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Vegas experts not impressed with Terps start


Vegas experts not impressed with Terps start

While Maryland may be undefeated and ranked No. 2 in the country, the experts in Las Vegas aren't as high on the Terps now as they were when the season began. 

In late October listed Mark Turgeon's Maryland squad at 10-1 to win the 2016 national title, one of the highest odds for any team in the country. A month later and the Terps odds have slid to 14-1, still high considering how much of the season is left, but considerably lower as other teams have moved up. 

It's not a surprise that Maryland's odds have dipped. Despite their 6-0 record and a win over Georgetown, the Terps have struggled in victories over lesser teams like Rider and Illinois State. 

Maryland is working on a new starting five, with holdovers Jake Layman and Melo Trimble now joined by transfers Robert Carter and Rasheed Sulaimon alongside freshman big man Diamond Stone. Turgeon has said repeatedly that his squad is a work in progress, and so far in the early stages of the college hoops season that assessment seems correct. 

Tuesday night's game at North Carolina is a chance for Maryland to make a strong impression. UNC came into the season ranked No. 1 in the country until an early season slip up at Northern Iowa. Despite that loss, the Tar Heels are still loaded with talent and will be fired up to welcome former ACC partner turned Big Ten opponent Maryland into the Dean Dome. Vegas has Carolina a 6-point favorite over the Terps. 

Other moves at the top of the college basketball ranks include mighty Kentucky moving to 5-1 odds at winning the title, the highest of any team in the country. Michigan State vaulted from 20-1 to 9-1 odds, second highest on the board. Duke and Carolina came in at 10-1 while Virginia and Kansas post 12-1 odds.

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Maryland lineman Jordan McNair dies two weeks following workout collapse

Barbara Haddock Taylor / Baltimore Sun

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


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.