The Maryland Terps and Navy Midshipmen faced each other in a basketball game for the first time in 33 years Friday night in the fifth annual Veterans Classic at Alumni Hall. The Mids hung tough into the second half, but the heavily favored Terps wore them down and prevented a huge upset.
Thursday's mid-Atlantic Midwest NCAA matchup between Maryland and Kansas is a geographic repeat of the 2014 baseball playoff between the Baltimore Orioles and Kansas City Royals. On such occasions I make food-based bets with my Kansas brother. That one cost me a shipment of Faidley's crab cakes when the Royals swept the O's.
Mark Turgeon has often talked in the past about what happened to future Hall of Fame coach Gary Williams and Maryland six years ago in Spokane. What has gone virtually ignored is what also happened to Turgeon and his team at Texas A&M.
One of the common threads that ties together the 17 seasons Mark Turgeon has been a Division I college basketball coach are the transfers who have helped transform his respective teams, particularly those at Wichita State and Maryland.
From the time they emerged from a team meeting in the basement of coach Mark Turgeon's home Sunday night, the Maryland players and Turgeon himself have tried to move forward from the shocking image they saw displayed on the living room¿s big screen television a few minutes before.
Maryland is still in great shape to return to the Big Dance for the first time since 2010, but the Terps' stock is dropping after blowout losses at Indiana and Ohio State sandwiched around a last-second escape against Northwestern.
Mark Turgeon has been spending lots of time lately with the kids — and not just his three young children. The Maryland coach is now working with a handful of freshmen on a team that appears to be the youngest he will coach since Wichita State in 2001-02.