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Porous defense and lack of support dooms Maryland in Big Ten quarters vs. Northwestern

Porous defense and lack of support dooms Maryland in Big Ten quarters vs. Northwestern

The No. 3-seed Maryland Terrapins fell to the No. 6-seed Northwestern Wildcats 72-64 in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals due to a blistering offensive performance from the Wildcats in the second-half. 

How It Happened: It was a tail of two halves in the paint. The Terrapins held a 20-6 advantage in first-half points in the paint. But in the second half, Northwestern had an easy path to the basket seemingly every time down court. The Wildcats dominated the glass all night, finishing with 32 rebounds, 10 on the offensive glass.

First Team All-Big Ten selection Melo Trimble finished with 20 points, and got a solid effort from freshmen Kevin Huerter (19 points, 4 rebounds, 3 steals) and Anthony Cowan (13 points).

Noticeably absent was Justin Jackson, who finished with just 2 points. Jackson, along with big men Damonte Dodd, L.G. Gill and Ivan Bender combined to score just 12 points.

For Northwestern they were led by their standout trio of Vic Law (17 points), Scottie Lidnsey (17 points) and Bryant McIntosh (16 points). 

A Game of Runs: Maryland raced out to a 7-2 run. But Northwestern responded with a run of their own to tie it at 14. The Wildcats followed that up with a 13-4 run before the Terps responded with a 10-4 run to tie the game at the half. The Terps got out of the second-half gate quickly with a 10-0 run, but once again, the opposing team responded with a 16-2 run. That 16-2 run turned into a 20-5 run.

Home Court Disadvantage?: Although the box score will indicate it was a neutral site game, there was no denying that the Terps were playing in front of a pro-Maryland crowd. But the Terps struggled to gain the affection of the referees, who swallowed their whistles on several high-impact plays when Melo Trimble and Anthony Cowan attempted to get to the rim. The Terps were called for nine fouls in the first half, while Northwestern was whistled seven times. It wasn't a big discrepancy, but the issue was what plays the referees did deem a foul and which ones they didn't. It was all over the map.

A Game About Nothing: Northwestern sophomore Charlie Hall might be the most famous walk-on in the country. His mother happens to be "Veep" and "Seinfeld" star Juliua Louis-Dreyfus. The former Elaine Benes was in attendance for the Big Ten quarterfinals. When the jumbotron cameras cut to her in the second-half, the Verizon Center erupted with a chorus of boos.

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The cameras then cut to Maryland alum and SportsCenter anchor Scott Van Pelt, which resulted in a raucous ovation,

What's Next? Even with the loss, the Terrapins are headed to the NCAA Tournament, thanks to a resume worth of an at-large selection. But a strong Big Ten Tournament performance could have resulted in a seed in the No. 3 to No. 5 range. Now it is more likely that the Terps will garner a seed somewhere between No. 7 and No. 10. For the Wildcats, they move on to face No. 2-seed Wisconsin, which beat No. 10 Indiana 70-60.

The Wildcats too, will be headed to the NCAA Tournament regardless of their Big Ten Tournament finish, thanks to a strong resume.

It will be the university's first-ever trip to the NCAA Tournament.

Could Maryland safety Darnell Savage Jr. jump into 2019 NFL Draft's first round?

Could Maryland safety Darnell Savage Jr. jump into 2019 NFL Draft's first round?

Coming out of the NFL combine, former Maryland safety Darnell Savage Jr. was projected to be a second-round pick in the NFL Draft. But could he end up sliding into the first round on Thursday?

It seems like a possibility now, based on some of the teams he's met with, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Monday. And NFL.com analyst Daniel Jeremiah has previously said Savage could rise to the first round too.

NBC Sports Washington's latest NFL Mock Draft has Savage going to the Green Bay Packers as the 44th overall pick.

According to Rapoport, Savage met with 11 teams, including the Carolina Panthers (No. 16 overall pick), Pittsburgh Steelers (No. 20 overall pick), Seattle Seahawks (No. 21 overall pick), Philadelphia Eagles (No. 25 overall pick) and Los Angeles Rams (No. 31 overall pick). 

The three-year starter out of College Park was named Second Team All-Big Ten this season after recording 52 tackles (38 solo, 14 assist) for the Terps, along with four interceptions, including one pick six. He's versatile, strong and fast, and even if he gets passed by in the first round of the NFL Draft, it seems unlikely that he'll still be available by the end of the second.

At 5-foot-11 and 198 pounds, Savage ran a 4.36-second 40-yard dash at the NFL combine in February -- a time that was second-fastest among all safeties -- and posted a 39.5-inch vertical, third among safeties, and a 126-inch broad jump. He also had 11 bench-press reps.

Pro Football Focus has Savage listed as the second-best safety in this year's draft class behind Delaware's Nasir Adderley because he's "a missile around the line of scrimmage".

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Jamion Christian, GW basketball receive commitment from Jameer Nelson's son Jameer Jr.

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Jamion Christian, GW basketball receive commitment from Jameer Nelson's son Jameer Jr.

The George Washington University men's basketball team landed the son of longtime NBA point guard Jameer Nelson Tuesday. 

Jameer Nelson Jr., a 2019 guard out of Pennsylvania's Haverford School, decommitted from his father's alma mater (Saint Joseph's) following the news that Phil Martelli would not return for the 2019-20 season. 

This marks first-year head coach Jamion Christian's second commitment since being named head coach of the Colonials after one year at Siena College. 

Nelson Sr. played in the Association from 2004 to 2018, including 10 seasons in Orlando. The point guard averaged a career-best 16.7 points per game during the 2008-09 campaign.