Ending a frantic few days of courtship ¿ and perhaps cementing the Spurs as the preseason favorites to win yet another NBA title ¿ Aldridge announced Saturday that he will sign with San Antonio and align with Tim Duncan and Kawhi Leonard to form what would figure to be among the league's most-formidable frontcourts.
What has been anticipated around the Maryland basketball season for months has become reality: sophomore Alex Len will forego the last two years of his college career, a source with knowledge of the situation said Sunday night.
This had all the makings of the day after the day after New Year's, when the hangover is still lingering. In Maryland's case, it was getting over the memories from Tuesday's deflating loss at Boston College that followed what had a chance to be a season-defining win over then No. 2 Duke.
Shortly before the season began, Maryland men's basketball players sat down at computers, logged in with special passwords and began answering seven probing questions not only about basketball, but about themselves.
Most college basketball coaches never like their teams to play an opponent that has just been blown out. As much as Maryland fans enjoyed seeing Duke get embarrassed at Miami on Wednesday night, I¿m sure Mark Turgeon did not.
The Terps certainly answered some of their skeptics who questioned the soft non-conference schedule Turgeon put together for his young team. Again, the second-year Maryland coach showed that he knew what was best for his team.
In his 40th game in College Park, Maryland basketball coach Mark Turgeon finally relaxed a little. He started a new lineup that included three freshmen and vowed to do something like that Saturday against Delaware State.
Maryland's game at Duke produced plenty of jostling and intensity -0 even a shouted admonition by Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski at the Cameron Crazies -- that made Duke¿s 73-55 victory feel like the rivalry is still breathing.