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...Read more
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.
Larrier visited College Park this week, InsideMDSports.com 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...Read more
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...Read more
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)...Read more
"I just wanted to talk it over with my family before I made the decision," Pooler said. "Purdue and Boston College said they'd offer me this week, and I was hearing from other schools, but I just kept talking to my coaches, my family. Everyone was really telling me that Maryland is the best fit, and I agree. They're a big-time program, and I think I fit in really well there."
Pooler, a 6-foot-4, 272-pound junior, said he's "all Maryland" and has no plans of checking out any other schools.
"There just didn't seem like another program out there that had what I wanted in a school," he said.
Despite the 500 miles separating Dayton and Washington, location was a factor.
"For me, I had family in Baltimore, so that played a role for me, just knowing I'd have people there that I can lean on if I need it," Pooler said. "And Dwayne...Read more