The former Maryland assistant coaches who recruited and coached Darnell Savage Jr. saw qualities in him that led to his being picked No, 21 overall by the Green Bay Packers in the first round of the NFL draft Thursday.
Former Maryland safety Darnell Savage Jr. went from being a three-star prospect out of high school to a second-team All-Big Ten selection as a senior last season and now is among the top players at his position heading into the 2019 NFL draft.
A talk earlier in the season with Maryland coach Mark Turgeon returned sophomore guard Darryl Morsell to the starting lineup. But one more recently was the impetus for the former Mount Saint Joseph standout to be a key figure in the Terps beating Belmont to reach the NCAA tournament Round of 32.
Freshman forward Jalen Smith finished with 19 points and 12 rebounds, while former Mount Saint Joseph teammate and sophomore guard Darryl Morsell tied his career high with 18 points to lead sixth-seeded Maryland to a 79-77 win over 11th-seed Belmont in the NCAA tournament Round of 64.
Freshman forward Jalen Smith led Maryland to a 79-77 win over 11th seed Belmont with 19 points and 12 rebounds in a Round of 64 game in Jacksonville, breaking the Terps' five-game postseason losing streak.
Several Maryland players say that the Terps might have taken Nebraska too lightly going into their Big Ten tournament opener in Chicago, and will take that hard lesson into Thursday's NCAA tournament opener against No. 11 seed Belmont in Jacksonville.
The Maryland men’s basketball team received a No. 6 seed and will play the winner of No. 11 seed Belmont and No. 11 seed Temple in the first round of the NCAA tournament, the selection committee announced Sunday.
No. 21 Maryland's loss to 13th-seeded Nebraska Thursday at the United Center marked the third straight year the Terps have lost their opening game in the Big Ten tournament and was one of the worst defeats in Mark Turgeon's eight seasons.
For the third straight season, the Maryland men's basketball team lost its opening game in the Big Ten tournament, this time Thursday as the fifth seed to No. 13 seeded Nebraska, 69-61, at the United Center.
Shakira Austin, an 18-year-old, 6-foot-5 McDonald's All-America forward, leads the No. 7 Terps in rebounding, blocks and double doubles this season while also ranking fourth in scoring and overall steals.
No. 24 Maryland's 70-56 win over No. 12 Purdue Tuesday at Xfinity Center followed a similar script to several recent meetings with the Boilermakers, but provided a different and much happier ending for the Terps.
Despite a slow start by Bruno Fernando and another off-night shooting by Anthony Cowan Jr., No. 24 Maryland beat Nebraska, 60-45, behind Jalen Smith's 18 points and 11 rebounds, as well as the team's stingy defense.
Maryland sophomore guard Darryl Morsell has taken on the challenge of being his team's defensive stopper this season, and Monday night's game at Michigan State could bring one of his toughest tests in junior guard Cassius Winston.
Maryland freshman guard Serrel Smith Jr. learned how to play basketball from his mother, Tamika Coley, who remains the all-time scoring leader and rebounder at Central Florida, as well as his sister, Kamika Idom, who played at Florida International.
Even with Wednesday's 74-72 win over Nebraska at Xfinity Center, Maryland coach Mark Turgeon admitted that his young team didn't handle the late-game pressure as well as he wants and it needs to in the Big Ten.