Tonight, Frese and Walz meet for a third time as adversaries in the NCAA tournament's Elite Eight, but both coaches indicated the showdown will be more about the players than the teacher-mentor dynamic.
After playing in only four of the team's first 32 games, Alex Len has slowly made his way into first-year coach Jeff Hornacek's rotation, playing behind former Duke star Miles Plumlee and, if the Suns go to a smaller lineup, Channing Frye.
Now, Smith is honoring his late brother, Tevin Jones, by announcing a scholarship fund in his name Saturday during halftime of a Battle of the Beltway charity basketball game at Comcast Center on the University of Maryland campus.
The Maryland women's basketball team faces Texas' McGee-Stafford — sister of JaVale McGee of the NBA's Denver Nuggets and the daughter of former Olympian and WNBA player Pam McGee — in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
Maryland, which is contesting the exit fee as it prepares to join the Big Ten Conference in July, accuses the ACC of seeking to withhold information, along with more than $20 million in shared conference revenue.
The No. 5 Clippers didn¿t back down for a minute and took their only lead of the game with five minutes left, but couldn¿t stop Potomac¿s Walter Broddie when it mattered most. Broddie delivered two consecutive baskets to restore order and then hit two free throws with 6 seconds left for the Wolverines, who went on to claim a 70-65 win.
No. 6 Edmondson took control of a close game with strong play inside at both ends, coming away with a sturdy 51-46 win over Central at University of Maryland's Comcast Center. The Red Storm advance to Saturday's Class 1A title game at 1 p.m.
Setting a fast early pace, City took charge with a dominating first half and then withstood a third-quarter push from the Hawks to win going away, 56-36, at the University of Maryland's Comcast Center.
Before Maryland¿s game against Florida State in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament began Thursday afternoon at the Greensboro Coliseum, Smotrycz stood on the sideline near the team's bench, his hands in the pockets of his warmup pants.
Ten years ago, John Gilchrist led Maryland to the 2004 ACC tournament championship, a three-game sweep over the top three seeds that ended with an overtime victory against archrival Duke. Gilchrist was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player after averaging 24 points per game.
After collapsing in the final minute of regulation and allowing No. 5 Virginia to force overtime, the Terps hit five of their last six free throws -- four by Jake Layman -- to beat the Cavaliers, 75-69.
Maryland (16-14, 8-9 ACC) will be looking for a signature win while Virginia (25-5, 16-1) comes in as hot as the then No. 2 Terps were in 2002, when they won their first national championship. The Cavaliers have won 13 straight.
No. 8 Patterson rallied from an early nine-point deficit to stop the No. 5 Rams, 73-63, in the Class 2A North region final. Guard Kwynten Brooks led four players in double figures for the Clippers, who outscored the hosts 36-18 at the foul line, including 26-10 in the second half.
The Red Storm, which claimed the Class 2A state championship last season, improved to 18-5 and will return to Maryland's Comcast Center to play in next week's state semifinal round. Edmondson will play the winner of Saturday's North region title game between No. 6 New Town and Central at 3 p.m.
Having fallen short of reaching the the regional final six times in the last 13 years, Dulaney anxiously awaits an opportunity to join the elite at the University of Maryland's Comcast Center for the state semifinals.
The No. 1 Knights attacked the basket relentlessly, hit their open jumpers and methodically separated themselves from the Engineers to come away with a 78-66 win in the Class 3A East Section I semifinal.