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Indiana runs away with it vs. Maryland: 5 things you need to know


Indiana runs away with it vs. Maryland: 5 things you need to know

This one didn't determine whether Maryland did or did not get a double bye in the Big Ten tournament. It was simply to improve an NCAA tournament resume that has not had many crowning achievements on it over the past few weeks.

But the Terrapins could not get a victory on the road in Bloomington, pulling within single digits late in the second half before ultimately falling to Indiana, 80-62. Troy Williams led the way for the Hoosiers with 23 points. Senior guard Yogi Ferrell had 17.

Three Maryland players scored in double figures, led by 17 from Melo Trimble. Diamond Stone had 12 points and seven rebounds.

Maryland finishes the regular season 24-7 and 12-6 in the Big Ten. Here are 5 things you need to know.

1) Hot start for first time in a long time

It’s atypical for Maryland get out to a strong start against a quality opponent. They much more often will have to work from behind, as they did the last time they went on the road and played Purdue.

Sunday was a different story. Maryland got out to a 12-4 lead and looked like it had good control of the pace by working the ball inside to Diamond Stone to start and drawing an early foul on fellow freshman Thomas Bryant.

They peppered in some small ball at the 12:41.

2) The three will always keep Indiana alive

Even when Maryland had that 12-4 lead, Indiana simply turned up the heat from the outside and ripped off an 8-0 run to tie it. Maryland counter with a 6-0 run. Indiana swung back with a 12-3 run after taking their first lead with 9:25 to go in the first.

It all started with the ability of Indiana point guard Yogi Ferrell to create off the dribble. When he got into the lane, Maryland’s defense was forced to react and collapse. Because he is surrounded by so many shooters, he can kick it out to any one of a handful of players with confidence.

Six Hoosiers hit at least one three in the first half.


3) Offensive drought strikes at bad time

Maryland began the game 9-of-15 from the floor. They were then 2-of-13 for the rest of the half, which paired with Indiana’s hot shooting from deep resulted in a 23-6 Hoosier run to head into the break.

In the final 11:18 of the first half, the only player outside of Melo Trimble to score points for the Terrapins was Robert Carter, who hit two free throws.

4) Even when there’s a Maryland punch, there’s an Indiana counterpunch

Troy Williams scored 10 of first 12 Indiana points of the second half. The Terrapins struggled to get back defensively on a number of possessions, especially after scoring a basket themselves. What that created was a cycle of good offensive possessions and bad defensive possessions that ultimately created little for the Terrapins.

Indiana was careful with the basketball. After turning it over at the 7:52 mark of the first half, they did not turn it over again until the middle of the second half. That was a buffer against any sort of Maryland advance.

The Terrapins cut it to nine points with 6:55 to play on a three by Jaylen Brantley. It could never really break through from there.

5) Even in a lot of categories, but two stick out

Maryland was actually on the plus side of the rebounding battle. They finished -5 in turnovers, but that margin was closer than that before there was some unraveling at the end. The two teams made the same number of three-pointers.

The two differences? Shooting percentage is the obvious one. Maryland shot 10 percentage points lower than Indiana on Sunday, coming in at just 41 percent. The root of that is likely from some broken offensive possessions that resulted in late-clock heaves.

The other? The free-throw disparity. Indiana made 20-of-25 from the stripe. Maryland made 6-of-8. Part of that is the way Maryland played. They settled for jumpers when they should have gotten to the basket. Indiana got to the rim to take advantage of a scrambling Maryland defense and drew contact.

But surely there were also calls that Mark Turgeon would have liked to have. It’s part of life on the road in college basketball. Purdue’s free throw disparity was massive vs. Maryland when they came to College Park and Matt Painter made sure to point it out postgame. It happens.

Indiana is the type of team that has given Maryland issues the entire season. The Hoosiers can play small and shoot the basketball. That reveals the truth about Maryland’s fate in March -- and, really, the fate of many other teams.

The NCAA tournament is about matchups. It always has been, but that will be accentuated this year. If Maryland meets a scrappy, small, shooting team in the Round of 32, they could risk getting eliminated. They could also face three teams that they match up well against and end up in the Elite 8.

In a year like this, you just don’t know.

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Tony Dungy weighs in on the alleged toxic culture within the University of Maryland football team


Tony Dungy weighs in on the alleged toxic culture within the University of Maryland football team

Tony Dungy is about as cool, calm and collected as a person can get. And when it comes to his coaching style, it's exactly the same.

Fourteen years in the NFL spent as a defensive coordinator/coach and 13 years as a head coach earned Dungy a Super Bowl Championship with the Indianapolis Colts. He posted an overall record of 148-79 with the foundation that cursing and raising your voice wasn't necessary for success. 

The culture and coaching style of the University of Maryland football team is now under a microscope with the on-going investigation regarding the death of 19-year-old offensive lineman Jordan McNair. The university has taken responsibility for McNair's death after an ESPN article brought to light the abuse and "toxic culture" within the team, and what ultimately led up to McNair's passing under their supervision on May 29. 

It has also brought into question how high-level football teams are coached and if it's all just a part of the football culture. On Thursday, Dungy weighed in on the matter on 106.7 The Fan's Sports Junkies, simulcasted on NBC Sports Washington.

"Well first, I hope we don't just read into well, here was the culture, here's what the coach was doing so that's why this young man died," Dungy said.

Dungy recounted a scenario during his coaching career with the Colts where a player had an underlying condition that almost caused him to lose his life during a practice.

"You can't equate well, this happened because," Dungy went on to say. 

What Dungy does want people to understand is that the tough love, scream-in-your-face type of coaching style is not the stereotype coaches must adhere to. 

"But I do think we are a victim of caricatures. That we think that's the way it has to be."

"One of the last interviews I had before I got my head [coaching] job in Tampa, I was explaining to this owner how I was going to do things. He had heard about my reputation. He said 'I know you don't use profanity. You rarely raise your voice. How are you going to motivate these guys? How are you going to discipline? How are you going to keep guys in line?' And I said the same way my father kept me in line. By saying here's the rules and here's what we're going to do. I'm going to be like that with my players. And the guy looked at me square in the eyes and said 'impossible, that will never work in the NFL.'" 

Well, it did work for Dungy as his tenure spent as a coach in the NFL earned him enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2016. 

Dungy noted in his interview with the Sports Junkies that the different personalities of coaches in the league highlighted in shows like HBO's Hard Knocks do not represent each and every coach. He mentions Jim Caldwell and Bill Belichick as successful coaches who are more mild-mannered like Dungy.

"And there's a thousand ways that work," Dungy said about coaching. "And you got to be true to your personality and everything. But the two coaches that I played for in the NFL – who won seven Super Bowls between them and were tremendous coaches, Hall of Famers – there was none of that. There was instruction, teaching, motivating, building you up and getting you ready to play, and so that's what I followed." 


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Maryland's strength and conditioning coach Rick Court resigns after the death of Jordan McNair


Maryland's strength and conditioning coach Rick Court resigns after the death of Jordan McNair

On Tuesday during a press conference, the University of Maryland announced the removal of head strength and conditioning coach Rick Court.

This announcement comes in the wake of disturbing details leading up to, and including, the death of football player Jordan McNair.

It was also revealed that head football coach D.J. Durkin remains on administrative leave according to athletic director Damon Evans.  

Prior to this announcement, Court resigned and reached a settlement with the university.

During the press conference, university president Wallace Loh also stated that the university would take responsibility for McNair's death.

"The university accepts legal and moral responsibility for the mistakes that our training staff made on that fateful workout day of May 29, which of course led subsequently to his death," Loh said.

"Some of the actions of our athletic training staff, not the coaching staff, the athletic training staff, they basically misdiagnosed the situation. No vital signs were taken, other safeguard actions that should have been taken were not.”

McNair's died as the result of a heat stroke that occurred during the aforementioned workout. Collapsing on the field due to exhaustion, the 19-year-old suffered a seizure and the authorities were not contacted for nearly an hour. McNair would pass two weeks later.

Not much information on the internal investigation was released by the school up until the latest report from ESPN this past Friday. In this report, ESPN detailed a “toxic culture” that ultimately led to the death of the young football player. Court was at the center of these remarks and was given a lot of the blame for what happened.

After the allegations on Friday, Maryland put Durkin on leave due to "allegations of inappropriate behavior" along with other staffers that included Court. 

Matt Canada is currently the interim head coach of the Terps in his first season with the team. Canada was named Durkin's offensive coordinator this season after being fired from the same position at LSU. 

Maryland kicks off their football season in less than three weeks, hosting Texas on September 1.