The celebration swirled around him in the cramped locker room at the Nationwide Arena early Friday night. Pockets of reporters moved from one Maryland player to another, seeking out those who had a hand in the team’s 65-62 win over Valparaiso in the NCAA tournament Round of 64.
A few asked junior forward Jake Layman for comment, not as much for what he had done but what he had watched.
In this case, Layman knew that the Terps had survived their opening game despite foul trouble that caused him to sit for long stretches, perhaps the longest the last 68 seconds after he had fouled out.
Layman also knew he had to make more of a contribution for fourth-seeded...