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Terps baseball sent to Los Angeles regional, will face Ole Miss in NCAA tournament opener

The Maryland baseball team's road to Omaha will start out West.

The Terps (39-21) will open their second straight NCAA Division I tournament at 7 p.m. Friday against Ole Miss (30-26) in the Los Angeles regional, which includes top overall seed UCLA (42-14) and Cal State-Bakersfield (36-22-1).

The winner of the double-elimination regional will advance to the super regionals, which feature a best-of-three matchup against another regional champion. The eight super-regional winners advance to the College World Series in Omaha, Neb.

Maryland, the preseason Big Ten Conference favorite, finished tied for third in the league with a 14-10 record, far behind Illinois (47-8-1, 21-1) and Iowa (39-16, 19-5). The Terps defeated the Fighting Illini on Friday in the Big Ten tournament, ending their 27-game winning streak and likely securing Maryland's second tournament appearance since 1971. The Terps lost to Michigan, 4-3, on Sunday in the Big Ten final.

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Maryland baseball reaches Big Ten title game with 4-2 win vs. Indiana

Maryland scored four times in an error-prone seventh inning and beat Indiana, 4-2, on Saturday to advance to the Big Ten Tournament championship game in its first year in the league.

The Terrapins (39-20) will face either Illinois or Michigan in Sunday's title game.

Nick Cieri struck out swinging to lead off the seventh but reached first base on a wild pitch before Kengo Kawahara walked. Kevin Biondic had a sacrifice bunt, but catcher Brad Hartong's throw to first was off the mark, allowing pinch runner Zach Jancarski — who replaced Cieri — to score from second.

Another Indiana error loaded the bases before Kevin Smith's fielder's choice added a run. Brandon Lowe had another fielder's-choice RBI, and Kevin Martir added an RBI single.

Reliever Jake Kelzer (4-5) allowed four runs — none earned — in 1 1/3 innings for Indiana (34-22), which scored twice in the eighth.

Maryland's Robert Galligan (2-5) pitched 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief for the win. Kevin Mooney earned his eighth save.

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Terps beat No. 4 Illinois in Big Ten baseball tournament, 2-1, ending 27-game winning streak

The Illinois baseball team's NCAA-best 27-game winning streak is over, and so are Maryland's doubts about its NCAA tournament chances.

With a 2-1 win early Friday morning over the No. 4 Fighting Illini (46-7-1), the top seed in the Big Ten Conference tournament, the fourth-seeded Terps all but guaranteed their second straight appearance in the Division I regionals. Because of the schedule of the double-elimination tournament, they will have a day off Friday at Minneapolis' Target Field and on Saturday face the winner of the game between No. 2 seed Iowa and No. 6 seed Indiana. A win would clinch a berth in the final.

Maryland (38-20), which beat fifth-seeded Michigan State in its tournament opener to advance to face an Illini team that hadn't lost since March 29, was considered a "bubble" team, with a Rating Percentage Index in the 50s and a late-season series loss to lowly Northwestern. Now the Terps can forge ahead knowing that two more wins might mean a tournament championship and and...

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VCU freshman wing Terry Larrier reportedly considering transferring to Maryland

With the possibility of losing several starters after next season, one of Mark Turgeon's priorities this spring was adding a transfer who could give his 2016-17 Maryland men's basketball team more experience.

Terry Larrier, a 6-foot-8 freshman wing at Virginia Commonwealth and former top-40 recruit, is transferring, and the Terps and Connecticut are considered the favorites, according to CBS Sports.  

Larrier visited College Park this week, reported.

After averaging 6.6 points and three rebounds in 18.5 minutes a game as a freshman, Larrier announced he was transferring when Shaka Smart left to become the coach at Texas.

Larrier finished the season with a strong performance in the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament, averaging nearly 10 points and six rebounds in VCU’s four-game run to the championship.

Despite shooting 7-for-29 from the field during the tournament, Larrier hit 17 of 18 free throws. For the season, Larrier shot only 34.3 percent from the field and 26.2...

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One year after Mitchell completed mass exodus from Maryland, Terps are title contenders

Exactly a year ago, Charles Mitchell became the last of five Maryland players to transfer after the end of the 2013-14 season.

With the addition of four freshmen -- five if you include Trayvon Reed, whose career in College Park lasted less than a month -- as well as senior transfer Richaud Pack, it started the overhaul of Mark Turgeon’s roster.

Now you add junior transfer Robert Carter Jr., incoming freshman Diamond Stone, graduate transfer Rasheed Sulaimon, junior college transfer Jaylen Brantley and redshirt freshman Ivan Bender, and the roster will have nearly turned over completely since Mitchell’s departure.

When the Terps open next season, perhaps as the No. 1 team in the country and probably no lower than No. 3, only forward Jake Layman, center Damonte Dodd and former walk-on Varun Ram will be left over from the team two years ago.

It’s hard to imagine a more dramatic makeover than the one Maryland has undergone since finishing with a disappointing 17-15 record in 2013-14. It’s...

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With all the good news at Maryland, commitment of Dwayne Haskins Jr. might be the best

There’s been a run of positive news coming out of College Park these days.

The men’s and women’s lacrosse teams earned trips Sunday to their respective national semifinals this coming weekend.

The football team received three oral commitments in a 36-hour span, including Friday’s announcement by Bullis School junior quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr. that he was choosing the Terps over a number of high-profile programs.

The men’s basketball team got a boost to an already strong 2015-16 roster when former Duke guard Rasheed Sulaimon announced last week that he was transferring to Maryland once he graduates this summer. Sulaimon’s decision follows the signing of five-star high school center Diamond Stone last month.

Here’s a question to consider: which is the most significant for Maryland?

If the Maryland men’s lacrosse team wins its first national championship in 40 years a week from Monday, that might qualify. For now, though, it comes down to the Haskins vs. Stone (and possibly Sulaimon)...

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