After having a difficult time getting its running game going in a loss to Temple, Maryland will try to get more production from just freshman Anthony McFarland in its Big Ten opener against Minnesota on Saturday.
Maryland coach Mark Turgeon understands that a team with three freshmen starters will have its share of growing pains, the kind the Terps experienced with Sunday's late meltdown against Nebraska at Xfinity Center.
The first inkling about Len Bias came the summer before his freshman year at Maryland when he played in the well-respected Urban Coalition league in Washington. The league was made up mostly of college players, local NBA players and a few older playground legends.
Lefty Driesell will find out Friday if he will become a finalist for the third time after making it that far in 2003, the year he retired from coaching. Should that happen, he will learn during this year's Final Four if he finally gets in.
Should Maryland get to No. 1 in the latest Top 25 rankings by either the Associated Press or USA Today Sports released Monday afternoon, it will mark the first time in program history that the Terps occupy the top spot during the season.
Jim Valvano will be there in spirit Tuesday night when No. 6 Maryland (7-1) plays Connecticut (5-2) — the school that gave Valvano his first big-time coaching job as an assistant — in the featured game of the Jimmy V Classic.
The Big Ten was not supposed to keep its winning streak going over the ACC this season in their annual early December matchup. What could bode well for the league¿s overall power ranking -- and perhaps not so well for those Maryland fans who thought the No. 2 Terps were going to have it easy this winter -- is that the Big Ten improved to 5-0-2 against the ACC over the past seven years.
One of the common threads that ties together the 17 seasons Mark Turgeon has been a Division I college basketball coach are the transfers who have helped transform his respective teams, particularly those at Wichita State and Maryland.
Nearly half a century later, Alan Pastrana's feats at Maryland in 1966 remain legend. That spring, as a sophomore, he played lacrosse and was a first-team All-American. That fall, as the Terps' quarterback, he passed for 17 touchdowns to set an Atlantic Coast Conference record.