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Maryland falls in back-and-forth affair with Rutgers

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Maryland falls in back-and-forth affair with Rutgers

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Gus Edwards ran for 109 yards and caught a go-ahead 23-yard touchdown pass with 7:30 remaining to rally Rutgers to a 31-24 victory over Maryland on Saturday.

Robert Martin scored on a 10-yard run on the first play of the fourth quarter as the Scarlet Knights (4-5, 3-3 Big Ten) scored the final 14 points to come back from a seven-point deficit to post their third conference win in four games.

This one was not secure until Rutgers cornerback Isaiah Wharton broke up a fourth-down pass by fourth-string quarterback Ryan Brand to DJ Moore in the corner of the end zone.

Brand replaced Max Bortenschlager -- the Terps' third quarterback this season -- after Rutgers went ahead on Edwards' touchdown in the fourth. On the previous series, Bortenschlager took a big hit on a third-down run that came up short.

Gio Rescigno scored on a 9-yard run, Kiy Hester had a 52-yard interception return for a touchdown and Andrew Harte kicked a 50-yard field goal for Rutgers, which needs to win its final three games to become bowl eligible for the first time since joining the league in 2014.

Trailing 17-14 at the half, Maryland (4-5, 2-4) went ahead on the opening series of the second half on a 4-yard touchdown run by Ty Johnson. Henry Darmstadter added a short field goal to push the lead to 24-17 after a Rutgers' turnover on a punt return.

After falling behind 7-0 late in the first quarter, Rutgers, which ran for 239 yards, scored 17 straight points in the second to take a 17-7 lead.

Rescigno (8 of 17 for 107 yards) set up his 9-yard touchdown run in the second quarter with a 35-yard pass to tight end Jerome Washington. Harte kicked the first 50-yard field goal for Rutgers in five years on the next series to put the Scarlet Knights ahead. Hester added his second pick-six of the season on the Terrapins next series, stepping in front of an ill-advised pass by Bortenschlager and jogging into the end zone.

Bortenschlager (11 of 20 for 150 yards) drove Maryland 76 yards on the next series with Harrison scoring from 2 yards out with 1:13 left in the half.

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2019 NCAA Tournament: #6 Maryland vs #3 LSU Second Round: TV channel, live stream, how to watch

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2019 NCAA Tournament: #6 Maryland vs #3 LSU Second Round: TV channel, live stream, how to watch

No. seed Maryland Terrapins face off against No. 3 seed LSU Tigers in the second round of the 2019 NCAA Tournament on Saturday, March 23 in Jacksonville, Fla.

The Tigers beat the No. 14 seed Yale Bulldogs 79-74 in the First Round on Thursday night, securing their spot in the second round to compete against the Terps, who defeated the Belmont Bruins on Thursday, 79-77. 

Maryland exited the Big Ten Tournament with an early loss to Nebraska 69-61, making their overall record 23-10. LSU finished the regular season 27-6 but lost to the Florida Gators 76-73 in the SEC Tournament. 

This is Maryland's third Tournament appearance under head coach Mark Turgeon. LSU is making its 21st NCAA Tournament appearance. For the fourth straight game LSU will be coached by assistant coach Tony Benford who is filling in for head coach Will Wade.

Wade has been suspended indefinitely for allegedly being caught on an FBI wiretap discussing a recruitment offer with Christian Dawkins.  

Here is the NCAA Tournament information:

Maryland vs. LSU How to Watch

What: 2019 NCAA Tournament Second Round, East Region

Who: #6 Maryland Terrapins vs. #3 LSU Tigers

When: 12:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 23

Where: VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville, Fla.

TV Channel: CBS

Online Stream: You can watch a live stream of Maryland vs. LSU on March Madness Live on NCAA.com

TV Announcers: Ian Eagle / Jim Spanarkel / Jamie Erdahl

Twitter: @TerrapinHoops@LSUBasketball

Maryland vs. LSU Bracket Analysis

Records: Maryland (23-10, 13-7 B1G), LSU (27-6, 16-2 SEC)
Player to Watch: Maryland (Bruno Fernando, Soph., F/C: 13.7 PPG, 10.5 RPG), LSU (Tremont Waters, Soph., G: 15.1 PPG, 5.9 RPG)
How They Got Here: Maryland def. #11 Belmont, 79-77. LSU def. #14 Yale 79-74
Previous Meeting:  LSU def. Maryland 79-77, 1/2/1989
Next Round: Winner of No. 2 Michigan State vs. No. 10 Minnesota

Maryland vs. Betting Spread, Lines & Odds

Spread: LSU -2.5
Over/Under: 145
Money Line: Maryland +120, LSU -140
Against The Spread: MD 17-15-1, LSU 19-13-1

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If Maryland wins, they'll play a team that no one expected to be here in No. 3 LSU

If Maryland wins, they'll play a team that no one expected to be here in No. 3 LSU

If the No. 6 Maryland Terrapins happen to make it past No. 11 Belmont in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday, they'll have an opponent that not manny people expected to make the Second Round.

No. 3 seed LSU Tigers powered past No. 14 Yale 79-74 to earn a spot in the next round.

The Tigers won this game despite turmoil hitting their program at the end of the season. The program is without their head coach Will Wade. In wake of an FBI wiretap, the school suspended him indefinitely. 

That wiretap recored Wade using phrases like “rookie minimum” and "strong-a** deal" to suggest the payment of his players. Freshman Javonte Smart appears to be the player Wade was referring to in this context, according to The Advocate.

Smart missed some time, but eventually came back. Wade, meanwhile, will likely not coach the team at all in the NCAA Tournament. 

For these reasons, LSU was a popular First Round upset pick with the Ivy League's Yale Bulldogs being the victors. 

That did not come to pass and now the Tigers face the winners of Maryland-Belmont. The Tigers are tall, athletic and have four different players that are capable of scoring at a high rate.

A tough draw for the Terps if they find a way to advance.

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