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How a crucial Ollie technical sealed UConn's fate vs. Maryland

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How a crucial Ollie technical sealed UConn's fate vs. Maryland

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- After being in the driver’s seat for nearly the entirety of Tuesday night’s game against Connecticut, a Daniel Hamilton three cut Maryland’s lead to just three points with 2:54 to play and ignited the Husky-friendly crowd at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

On the ensuing inbound, Connecticut freshman guard Jalen Adams was called for a foul against Maryland's Melo Trimble. Huskies head coach Kevin Ollie was displeased. He turned to the scorers table and slammed his hands down, swiping papers that were resting atop it off the table and onto the playing floor.

He was called for a technical foul, draining the energy out of the arena and allowing Trimble to shoot four free throws -- three of which he made -- to double the Maryland lead. The game was never the same in a 76-66 Terrapins victory.

“The technical definitely helped. There’s no doubt about it,” Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon said after the victory. “It gave us an extra point, but it kind of helped us stem the tide a little bit.”

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That seems to be the point of contention.

Though tangibly the two additional technical free throws only netted Maryland one point, how much did the deflation of the crowd change the trajectory of the game?

Ollie, asked postgame about the incident, saw it differently.

“I don’t think it changed [the momentum],” he said. “I just thought it wasn’t a foul that needed to be called at that time, but the ref and Jalen did foul him it looked like, going back on it.”

So Ollie’s assertion comes in three parts:

  1. Adams did foul Trimble

  2. Ollie did not believe the foul should have been called in that situation, though he acknowledges a foul did occur

  3. It did not change the momentum of the game

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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. 

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