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Tracking the Terps
News and notes on Maryland football, basketball and other sports
Underrated before season, Terps now among Big Ten's best teams

Two months ago, the Maryland men’s basketball team was picked to finish 10th by a group of more than two dozen members of the media covering the Big Ten.

Trying not to get carried away with the hype surrounding freshman point guard Melo Trimble and the talk of improved chemistry coming out College Park, I picked them to finish seventh.

On Sunday, ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Williams said before the Maryland-Oklahoma State game that the 17th-ranked Terps “are probably the second-best team in the Big Ten.”

After a 73-64 victory over the Cowboys at Gallagher-Iba Arena, there is little doubt that Mark Turgeon’s team is currently the second-best team in its new league.

You could make a case that they have accomplished more than any team in the Big Ten so far this season. And, given the development of its freshmen and the emergence of Jake Layman as a consistent scorer, the Terps potentially could be the best in the league by March.

Some of that has to do with the fact that two of...

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As Big Ten struggles continue, Terps hope to avoid trend vs. Oklahoma State

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...

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Weekly Maryland recruiting roundup

In this week's recruiting roundup, the Terps try to land their very own Kobe.

Football recruiting

-- Former Class of 2015 defensive line commit Ulric Jones switched his pledge to South Carolina on Wednesday.

-- Junior-college defensive lineman target Drew Bailey, who visited Maryland this month, committed Sunday to Louisville.

-- Class of 2016 offensive lineman target Sean Foster reportedly was offered by Maryland.

-- Class of 2015 quarterback commit Gage Shaffer was named Class AA first-team all-state in West Virginia.

-- Class of 2015 offensive line commit Ellis McKennie was an All-Metro first-team selection.

-- Class of 2015 defensive line commit Keiron Howard was named

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InsideMDSports: After dominating in Baltimore, new Terps target Kobe Eubanks has offer

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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...

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With road game at Oklahoma State approaching, Terps ready for a 'different animal'

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...

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Mark Turgeon part of new TV show 'A Taste of Coaching with Seth Davis'

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...

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