On Sunday, Maryland took on No. 6 Michigan State in the most important game of the Terps' season.
With a 15-7 overall record and a 4-5 Big Ten record, Maryland needs a win vs. a top 5 team to bolster their tournament resume.
But the Sunday matinee was just the most important basketball game of the season. It was also the most raucous occasion of the season at Xfinity Center.
Sitting courtside was ESPN anchor and Maryland alum Scott Van Pelt. Seated not far from Van Pelt was Maryland icon Greivis Vasquez, who can still hype up a crowd as good as anyone to every wear the red, yellow and black.
Before the Terps and Spartans tipped off, Vasquez was handed the microphone to address the Terps faithful.
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The Terps began the game on an 8-0 run, with the team feeding off the energy from the crowd and Vasquez.
Because when it comes to hyping up a crowd, not did it — and can do it — as well as Vasquez.
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Terps head coach Mike Lockley’s "DMV to UMD" movement keeps growing stronger: DeMatha Catholic High School safety Nick Cross decommitted from Florida State to sign with the Terps, the school announced on Tuesday.
Cross, a four-star recruit, clocked a 40 in 4.48 seconds.
He verbally committed to the Seminoles in September and had offers from 34 schools, including Notre Dame, LSU, Michigan, Ohio State and Penn State. He officially visited Florida State, Florida, Auburn, Alabama and Penn State, and unofficially toured Georgia Tech.
Locksley was Cross’ main recruiter at Alabama when he officially visited in June back when Locksley was still the Tide’s offensive coordinator. He was a familiar face with an established relationship when Cross came to College Park, just a few miles down Route 1 from DeMatha.
247Sports ranked Cross the nation’s fourth best safety and No. 50 recruit overall.
The All-American is joining 10 DeMatha alumni returning to Locksley’s team. All were coached by DeMatha head coach Elijah Brooks who just became Maryland’s running backs coach.
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A University of Maryland football player, who got sick during a team workout on Tuesday afternoon, was taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore as a precaution after he got sick during a team workout, as first reported by the Baltimore Sun’s Don Markus.
Raymond Boone, a defensive back from Greenbelt, Tweeted about his to his hospital departure on Wednesday:
“A student-athlete was transported to the hospital for precautionary measures during an afternoon workout on Tuesday, February 5th,” Jennings wrote in a statement first obtained by the Sun. “The student was accompanied to the hospital by our medical training staff and team physician, and was released the following day.”
This incident occurred 11 months after Jordan McNair died two weeks after suffering a heat stroke during a team conditioning test on May 29. Since this event, former head coach D.J. Durkin was fired in November, the day following his reinstatement after McNair’s death. Current head coach Michael Locksley was hired in December.
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