The college basketball careers of Maryland guards Roddy Peters and Nick Faust crossed an invisible threshhold last week, when the freshman point guard took over running the team from junior Dez Wells and the junior shooting guard from Baltimore went to the bench for the first time all season.
Jonathan Graham, a 6-8, 220-pound junior who had played a total of 19 minutes in five previous games and didn¿t get off the bench in three others, finished with five points, five rebounds and three blocked shots in 15 productive minutes.
Dave Dickerson's ties to Maryland's men's basketball program go back to playing in College Park for Lefty Driesell and Bob Wade from 1985 through 1989, and coaching there under Gary Williams from 1996 through 2005.
As happened the previous three times the Obama family watched a local college basketball game -- at George Washington in 2009, at Howard in 2010 and at Towson in 2011 -- it also brought out the best from the Beavers, coached by Craig Robinson, the president's brother-in-law.
According to the White House, the Obamas plan to attend the Terps-Oregon State game at Comcast Center, which begins at 6 p.m. Maryland is advising fans to arrive early because of extra security precautions.
Thomas was harried by the Huskies in a 76-50 Sweet 16 loss that ended her season, scoring 13 points after tallying 29 and 28 points in the first two rounds. In their earlier game, a 63-48 loss on Dec. 3, she was held to six points on 2-for-12 shooting. The lesson was clear: If the Terps are to contend against UConn, they're going to need more options to take the focus off their star senior.
The Maryland basketball team came into Comcast Center on Wednesday night looking as if it took Abilene Christian as seriously as it did Division III Catholic in what turned out to be a exhibition rout 10 days before.
Maryland point guard Varun Ram used to get stares from opposing guards who thought they could dominate him on the court. When he played at River Hill in Clarksville and with a Howard County-based Amateur Athletic Union team, Ram said few opponents would take him or his teams seriously.
Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said he received a number of text messages after Friday¿s season-opening 78-77 loss to then-No. 18 Connecticut from friends in the business who didn¿t recognize the Terps, at least when it came to their rebounding.
Fundraising events can make for strange bedfellows, particularly when it comes to politics. But more than a few heads were turned, eyebrows were raised and stomachs were -- well, you get the picture -- when it was announced that former longtime rivals and now retired college basketball coaches Gary Williams and Jim Calhoun would be part of the same "Lunch with Legends" in New York City.
Jonathan Graham, whose father Ernest's single-game school record of 44 points against North Carolina State has held up for nearly 35 years, received a legislative relief waiver Wednesday from the NCAA after transferring this summer from Penn State.
Playing its only exhibition game before Friday's regular season opener against Connecticut at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., Maryland started slowly but easily dispatched Division III Catholic, 84-39, before a sparse crowd Sunday at Comcast Center.