It has been three and a half years since I last picked up my scratch pad and critiqued a Terp game so I guess you could say that I am also back. I didn’t lose my enthusiasm for the Terps or give up my season tickets which I have had for 45 years. I lost the love of my life, my wife Arlene and my desire to sit in front of the computer for an hour or so and write my thoughts down via email. I might add that it has been a long and hard three and a half years for the Terp basketball program also. It is a miracle that by now the little patch of gray in Coach Turgeon’s hair hasn’t turned completely gray. He has some how survived and apparently righted the ship. The saying “ addition by subtraction ‘ certainly applies to the Terp basketball program.
After handily winning two exhibition games and three cupcakes the Terps headed for their first tournament of the year and their first real competition of the year against a very good Arizona State team, both coming in at 3 and 0. Tied at 73 with a little over a minute to go Dez Wells hit a jumper from the foul line after a feed from Melo Trimble to give the Terps the lead for good and three free throws later the Terps had an impressive 78 to 73 win, giving them the opportunity to play in the championship game against the second game winner a powerful and 13th ranked nationally Iowa State team. Melo Trimble the star studded freshman point guard led all scorers with 31 points on 7 of 11 from the floor and 12 of 13 free throws.
As if playing the 13th ranked team in the nation wasn’t an imposing enough challenge the place was packed with Iowa State fans but the young Terrapins came out poised and confident, took the lead at the 4 1/2 minute mark and lead the rest of the way to stun the partisan crowd and veteran Iowa State team with a 72 to 63 victory. The Terps at one point had the lead up to 15 and if not for some shaky play in the final minutes from our usually reliable Dez Wells, three turnovers and several ill advised shots, 5 for 20 from the field, would have certainly won going away. Dez will still be our go to guy as the season progresses.
Trimble finished with 11 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists and first team all tournament and tournament MVP. Wells had 14 points, 9 boards and first team all tournament. Graham who started after playing only 1 minute the night before scored 4 points, the first two buckets of the game and gave his usual 110%. Layman, who is living up to his advanced billing as a budding super star had 15 points and 6 rebounds. Cervoski the 7’1” center from Slavakia and is improving by leaps and bounds had 4 points and 8 boards. Dodd had 4 points and 5 boards. Both big men are causing havoc for opposing players inside. Nickens the used to be skinny small forward, reportedly he has gained 20 pounds since arriving on campus had a terrific night going 6 for 10 from the field and 3 for 7 from beyond the arc for 15 points. Nickens is not bashful offensively and I think will be a real favorite with the Terp fans. Pack who has had a couple subpar nights finished with 2 free throws for 2 points. He will be fine !!!
The Terps held Iowa State to 29%, 19 for 64 from the field including 6 for 27 from three point range. It appears that Maryland football will be able to hold their own in the Big Ten, currently 7 and 4 and a 8 point favorite against upcoming Rutgers and the basketball team I think will do the same.
Taters, Terpman 2
PS – Had a senior moment and forgot Wiley who chipped in with a three !!!
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Please don’t wake me because I must be dreaming. First the Terps go to the Big House and take down Michigan. And now back to back wins over ASU and #13 Iowa State. Really? Maybe the tide has finally turned for the Terps.
There is not much to say other then the team looked great. Certainly Dodd and Cekovsky played better then they have all year. Jared Nickens came off the banch to score 15 points on 60-10 shooting including 3 treys.
Jake is playing much more physical and garnered 6 rebounds and 2 assists.
Melo was steady again scoring 11, adding 2 assists and committing just 2 turnovers in 33 minutes.
Turgeon has to be doing cartwheels on his plane ride home. That’s 5-0 for the Terps.
University of Maryland place-kicker Brad Craddock has been selected as a finalist for the 23rd Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award, the Palm Beach County Sports Commission announced Tuesday.
Craddock, Maryland’s first-ever Groza finalist, is one of three student-athletes vying for the honor. The junior is joined by Florida State’s Roberto Aguayo, who won the award in 2013, and West Virginia’s Josh Lambert.
This season, Craddock has converted all 17 of his field goals attempts and has converted 23 straight dating back to last season, which is the longest active streak in FBS. Craddock is the only FBS kicker that is perfect this season with 10 of his successful tries coming from 40-plus yards.
This was a must win and the Ravens delivered–key elements
stuffing the Saints on 1st and goal on their opening drive
Pick 6 by Will Hill
Strong red zone defense
Torrey–5 catches for 96 yards
Steve Smith might just be the toughest Raven ever
Melo Trimble kept Maryland within striking distance with his slashing layups and ability to get to the foul line. When the game was on the line, it was time for Dez Wells to shine.
The gritty guard scored all but two of his 14 points in the second half, and teamed with Trimble to make several key baskets down the stretch, helping Maryland to a 78-73 victory over Arizona State on Monday night in the semifinals of the CBE Classic.
“We were going to Dez. I told the whole team, the whole staff,” Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said. “We were just creating plays in timeouts, drawing them up in the dirt there, trying to get him the ball, letting him make plays. He made some big-time shots.”
Melo’s numbers—7-11 from the field—-13-14 Foul Shots, 1 assit —3 turnovers
Dez’ Numbers—14 points—8 rebounds—4 assists—4 steals
Celovsky and Dodd combined for 6-11 shooting
Jake—12 points—4 rebounds
A very strong effort by Maryland against a good shooting team
Redshirt senior Laurin Mincy helped lead the eighth-ranked Maryland women’s basketball team to its fifth straight victory with a 65-43 win over Loyola (Md.) on Monday night.
Mincy scored 13 points and sophomore Brionna Jones added a season-high 12 points with seven rebounds for the Terrapins (5-0). Lexie Brown finished with 11 points and has scored in double figures in every game this season for Maryland.
Feb 14 at Navy
Feb 21 at Yale
Feb 28 DREXEL
March 7 PRINCETON
March 14 at Villanova 1pm
March 21 NORTH CAROLINA
March 24 at Robert Morris 4pm
March 27-29 vs. MICHIGAN
April 3-5 vs. PENN STATE
April 8 LOYOLA—Wednesday
April 12 at Rutgers
April 18 at Ohio State 11am
April 26 vs. JOHN HOPKINS
April 30-May 2 Big Ten Tournament (hosted by Maryland)
Former Maryland men’s basketball head coach Gary Williams was enshrined in the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2014 on Sunday.
Williams, who was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame in August, is the first coach to be inducted in both hall of fames in the same year.
Williams and the Class of 2014 were inducted into the Hall of Fame at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland in Kansas City as part of a three-day celebration of college basketball.