Posted on: February 11, 2012 7:49 pm
Edited on: February 11, 2012 8:02 pm
By Matt Norlander
Maryland is a borderline NIT team now, especially since Pe'Shon Howard is out for the year. It's Mark Turgeon's first year and he's building up the program. Gonna take a few years to get Terrapins basketball back to an elite level, and to make that happen faster than expected, he'll need the guys Gary Williams recruited to "buy in."
That means everyone of consequence can't act up. Can't get selfish. In its first game without Howard, how'd the team respond? It lost respectably at Duke, 73-55. The final score wasn't indicative to the fact Maryland actually hung around at Cameron Indoor. It didn't feel like a blowout.
Somebody has a problem, though. Sophomore Terell Stoglin, who takes the third-highest percentage of his team's shots in the nation, doesn't like getting benched. Stoglin eats up a lot of Maryland's possessoins, but in a game where he was taken away from the action, he couldn't handle it. Bad sign. In fact, he had a mini meltdown -- were else -- on Twitter shortly after the game ended.
That tweet is only the start of it. There's a lot of profanity related to the benching in subsequent rants. Those tweets are still up as of the time of this post, but if they get predictably deleted, Searching for Billy Edelin has the R-rated screengrab.
Stoglin's line: 13 points in 30 minutes of 4-of-16 shooting and 0 for 6 from 3. He sat for the stretch run, from about six minutes until 2:17 was left in the game and Maryland trailed by 12. He's a really good player on the court, but really good players all around accept when they're having a bad game and understand a coach's job. Stoglin's not there yet.
Posted on: February 10, 2012 6:05 pm
Edited on: February 10, 2012 6:14 pm
Maryland sophomore Pe’Shon Howard will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL in his right knee, head coach Mark Turgeon announced Friday evening on Twitter.
“Today we learned that Pe’Shon Howard tore his ACL,” Turgeon tweeted. “Feel awful for him, he’s a great kid and teammate. We’ll miss him on the court.
“Tough year for him. We’ll fully support him through rehab and know that he will make a strong comeback.”
Howard, a powerful 6-foot-3 guard from Los Angeles, missed the first nine games of the season after injuring his foot in the preseason. Many thought he would miss up to three months with the injury, but his rehab went quicker than expected.
Howard has averaged 32.9 minutes since his return, putting up 6.5 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.7 assists. Maryland is 8-6 with Howard in the lineup.
Posted on: January 25, 2012 1:58 pm
Edited on: January 25, 2012 2:04 pm
On Wednesday night, Maryland will name the Comcast Center court after former head coach Gary Williams. He is the school’s all-time winningest men’s basketball coach and led the Terrapins to their only national championship in basketball.
It should be a great atmosphere and a great moment for everyone associated with the program.
Except former head coach Lefty Driesell, who doesn’t think any one coach should have his name on the court.
“It’s not fair to my players that they would put Gary Williams’ name on the court,” Driesell told The Baltimore Sun. “It’s a disservice to players such as Tom McMillen, John Lucas, Len Elmore, Brad Davis, Greg Manning, Adrian Branch and Steve Sheppard.”
Driesell is second in school history in wins, but resigned after the death of Len Bias in 1986. He went to eight NCAA tournaments in his 17 years with the Terrapins, and also coached the 1974 team that didn’t go to the NCAA tournament but was widely considered one of the best teams that season.
During Williams’ 22 years at the helm, Maryland went to 14 NCAA tournaments – including 11 consecutive from 1994-2004. The Terrapins reached the Final Four twice under Williams, and made the Sweet 16 on seven separate occasions.
Despite its struggles over the past few seasons, Maryland was one of the best basketball programs in the country for much of Williams’ tenure. The Terrapins were a perennial contender, and became a consistent national player under Williams. According to many, the Comcast Center was built because of the attention Williams brought to the program.
Does Driesell deserve recognition of some kind? Likely – and the school is considering honoring him in some way.
But for the Comcast Center basketball court, it’s tough to argue with naming it after Williams.
Posted on: January 23, 2012 10:30 am
Edited on: January 23, 2012 4:03 pm
By Matt Norlander
One of, if not the biggest, names in college basketball sportswriting, Seth Davis, is back on the program. All that great football overshadowed what transpired in hoops, so we're here so you can hear all about it.
What were the biggest results? What of Fab Melo not playing at Syracuse? Why can't we focus on the positive with Murray State? And why on earth does Seth root for the Redskins? All extremely important topics that are covered in the Monday edition. It's one of our best this season, so get to clicking. And if you'd like to read Seth's recent work, head on over here and check out his columns, plus the fantastic annual Hoop Thoughts editorial.
Again, I thank you for taking the time to listen to the podcast--whenever you can. I ask that you, if you like what we're doing here, encourage like-minded hoopheads to subscribe in Tunes as well. Guests like Jay Bilas, Seth Davis, they're the guys who make me sound better and make the podcast worthwhile. The other guys? Gary Parrish and Jeff Goodman, they really make it entertaining, and of course you can count on our trio show each Wednesday. The RSS feed is another way to keep the podcasts coming to you ASAP. We've got a Zune download link as well.
Posted on: January 18, 2012 12:24 am
Edited on: January 18, 2012 9:23 am
Here’s everything you need to know about Tuesday’s slate of college basketball games …
Game of the day: Michigan struggled defensively for much of the second half, but the Wolverines came up big down the stretch to hold on to a 60-59 victory over Michigan State. Stu Douglass made the game-winning layup with 36.5 seconds left, off a terrific pass from Trey Burke. Draymond Green missed a potential game-winning shot and tip-in on the Spartans’ final possession. Burke led the way with 20 points.
Win to brag about: Beating Maryland in itself isn’t that impressive, but Florida State continues to turn it around after an embarrassing loss to Clemson two weeks ago. The Seminoles used a 21-3 run in the second half to dispatch of the Terrapins, 84-70. For a team that has the reputation of being offensively inept, Florida State has now scored at least 84 points in three of its last five games. Ian Miller and Okaro White combined for 31 points off the bench.
Loss to hide from: I have no clue how Toccoa Falls does against its usual competition (it's 3-6), but it apparently can’t handle Division-I opposition. Western Carolina had nine guys score in double figures, defeating the Eagles, 141-39. The Catamounts outrebounded Toccoa Falls 62-16, and only three players did not reach double-figures in scoring.
Player who deserves improper benefits: Anthony Davis has had several impressive performances this season, but Tuesday’s game took the cake. The Kentucky freshman had 27 points, 14 rebounds and seven blocks to lead the Wildcats to an 86-63 win over Arkansas. Moreover, he broke the school’s single-season record for blocks – with 12 games left in the regular season.
Player(s) who does not deserve improper benefits: Texas Tech’s Jordan Tolbert has been one of the most underrated freshmen in the country this season, but Tuesday didn’t show that. Tolbert went just 1-for-10 from the field and turned it over five times before fouling out. The Red Raiders lost to Oklahoma, 64-55.
Numbers don’t lie:
Three other notable results:
Posted on: January 13, 2012 1:32 pm
By Matt Norlander
No one knows ACC basketball like Jim Young, the funny/snarky presence who runs ACCSports.com. Young joins me fresh off that three-point Duke win over Virginia Thursday night. Virginia did a lot of good there. But beyond Mike Scott, what do the Cavs have?
We're smothered in ACC chatter, which isn't necessarily a good thing. But from Maryland to N.C. State to UNC to Duke to Harrison Barnes to Austin Rivers, it's all covered today. Near the end we talk some music, too (I just can't help myself).
Our gabbing goes like this:
Continued thanks from me to you for keep coming back and listening. Please: spread the word. Hoops season is ramping up, and I'd love more hate mail. Spread this page and the iTunes subscription link to anyone you'd think would like this sort of think. We post three times per week, with the Wednesday show being a low-rent sitcom wannabe of a half hour, thanks to CBSSports.com national writers Gary Parrish and Jeff Goodman Skyping in their opinions. The RSS feed is another way to keep the podcasts coming to you ASAP. We've got a Zune download link as well.
Posted on: December 10, 2011 7:01 pm
HYATTSVILLE, Md. – Maryland’s Terrell Stoglin has been one of the most productive scorers in the country this season, but he’s had to shoulder much of the load himself. Help is on the way, though.
Sophomore guard Pe’shon Howard told CBSSports.com on Saturday that he will return December 23. He has missed the entire season thus far due to a foot injury.
“We’re going to add a little more each game,” Howard said at the National High School Hoops Festival, where he was supporting Oak Hill Academy. “The 23rd, that’s four games until NC State, so I should be back at 100 percent with no hesitation.”
There was a chance Maryland was going to bring him back for next Wednesday’s game against Florida International, but he wouldn’t have been able to play much anyway. By having him return two weeks before ACC play, the Terrapins will be able to ease him back so he’s comfortable when conference competition kicks off.
Originally, the fear was that Howard would be out two or three months with a broken foot, similar to Duke’s Kyrie Irving last season. However, it’s clear Irving’s injury was more severe. Howard is already wearing sneakers on both feet and isn’t showing any sign of an injury.
“We went to a few different doctors, was in a boot for about a week or so,” Howard said. “They said it’s a feel process.”
Howard has already been practicing, getting involved in a few possessions here and there, and also going full-speed in drills. He’s also in the process of getting back in shape, running on the treadmill to get his stamina and his cardio back. He hasn’t had any live contact yet though.
“All along, we were taking it slow because if I reinjure it, it’s a 12-week injury,” Howard said. “I’m going to test it out. Everyone’s on the same page.”
Howard has been wearing orthotics in his shoes, which eases the pressure on his feet. As a result, he said he has felt no discomfort in recent days.
Maryland is 5-3 right now, coming off a very tight win against Mount St. Mary’s earlier in the week. Head coach Mark Turgeon has some pieces, but Howard’s return – and Alex Len completing his suspension – will provide a considerable boost.
“I think the team can use me, for sure,” Howard said. “But I think they’re doing fine, they took big steps against Illinois and Notre Dame. They’ve grown up a lot; Nick Faust has learned to play point guard. It’s a good adjustment for the team. It could be a blessing in disguise.”
Howard isn’t worried about rushing back to the court too soon; he’s ready to contribute.
“You can’t hold back,” he said.
Photo: US Presswire
Posted on: November 2, 2011 5:17 pm
By Jeff Goodman
Maryland's Mark Turgeon won't have talented Ukrainian 7-footer Alex Len for the first 10 games.
That's the penalty imposed by the NCAA on Wednesday afternoon due to the amateurism rules. Len played on a pro club team overseas.
On the surface, it appears as though it's a crushing blow for Turgeon and the Terps.
But let's face it: Maryland is unlikely an NCAA tournament team this season - with or without Len for 10 contests.
This is a program that will take time to get back to national prominence - and Len, according to several who have seen him, could be a major factor in the resurgence.
“Alex has been working very hard to prepare himself for this opportunity,” Turgeon said in a statement. “We look forward to having him on the court and to see how he’ll fit into what we want to do offensively and defensively.”
The Terps, who will also be without guard Pe'Shon Howard for the first month or so of the season, are in need of talent on the frontline and while they will be thin for the first 10 games, the positive is that Len will be allowed to practice with the team.