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Tracking the Terps
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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 two 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 Terps are ranked No. 16 in Baseball America's preseason national 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 both 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 game against Western Kentucky and will also play Canisius, Old Dominion and Coastal Carolina down there.

Maryland's first home game is Feb. 24 against VCU.

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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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Junior point guard Anthony Cowan Jr. commits to Maryland

Anthony Cowan Jr.'s roots at Maryland run deep.

Growing up in Bowie, he attended Gary Williams' summer camp in College Park several times. His father, Anthony Sr., received his master's from the school. His grandmother works in the university's African-American Studies program.

So it made sense that Cowan, a four-star recruit rated the No. 62 prospect overall by Scout.com in the Class of 2016, orally committed to Mark Turgeon's program on Saturday. The 5-foot-11, 165-pound point guard won’t officially sign a letter of intent until next year, but he announced his commitment Monday.

Cowan also has a connection to current freshman star point guard Melo Trimble. The two were part of the same D.C. Assault Amateur Athletic Union program and played against each other in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference when Trimble was at Bishop O’Connell in Arlington, Va. Cowan is now a junior at St. John's College High in Washington.

Cowan said in an interview with The Baltimore Sun that Maryland...

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Terps drop to No. 16 in AP poll and to a No. 3 seed in bracket projections

This week's AP Top 25 is out, and it has Maryland’s men’s basketball team down three spots, to No. 16, after a week that included a loss at Indiana and Sunday night’s great escape against Northwestern.

The next round of bracket projections have also been posted, and here are the latest educated guesses as to where Maryland (18-3) will be placed on Selection Sunday.

ESPN’s Joe Lunardi dropped the Terps to a No. 3 seed in the East Region. (He had them on the No. 2 line last week.)

On his bracket, the Terps still begin in Pittsburgh. They’d play No. 14 William & Mary, the presumed champion out of the Colonial Athletic Association. Their potential Round of 32 matchup would be No. 6 Northern Iowa or the winner of a No. 11 play-in game between North Carolina State and Kansas State.

In that projection, the Terps cpuld face No. 2 Villanova in the Sweet 16 and possibly No. 1 Virginia in the regional final. (That region concludes in Syracuse.)

CBS Sports’ Jerry Palm also dropped Maryland to a No...

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