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Maryland falls to Michigan St.: 5 things you need to know


Maryland falls to Michigan St.: 5 things you need to know

Michigan State coming into Saturday’s game against Maryland with a three-game losing streak might have taken some of the national luster off of this game, but it should not have changed how the Terrapins viewed the Spartans.

In a game that was at times a rock fight and at others a back-and-forth, one-on-one battle between two of the nation’s best players, Tom Izzo and Michigan State avoided a four-game losing streak with a 74-65 victory over Maryland in East Lansing.

The Spartans have now still not lost four games in a row since the 1996-97 season.

Michigan State's Denzel Valentine was terrific, two assists shy of a triple-double with 19 points, 14 rebounds, and eight assists. Maryland’s Melo Trimble did his best to counter, scoring 24 points, grabbing seven rebounds, and dishing out three assists.

But it was the supporting casts that changed this game, Michigan State getting 25 points from guard Bryn Forbes and 12 rebounds from senior Matt Costello while Robert Carter, Jr. was the only other Terrapin to score in double figures.

Here are five things you need to know.

1) Foul-fest early

Damonte Dodd had two fouls in the first 3:22 of the game. He had three by halftime. Robert Carter, Jr. had one early. Diamond Stone did, too. To make a topical comparison, this game quickly went from an untouched, freshly snow-covered field to a gravel-filled, dirty New York City roadside pile real quick.

Neither team was hitting shots. It was an unpleasant watch.

2) Falling in love with the outside shot

Maryland has two interior assets that Michigan State, on paper, should not be able to defend -- Stone and Carter. Even so, Maryland fell in love with the outside shot and struggled to work the ball inside in the early going.

Stone took just two shots in the first half. Carter was 1-of-5 from the floor. Layman was also 1-of-5. On the few possessions where they did work inside-out, they had success, but there was not enough of it in the first 20 minutes.


3) Getting outworked on the glass

Closing out possessions proved to be a problem for Maryland against Northwestern. Offensive rebounds helped the Wildcats stay in the game. The same thing happened Saturday against Michigan State.

The Spartans had controlled the first-half offensive boards. Though that only translated into relatively few second-chance points, the points aren’t the only concern. Failing to close out a possession means you have to defend for longer stretches, which in a physical game expose you to more opportunities to foul and dig yourself into a hole.

Maryland was -7 on the boards in the first half and trailed by six points at the break.

4) Total offensive overhaul in the second half

Maryland went on a 17-7 run over the first four minutes of the second half by completely changing how they played offensively. Inside of falling in love with that jump shot, the ball went to Stone and Carter and Trimble in pick-and-roll looks.

That is the manual on beating Michigan State. Make their bigs move around and spread the floor. Stone and Carter are too mobile and skilled not to be utilized. After going up by four with 15:54, Maryland slipped back into its bad habits.

A few missed shots, long rebounds, and transition opportunities open the floor for a guy like Denzel Valentine to go to work. The Spartans retook the lead.

5) A battle down the stretch

Big-time plays make plays in big-time moments. Michigan State needed Denzel Valentine and he delivered. Beginning at the 10:04 mark of the second half, the Spartans ripped off a 9-0 run to create some separation.

But back came Maryland in a simplified offense. It was as simple as a running a high ball screen every possession with Trimble and either Stone or Carter and it helped them chip away and get within three with 5:02 to go.

The same things that hurt Maryland early hurt them late, though. Within one possession, 68-65, the Terrapins forced a miss but Michigan State center Matt Costello got a huge offensive rebound -- one of his 12 total boards on the night -- to keep the possession alive and force Maryland to foul.

The Spartans would close it out from there and Costello, upon exiting the game, hugged head coach Tom Izzo and lifted him off of his feet to celebrate the victory.

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Mike Locksley reportedly makes big addition to Terps staff with former Tennessee head coach

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Mike Locksley reportedly makes big addition to Terps staff with former Tennessee head coach

When Mike Locksley was hired to become the University of Maryland's newest head football coach earlier this month, it was expected that his biggest impact would come on the recruiting trail. Locksley has a well-deserved reputation as one of the best recruiters of talent in the DMV, and his hometown connections were a major draw for the university and its boosters.

His recruiting acumen doesn’t just apply to players, it seems. He’s begun putting together a coaching staff at Maryland, and many of the rumored candidates would represent major “gets” for a school of Maryland’s stature and reputation.

Former Tennessee head coach Butch Jones has accepted a position as tight ends coach and associate head coach for the Terps, Jeff Ermann of InsideMdSports reported on Tuesday.

Jones was a head coach for a decade prior to spending 2018 as an offensive analyst for Alabama, an off-field position. In the years prior, he spent time at Central Michigan, Cincinnati, and most recently Tennessee. He holds a career record of 84-54, and is 4-2 all-time in bowl games. He had a winning record at each school.

The title of associate head coach is a nice addition for Jones, but a former SEC head coach who experienced some success would seem to be somewhat overqualified for a position coach. Jones, similarly to Locksley, was attempting to rehabilitate his reputation under Nick Saban at Alabama, and is likely aiming to return to head coaching one day.

There are some conflicting reports. Rivals is reporting that while an agreement could be coming soon, it is not yet a done deal.

It would be a nice coup for Maryland, as Jones would come to College Park with a reputation as a good offensive mind and a stellar recruiter. Jones signed multiple top-10 recruiting classes at Tennessee, and while coaching in the SEC has certain advantages, his recruiting acumen fits in well with Locksley.

It remains unclear how much of an overhaul Maryland’s coaching staff will undergo under Locksley, though it stands to reason there will be some turnover. 24/7 Sports is also reporting that Locksley will be bringing on John Papuchis to coach special teams and linebackers, and Cory Robinson, a former director of player personnel at Maryland under Randy Edsall. Robinson’s role is not yet specified, though based on his experience it is assumed he’ll be working with defensive backs.

Elijah Brooks, longtime head coach at local powerhouse DeMatha, has also been rumored to be joining the Maryland staff, though it has not been reported at this time.


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Anthony Cowan highlights an ugly Terps start, hits historic milestone against Loyola Chicago


Anthony Cowan highlights an ugly Terps start, hits historic milestone against Loyola Chicago

BALTIMORE -- Anthony Cowan scored 17 points and No. 23 Maryland overcame a sluggish start to beat Loyola of Chicago 55-41 on Saturday.

Cowan became the 55th player in Maryland history to score 1,000 career points, hitting the milestone with a free throw in the first half. He has 1,010 for his career. Aaron Wiggins added 10 points for the Terrapins (8-2).

Cameron Krutwig scored 12 points for the short-handed Ramblers (5-5), who have lost four of five.

Maryland won despite getting modest contributions from its imposing frontcourt. Sophomore Bruno Fernando and freshman Jalen Smith each picked up two fouls in the first half, and the pair combined for two points and two rebounds in 10 minutes as the Terps carried a 24-20 lead into halftime.

The 6-foot-10, 240-pound Fernando, who was averaging 14.7 points and 10.3 rebounds coming into the game, finished with eight points and five rebounds. The 6-10 Smith had one point and three rebounds in his first college game in his hometown.

Cowan and Fernando scored on Maryland's first two possessions of the second half, and Cowan added a 3-pointer to make it 31-22 with 17:03 to go. Loyola never got closer than six points the rest of the way.

The game was the second half of a doubleheader in the Charm City Classic. Morgan State defeated Towson 74-69 in the opener.


Loyola of Chicago: The Ramblers dressed only eight scholarship players because guards Bruno Skokna and Lucas Williamson remain out with injuries. Loyola has lost both of its games against power conference teams this season (Boston College and Maryland).

Maryland: Two days after sputtering down the stretch in a loss at Purdue, the Terps needed time for their offense to emerge from the doldrums. Maryland improved to 3-0 under coach Mark Turgeon in games played in Baltimore.


Loyola of Chicago enters a week-long exam break and won't play until Dec. 16, when it entertains Norfolk State.

Maryland hosts Loyola (Md.) on Tuesday in the teams' first meeting since 2003.