Maryland has returned to New York this week to finish the season at Madison Square Garden, either with Tuesday's NIT semifinal against Iowa (24-12) or Thursday's championship game against either Baylor and Brigham Young.
Thomas burned the Spartans for 28 points in a 74-49 Terps victory that sent them to the Sweet Sixteen. Maryland (26-7) advanced to face top-seeded Connecticut in the regional semifinals on Saturday in Bridgeport, Conn.
When the Maryland women's basketball team steps onto the court Monday night for its NCAA tournament second-round game at Comcast Center, the Terps will be without two starters and a reserve because of injury and another starter who's recovering from illness.
It was growing late in the first half and Maryland trailed Niagara by six points. The sparse, fidgety Comcast Center crowd had to be wondering when and if the Terps would check in mentally for their National Invitation Tournament opener.
Coach Mark Turgeon is hoarse with a bad cold, scoring leader Dez Wells has been nursing a sore knee since midway through the ACC tournament, and Maryland has had to get over playing four games in seven days and not making the NCAA tournament.
The 12th-ranked Maryland women's basketball team drew the No. 4 seed in the NCAA tournament's Bridgeport (Conn.) Region when the field of 64 was announced Monday night. The Terps will play Quinnipiac in the first round Saturday at Comcast Center.
Maryland's men's basketball season will continue in the NIT, where the Terps are a No. 2 seed and will open Tuesday night at Comcast Center against seventh-seeded Niagara of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.
It's hard to fathom what it must have been like for Dez Wells to emerge from beneath the weight of public suspicion and step into a sold-out basketball arena again and hear cheers and balls bouncing and bands playing.
Logan Aronhalt didn¿t pay attention to what was going on during Senior Night last season at Albany. A fourth-year junior, the 6-3 shooting guard was injured and not thinking much beyond trying to get back on the court for his senior year.