Nike has signed more universities to outfitting deals, but rival Under Armour says it can succeed with a targeted approach based on identifying the most suitable partners — and geography plays a significant role.
Maryland, picked to win the Big Ten by conference media and coaches, was ranked No. 9 in the preseason poll. The Terps return four starters from last year's 34-3 squad that went undefeated in the Big Ten and advanced to its second straight Final Four.
On the national radar, Maryland¿s 80-66 victory Sunday over Northern Iowa in the semifinals of the Paradise Jam is barely a blip. But it was the biggest win of the season to date for the slow-starting Terps, one third-year coach Mark Turgeon hopes will turn around his befuddling team.
Maryland men's basketball coach Mark Turgeon said Tuesday that "there's a good chance" freshman point guard Roddy Peters will start Friday against Marist in the opening round of the Paradise Jam tournament in the Virgin Islands.
As happened the previous three times the Obama family watched a local college basketball game -- at George Washington in 2009, at Howard in 2010 and at Towson in 2011 -- it also brought out the best from the Beavers, coached by Craig Robinson, the president's brother-in-law.
According to the White House, the Obamas plan to attend the Terps-Oregon State game at Comcast Center, which begins at 6 p.m. Maryland is advising fans to arrive early because of extra security precautions.