In automotive terms, Big Ten basketball in the last few seasons has been the steady, reliable car that you rarely had to take in for repairs.
Considering that the last Big Ten team to win a national championship was Maryland -- as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference -- in 2002, it wasn’t the flashiest or fastest car on the college basketball landscape.
Just very solid and dependable.
But in a season when Big Ten cars, uh, teams, have had a number of embarrassing mishaps, Saturday might have been the day when the manufacturers finally sent out the recall notices. Michigan continues to gush oil. Michigan State showed how it couldn’t play without one of its major parts broken. And you might want to check Ohio State’s VIN to see if the Buckeyes are really who they claim to be.
Is Maryland the next team from the Big Ten to find itself being towed back to the shop?
It’s interesting that the No. 17 Terps, one of only two Big Ten teams to have beaten a ranked opponent this season, are 7...Read more
In this week's recruiting roundup, the Terps try to land their very own Kobe.
-- Class of 2015 defensive line commit Keiron Howard was namedRead more
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In November, Class of 2015 shooting guard Kobe Eubanks reopened his recruitment. His phone hasn't stopped ringing since.
Eubanks, who originally committed to Baylor as a Class of 2014 prospect before academic issues pushed him into a prep year and led him to decommit, has heard from Maryland, Louisville, Michigan, Connecticut, Kansas, Oregon, Georgia, Providence, UCLA, USC and more in less than a month's time. Most of them called him as soon as he announced his decision, and they've continued to be in his ear. But Eubanks is enjoying the process the second time around.
“Very, very, very good," he said when asked how his recruitment has been going. "My phone’s been ringing off the hook, but I’m not doing nothing but embracing it and let it motivate me to push harder.”
Eubanks has seen his game reach another level since taking a prep year. He...Read more
Officially, the Maryland men's basketball team's game at Oklahoma State (8-1) on Sunday is its first on the road this season.
And while Gallagher-Iba Arena will have a more intimate and potentially intimidating feel than any venue his team has played yet, Mark Turgeon says the No. 17 Terps (10-1) already have experience as a road team.
It happened in the championship game of the CBE Hall of Fame Classic last month in Kansas City, Mo., where the then-unranked Terps upset then-No. 13 Iowa State at Sprint Center.
“We approached Iowa State like a road game,” Turgeon said after practice Friday. “It was 10,000 of their friends there, in a building they play multiple games a year. ... Obviously, it’s not their home court.”
Turgeon said playing in Stillwater will be “a little more different animal.”
It is a place with which Turgeon is familiar, having coached there many times during his four seasons at Texas A&M. The Aggies were 2-2 at Gallagher-Iba Arena and 5-3 overall against the Cowboys...Read more
Maryland men's basketball coach Mark Turgeon will be breaking bread with Seth Davis on a new TV show on Big Ten Network.
The Terps coach is among several to be included on "A Taste of Coaching with Seth Davis," a six-episode series that debuts Jan. 4 and will air Sunday nights.
The Big Ten Network describes the program as such: "Host Seth Davis, a veteran college basketball writer for Sports Illustrated and well-known analyst and author, is joined around the dinner table by some of college basketball’s finest coaches to discuss the hot-button issues surrounding the game today."
Other coaches on the show will include Michigan State’s Tom Izzo, Ohio State’s Thad Matta, Kansas’ Bill Self, Iowa’s Fran McCaffery, Notre Dame’s Mike Brey, SMU’s Larry Brown, Baylor’s Scott Drew, Cal’s Cuonzo Martin, Stanford’s Johnny Dawkins, Oklahoma’s Lon Kruger and Steve Lavin from St. John’s.
“These coaches are all men I’ve gotten to know over the years and have had these types of discussions with...Read more
Butler Community College defensive lineman Ulric Jones, a Maryland target, orally committed to South Carolina on Wednesday.
Jones announced his pledge on Twitter.
The 6-foot-6, 290-pound Jones, a Mississippi State commit coming out of high school, orally committed to Maryland in November.
However, Jones said Terps coaches wanted him to take an official visit to Maryland before officially committing.
Jones made his official visit to Maryland this past weekend, but the Oxford, Miss., native decided to commit to South Carolina.Read more