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WVU blows out Maryland: 5 things you need to know

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WVU blows out Maryland: 5 things you need to know

In a rivalry game on the cusp of Big Ten play, Maryland struggled to get much of anything going. Saturday’s game against West Virginia was at no point truly competitive, amounting to a 45-6 Maryland loss in Morgantown.

Here are five things you need to know.

1) Quarterback struggles means offensive stagnation -- and a change

Caleb Rowe was intercepted four times and there was a visible frustration at times as he was continually unable to find his receivers even when they were open.

On two different occasions, the defense or special teams unit forced a West Virginia turnover and it was given back to the Mountaineers by an interception on the next drive.

He was replaced late in the third quarter by Oklahoma State transfer Daxx Garman after his fourth interception of the day, which was picked off in the end zone.

2) The spread snowball returns

This was the issue for Maryland against Bowling Green. The offense was unable to sustain drives, which taxes the defense and keeps them on the field against a team that runs an up-tempo spread offense and can pound the ball on the ground.

Defense gets tired, gives up points, then is put back on the field after the offense gives the ball up. Rowe’s four interceptions also backed the defense into a corner.

That’s a recipe for West Virginia running back Wendell Smallwood to carry the ball 22 times for 147 yards and a touchdown.

The quarterback, Skyler Howard, was removed from the game in the fourth quarter with the contest all but decided. He finished 21-of-33 for 294 yards, four touchdowns, and one interceptions.

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3) Frustration boils over

Safety A.J. Hendy was nearly ejected for targeting after hitting the quarterback, Howard, while he was out bounds. The 15-yard personal foul penalty stuck. Cornerback Sean Davis was called for a personal foul penalty for hitting another player out of bounds later in the game.

There were hands throw in the air, chatter, and chirping on plays, too, as Maryland continued to struggled offensively to get anything going.

4) A different feel to this loss

Maryland has lost games, but this defeat at the hands of West Virginia had the feel of its blowout loss to Wisconsin last season and to Florida State the year before that. There was really no point at which this game was competitive.

In a rivalry game that held importance before the start of the Big Ten schedule, it would have been asking a lot for this team to go into Morgantown and get a win. But for the Terrapins never to be able to get something going offensively and to turn the ball over four times is the type of loss that hurts more.

The question now is if Garman remains the starter facing West Virginia’s defense in the second half, though keep in mind that the Mountaineers had all but called off the dogs.

5) Brandon Ross the lone bright spot

Maryland running back Brandon Ross was the lone bright spot against West Virginia, but he also made the play that was most emblematic of the day as a whole.

He finished with 130 yards on 15 carries and in the second quarter he ripped off a 55-yard catch and run from quarterback Caleb Rowe. But as he approached the goal line, he fumbled the ball and it rolled through the back of the end zone. That triggered a touchback, which gave the ball to West Virginia and Maryland had nothing to show for it.

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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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