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Turgeon: Playing in Baltimore about more than just recruiting

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Turgeon: Playing in Baltimore about more than just recruiting

Baltimore has plenty of basketball talent at the grassroots level, but that’s not what Saturday’s game against Princeton at Royal Farms Arena will be about for Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon.

It’s going to be about the people in the seats.

“We recruit Baltimore. We’re going to continue to recruit Baltimore,” he said during a conference call on Friday. “We’re going to hopefully have plenty of Baltimore players in our system in the future.

“But our fans, I go over to Baltimore, the fans over there make me feel great. I go to an Orioles game or a Ravens game, there’s tons of Maryland fans over there so this is for them, their town, come over there, bring the Terps to Baltimore.”

Efforts of late by the university have attempted to extend the brand northward, with the football team playing at M&T Bank Stadium against West Virginia in 2013 and against Penn State in 2015.

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At the time earlier this year, then-interim football head coach Mike Locksley echoed a lot of the same sentiments about fan engagement as Turgeon did on Friday. Prior to Saturday's game, the basketball team has not played in Baltimore since it faced Iowa during the 1999-2000 season.

There are no Maryland players currently on the roster from Baltimore, but the program has recruited there in the past. Former Terrapins guard Nick Faust, who has since transferred to Long Beach State, is from the city.

On the coaching staff, perhaps the most beloved player in program history, Juan Dixon, is a special assistant for Turgeon and a native of Baltimore.

“It’s a new environment in Baltimore. We’ll have a great crowd,” Turgeon said. “Should have our guys up and ready to play Saturday night.”

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Maryland wastes their best change become bowl eligible in loss to Indiana

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Maryland wastes their best change become bowl eligible in loss to Indiana

BLOOMINGTON, Ind.  -- Indiana Hoosiers coach Tom Allen changed tactics this week.

Instead of focusing on one game, he took the big-picture approach and his players responded.

Stevie Scott's late, long run set up Logan Justus for a 42-yard go-ahead field goal with 2:32 to play and Nile Sykes recovered a fumble in the final minute to preserve Indiana's 34-32 come-from-behind to keep Indiana in the postseason discussion.

"I didn't want to talk about going to bowl games, but I just said, `You know what, forget all that, I'm talking about bowl games' because they're big," Allen said. "I'm going to call these guys out on it and say that's what we're playing for."

After a slow start, the Hoosiers (5-5, 2-5 Big Ten) rebounded with three touchdowns in less than 4 minutes in the first half then closed with a flurry to snap a four-game skid. They need one more victory to become bowl-eligible.

At least they still have a chance and largely because they got contributions from each phase.

Scott carried 19 times for 103 yards and one touchdown. Peyton Ramsey went 16 of 28 with 243 yards, two TD passes and one interception and also made two shifty moves on a 35-yard scoring run in the first half.

The defense held Maryland (5-5, 3-4) to field goals on its first two trips into the red zone and forced four turnovers, including the sealing strip-sack of backup quarterback Tyrrell Pigrome.

Justus made all four extra points and two field goals, something Maryland could not. A missed extra point and a failed 2-point conversion with 4:54 left took crucial points off the board for Maryland, spoiling Anthony McFarland's career-best day. He ran 29 times for 210 yards in relief of the injured Ty Johnson.

With the loss for Maryland, their bowl hopes have taken a significant hit.

All the team needs is one more win to extend their season by a game and make the postseason. Their remaining two games are against Top 25 opponents Ohio State and Penn State. 

Maryland's lone Top 25 win this season was in the opening week against Texas. 

"This isn't the last game of the season," interim coach Matt Canada said. "Oh my gosh we wanted to win, we certainly could have."

It sure wasn't easy for the Hoosiers , either, even after they took a 31-15 lead midway through the third quarter.

Maryland charged back after Javon Leake returned a kickoff 47 yards to the Indiana 27-yard line. Two plays later, Leake scooted right and sprinted 27 yards down the sideline for a touchdown. Pigrome's 2-point conversion pass to McFarland made it 31-23.

The Terrapins closed to 31-26 on a field goal early in the fourth and retook the lead when Pigrome hooked up with Jeshaun Jones on a 15-yard TD pass.

But when Tayon Fleet-Davis' run was stopped short of the goal line, Indiana took advantage.

Following a 23-yard kickoff return to the Indiana 40, Scott broke free down the right side of the field and went out of bounds at the Maryland 33. Four plays later, Justus made the decisive field goal.

"It was amazing," Justus said. "I was kind of just spacing out, I was really excited."

NBC Sports Washington's Tyler Byrum contributed to this story. 

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Maryland football lands commitment from Mike Tomlin's son

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Maryland football lands commitment from Mike Tomlin's son

Dino Tomlin, the son of Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, announced on Twitter Tuesday he has committed to play for the Maryland football team. 

A three-star wide receiver, Tomlin becomes the first Terps commit since D.J. Durkin's firing. He is known for his speed, running a 4.52-second 40-yard dash and is the defending Pennsylvania state champion in the 300m hurdles. 

"I felt it was the right place for me to develop," Tomlin told 24/7 Sports. "Get to see good competition. Close to family. Get to play schools that passed on me," Tomlin said.

There is a family connection with Tomlin and Maryland as well: his uncle, Ed, played for the Terps.

As for the scandal surrounding Maryland football, Tomlin doesn't have too many concerns.

"I feel like they handled it appropriately at this point," he said. "I kind of knew I was going to commit a week or so ago. I just let it pan out."