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Maryland advances to Sweet 16 with win over Hawaii: 5 things to know


Maryland advances to Sweet 16 with win over Hawaii: 5 things to know

SPOKANE, Wash. -- This was right where Maryland was last season, with one game to win to send themselves to the Sweet 16 and a matchup against the No. 1 overall seed in the bracket.

Maryland didn’t let this chance slip away.

Thanks to a monster 17-2 run in the second half that broke open a game that had been a defensive battle up to that point, Maryland pulled away from a pesky and upset-minded Hawaii team, 73-60, on Sunday night in Spokane. They now advance to the Sweet 16 to face Kansas.

Melo Trimble led the way with 24 points. Rasheed Sulaimon and Diamond Stone each had 14. Here are five things you need to know.

1) Ice cold out of the gate

Maryland was 1-of-9 from the floor to start, including its first six shots from three. Hawaii outrebounded them 10-3 early. The Rainbow Warriors had multiple possessions where they had two or even three opportunities off of offensive rebounds. Diamond Stone dropped a rebound off his foot and it went out of bounds.

Hawaii played off of that tentativeness to get its small but vocal section of the crowd into the game.

2) Getting back into it

After getting the initial jitters out of their system, Maryland started to pound the ball on the inside. Stone was a massive part of that. Maryland fed the ball into the paint and went right at Hawaii star Stefan Jankovic. That forced him to make a decision -- lock down on Stone or risk committing a foul?

When trailing 13-6, Maryland used a 12-2 run to flip the game into an 18-15 lead.

3) Playing to near-even at the half

For all of the mistakes and problems that plagued Maryland in the first half, to lead by one point should be a minor victory for the Terrapins. They got the jitters out of their system. They understood what Hawaii would throw at them. They got a feel for how Jankovic would attack.

The game essentially reset at halftime.

4) The answer is in transition -- with a catalyst

Hawaii’s half-court defense is suffocating. They rank 11th in the country in defensive efficiency for a reason. The Terrapins were not hitting threes. The best way to attack aggressive defense is to get out on the break and give yourself numbers, which means a mismatch in your favor and easier points.

The only way to do that is to force turnovers or close out defensive possessions with rebounds and run out quickly the other way. With Trimble or Sulaimon leading the break, Maryland attacked the rim and got points they badly needed.

5) The difference makers

Robert Carter, Jr. had about as sensational a defensive game on Hawaii star Stefan Jankovic as the Terrapins could have hoped for. Before fouling out with 1:55 to play, Jankovic had 13 points on 5-of-16 shooting from the floor. Of his three threes, one was a stepback over Diamond Stone. Another was from near the start of the mid-court logo at the top of the key.

Hawaii came into this game ranked 214th in the country in foul shooting at 69 percent. Maryland ranked 11th at 76.5 percent. Hawaii tried to press, but Maryland kept its head on straight and for the most part did not turn the basketball over.

Those all combined to allow Maryland to seal the deal late.

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Not the homecoming former Terp D.J. Moore was hoping for against the Redskins

Not the homecoming former Terp D.J. Moore was hoping for against the Redskins

Former Maryland Terrapin D.J. Moore made his first trip to FedEx field as an NFL star. His Carolina Panthers traveled up to Landover, Md. for a Week 6 matchup with the Washington Redskins.

However, it was not the homecoming he and the Panthers were hoping for. 

The first-round draft pick had two fumbles in the first half against the Redskins. Both were punch-outs due to Moore not holding the ball tight enough.

The wide receiver's first came as he fielded the Redskins' first punt of the afternoon.

The second being a fumble coming off of his first reception, punched out by Josh Norman, who had his best game as a Redskin.

Both plays had enough effort, probably too much. Moore was clearly trying to make something out of nothing and both times it cost him and the Panthers two key possessions on the road. 

First two touches, two fumbles. Not a good look. 

But in other Maryland Terps news, Vernon Davis did haul down the first touchdown of the game and Torrey Smith scored a late touchdown and converted the two-point conversion. 


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As one of the most penalized teams in college football, Maryland's penalty woes showed vs. Michigan

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As one of the most penalized teams in college football, Maryland's penalty woes showed vs. Michigan

On the field, it has been a season of ups and downs for the Maryland Terrapins. On Saturday, it became evident that the team's penalty issues are at epic proportions based on their loss to Michigan.

This season, Maryland is one of the most penalized teams in all of Division I football. 

No matter if the penalties are coming in wins or in losses, yellow flags have forced Maryland to dig themselves out of holes this season. Quickly these holes become insurmountable with the inconsistent offense the Terps have this season. 

Below is where they stand on the NCAA FBS Division I leaderboard:

  • Penalties per game (4th worst) - 9.8 penalties
  • Penalty yards per game (3rd worst) - 93.8 yards
  • 7 penalties per 100 plays (t-worst) 

This past Saturday against Michigan, their penalties were a significant factor in a loss for the first time this season. Twelve times the Terps were flagged, costing them 107 yards. 

The first major penalty was just after the Terps got a big kickoff return for a touchdown by Ty Johnson to give them an early 7-3 lead. Two scrimmage plays later, Darnell Savage got his second interception of the season on Michigan's side of the field with the upset in full swing. A holding penalty on the return pushed the Terps back to midfield where they would go three-and-out. 

That mistake, although minuscule at the time, cannot happen on the road against a top-25 opponent. A momentum-swinging play was diminished by the penalty and kept them from adding to their lead.  

The offense though was responsible for most of the dirty laundry on the field. Of their 12 penalties, half of them were on the offense. Five of those six were detrimental to their success. 

A holding penalty in the second quarter prevented the Terps from having the chance to answer Michigan's first touchdown of the game.

On the first drive of the second half for the Terps, three penalties in the first four plays pushed them back to a 4th-and-36. 

Although they converted a fourth-and-6 in the red zone, they got pushed back to that mark because of a false start the play prior. This was their first drive of the fourth where they were behind by three scores and desperately trying to come back.

In their Week 1 shocking upset over the ranked Texas Longhorns the team had eight penalties for 70 yards. This was the only game that their opponent committed more penalties.

The next week at Bowling Green (14 for 139 yards) was worse, at home vs. Temple (five penalties, 35 yards) and at Minnesota (10 penalties, 118 yards).

Currently, the team is sitting at 3-2 with a win over the No. 9 team in the country, Texas. Considering everything that has happened, and they are under interim head coach Matt Canada, they are rising above expectations. 

But by no means are there many confident in how the Terps have played this season. Mostly that is due to these penalties.