Former high school football teammates Kenneth Goins Jr. and Shane Cockerille share more than a history dating to their years playing — and starring — at Gilman. Going into the 2016 season at Maryland, Goins and Cockerille each faced uncertainty. While both had endured a change in the coaching staff after last season, they have also switched positions.
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When Andy Buh got the phone call from DJ Durkin, he wasn't surprised. The two talk regularly and are friends from coaching at Stanford in the late 2000s, so the Maryland coach calling the then-Kentucky outside linebackers coach and special teams coordinator wasn't much out of the ordinary.
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.
Several coaches who've watched the league closely — including one Hall of Famer who's coached in the league and one who has taken his lumps coaching in it the past two years — were surprised by some of the Big Ten teams' seedings.
Not lost in the disappointment of a 64-61 defeat to No. 2-ranked and No. 2-seeded Michigan State in the semifinals of the Big Ten tournament, Maryland made significant strides Saturday at Bankers Life Field House in the three areas the Terps have struggled with the most this season.
While No. 18 Maryland wound up losing, 64-61, in a rugged affair that started with three first-half technicals, including one on coach Mark Turgeon, the Terps might have gained a measure of respect both for themselves and in the eyes of the NCAA tournament committee.
Led by senior forward Jake Layman¿s incredibly hot start, the Terps seemed to be headed to an easy victory before the Cornhuskers, playing their third game in as many days, cut a 25-point deficit to six before Maryland held on for a 97-86 victory.
The Terps, who slid from No. 2 to No. 18 in a stretch that produced four defeats in their last four games, might have received a bit of a break here Thursday night when No. 11 seed Nebraska upset No. 6 seed Wisconsin, 70-58, in the opening round of the Big Ten tournament.
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.
Given how superstitious Maryland basketball coach Mark Turgeon seems to be, this could be a good week for his Terps for one reason. Or actually two. Both Jake Layman and Rasheed Sulaimon celebrated their respective 22nd birthdays earlier this week.
When Maryland (24-7, 12-6) heads to Indianapolis later this week for this year's Big Ten tournament, the preseason hype and midseason buzz about the Terps has turned into a disquieting murmur regarding Turgeon's struggling team. Ranked as high as No. 2 in the country a month ago, the Terps fell from No. 14 to No. 18 Monday in the Associated Press media poll after Sunday's 80-62 defeat at Indiana. It was the fourth loss in the last six games for Maryland and its most onesided defeat of the
The Maryland men¿s basketball team, which was on the brink of the first in-season No. 1 ranking in school history a month ago, continued its descent in the Top 25 Monday. After Sunday¿s 80-62 loss at then No. 12 Indiana, the Terps dropped from No. 14 to No. 18 in the Associated Press media poll and from No. 9 to No. 15 in the USA Today Sports coaches¿ poll.
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.
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.
Even before second-ranked Maryland lost for the first time at home in the Big Ten and saw a school-record 27-game home winning streak end, coach Mark Turgeon said he didn¿t pay attention to what else was happening with the other two first-place teams.
Erasing an early seven-point lead and taking a 15-point lead at halftime, Wisconsin withstood a couple of runs in the second half by the second-ranked Terps for a 70-57 victory, to knock Maryland out of a three-way tie for first in the league.
The return of Wisconsin freshman forward Charlie Thomas to his home state will be much different Saturday at the Xfinity Center in College Park than Diamond Stone's homecoming game was last month at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wisc.
For the first time since Maryland faced North Carolina early in the season, the Terps will be the smaller team when they play Purdue on Saturday at Xfinity Center. The No. 18 Boilermakers boast what is one of the biggest ¿ and bulkiest ¿ frontcourts in the country.
Eighteen months after the University of Maryland's jump to the Big Ten, the conference's television network is eagerly trying to make Terps fans feel more at home in their sprawling new neighborhood — an Illinois-based league with deep Midwestern roots.