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Maryland-Maryland Eastern Shore Preview: 5 things to know

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Maryland-Maryland Eastern Shore Preview: 5 things to know

Maryland faces Maryland-Eastern Shore on Saturday in College Park before a good-sized layoff to take care of business in the classroom during finals.

Hit the books here with 5 things you need to know.

1) A change of pace

Saturday’s game included, Maryland has two games in the next 15 days -- much different from a stretch they had earlier in the season of four games in eight days. That presents some challenges, especially the balance between improving before conference play while trying to get some rest for key players.

Head coach Mark Turgeon expressed no concern about it, except for the fact that only six team practices remain before conference play. But there is a plan to make it work.

2) Diamond Stone continues to improve

Turgeon may have found something by shifting five-star freshman Diamond Stone to a new role as a sixth man and putting Damonte Dodd in the starting lineup. The overall defense has improved and the offensive firepower is more well-distributed as well.

Stone has responded with back-to-back 16-point games. His offense has never really been a question. Defensively is where he needs to continue to improve and redshirt junior Robert Carter, Jr. and Dodd both say they’ve helped him as he has needed it.

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3) Defensive pressure

Maryland-Eastern Shore struggles offensively. They rank 338th of 351 teams in offensive efficiency, scoring just 0.83 point per possession. They struggled defensively, as well, ranking 298th of 351 teams by surrendering 1.087 points per possession.

What does that mean for Maryland? Step on the gas early and assert yourself. They have done that in each of the past two games and have been successful. Saturday is another opportunity to do so.

4) The Melo Switch

If anything has been most impressive about Melo Trimble so far this season, it has been that he can alternate game-by-game between being two different types of players -- a score-first offensive weapon or a pass-first point guard.

Against St. Francis (PA), he had just three points, but had seven assists and only two turnovers. Against Connecticut, he had 25 points and was 14-of-15 from the line to help Maryland past the Huskies.

For a game against a mid-major like this, we could see either of those Melos. We’ll have to wait and see.

5) Developing the bench

Maryland is running out of real opportunities to develop its backcourt depth before the start of conference play. That mostly means junior college transfer Jaylen Brantley, who has seen some time but still needs work to be fully comfortable.

Trimble and Rasheed Sulaimon have shouldered a high percentage of the minutes among guards and Saturday would be an opportunity to get Brantley into the mix for an extended period of time.

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Maryland lineman Jordan McNair dies two weeks following workout collapse

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Maryland lineman Jordan McNair dies two weeks following workout collapse

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Jordan McNair, a University of Maryland football player hospitalized after an organized team workout two weeks ago, has died.

Maryland executive athletic director Damon Evans said McNair was hospitalized on May 29 and died Wednesday.

McNair was a 6-foot-4, 325-pound offensive lineman preparing for his sophomore season. A graduate of McDonogh (Md.) High School, McNair played one game last season.

After leading McDonogh to an 8-3 record as a senior, McNair chose Maryland over Ohio State, Auburn, Penn State and Rutgers.

In a statement, Maryland coach DJ Durkin said, "Our team is heartbroken with the loss of Jordan McNair. Jordan was an incredible young man, and his passion and enthusiasm made him an invaluable and beloved member of our team."

He added, "Over the past few weeks, Jordan never gave up with his family, friends and team by his side. Our team will continue to be inspired by the spirit of this brave fighter."

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Dustin Clark to part ways with Maryland basketball

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Dustin Clark to part ways with Maryland basketball

Maryland basketball head coach Mark Turgeon announced earlier today that assistant coach Dustin Clark is parting ways with the program to pursue an opportunity in Texas with a family business. 

In three seasons as a full-time assistant, Clark was responsible for recruiting Kevin Huerter and Anthony Cowan Jr., along with incoming freshman Aaron Wiggins. 

The 35-year-old also made a point to recruit overseas, spending much of his time at the Canaris Basketball Academy in the Canary Islands, where he found former Terps center Michal Cekovsky and current redshirt freshman forward Joshua Tomaic. 

Clark will become the second member of Turgeon's staff to leave the team following this past season. Nima Omidvar, who was brought on to replace Clark as director of basketball operations in 2014, walked away to become a full-time assistant coach at South Alabama in April. 

At the start of the 2018-19 season, Bino Ranson will be the only original member of Turgeon's staff. 

Matt Brady, who has had previous head coaching stints at James Madison and Marist, will replace Clark. 

In his eight years at JMU, Brady won 139 games and enjoyed four seasons with 20 wins or more. His 2012-13 team won the Colonial Athletic Association and reached the NCAA tournament. He finished with a 73-50 overall record after four seasons at Marist. 

The news comes after a season in which the team failed to make the NCAA tournament with an overall record of 19-13, including 8-10 in Big Ten play.