season, Huerter struggled but still managed to be highly productive. With the ball in his hands more he shot 42.1 percent from deep and made 72 three-point baskets on the season. Already through two seasons, he is 12th on Maryland’s all-time three-point list.  He also scored 14.6 points a game.