Maryland basketball's win over Indiana on Wednesday took some pressure off the Terps. It was Mark Turgeon's team's most impressive victory since they defeated Michigan State at Xfinity Center on Jan. 17.
Nearly three weeks ago, Maryland forward Jake Layman stood steely-eyed outside the visiting dressing room at Assembly Hall after the Terps were buried in the second half by Indiana's hot shooting. The normally laid-back junior was seething.
Dez Wells and Jon Graham led the No. 17 Terps to a much-needed victory, six days after Maryland suffered its worst loss of the season. With Wells scoring 23 points -- the most since the second game of the season -- and Graham adding a career-high 16 points, the Terps survived pesky Penn State, 64-58, Wednesday at Xfinity Center.
Though a tough stretch in the schedule that also included a 19-point loss at Indiana the week before contributed to Maryland getting outrebounded, 51-32, by a Buckeyes team not known for being beasts on the boards, junior forward Jake Layman said Wednesday that it was more than just being tired.
Maryland men¿s basketball coach Mark Turgeon used to bemoan the long breaks in the schedule, for fear that his Terps would lose focus. Even Turgeon admitted that Maryland¿s first Big Ten bye could not have come at a better time.
As Maryland begins the second half of its first Big Ten season Wednesday against Penn State, we are going to take a look at the individual performances of the players and the coaching of Mark Turgeon to see which way they are trending and what each has to do to make sure the season ends with the school's first NCAA tournament bid in five years.
Maryland's football team completed its regular season on Nov. 29 and is not practicing this week as players complete their final exams. That makes this a good time to hand out some regular-season superlatives.
McCoy and the Terps were disappointed with Thursday's outcome, a 38-3 loss to No. 4 Penn State in Maryland's inaugural home match as a member of the Big Ten Conference. But this was another important step in their process.
As a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference, Maryland was required to put out a detailed injury report each week that listed each injured player, their ailing body part and the player¿s status heading into the upcoming game. That is not the case in the Big Ten.
Maryland wide receiver Stefon Diggs suffered a lacerated kidney against Penn State on Nov. 1 and appears likely to be out of game action through at least the end of the regular season, according to multiple sources.