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Tracking the Terps
News and notes on Maryland football, basketball and other sports
Terps are still in good shape, but there are areas for improvement

The Maryland men’s basketball team's overall record and body of work throughout the 2014-15 season have put the Terps in far better position to secure the program's first NCAA tournament bid since Mark Turgeon took over four years ago.

Though certainly not a lock — especially after losing back-to-back road games to Indiana and Ohio State by a combined 43 points and barely beating Northwestern at home on Sunday – Maryland is at worst a No. 5 seed right now.

The upcoming schedule can also help the Terps recover from their first mini-slump of the season pretty quickly.

Maryland (18-4, 6-3 Big Ten) played five road games in the first half of the Big Ten season, with wins at Michigan State and Purdue. That means the Terps have five home games among the remaining nine.

The quality of the first half opponents was also considerably better: in the first nine games, Maryland played five games against teams that currently have a winning record. In the last nine, the Terps face only three teams...

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Maryland's blowout loss at Ohio State was reminiscent of last year

Mark Turgeon and his Maryland men's basketball team have tried hard not to compare this season to last year. Until Thursday night, there was really no need, as the 2014-15 Terps had already won more games (18 of the first 21) than the 2013-14 Terps (17-15) did the entire season.

But if anyone watched Maryland play at Ohio State in last season’s ACC-Big Ten Challenge and then saw what happened to the 16th-ranked Terps in the same arena Thursday night, without paying attention to what had transpired in between, they might come to a startling conclusion.

Maryland actually looked worse in Thursday's 80-56 loss to Ohio State than it did last year in a 76-60 defeat to the then-No. 5 Buckeyes.

In the teams' game a year ago, the Terps got off to a reasonably good start offensively before getting worn down late in the first half and blown out in the second half. They fell behind by as many as 25 points in what was one of Maryland’s worst performances of a largely disappointing season.

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Maryland-Ohio State matchup features two of Big Ten's top freshmen

Going into last week, Melo Trimble had won a majority of his individual matchups as a freshman at Maryland, including several in the Big Ten.

Trimble was then badly outplayed by Indiana's Yogi Ferrell and outscored by fellow freshman James Blackmon Jr. in a 19-point romp by the Hoosiers on Thursday in Bloomington. Trimble allowed Northwestern’s Bryant McIntosh to do the same until the last few minutes of a 68-67 win Sunday at Xfinity Center.

The 6-foot-3 point guard will have another difficult test Thursday at Ohio State. Not only will Trimble be matched up with senior Shannon Scott, his performance against the Buckeyes will be measured in terms of how he and fellow freshman D'Angelo Russell do in a nationally televised game.

Trimble admitted Wednesday in College Park that the recent high-profile matchup with Ferrell might have taken him out of his game. Maryland coach Mark Turgeon had a talk with his point guard after the 6-foot Indiana junior outscored Trimble, 24-10, in a matchup of...

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Terps' Dez Wells says shot vs. Northwestern was 'good,' but not career highlight

Dez Wells said he heard from a number of friends after his game-winning, torso-contorting, in-the-air bank shot on Sunday that helped Maryland erase what had been a 14-point deficit and beat Northwestern, 68-67, at Xfinity Center.

“That was a good one,” said Wells, who saw a replay of it when he was in the compliance office of the school’s athletic department.

Wells said it was reminiscent of playing H-O-R-S-E in the park.

“It doesn’t look normal, you play basketball so much, you’ve taken that shot plenty of times, I’ve taken that shot plenty of times, not under those circumstances or under that pressure,” Wells said after practice Wednesday.

“You take awkward shots, playing around with you friends, ‘Can you do this? I can do this. Can you do this too?' Just fine tune and add some stuff to your game. It was just something that happened.”

Interestingly, Wells doesn’t think it was the highlight in his three-season career at Maryland. Nor was hitting the game-winning 3-pointer in the...

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Maryland baseball ranked in three major preseason polls

Fresh off a historic 2014 season, the Maryland baseball team appears that it will head into its first Big Ten season as the favorite.

The USA Today Coaches' Poll is the latest major set of rankings to come out, and it has the Terps ranked No. 20 in the nation. They're the lone Big Ten team in that poll.

The Terps are ranked No. 16 in Baseball America's preseason poll, which was released Monday. It's their first time being ranked in Baseball America's preseason Top 25, and they're the only Big Ten team included.

Maryland is No. 14 in the D1Baseball.com rankings. Fellow Big Ten member Nebraska lands at No. 23 in that poll.

Defending national champion Vanderbilt tops all three polls.

The Terps finished 40-23 last year, reaching the NCAA Super Regionals for the first time. They lost that best-of-three series to eventual national runner-up Virginia, two games to one.

Maryland begins its 2015 schedule Feb. 13 at the Caravelle Resort Tournament in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The Terps begin with a...

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Jake Layman, Melo Trimble projected in first round of some NBA mock drafts

Maryland’s emergence as one of the nation’s top college basketball teams amid an unexpectedly-quick turnaround has landed a few players on NBA mock draft boards.

The biggest jump has been made by junior forward Jake Layman, who went from being considered a top prospect toward the end of his freshman year to a low second-round pick as a sophomore -- if he was even going to picked at all.

Layman is now being mentioned on a couple of mock draft boards as a low first-round pick. Draftexpress.com is touting the 6-foot-9 Layman as the 27th overall pick, going to the Memphis Grizzlies.

A lot will play out during the Big Ten season and NCAA tournament. Some scouts measure a player’s value when going up against another high pick, as Alex Len’s skyrocketed two years ago after dominating Kentucky’s Nerlens Noel.   

Layman, whose stock jumped when he put up 21 points and 12 rebounds in a win at Oklahoma State against Cowboys star Le'Bryan Nash and consistently had big numbers while Dez Wells was...

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