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Willie Taggart claims Virginia Tech faked injuries to slow down FSU offense

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Willie Taggart claims Virginia Tech faked injuries to slow down FSU offense

His Seminoles crushed by Virginia Tech in his Florida State coaching debut Monday night, Willie Taggart is calling foul play.

During the ACC coaches call on Wednesday, Taggart was asked if he believed Hokie defenders were faking injuries in order to slow down the FSU offense.

"It happened too often so it's hard not to," Taggart replied, per ESPN

Hokie players repeatedly were slow to get up after plays during Tech's 24-3 victory over the Seminoles, head coach Justin Fuente citing the Florida humidity for his players' fitness struggles. 

"Going into the game we were severely concerned about our ability to handle the humidity and the weather, just coming from our climate," he said, per the same ESPN report. "We had some issues with it throughout the game. At halftime numerous guys getting IVs and getting treatment so they could finish out the game."

You'd like to give teams the benefit of the doubt they weren't cheating. And it's not as if the Seminoles offense was clicking for most of the night: Florida State committed five turnovers. 

"Well it is what it is, I guess it's part of football now," Taggart persisted. "That's all I can say."

Maybe Taggart should worry about his own team's inability to protect the football rather than whether or not the team that humiliated him were faking injuries or not. 

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Ranked and red hot, Terrapins crush Buckeyes in Columbus to extend winning run to seven

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Ranked and red hot, Terrapins crush Buckeyes in Columbus to extend winning run to seven

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Anthony Cowan Jr. scored 20 points, and No. 19 Maryland won its seventh straight game, 75-61 over Ohio State on Friday night.

Bruno Fernando added 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting and had 15 rebounds for the Terrapins (16-3, 7-1 Big Ten), who shot 58.1 percent from the field. Aaron Wiggins and Darryl Morsell each scored 11, and Jalen Smith had 10. Maryland went 11 of 17 (64.7 percent) from 3-point range.

C.J. Jackson scored 15 points for the Buckeyes (12-5, 2-4), who lost their fourth straight. Duane Washington Jr. scored 14 and Kaleb Wesson had 11.

Fernando continued his strong play after being named the Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week and Big Ten Player of the Week. He averaged 17.5 points and 12 rebounds in victories over Minnesota and then-No. 22 Indiana. The 6-foot-10 sophomore from Angola has 10 double-doubles this season.

Ohio State kept it close through most of the first half before Maryland went on an 8-0 run, including a three-point play by Fernando, to move ahead 38-30. The Buckeyes got within one early in the second half before Maryland responded with a 13-2 burst, including five points from Fernando. Ohio State got no closer than six points the rest of the way.

BIG PICTURE

Maryland: The Terrapins have been one of the surprise teams of the Big Ten thus far, but their schedule won't get any easier, with a road matchup looming at No. 6 Michigan State and two games against second-ranked Michigan.

Ohio State: Foul trouble and the Terps' hot shooting doomed any chance of an end to the Buckeyes' skid.

UP NEXT

Maryland visits No. 6 Michigan State on Monday night.

Ohio State hosts Purdue on Wednesday.

Towson at Delaware College Basketball: Date, Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

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Towson at Delaware College Basketball: Date, Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

Towson has lost six consecutive games and will be looking to get back to winning ways when it visits Delaware.

The Blue Hens, meanwhile, have won five of their first seven conference games and will be looking to keep pace in the competitive CAA when they host the Tigers at Bob Carpenter Center in Newark, Del. on Saturday, Jan. 19.

Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m ET and will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington Plus.

Towson at Delaware How to Watch

What: Towson Tigers at Delaware Blue Hens
Where: Bob Carpenter Center, Newark, Del. 
When: 7 p.m. ET
TV Channel: NBC Sports Washington Plus (Channel Finder)

Towson at Delaware Preview

Conference: Colonial Athletic Association
Record: Towson (5-14, 1-5)  Delaware (13-7, 5-2)
Last Game: 72-66 loss at Drexel, 1/17 (Towson),  76-69 win vs. James Madison, 1/17 (Delaware)
Leading Scorers: Brian Fobbs, 16.1 ppg (Towson), Eric Carter, 17.7 ppg (Delaware)