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Nickens, Layman Score 15 Each, Melo Named MVP as Terps Defeat #13 Iowa...

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.

 

MARK TURGEON, Maryland Basketball
Turgeon’s Post Game Comments

Turgeon’s Post Game Press Conference on Friday

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Hoops Squad Wallops Wagner 82-48 in Season Opener

Some observations:

Great team play—excellent spacing, strong, consistent defense

The more I see Melo the more I like his game. Very steady. Only 1 turnover in 22 minutes.

Richaud Pack–another strong effort–played 10 minutes at the point very admirably

Jake–super game–new energy in his game–16 points –9 rebounds and yes 6 assists

Dodd–started slow but finished with 8 rebounds and 8 points in 16 minutes

Dez–7-11 from the field. Tweaked his ankle but was OK —thank heavens

Next up–Monday Central Connecticut

10,500 in attendance

MARK TURGEON, Maryland Basketball
Maryland Madness Begins Tonight at 5PM at The Xfinity Center

The 2014 Super B1G Maryland Madness will be held on Friday, Oct. 17 at 8 p.m. at XFINITY Center.

Maryland Madness will mark the first chance for fans to get a glimpse of the 2014-15 Maryland men’s and women’s basketball teams, as well as the brand new state-of-the-art video board in the XFINITY Center. Both teams will also be unveiling new 2014-15 Under Armour uniforms.

In addition, the Maryland volleyball team will play host to Michigan State at 6 p.m. on XFINITY Center’s main court. It is the first time the squad will play at that venue since 2010.

Doors will open at 5 p.m. and admission to all festivities is free. Seating is first-come, first-serve.

GENERAL PUBLIC: One lucky fan will win a trip to the 18th annual Big Ten men’s basketball tournament in Chicago March 11-15. Fans are eligible to win through a special promotion at Maryland Madness but must be present to win.

In addition, Gymkana Troupe will perform and there will be more Super B1G surprises too, including a special appearance by a guest performer.

Run of Show:

- Volleyball: Michigan State at Maryland – 6:00 p.m.

- Maryland Madness begins – 8:00 p.m.

- Women’s Basketball team introductions – 8:10 p.m.

- Men’s Basketball team introductions – 8:30 p.m.

- Maryland Madness concludes – 9:00 p.m.

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Maryland has Ace in the Paint for Its 1st Big 10 Season–from cbs...

Michal Cekovsky was a major steal for Maryland

Romelo Trimble, Dion Wiley, Jared Nickens, and Travon Reed are all known commodities when it comes to Maryland’s 2014 recruiting class. Michal Cekovsky is not. but he probably won’t stay that way for long.

From his practice at Maryland this past week, it’s clear that the Slovakia native has an accurate touch from the foul line and terrific foot work in the paint. The 7-footer also has a ready-made face-up game and finishes through contact at the rim.

Armed with unbelievable hands and a high IQ, Cekovsky is more skilled than Alex Len was at this stage and is different than Len in the sense that he’s not your typical back-to-the-basket post player. There’s a good bet that this freshman will be the Terps’ starting center once Maryland begins Big Ten play next season.

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Cliff Warren (9 Year Head Coach at Jacksonville U) Joins Turgeon’...

Maryland men’s basketball head coach Mark Turgeon announced the hiring of Cliff Warren as the team’s director of basketball operations.

“Cliff is an outstanding addition to our staff,” Turgeon said. “He brings a wealth of experience at the collegiate level and has had success at a number of different programs. We’re excited for Cliff and his family to return to the Maryland area.”

Warren spent the past nine seasons as head coach at Jacksonville University, where he accounted for 126 wins – a program coaching record – and led the Dolphins to a pair of Atlantic Sun Championships in 2009 and 2010. He was also named Atlantic Sun Coach of the Year after the 2009 season.

A native of Silver Spring, Md., Warren spent five seasons as an assistant to Paul Hewitt at Georgia Tech, where he helped lead the Yellow Jackets to 96 wins and three NCAA Tournament appearances – including the school’s first-ever trip to the NCAA National Championship game in 2004.

Warren began his career at his alma mater, Mount St. Mary’s, and helped guide the Mountaineers to their first NCAA Tournament appearance in 1995. He graduated from Mount St. Mary’s in 1990.

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Tonight’s the Night – Game vs Cuse Provides Major Opportunity ...

Syracuse is reeling right now. Two straight losses after an undefeated start. At this point of the season. Maryland is 15-12 and 7-7 in the conference but has 0 top 50 wins. If any hope exists at all to make the dance it must begin with a W tonight. Syracuse, a slight favorite plays the stingiest zone in the country but is definitely having its troubles offensively. So what do the Terps do to win tonight?

Offensively

After Duke scored 89 in its first game against Cuse, by getting the ball to parker in the middle and then dishing to the wings===Cuse adjusted in game 2 and closed off the shooters. Duke relied on Parker and Hood to drive and facilitate and manged to pull the victory out. Dez and Faust will have to be at the top of their games because most likely they will be at the foul line. I really figure that Dez must be on the north side of 20 for Maryland to win.

Defensively

Ennis, Cooney, Grant and City College’s CJ Fair can not all be stopped. Ennis was 2-13 against Duke Saturday night and is beginning to show the effects of playing 40 plus minutes a game. Turgeon will continue to mix defenses. probably using the 1-3-1 pressure zone trap to try to take Cuse out of its game.

Summary

The Orange has not been a potent team offensively but it seems like teams have had their way with Maryland. But not tonight. Listen, many are saying Syracuse will never lose 3 in a row. Why? Cuse has not been the same since Duke game 1. Dez will have a big game tonight, and the sellout crowd will lift the Terps to its first marquis win of the season over a tired former #1 squad—- Terps 70 Cuse 69.

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Thoughts on Alex Len’s 5th Pick Selection by Phoenix

Whereas I wanted Alex to be the #1 pick, in the long run being selected 5th could be the best result for him. Despite the drop in money, 2.9 million salary for the Ukranian is more then he ever could have imagined. Alex will not have the pressure of bing examined as the #1 pick. He will be far away from the scrutiny of the East coast media that could have haunted him. Phoenix is a great city with tremendous fans that will be more patient with his development. Overall a great fit for Maryland’s highest draft choice since Franchise was taken 2nd.

Synopsis from NBAdraft.net

5. Alex Len | 7-1 | 255 | C | Maryland | 20

Alex Len: New Phoenix general manager Ryan McDonough has a massive rebuilding project ahead of him. He starts in the middle, taking Maryland center Alex Len. Despite not making any of the three All-ACC teams his sophomore year, Len possesses an intriguing combination of size (7-foot-1), length (7-foot-3.5) and athleticism (grew up as a gymnast in his native Ukraine). Len is surprisingly agile for his size, with the ability to cover a lot of territory without expending much energy. However, he would disappear for large stretches of ballgames last year (to be fair, you would too if you played with his guards) and he has a high center of gravity, which can allow stronger players to push him off his spot. It will be up to the phenomenal Phoenix Suns’ training staff to help him overcome the stress fracture he suffered in his foot – a scary injury for any big man. -Nick Prevenas
Comment from Mark Turgeon
“We are very proud of Alex,” said head coach Mark Turgeon. “He has worked extremely hard to become a top five selection in the NBA Draft. He is committed to getting better each day and will continue to do so as he makes the transition to the NBA. Alex has come such a long way in just two years both on and off the court and we are all very excited for what the future holds for him. This is a great day and exciting time for the Maryland Basketball program.”
from azcentral.com

When Maryland center Alex Len took the NBA draft stage Thursday night as the Suns’ No. 5 draft choice, it was not the first time that the 20-year-old Ukrainian outshined Kentucky center Nerlens Noel at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

To start the past college basketball season on Nov. 9, Len’s Maryland team lost to Noel’s Kentucky team, but Len won the center matchup. Len posted 23 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks on Noel, the center who was often associated with the draft’s top pick until Thursday night.

The Suns did not just think Len was the best center in this year’s draft. The Suns thought Len was the best player in this year’s draft.

The Suns brass started salivating once Cleveland dropped jaws by taking UNLV’s Anthony Bennett first. Prior to that, the Suns discussed trading up in the draft order to be able to get Len, who teams began to believe was going to Cleveland.

The Suns passed on Noel and Kansas shooting guard Ben McLemore because of their belief in Len’s high ceiling.

 

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Alex Len–Mark Turgeon Press Conference from terrapintimes.com

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PeShon To Transfer Citing Family Issues

University of Maryland men’s basketball head coach Mark Turgeon announced today that junior point guard Pe’Shon Howard has been granted permission to transfer for his senior season.

Howard (6-3, 190 lbs) averaged 3.3 points and 3.6 assists in 36 games with 24 starts in 2012-13. In his three seasons at Maryland, Howard averaged 4.7 points and 3.5 assists in 83 career games with 44 starts.

“We wish Pe’Shon the best and thank him for his contributions as a student-athlete at the University of Maryland,” said Turgeon. “We are disappointed that he is leaving, but Pe’Shon shared with me that his grandmother is ill in California and that he would like to finish his final season of eligibility playing closer to home. We understand this is best for Pe’Shon and his family and will support him through this transition.”

“I want to thank Coach Turgeon for allowing me to pursue an opportunity to complete my final season of college basketball at a university closer to home,” Howard said. “It was a very difficult decision because I really enjoyed my three years as a student-athlete at Maryland, but my grandmother is sick and I feel it is best that I be closer to my family. I love my teammates and wish them the very best and appreciate all of the support and guidance that I received from my coaches.”

My take—PeShon is a great kid and will be missed at Colege Park.

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Coach Turgeon’s remarks at the NIT Press Conference

“I’m really happy to be here. I’ve got a lot of respect for these guys and their programs and what they’ve done. Scott and I used to go head-to-head in the Big 12 and Dave and I have had some encounters in the NCAA Tournament and obviously Fran and I have something in the future we’ll be playing each other quite a bit in the future.

So, Coach Rose said how proud he was of his team, I’m unbelievably proud of my team. About mid-February I didn’t know if we were ever going to figure it out and hit rock bottom at Georgia Tech and since then our kids have been great. They have embraced this.

We’re excited. We feel like we’re playing our best basketball of the season here late and have a great team; a fun team to coach and a fun team to be around. Got a little injury to Seth Allen which has set us back a little bit but guys have stepped up. So, we’re happy to be in New York. I was lucky enough to be at Texas A&M a few years ago and come in here and win the Preseason NIT. So I know how special this place is with Times Square and it’s been great for our families too. It’s spring break for families so we’re kind of treating this as a family outing so everybody’s happy. Thanks to the committee for getting us in. You’re always nervous when it comes to committees and for us to get in was great and our guys have taken advantage of it.

We’re looking forward to playing a great, well-coached Iowa team that has a lot of toughness and they run the motion as well as any team in the country. It will be a great challenge for our defense”  Coach Turgeon

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