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B1G statement for Terps

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B1G statement for Terps

It was the kind of night where even the news of mechanical issues for their charter flight home could not dampen the spirit of the Maryland Terrapins.

They had just completely laid waste to the Northwestern University Wildcats on the road in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge (ironic, right?) and each Terp player met the news of a seven hour delay in the flight home with a smile and a simple shrug of their collective shoulders.

Both the Terps and the Wildcats entered this game with a lot more questions than answers. The Wildcats had started 6-0 and were coming off their best win of the early season after having beaten Illinois State in overtime in a Texas warm-up tournament.

The Terps had not played a true road game to date and were coming off of a completely lackluster performance against an exceptionally mediocre Georgia Southern team…a showing that left head coach Mark Turgeon replace three starters in the second half and had him seething in his postgame press conference.

It was also the first game in the most important pre-holiday stretch of the Maryland schedule. After having lost to then third-ranked Kentucky in their opening game, the Terps schedule offered them very few opportunities for quality non-conference wins before beginning ACC play in January. In a short five day period they would have opportunities to win on the road in Chicago at Northwestern and against a good George Mason team at Verizon Center in the BB&T event this upcoming Sunday.

Consider the first box checked.

The first half was not pretty. While they led 28-26 at the break, the Terps turned the ball over 11 times against a Wildcat team that offered little in the way of pressure. Those miscues completely negated an insane 27-10 rebounding advantage for the visitors. The Northwestern offense that had been completely in synch in their first six games appeared to be completely lost against the size and strength of the Maryland defense. Northwestern entered the game shooting over 40% from the three point line for the season. Eventually the Terps were able to chase the Wildcats off the three point arc and hurry them into 3-16 shooting for the half but those overplays did allow three uncontested backdoor layups off of their patented Princeton offense and meant the game was probably closer at the break than it could have- or should have- been.

As closely contested as the game was at half, it’s pretty incredible to think that many of the fans in the building were starting to leave just inside the 12 minute media timeout in the second half.

A completely different Maryland offensive team came out of the locker room out of the break. Turgeon made two adjustments in the locker room – one a tweak to his fast break and the other a renewed emphasis on getting the ball inside to capitalize on their overwhelming size advantage.

The game started with a flurry of easy baskets by forward James Padgett and Alex Len and forced Northwestern coach Bill Carmody into a quick timeout barely three minutes into the half with the Terps in control at 40-33.

Padgett was very workmanlike in the paint while Len delivered a staggering series of dunks and putbacks and face-up jumpers against the helpless Northwestern interior. As good as he was offensively, Len might have been better on the defensive end. He completely anchored the Maryland defense and almost single handedly kept the Wildcats out of the paint in the second half.

After Len picked up his third foul seven minutes into the half and the Terps up double digits his teammates were more than capable of picking up the slack.

Sophomore wing Dez Wells had been taunted by the Northwestern students for most of the first half and he would go into beast mode after the break. In one fifteen second segment he followed up a three point swish on the offensive end with a rebound on the defensive end where he took the ball coast to coast and scored an acrobatic, twisting, no-way-he-sees-the-basket finish on the other end.

Turgeon had called sophomore point guard Pe’Shon Howard “completely lost” against Georgia Southern and opted not to play him for most of the second half of that game. Howard responded with a virtuoso floor game in the second half with six assists versus one turnover against the switching Northwestern defenses. He also probably lost four or five assist when his teammates were unable to corral his lob passes against Northwestern’s 1-3-1 zone.

One of the primary beneficiaries of Howard’s administration of the Maryland offense was fifth year senior Logan Aaronhalt. Barely a week ago this guy was in danger of playing his way out of Turgeon’s rotation. In the Georgia Southern game he nailed four three pointers to change the direction of that game and in this one tonight he hit three more – all in the second half.  He has now made ten field goals for the season and each has been behind the three point line to help take some of the double teams away from Len and company on the inside.

The final score of 77-57 was representative of the collective beatdown Maryland delivered on the road. As it turned out, it was one of only two ACC wins for the evening and gave the conference a shot in the arm against a Big Ten onslaught of wins.

New AP Poll for Top 25: Ohio State drops to No. 11

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New AP Poll for Top 25: Ohio State drops to No. 11

Clemson is back at No. 2 in The Associated Press college football poll behind top-ranked Alabama, moving up to where it started, after a convincing victory and Ohio State's first loss of the season.

The Crimson Tide are a unanimous No. 1, with all 61 first-place votes Sunday, for the first time this season.

The Tigers trailed only Alabama in the preseason rankings, but a couple of close wins in September -- combined with seemingly impressive performances by other highly ranked teams -- dragged Clemson to as low as No. 4.

Coming off a lopsided win against North Carolina State, Clemson rose a spot this week. Notre Dame is No. 3 and LSU is No. 4, setting the stage for a top-five matchup between the Tigers and Crimson Tide in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Nov. 3. Both have an open date this week.

Michigan is No. 5 and Ohio State dropped to No. 11 after being upset by Purdue.

POLL POINTS

No. 25 Appalachian State is ranked in the AP poll for the first time in school history. The Mountaineers (5-1) have not lost since opening the season with an overtime defeat at Penn State.

"It's awesome to be recognized," Appalachian State coach Scott Satterfield said Sunday. "We've had a lot of positive things happen to our program the last three to four years. The first time we go bowl eligible, which was awesome. Then we go win our first bowl game. That was really cool. And then to go win our first Sun Belt championship two years ago. That was awesome. So there's been a lot of first for us over the last three years. This is another first."

App State transitioned to the FBS, the highest level of Division I football, in 2014 after years as an FCS power. Under former coach Jerry Moore, the Mountaineers were a regular playoff participant. The program peaked in the mid-2000s, winning three straight FCS (Division I-AA) championships from 2005-07. And App State pulled off one of the most stunning upsets in college football history against Michigan in 2007.

Moore retired after the 2012 season and was replaced by Satterfield, a former App State quarterback and assistant coach. The move up in class and into the Sun Belt has been practically seamless. The Mountaineers are 46-23 under Satterfield, with two Sun Belt titles. The only other Sun Belt team to ever be ranked was Troy on Nov. 13, 2016.

"To be recognized in the FBS level football and for our program to be a team that just went through transition four years ago and now to be ranked is pretty remarkable," Satterfield said. "We have a lot of pride, a lot of tradition in our program."

This season's team was expected to contend for another conference championship. A case could be made it is exceeding even those high expectations after replacing four-year starting quarterback Taylor Lamb, two four-year starting offensive linemen, four defensive players that were four-year starters and veteran defensive coordinator Nate Woody, who left for Georgia Tech.

Satterfield said this is may be his fastest team at App State and credited senior safety Josh Thomas, senior defensive tackle MyQuon Stout and fourth-year junior offensive tackle Victor Johnson with providing leadership for one of the least experienced rosters in the FBS. Running back Jalin Moore, another senior who was lost for the season to a knee injury two weeks ago, has become a de facto assistant coach for App State.

Since falling to Penn State, the Mountaineers have outscored their opponents 231-49. Next up is a key game for first place in the Sun Belt East at Georgia Southern (6-1, 3-0) on Thursday night.

UP

  • No. 14 Washington State was the only big mover to rise in the rankings this week, jumping 11 spots after beating Oregon.

DOWN

  • Ohio State dropped out of the top 10 for the first this season, tumbling nine spots
  • No. 19 Oregon dropped seven spots after taking its second loss
  • No. 22 North Carolina State fell six spots after losing for the first time this season

IN

  • No. 23 Utah is ranked for the first time this season, making it five straight years the Utes started the season unranked but moved into the rankings at some point. From 2014-16, Utah started the season outside the Top 25 but finished it ranked. Utah has won three straight, scoring at least 40 points in each game
  • No. 24 Stanford is back in the rankings after falling out two weeks ago

OUT

  • Michigan State and Mississippi State fell out of the rankings again after losing for the third time this season
  • Cincinnati's first loss of the season, in overtime to Temple, cost the Bearcats their first ranking since 2012

CONFERENCE CALL

  • SEC -- 6 teams (1, 4, 7, 9, 12, 16).
  • Big Ten -- 5 (5, 11, 17, 18, 20).
  • Pac-12 -- 5 (14, 15, 19, 23, 24).
  • Big 12 -- 3 (6, 8, 13).
  • ACC -- 2 (2, 22).
  • American -- 2 (10, 21).
  • Sun Belt -- 1 (25).
  • Independent -- 1 (3).

RANKED vs. RANKED

No. 7 Georgia vs. No. 9 Florida in Jacksonville, Florida. The first of two games involving the Bulldogs that will decide the SEC East. Georgia faces Kentucky on Nov. 3.

  • No. 14 Washington State at No. 24 Stanford. Cougars try to grab control of the Pac-12 North.
  • No. 18 Iowa at No. 17 Penn State. The Nittany Lions will help decide the Big Ten West with home games against the Hawkeyes and No. 20 Wisconsin.

Former Hoya Marcus Derrickson signs a two-way contract with Golden State Warriors

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Former Hoya Marcus Derrickson signs a two-way contract with Golden State Warriors

Leaving the Georgetown Hoyas a season early is initially paying off for Marcus Derrickson. 

Less than a month before what would have been his senior season at Georgetown, the 6-7 forward has signed a two-way contract with the Golden State Warriors. 

Derrickson nabbed the second two-way position on the Warriors after an outstanding Summer League translated to a solid preseason.

Fitting right into the Warriors deep-ball oriented scheme, Derrickson was 6-16 from three point range during the five-game preseason. He's a versatile stretch-four that continues to develop and improve on his outside game. 

By signing a two-way contract, the former All-Big East Second teamer will have a chance to get called up to the two-time defending NBA champions at any point this season for up to 45 days. The remaining time will be with the Warriors' G-league affiliate the Santa Cruz Warriors

This arrangement will earn Derrickson a contract of $75,000 and a prorated amount for however much time he is practicing/ playing with Golden State. 

If he is called up to the NBA for more than the allotted 45 days, then the Warriors are obligated to give him a minimum rookie contract. 

Derrickson continues to prove himself as the list of aspiring players dwindles. As each contract begins to near its end, the Warriors time after time offer another opportunity.

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