Given the way Mark Turgeon's team has played against some of its tougher opponents this season, the fifth-seeded Terps believe they have a decent chance to beat top-seeded Kansas in the semifinals of the South Regional.
Maryland coach Mark Turgeon seemed to know where he was going. Those who knew Turgeon growing up in Topeka, and are still in touch with him now, are not surprised that the player who used to orchestrate their pickup games on the fully-lit 65-foot basketball court Bob Turgeon built in the backyard is coaching on the sport's biggest stage, in its biggest spotlight. Just as he will be Thursday, when Maryland faces his alma mater, Kansas, in the Sweet 16 in Louisville, Ky.
Thursday's mid-Atlantic Midwest NCAA matchup between Maryland and Kansas is a geographic repeat of the 2014 baseball playoff between the Baltimore Orioles and Kansas City Royals. On such occasions I make food-based bets with my Kansas brother. That one cost me a shipment of Faidley's crab cakes when the Royals swept the O's.
A matchup Thursday with Kansas in the South region semifinals in Louisville, Ky., lies ahead for Maryland (27-8). The challenge leaves little time for appreciation of how the Terps won a second-round game for the first time since 2003.
Barack Obama must be a Maryland fan. For the second straight year, and the third time during his presidency, the college basketball junkie who resides at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. is picking the Terps to advance to the Sweet 16.
The allegiance of Bob Turgeon and others connected to Mark Turgeon, the fifth-year Maryland men's basketball coach, and his team won't be questioned when they gather at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln on Wednesday for a second straight year, many of them putting aside their normal rooting interests to cheer for the fourth-ranked Terps.
Head up, eyes searching, Maryland point guard Melo Trimble dribbled a few feet past midcourt Sunday when he found freshman center Diamond Stone motoring down the lane, running full speed toward the basket. Trimble kept moving. As two Marshall defenders came toward him, Trimble snapped a perfect one-hand bounce pass through a maze of arms to Stone for a two-handed dunk. The evolution of one of college basketball's best point guards continued.
Now that Maryland is considered one of the top teams in the country with a legitimate chance of making the 2016 Final Four, it¿s going to be interesting to compare the Terps to the other teams in the top five. As the Terps get ready to start the season Friday against Mount St. Mary¿s, we will take a look at how Mark Turgeon¿s team stacks up.
The World Series title for Turgeon's favorite Major League Baseball team came a few hours before his favorite college basketball team was picked third nationally in a preseason poll for the second time in less than a month.
It's almost showtime for Mark Turgeon and Maryland, who will make their Big Ten debut Tuesday at Michigan State, and there is every reason to believe they are ready to take the next step in what has been an amazing transformation.
The Terps return to Xfinity Center Friday night against Monmouth (2-2) seemingly undaunted, in the midst of the program's first 5-0 start in eight years and on the cusp of its first national ranking in five seasons after beating Arizona State and No. 13 Iowa State.
A quarter-century after Mark Turgeon began his coaching career on a team Danny Manning led to the 1988 NCAA championship, the two former Jayhawks will face each other when Maryland plays Manning's Tulsa on Sunday night at Comcast Center.
The second-round draft pick out of Kansas State is bespectacled, soft-spoken and cultivates a professorial look off the field as he frequently wears a tie, slacks and dress shoes. When he has the time, Brown, 23, can be found playing the piano or whipping up his favorite meal of salmon and sweet potatoes.