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Terps, Turgeon confirm incoming Albany transfer

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Terps, Turgeon confirm incoming Albany transfer

Maryland men's basketball coach Mark Turgeon officially announced the transfer of guard and University of Albany graduate Logan Aronhalt into the program on Wednesday.Word leaked out on Sunday that under the graduate transfer rule, the 6-foot-3 transfer would join the program. Aronhalt iseligible to play immediately and will have one year of eligibility.Last season Aronhalt averaged 13.8 points and shot 35.5 percent from beyond the arc. He scored 13 points against Maryland on December 28 in the Terps 83-72 win over the Great Danes. During the 2010-11 campaign, the off-guard averaged a career-best 14.6 points and 4.7 rebounds. The Ohio native was a third team All-America East Conference pick in 2011 and two-time team captain for Albany."We are thrilled to add Logan to our basketball family, Turgeon said in a statement released by the program. Logan's values are closely aligned with the expectations we have in our program. I'm impressed with his high level of success in the classroom while being an all-league player in the American East." Aronhalt started 74 consecutive games in his three seasons at Albany, sank 169 3-pointers, shot 35 percent from 3-point range and 83 percent from the free-throw line.I am impressed with Logan's toughness, leadership, and basketball IQ. He's a coach's son and his game reflects that," Turgeon said. "Logan had a great career at Albany scoring almost 1,100 points in three years. His experience and ability will really be helpful on a team that will feature so many underclassmen."Aronhalt is the latest change to the Terps evolving roster.Terrell Stoglin and Mychal Parker left the program last month. Both players were facing a one year suspension for violating the universitys student-athlete code of conduct. Stoglin announced he is forgoing his collegiate eligibility and is entering the NBA draft.Forward Ashton Pankey announced this week he intends on transferring to a program closer to his New York City home.Former Michigan sophomore forward Evan Smotrycz, a spot starter on the Wolverines' NCAA tournament team last season, is another transfer joining the program. He must sit out next season and then will be eligible for the 2013-14 campaign.Aronhalt offers Turgeon a needed experienced option in the backcourt especially with junior Pe'Shon Howard recovering from a torn ACL suffered in February. Rising sophomore Nick Faust, who spent time at both guard spots last season, likely inherits one starting slot. Incoming freshmen Seth Allen and Sam Cassell Jr. offer additional depth. Turgeon's incoming recruiting class is a six-member group with four frontcourt options, including post player Shaquille Cleare and stretch power forward Jake Layman.

2019 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship: Bracket, schedules, teams

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2019 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship: Bracket, schedules, teams

All of a sudden, we are down to four.

The NCAA Men's Lacrosse semifinals are set, with Penn State, Yale, Virginia, and Duke fighting for the title.

The semifinals will be played on Saturday, setting the stage for the National Championship on Monday.

Here is everything you need to know.

What schools are playing for the NCAA Men's Lacrosse title?

The four schools remaining are Penn State, Yale, Virginia, and Duke.

Penn State faces Yale in the first semifinal, with Virginia and Duke clashing in an ACC battle for a spot in the National Championship.

When are the NCAA Men's Lacrosse semifinals and final?

The first semifinal matchup is on Saturday, May 25, at 12:00 p.m. The second semifinal will take place roughly 30 minutes following the conclusion of the first game, with an anticipated start time of 2:30 p.m. 

The National Championship will be held on Monday, May 27, at 1 p.m.

Where can I watch and live stream the NCAA Men's Lacrosse semifinals and final?

All three games will be aired on live television on ESPN2.

Each game is available for stream on WatchESPN.

How did each team get here?

The No. 1 overall seeded Penn State Nittany Lions have cruised into the Final Four. They defeated Loyola (Md.) 21-14 in the quarterfinals after beating UMBC 25-10 in the first round. Penn State has lost just one game all season and should be the favorites to take home the title.

In one of the best games of the tournament, Yale narrowly edged University of Pennsylvania 19-18 in the quarterfinal for the opportunity to face Penn State in the semifinals. Yale defeated Georgetown in their opening game of the tournament.

In a controversy game-tying goal with just seconds remaining, Virginia edged out Maryland 13-12 in overtime for a spot in the semifinals. They cruised by Robert Morris, 19-10, in their first-round matchup.

The third one-goal victory of the quarterfinals belonged to Duke, who defeated Notre Dame 14-13 in the quarterfinals. The Blue Devils have been tested throughout the tournament, as they just slid by Richmond, 12-11, in their opening matchup.

If the past couple rounds are any indication, his weekend should bring exciting lacrosse for everyone.

Terrapins get huge commitment from 7-foot-2 internet phenom Chol Marial

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Terrapins get huge commitment from 7-foot-2 internet phenom Chol Marial

The Maryland Terrapins just added a huge piece to their 2019 recruiting class. Literally. 

The Terps officially signed 7-foot-1 center Chol Marial (AZ Compass Prep, Chandler, Arizona), the team announced Monday. 

Depending on who you ask, Marial is either a three-star, 210-pound or a four-star, 220-pound recruit (247Sports, ESPN), but he's unquestionably taller than seven feet. He also has a 7-foot-11 wingspan that Maryland coach Mark Turgeon expects will make him "an excellent rim protector."

"I've watched Chol the last three years and I can't say enough about him as both a person and a basketball player," Turgeon said in a release from Maryland, which lists Marial at 7-foot-2 and 230 pounds. 

"One of the top players in his class when healthy, Chol's tremendous size and length make him an excellent rim protector. Chol possesses a humble demeanor and a strong work ethic that will fit well with our family. We can't wait to have him in College Park and look forward to helping him reach his dreams."

Originally from Rumbek, South Sudan, Marial moved to the U.S. as a middle-schooler in 2014. He also previously attended IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. 

ESPN ranks Marial as the No. 2 center in Arizona and the No. 14 center nationally, while 247Sports says he's No. 6 and No. 26 in those two respective categories.

He visited Maryland on April 26, according to 247Sports, and also received offers from Georgetown, Florida State, Arizona State, Iowa, UConn and West Virginia.

"I want to thank Coach Turgeon for giving me this opportunity," Marial said in a release from the school. "Coach Turgeon and I have gotten along really well and I really enjoyed spending time with the rest of the coaching staff and players. Bruno Fernando and I have similar backgrounds and I saw how much he improved as a player at Maryland. I'm looking forward to getting better every day and playing for Terp Nation."

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