Mark Dixon provided color commentary for the Big Ten Network¿s coverage of No. 5 Maryland¿s 8-7 win at Michigan on Saturday. The former Johns Hopkins midfielder will help the network during its broadcast of the Terps¿ road game at No. 14 Penn State on Sunday night.
March Madness is a time when Under Armour and other fitness apparel and footwear companies battle for the reflected glow of fans' intense college loyalties. The brands are betting that fans will heed the subtler images displayed on the uniforms of NCAA basketball tournament teams: Under Armour's interlocking "UA," Nike's swoosh, the three stripes of Adidas.
Going into this year's NCAA tournament opener for Maryland (25-8) on Friday against South Dakota State (26-7) in Spokane, Wash., Turgeon is hoping to see the team that dug in and didn't back down against Michigan State do the same against a much less celebrated opponent.
The UMBC men's lacrosse team rallied from a five-goal halftime deficit and prevailed, 9-8, over visiting Marist just six seconds into overtime on defenseman Garrett Hasken's first collegiate goal Saturday.
What most don't know outside Indiana's locker room and coach Tom Crean's small circle of friends and family — including a couple of football coaches named Harbaugh — is how a trip to Baltimore last fall played into Indiana's surprising season.
Having repeated consistently since preseason practice that his talented group would probably be the proverbial work in progress until March, Turgeon knows that he and the Terps must fix things quickly or risk being called one of the most underachieving teams in school history.
Maryland freshman Diamond Stone spent most of the second half of Thursday¿s 81-55 victory over Illinois on the bench. The 6-foot-11 center was not in foul trouble. He appeared to be in a bit of a foul mood.
So it was that the Terps found themselves trailing by double figures early and in a bit of an offensive rut. But as Maryland eventually eased into a scoring rhythm, masterful defense — just one field goal allowed — during the second quarter largely enabled the Terps to move in front for good on the way to a 75-55 victory.
The 10th-ranked Terps saw their dream of a regular-season title pushed to the brink at Mackey Arena on Saturday. Despite overcoming an early 16-point deficit and all of a 10-point deficit with less than four minutes to play at No. 20 Purdue, Maryland lost, 83-79.
The last time the Maryland men¿s basketball team committed fewer than 10 turnovers in a game was three weeks ago, when the Terps had just eight in a 72-61 win over Purdue at Xfinity Center. That could bode well for Saturday, when the now-No. 10 Terps take on the No. 20 Boilermakers at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette, Ind.
Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh has taken plenty of flack for his choice to take a week of the Wolverines¿ spring practice on the road in Bradenton, Fla., home to many of the country¿s top recruits at IMG Academy. There¿s been no shortage of critics in college football, but Maryland coach DJ Durkin isn't one of them.
As much as it bothers his critics, who question whether Layman is thoroughly engaged at all times, that same resiliency has carried the 6-foot-9 forward through a senior year that some might view as a statistical disappointment, yet Maryland coach Mark Turgeon sees as a transformative success.
Maryland point guard Melo Trimble said shooting 3-for-10 from the field and hitting seven of eight free throws against the Wolverines to help break the team¿s first two-game losing streak since before the 6-foot-3 sophomore arrived in College Park has taken him out of his mental funk.
Maryland men¿s basketball coach Mark Turgeon began the season by saying that ¿it was more important¿ to freshman center Diamond Stone to start than it was for junior Damonte Dodd. Stone wound up starting most of the first month, as well as his team¿s past six games.
Xfinity Center could have a different feel to it when sixth-ranked Maryland plays Michigan there Sunday. The Terps should have a different feel to them, too, coming off their first two-game losing streak in nearly two full seasons. The aura of home-court dominance dissipated, if not completely evaporated, after Maryland's 13-point loss to Wisconsin last Saturday halted the team's 27-game winning streak in College Park.
Rasheed Sulaimon gave Maryland more than just a career-high 28-point performance here at Williams Arena on Thursday night. In the aftermath of his team's shocking 68-63 loss to Minnesota, the senior guard also provided the sixth-ranked Terps some historical perspective.
Brionna Jones scored 20 points, and No. 6 Maryland overwhelmed Michigan in the second half to pull away for a 76-56 victory. The Terps (24-3, 13-2 Big Ten) fell behind by nine points in the second quarter and 30-29 at halftime ¿ only the third time this season Maryland trailed at the break.
What was once viewed as a disturbing trend for a Maryland men's basketball team many are still picking to reach the Final Four has suddenly become a bright red flag for the now-No.6 Terps. There is a common theme that Maryland (22-4, 10-3 Big Ten) repeated in Saturday's 70-57 loss to Wisconsin at Xfinity Center. The Terps were done in by a series of first-half turnovers, a lack of 3-point defense and an inability to rebound.
With three weeks left until the Big Ten tournament in Indianapolis, the standings appear to be sending the same message as the presidential campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders -- an uprising by the middle class. In this case, that charge is coming from an unlikely middle grouping made of perennial league front runners Michigan, Wisconsin and Michigan State.
Jaylen Brantley has demonstrated his ability to score only a couple of times this season, most notably when he finished with 14 points in 12 minutes against Princeton in Baltimore in December and dazzled the crowd at Royal Farms Arena with his flashy ball-handling and dead-eye shooting. Mostly, though, Brantley has barely left the bench, particularly in Big Ten games. Not on Tuesday, though.
Maryland coach DJ Durkin faces an uphill climb with the program he took over at the beginning of December. The Terps are in one of the nation's toughest divisions -- the Big Ten Conference East -- and though they reside in one of the most fertile recruiting grounds in the nation, they have to square off with the nation's top programs again. That's a difficult task. But according to ESPN.com, Durkin's tenure could get off to a smooth start on the field.