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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.

Most memorable buzzer-beaters in NCAA Tournament history

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Most memorable buzzer-beaters in NCAA Tournament history

On top of upsets, the Final Four, and Cinderella stories, there is one thing that March Madness is known for:

Buzzer-beaters.

Nearly every NCAA Tournament we are treated to another marvel that is a mix of athleticism and a little bit of luck.

Whether they are a No. 15 seed overtaking a No. 2, or a simple No. 8/ No. 9 matchup, there is nothing that beats the enjoyment of a ball going through the net at the last possible second. There is a reason why they call it March Madness.

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Already we have our first buzzer-beater of the 2018 NCAA Tournament with Donte Ingram making a straightaway three-pointer to give us the first upset of big dance. Loyola's first win en route to making the Final Four.

Although it was not technically a buzzer-beater (0.3 seconds were added on to the clock), it makes the list. 

And here we have another Final Four team with Michigan's Jordan Poole in the Second Round:

As of today here are the ten most memorable buzzer-beaters in NCAA Tournament history.

Most-Memorable Buzzer-Beaters in NCAA Tournament history

No. 10 Georgetown vs. Weber State, 1995 Second Round

Don Reid gets us started with a lay-in off the airball to end a magical run for Weber State.

No. 9 Texas vs. West Virginia, 2006 Sweet 16

The composure of Texas and Kenton Paulino to prevent Kevin Pittsnogle from going down in NCAA history.

No. 8 UCLA vs. Missouri, 1995 Second Round

No one could stop Tyus Edney as he just took the ball down the court for UCLA.

No. 7 Northern Iowa vs. Texas, 2016 First Round

It goes down a couple of pegs because if he didn’t hit it the game was going to overtime. But we all know Paul Jesperson’s name because of this.

No. 6 Connecticut vs. Clemson, 1990 Sweet 16

Sometimes you do everything right defensively and luck prevails.

No. 5  Arkansas vs. Louisville, 1981 Second Round

After the Louisville Cardinals hit the go-ahead basket with five seconds to go, U.S. Reed from Arkansas took the ball up to half-court and threw up a heave that would upset the defending National Champions.

No. 4 Valparaiso vs. Ole Miss, 1998 First Round

There are so many things to love on this play. Beautiful basketball for Valparaiso

No. 3 Duke vs. Kentucky, 1992 Elite Eight

Labeled as ‘The Shot’ and one of the most iconic videos in sports history. Christian Laettner gave us another reason to hate him.

No. 2 NC State vs. Houston, 1983 National Championship Game

How do you give up ‘The Dunk’ on the final play of the National Championship Game? I don’t know but it further cemented Jim Valvano and Lorenzo Charles legacy in college basketball. A buzzer-beater for the national championship is every sports fan dream.  It will not ever be beat….

No. 1 Villanova vs. North Carolina, 2016 National Championship Game

Kris Jenkins lived that dream as well.

Honorable Mentions:

Georgia Tech vs. Oklahoma State, 2004 Final Four

Maryland vs. UNC-Wilmington, 2003 First Round

Northwestern vs. Iowa, 2006 First Round

Georgia Tech vs. USC, 1992 Second Round

Wisconsin vs. Xavier, 2016 Second Round

Connecticut vs. Washington, 1998 Sweet 16

Duke vs. Connecticut, 1990 Elite Eight

Western Kentucky vs. Drake, 2008 First Round

Florida vs. Wisconsin, 2017 Sweet 16