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Terps to be featured in 90-minute Showtime special airing March 18

The Maryland and Notre Dame men's basketball teams will be part of a 90-minute special, "HOOPS U," which will air on Showtime at 9 p.m. March 18.

The behind-the-scenes documentary will chronicle the teams' path to the NCAA tournament from the final month of conference play and the conference tournaments through March 15, when the NCAA tournament bracket is unveiled.

"HOOPS U is yet another example of our commitment to delivering diverse and dramatic sports programming," said Stephen Espinoza, executive vice president and general maanger of Showtime Sports.

"This will give viewers a unique insight into what really goes on behind the scenes at a premier college basketball program," said Steve Mayer, executive producer and head of IMG, which is producing the special. "Our production team is receiving unparalleled access from both universities and the result will be a fascinating look at the preparations, personalities and pressures associated with college basketball at the highest level."...

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Is Dez Wells on the Mount Rushmore of Maryland dunkers?

In recognition of 70 years of dunking in college basketball, Maryland's athletic website put up a poll earlier this month asking fans to vote on the best dunk in Terps history. (It includes a highlight video that's well worth watching.)

I'm not sure if it's too late to add a candidate, but Dez Wells' baseline slam Tuesday night against Wisconsin probably belongs on that list.

Let’s be clear, Tuesday’s jam doesn’t top Wells’ poster dunk against Penn State, which is included in the voting on Maryland’s poll. But it belongs in the same category as the others, especially if you take into account when it came and that it helped fuel one of the Terps’ biggest wins of the Mark Turgeon era.

Regardless of which team you root for, if you’re a hoops junkie, it was the type of dunk that gets you off the couch and forces you to make a grunting noise that your probably couldn’t otherwise replicate. (Or maybe that’s just me.)

I’m no Dr. J, so I won’t attempt to break down which of those dunks is the...

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Odd scene unfolded as Wisconsin's Bo Ryan interrupted Mark Turgeon's news conference

Maryland men's basketball coach Mark Turgeon had just finished making an opening statement after his team's 59-53 victory over No. 5 Wisconsin and was about to take questions from reporters when an odd scene unfolded in the media room at Xfinity Center on Tuesday night.

Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan appeared at the podium.

Needless to say, it caught Turgeon a bit by surprise.

“I was just going to say, we have a flight to catch,” Ryan said. “We have practice tomorrow.”

Turgeon showed the respect he had for Ryan, who was recently nominated for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, allowing Ryan proceed with his news conference (and not allowing what was an awkward scene get any more uncomfortable).

“OK, It’s all you, man, it’s all you,” Turgeon said before going back into the hallway outside his team’s locker room.

“They were supposed to get me and they didn’t get me,” Ryan said apologetically. “Thanks, Mark.”

As reporters laughed, Ryan realized what he had done.

“Right in the middle...

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Michal Cekovsky plays big role in Maryland's win over Wisconsin

Michal Cekovsky kept showing it in practice. Despite being given little opportunity in games – 14 minutes over Maryland's previous three – the 7-foot-1 freshman from Slovakia had given his coach confidence that he could contribute against No. 5 Wisconsin on Wednesday night.

When sophomore Damonte Dodd was whistled for his first foul a little more than three minutes into the game, Turgeon made the switch. It turned out to be one of the most fortuitous early fouls for the Terps this season. Cekovsky changed the game defensively in 14 first-half minutes, and perhaps also changed his role going forward.

The player everyone calls "Checko" didn’t put up huge numbers in his 24-minute stint – the most minutes he had played since early December – but his six rebounds, four points and one block displayed much of what he had been doing behind the curtained-off practices at Xfinity Center the past few weeks.

“Understand, Checko’s really been practicing well,” Turgeon said. “He’s been practicing...

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Terps' court storming was 'absolutely embarrassing,' ESPN's Seth Greenberg says

To court-storm or not to court-storm is rarely the question in College Park, seeing as how most every big victory for the Maryland men’s basketball team, and even the occasional not-so-big one, seems to draw students to the floor like moths to a flame.

The real intrigue is in seeing who says what afterward.

On Tuesday night, ESPN college basketball analyst Seth Greenberg, apparently perplexed by the Terps’ latest court storming and maybe emboldened by the new wave of anti-storming frenzy stirred up in the wake of Kansas State’s ugly mob scene, had a few thoughts. So not long after No. 14 Maryland’s 59-53 win over Wisconsin, he ranted.

"First off," host Adnan Virk said, "as Commissioner of the Court Storm, you were not in favor of that."

"Embarrassing," Greenberg said, cutting him off. "That’s an absolutely embarrassing court storming. You’re the University of Maryland. You’ve won a national championship. You’re playing in your home court against — so what are they? The second-, third-,...

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Former Terps defensive coordinator Brian Stewart hired by Nebraska

It didn’t take long for former Maryland defensive coordinator Brian Stewart to land a new job.

Less than a week after parting amicably -- it was called a “mutual” decision, according to Maryland coach Randy Edsall -- Stewart was named Tuesday as defensive backs coach at Nebraska.

“I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of the Nebraska football program,” Stewart said in a released statement. “The opportunity to coach at Nebraska is awesome. My first impression is ‘wow’. From the weight room to walking down the hallway and seeing the national championship trophies, Nebraska is what you think it is … a football powerhouse.”

Maryland’s defense steadily declined in his three seasons, from 21st overall in his first year to 97th in 2014.

The Cornhuskers have potential. Though Nebraska gave more passing plays of 20 yards or more (45) than any team in the Big Ten, the Cornhuskers were second in opposing passer rating defense (194.82, behind only Penn State) and picked off 13 passes.

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