Iowa (16-3, 7-0) plays No.8 Maryland (17-3, 6-2) at Xfinity Center riding a nine-game winning streak, holding a No. 3 national ranking and playing a starting lineup that features four seniors, including one who is the Big Ten's leading scorer and shot blocker who has become a national Player of the Year candidate.
With the start of the 2016 college lacrosse season just a few weeks away, here is the fourth installment of a series that offers a preview of the battles for conference championships in Division I. The leagues are scheduled to appear via alphabetical order. Tuesday¿s visit was with the Big East. Wednesday takes a spin through the Big Ten.
Maryland routed Rutgers 88-63 on Wednesday. It could have been worse if Mark Turgeon -- whose first three years at Maryland saw the Terps take similar poundings on a regular basis and even had three blowout road defeats during the first half of the Big Ten season a year ago -- had not substituted freely and rested his starters early. The move was not lost on Eddie Jordan.
They certainly weren't in a position to prove much against a struggling, outmanned team from Rutgers that came unraveled so fast that Mark Turgeon was deep into his bench in the first half. The Terps looked like an NBA team in comparison, but their 88-63 blowout win isn't going to count for much on their resume. Apparently, it will take more than that — or their convincing road victory against a solid Northwestern team on Saturday — to live down their strange performance against Penn
With a team that features four players shooting better than 35 percent on 3-pointers, two at 40 percent or above, it's not difficult to figure out why Maryland coach Mark Turgeon doesn't fret about the Terps launching freely from long distance.
The Wildcats had come in as one of the most efficient teams in the country in terms of hitting 3-point shots and assist-to-turnover ratio. Maryland's 3-point defense and inability to force turnovers had been among the team's vulnerabilities at times this season. Nearly from the start of what quickly became a one-sided victory for Maryland (13-1, 2-0), the Terps played their best defense since a win over Connecticut in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden Dec. 8.
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.
After a lengthy and exhaustive search, Maryland finally got its new football coach in DJ Durkin this week. There's plenty of changes to come to the Terps, whether it's on the coaching staff or on the roster — the standard amount of turnover that comes with overhauling a program — but there a number of players returning who can help ease the transition for Durkin and his new staff.
When Maryland returns to action in September, the Terps will be a new-look squad with DJ Durkin taking over and putting his stamp on the program in his first year as coach. But there will also be a number of changes on the field as some program stalwarts move on after graduation or to try their luck at the next level. Here are five players the Terps will miss next season.
We've seen the highlights and we've looked at the lowlights, but today it's time to look at four moments that shaped Maryland's season this fall. Some of them were memorable, others were forgettable, but each had a substantial impact over the past 13 or so weeks.
It¿s a time-worn football cliché, but Maryland¿s 46-41 victory over Rutgers on Saturday quite literally came down to a few inches ¿ or perhaps even less. On fourth-and-1 at the Maryland 38, Rutgers running back Robert Martin plunged into a hole on the right side of his offensive line and was met by middle linebacker Jermaine Carter Jr., who was followed by safety A.J. Hendy, outside linebackers Avery Thompson and Jalen Brooks and cornerback Alvin Hill.
Caleb Rowe's presence at quarterback in Maryland's lineup has typically signaled a shift to the pass this season, with the redshirt junior's strong arm opening up the Terps' vertical passing game. He entered for starter Perry Hills with Maryland trailing Bowling Green in September and Wisconsin in November, both times trying to move the ball quickly down the field.
Maryland snapped its eight-game losing streak and won its first game in more than two months after overcoming a 31-13 halftime deficit. The Terps racked up 656 yards of total offense, their most since 2004, and running back Brandon Ross rushed for 173 yards and three touchdowns, including an 80-yard game-winner with 4 minutes, 40 seconds remaining in regulation.
Well, here we are. We've reached the end of the road: Maryland at Rutgers. The Terps are looking to snap an eight-game losing streak after last week's loss to Indiana. The Scarlet Knights are still alive for bowl eligibility with a win.
The dream of bowl eligibility for Maryland died a few weeks ago in a one-score loss to Wisconsin. So in the weeks since, the Terps have adopted the role of spoiler entering games against Michigan State, which is in the hunt for a College Football Playoff, and Indiana, which is trying to rally to reach bowl eligibility. Maryland fell short in both of those attempts, but the Terps will have another shot at ending another team's season for good Saturday against Rutgers.
Quinton Jefferson started chuckling when the topic was broached. The defensive tackle knew the questions were coming. After all, it's nearly impossible to talk about Saturday's matchup between Maryland and Rutgers without bringing up last year's matchup, also a season finale, at Byrd Stadium. Jefferson, who suffered a knee injury earlier in the season, could only watch from the sideline while the Scarlet Knights erased the Terps' 35-10 lead en route to a shocking 41-38 victory in College Park on
The deluge of injuries that seemed to plague Maryland football in the past few years — namely the string of quarterback injuries and torn anterior cruciate ligaments in 2012 — has been staved off so far this season. But entering its final game at Rutgers on Saturday, the toll of a difficult Big Ten Conference schedule is starting to show. And though the Terps have almost the exact same depth chart for the Scarlet Knights as they did for this past weekend's game against Indiana, there
The Mustangs feature three regulars from Carroll — senior linebacker Brady Kempa (Winters Mill), junior defensive back Jimmy Lauer (Westminster), and junior wide receiver Tyler Cherigo (Manchester Valley).
Maryland will honor its seniors before their final game at Byrd Stadium against Indiana on Saturday, and while the pregame ceremony late that morning helps to close one chapter of the Terps' history, another remains blank with much to be filled in. With no bowl game to look forward to and only games against Indiana and Rutgers — the Terps, Hoosiers, and Scarlet Knights are a combined 1-18 in Big Ten Conference play this season — left on the schedule, the Terps have been looking to
For the past decade and beyond, Wisconsin has made its mark in the Big Ten Conference and on the national landscape with a beefy offensive line and a stable of bruising running backs. Ron Dayne won the Heisman Trophy in the late 1990s. Montee Ball held the NCAA record for career touchdowns. Melvin Gordon had a 400-yard game last season. Stopping the Badgers has always started at the line of scrimmage.
To borrow a term Maryland interim coach Mike Locksley has used a few times, the past few weeks have been a whirlwind for the Terps. From reports of former coach Randy Edsall's imminent firing days before a trip to play No. 1 Ohio State to pushing those Buckeyes into the third quarter to Edsall's walk-off press conference to his subsequent firing the next day, there has been little normalcy for Maryland.
Mark Dixon traded his ESPN hat for his Big Ten Network one last week as the analyst for the Big Ten tournament semifinals and final at Byrd Stadium in College Park and then participated in a live online chat for Inside Lacrosse as the 18-team field for the NCAA tournament was unveiled Sunday night.
As we approach college lacrosse conference tournament time, a number of stars have emerged. These players are new to the spotlight and they all play different roles for their teams, but share at least one trait: they're all focused on winning a league title and qualifiying for the NCAA tournament.
On a team loaded with players whose parents competed in sports either professionally or collegiately, the Maryland women's basketball team benefits plenty from its cadre of second-generation stars, led by point guard Lexie Brown, daughter of former NBA star Dee Brown.
Sophomore Colin Heacock (Boys' Latin) had a career-high four points and nine players scored as the No. 3 Maryland men's lacrosse team defeated Robert Morris, 13-4, Tuesday, for its sixth straight victory.
The No. 20 Blue Jays will make their Big Ten Conference debut in a home game against Rutgers on March 28 with an eye on qualifying for the league tournament and getting a shot at the championship and an automatic berth in the NCAA tournament.