A transformative season for the Maryland men¿s basketball team that saw the Terps get their first national ranking in five years and first spot in the Top 10 since 2002-03 led to individual recognition Monday for coach Mark Turgeon and his three top players.
Ranked No. 10 in the country, Maryland (25-5, 13-4) has won six straight games and been one of the nation's biggest surprises. Losers of seven in a row, Nebraska (13-16, 5-12) has been one of the country's biggest underachievers.
After averaging a shade under 20 points over a six-game stretch and making 35 of 62 shots from the field, including 10 of 18 3-point attempts, Maryland freshman point guard Melo Trimble might have showed more than just his age during Tuesday¿s 60-50 win at Rutgers.
Maryland center Damonte Dodd went from barely playing as a freshman last season to becoming a starter and regular contributor for the first two months of his sophomore year to barely playing the past two games.
With a 66-56 win over Michigan (14-14, 7-9 Big Ten Conference) on Saturday before an announced sellout of 17,950, the Terps (24-5, 12-4) closed out a perfect home record in conference play and an 18-1 record overall.
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.
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.
In Maryland's 73-65 win over Rutgers on Wednesday night, freshman Melo Trimble did less than usual offensively, finishing with 11 points. Yet he did plenty of other things -- including five rebounds, four assists and three steals.
Eddie Jordan's return to Rutgers had been rough. Taking over a program that made national headlines two years ago when Mike Rice was fired for verbally and physically abusing his players, Jordan helped changed the atmosphere. But the product failed to improve.
On Monday, the Maryland men's basketball team moved up to No. 11 in the AP poll, falling one spot shy of their first top 10 ranking by the media since 2002-03. Maryland was voted ninth in the USA Today coaches' poll, also released Monday
This has not been a stellar start to the season for the Big Ten. Aside from winning its annual interleague competition with the Atlantic Coast Conference despite its ranked teams going 1-5, Maryland's new basketball breathren have not exactly lived up to their reputation among the nation's best.
The Terps led by 25 points late in the second quarter. Largely thanks to Friedgen's offense, Rutgers then outscored Maryland 31-3 on its way to a stunning 41-38 win over the Terps in front of an announced 36,673 at Byrd Stadium on Senior Day.
Maryland plays Rutgers on Saturday in College Park in the Terps¿ final game of the regular season. Here are some numbers to know heading into the game, which starts at 3:30 and will be broadcast on ESPNU.
Jimmy Patsos will take his Siena basketball team into Reitz Arena, a place where in eight seasons Patsos led Loyola from a 1-27 laughingstock the year before he arrived to making the NCAA tournament for the first time in nearly two decades.
With the score tied, 1-1, Mael Corboz curled a right-footed strike into the top-left corner of the goal, sealing a 2-1 win and the Big Ten tournament championship in the Maryland's first season in the conference.