Jared Nickens found his way out of the slump in a 70-65 win at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln. After going scoreless five times in league play, including on Sunday at Ohio State, Nickens scored 11 points in 23 minutes.
After the Terps won their previous two games mostly on the strength of defense and free-throw shooting, sophomore guard Melo Trimble emerged from a recent shooting slump to lead them to a 70-65 victory. Trimble finished with 20 points. Freshman center Diamond Stone added 16 points, 10 rebounds and a career-high eight blocks. Maryland had a season-high 13 blocks in the win.
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.
Maryland had Michigan State right where it wanted Saturday at the Breslin Center. The No. 7 Terps had scored on their first seven possessions of the second half to turn a six-point halftime deficit into a four-point lead. The No. 11 Spartans went over the foul limit with more than 12 minutes left. And, just as suddenly, Maryland played catchup the rest of the game en route to a 74-65 loss.
When ESPN announced earlier this month that its first "College GameDay" of basketball season was coming to East Lansing, Mich., to hype Saturday's game between Michigan State and Maryland, the Spartans were ranked No. 1 in the country and the Terps were No. 3, with only Kansas between them. To say things have changed since for both Big Ten teams, especially the Spartans, would be an understatement.
The Alabama players were still frolicking in the confetti at University of Phoenix Stadium late Monday evening, fresh off their fourth national title since 2009 after a 45-40 win over Clemson. So it was pretty early to start thinking about next year ¿ Maryland¿s scheduled season opener against Howard is 234 days away on Sept. 3 ¿ but ESPN has got us covered with its ¿way-too-early 2016 Big Ten power rankings.¿
It¿s the final quarter of the season as Maryland heads west to take on No. 13 Michigan State in East Lansing, Mich. It¿s the sixth meeting between the teams all-time, and it comes with the Spartans trying to rebound from a heartbreaking loss at Nebraska last weekend and with the Terps trying to snap a six-game losing streak.
Joe Rexrode is the Michigan State beat writer for the Detroit Free Press. Maryland travels to face No. 13 Michigan State in East Lansing, Mich., this weekend, so Joe was kind of enough to take the time to answer some questions about how the Spartans will rebound from a heartbreaker, what makes Connor Cook tick and what makes the front seven strong.
When Maryland travels to East Lansing, Mich., this weekend to face Michigan State, the Terps know they're going to face a Spartans squad in an interesting predicament. Late Saturday night, Michigan State fell to Nebraska on a controversial call on a late touchdown pass, where the officials elected not to call a penalty that would have wiped out the result. The Cornhuskers beat the Spartans, 39-38. The loss was Michigan State's first of the season and knocked them all the way from No. 6 to No. 14
Things have been quiet in College Park the past couple of weeks regarding the search for fired football coach Randy Edsall's successor. Athletic director Kevin Anderson, whose own legacy with the Terps will certainly be tied to this hire, has declined to discuss who he might be looking at since saying on the day of Edsall's firing that Maryland wanted a coach "to excite the fan base." Many names have surfaced in a variety of media outlets, a few that seem to have validity and others that appear
Marc Morehouse is the Iowa beat writer for the Cedar Rapids Gazette. With Maryland set to travel to Iowa City, Iowa, to take on No. 10 Iowa, he was kind enough to answer some questions about the matchup and the undefeated Hawkeyes, one of college football's most surprising stories.
Most college coaching searches are conducted over weeks, sometimes days. To find a replacement for Maryland football coach Randy Edsall, athletic director Kevin Anderson will have a couple of months. In some ways, it might make the search easier, given that Anderson will have a lot more time than he did when he hired Edsall to replace Ralph Friedgen in 2011. In other ways, maneuvering through the process after a midseason firing is "tricky," according to former Wisconsin athletic director Pat Richter.
In his comments after coach Randy Edsall was fired, Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson said the schools is looking for its next football coach to be someone to "excite the fan base," particularly on the offensive side of the ball. College football is filled with young offensive minds right now, many of whom have recently ascended to head coaching jobs.
Maryland has a number of questions for its second year in the Big Ten. There were some notable departures in the offseason, and now the attention turns to who can step up with the Terps trying to make their third straight bowl appearance under coach Randy Edsall.
Entering its second season in the conference, Maryland needs to choose a new quarterback and 11 other new starters, has introduced a new defensive scheme and faces three consensus top-25 teams, including the reigning national champs.
A transformative season for the Maryland men¿s basketball team that saw the Terps get their first national ranking in five years and first spot in the Top 10 since 2002-03 led to individual recognition Monday for coach Mark Turgeon and his three top players.
By the end of Maryland's 64-61 victory Sunday night, the Terps were not in as much individual foul trouble as Nebraska. And the 10th-ranked Terps survived largely because they made their free throws and the Cornhuskers did not.
Nearly two full seasons after Wells missed two shots in the closing seconds that could have beaten eventual-national champion Connecticut in the 2013-14 opener in Brooklyn, N.Y, and more than a year after Wells seemed surprised to hit a 3-pointer to beat Miami in College Park, the last-second heroics are almost second-nature.
With the regular season complete, the Maryland men's basketball team now turns its attention toward its first Big Ten Conference tournament, which will be held Wednesday through Sunday at the United Center in Chicago.
It was another narrow win for coach Mark Turgeon¿s No. 10 Terps. Dez Wells, who made a crucial 17-footer from the right wing with 8.8 seconds left and little time remaining on the 35-second shot clock, recorded his second straight double double with 18 points and 12 rebounds. Freshman point guard Melo Trimble led Maryland with 21 ponts and also had seven rebounds.
Ranked No. 10 in the country, Maryland (25-5, 13-4) has won six straight games and been one of the nation's biggest surprises. Losers of seven in a row, Nebraska (13-16, 5-12) has been one of the country's biggest underachievers.
After averaging a shade under 20 points over a six-game stretch and making 35 of 62 shots from the field, including 10 of 18 3-point attempts, Maryland freshman point guard Melo Trimble might have showed more than just his age during Tuesday¿s 60-50 win at Rutgers.
Nearly five months after Maryland was picked to finish 10th in its inaugural season in the Big Ten Conference, even junior forward Jake Layman admitted he could not have expected things to go any better than they have for the now 10th-ranked Terps.
With a 66-56 win over Michigan (14-14, 7-9 Big Ten Conference) on Saturday before an announced sellout of 17,950, the Terps (24-5, 12-4) closed out a perfect home record in conference play and an 18-1 record overall.
Maryland coach Mark Turgeon had been waiting four years for a meaningful win with national significance. Dez Wells had been waiting three years for a signature performance that fans will talk about long after he leaves college.