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4 basic goals that Maryland accomplished in win over Bowie State


4 basic goals that Maryland accomplished in win over Bowie State

COLLEGE PARK -- Maryland went into Tuesday night’s matchup vs. Bowie State with a simple set of goals and accomplished them in a 93-62 victory.

Here they are, along with how they took care of each.

1) Get the win in dominating fashion

Maryland has had to turn it on down the stretch to beat lesser teams in the past. The risk with playing a team like Bowie State this late in the season is not really about losing, but allowing them to stick around to the point that you have to run your starters deep into the game and then have the outcome reflect poorly on your resume even in a victory.

The Terrapins left no doubt after a rocky start to the game, winning by 31. The biggest key to shifting into another gear, Mark Turgeon said after the game, was adjusting to Bowie State’s defensive pressure. They were not ready for it early, but got onto solid ground later on.

2) Get the backcourt on a pitch count

Melo Trimble and Rasheed Sulaimon have been the two most heavily taxed players on the roster in terms of minutes. Without full trust in a third ball handler, the two have often had to play 35 or more minutes per game.

Tuesday night, Turgeon was able to set his team up for a game situation, but then pull back and keep minutes low. Trimble played 17. Sulaimon played 20.


3) Stay in a rhythm

Having a Big Ten bye -- meaning there is no scheduled conference game during the workweek -- can get a team out of rhythm. Turgeon wanted to maintain that and he did.

Trimble and others got some run, faced a press, and faced a zone, then avoided injury and got back to the bench to hand the keys over to the reserves. The hope is that all rust is shaken off for when Maryland welcomes Wisconsin to College Park.

4) See what you can get from your bench

The guard rotation becomes so much less stressed when you can have three ball handlers to work with instead of just two. That is where junior college transfer Jaylen Brantley comes into play.

He did what he is most needed for. He took minutes pressure off of Trimble and Sulaimon, eating up 21 minutes -- and he played well. He scored 10 points during that time. If he can play with a continued confidence, that changes how Maryland can approach certain matchups from a depth standpoint.

Michal Cekovsky was equally as big. He had a career high of 14 points and is taking steps toward proving that if Maryland runs into foul trouble, he can be another strong post option off the bench. With six regular-season games left, plus the Big Ten and NCAA tournaments, it’s almost inevitable that some matchup will present that need.

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Maryland's Darnell Savage signs rookie contract with Green Bay Packers

Maryland's Darnell Savage signs rookie contract with Green Bay Packers

Darnell Savage is the third NFL draft prospect profiled in our series ‘I Am the Prospect’. Download the MyTeams App for all three features.

Darnell Savage Jr. spent four seasons wowing fans in College Park as a defensive star for the Maryland Terrapins, and in April he found out he’ll be taking his talents to Wisconsin after being selected in the first round of the NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers.

Now, his future in Green Bay is officially official.

As Schefter mentions, Savage is the first first-rounder to sign a contract in 2019. It will be the standard length of first-round draft picks, going four years guaranteed with a fifth-year option. Reports are that the speedy, hard-hitting safety will earn $12.5 million over the first four seasons of the contract.

There were some questions about Savage’s fit in an NFL defensive backfield, given his size. But he is an athletic player with great instincts for the ball, and his statistics were thoroughly impressive the last two seasons in college. The Packers certainly believed he would be a terrific fit in their defense, considering they traded up to the 21st pick in order to make the selection.

Savage should have a great opportunity to start early in Green Bay, and now that he’s signed his contract so early, he’ll be able to get to work sooner rather than later. Knowing Savage, that’s just the way he wants it.


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NFL Draft prospect Tre Watson hopes to time draft night around 'Avengers' release

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NFL Draft prospect Tre Watson hopes to time draft night around 'Avengers' release

Thursday night will be a very important moment in the life of former Maryland linebacker Tre Watson.

At midnight, the highly-anticipated Marvel movie Avengers: Endgame will hit the big screen for general audiences to see, bringing the conclusion to a decade worth of popular films. Watson, like millions of others, has been counting down the days until he could see the Avengers and Thanos go at it one more time.

Oh, and Thursday also marks the beginning of the 2019 NFL Draft, where Watson will most likely hear his name called at some point over the three-day span.

While Watson will be tuning into the draft that night, he understands that his moment of recognition may come a little later on in the week. Therefore, Thursday is all about 'Avengers'.

"Fortunately, you know, I'm kind of realistic. I know I'm not going to be a first-round pick," Watson said in an interview on NFL Network. "So I'll just be watching that just kind of for the formality of it, I'm definitely excited for 'Avengers' and then I kind of will springboard into Day 2 and Day 3 where I'm hoping to hear my name called. It's really a perfect set up for me, honestly."

This isn't the first time that Watson has let it be known to the world that he is a dedicated Marvel fan. His Twitter feed is filled with thoughts on the movie, including a tweet from a few months back that took the internet by storm.

The first round of the draft still does have some intrigue for Watson, as his former teammate Darnell Savage Jr. has gained a lot of steam during the draft process and has a chance to be chosen on Thursday night. However, Watson will hope that Savage's name is called earlier in the night rather than later, as he will need time to get to the theatre to prepare to watch  Captain America and company save the day one last time.