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One stat shows Maryland is almost unbelievably good in close games

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One stat shows Maryland is almost unbelievably good in close games

It was another close game and another close victory for Maryland on Saturday afternoon in Madison, a 63-60 win over Wisconsin thanks to a last-second, pull-up three from sophomore guard Melo Trimble that sealed it. 

That added to what has been the most illuminating stat about this Maryland program over the last two seasons under head coach Mark Turgeon, courtesy of @BTNStatsGuy:

This has been a point of conversation before for Maryland, when a KenPom metric that attempts to numerically quantify luck ranked the Terrapins as the No. 2 "luckiest" team in the country on the premise that very close games ultimately come down to factors not always within the control of a team.

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The Terrapins do not rank nearly as highly by that metric's measure in 2016, but they continue to win close games -- especially close games that they have had to come from behind in to win.

What could be the reason? I think it starts with guard Melo Trimble, the player most often with the ball in his hands in crucial late-game situations, including on Saturday.

With his combination of calmness, foul-shooting, and willingness to take shots in important spots, Maryland is naturally at an advantage.

He did it again on Saturday.

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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.