As the 2000-01 and 2001-02 teams return Saturday to reminisce and be honored before Maryland's home game against Iowa, another group of young Terps have started to lay their own roots and made their own history earlier this season. And those young Terps hope to make a bigger mark down the road.
When the Terps take the floor at Xfinity Center for a preseason exhibition against Catawba on Saturday, it will be Dion Wiley's first game since tearing his meniscus in practice last November. Maryland opens the season Nov. 11 against American.
There is a general assumption that Maryland will be an NCAA tournament team if point guard Melo Trimble returns for his junior year in College Park and a rebuilding team if he opts to sign with an agent to take his chances on next month's NBA draft.
Given the way Mark Turgeon's team has played against some of its tougher opponents this season, the fifth-seeded Terps believe they have a decent chance to beat top-seeded Kansas in the semifinals of the South Regional.
It has been an uneven season for Maryland, a preseason top-five team with the potential to dazzle and disappoint, often in the course of one game. But before a national TV audience, the Terps can extend their season, and maybe prove themselves worthy of the hype and hope so many fans held for them.
A matchup Thursday with Kansas in the South region semifinals in Louisville, Ky., lies ahead for Maryland (27-8). The challenge leaves little time for appreciation of how the Terps won a second-round game for the first time since 2003.
After missing badly on the first of two free throws with 12 seconds left in Friday¿s first-round NCAA tournament game against South Dakota State, Maryland guard Jaylen Brantley wasn¿t thinking about his teammates or coaches or the team's fans in the stands at Spokane Arena.
A year after going down to the wire to beat 13th-seeded Valparaiso as a No. 4 seed in its opening game of the NCAA tournament, the Maryland men¿s basketball team didn¿t want to sweat Friday against South Dakota State.
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.
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.
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.
Rasheed Sulaimon and Melo Trimble were playing well enough for coach Mark Turgeon to call them the best backcourt in the country earlier this season. That is clearly not the case now as Maryland (24-7) begins the Big Ten Conference tournament Friday in Indianapolis in the midst of a slump that saw the now-No. 18 Terps lose four of their last six regular-season games.
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
On Thursday night, Varun Ram will break some sort of unofficial NCAA record ¿ and possibly start a new tradition ¿ when he will take part in his second senior day ceremony before No. 14 Maryland plays Illinois in the team¿s final regular-season home game.
Xfinity Center could have a different feel to it when sixth-ranked Maryland plays Michigan there Sunday. The Terps should have a different feel to them, too, coming off their first two-game losing streak in nearly two full seasons. The aura of home-court dominance dissipated, if not completely evaporated, after Maryland's 13-point loss to Wisconsin last Saturday halted the team's 27-game winning streak in College Park.
Rasheed Sulaimon gave Maryland more than just a career-high 28-point performance here at Williams Arena on Thursday night. In the aftermath of his team's shocking 68-63 loss to Minnesota, the senior guard also provided the sixth-ranked Terps some historical perspective.
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.
On Monday morning, Justin Beck sat in a chair in Bowie State coach Darrell Brooks' office, taking stock of the season after a weekend win pushed the Bulldogs above .500 in Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association play. On Wednesday, Bowie State (13-9) faces Virginia Union, another league rival. In between, Beck knew, was a 12-mile trip Tuesday to College Park for another star-studded affair. Only on this night, the big names in attendance — Melo Trimble, Diamond Stone, Rasheed Sulaimon
For Maryland senior Rasheed Sulaimon, playing for the Terps this season was a chance to reshape an image that was stained by his dismissal from Duke last year and teach some teammates how to play in big games.
Melo Trimble has proven as a sophomore to be a better and more willing passer than he was last season. While Trimble leads Maryland in assists, senior guard Rasheed Sulaimon might have some of the most exciting feeds in recent seasons by the Terps.