Posts Tagged ‘Maryland Terrapins’

Mark Turgeon leaves Texas A&M to become the new Maryland Terrapins basketball coach

May 12, 2011

Mark Turgeon will leave Texas A&M to become the new coach of the Maryland Terrapins.  Turgeon will replace Gary Williams, who retired Thursday after 22 years as Maryland’s basketball coach.

Turgeon, 46, led the Aggies to the NCAA tournament all four of his seasons in College Station, getting Texas A&M to the second round of the tourney three times.  Turgeon also coached at Jacksonville State and Wichita State, where he led the Shockers to the Sweet 16 in 2006.

Turgeon played college basketball for Larry Brown at the University of Kansas. He was a backup guard on Kansas’ 1986 Final Four squad.

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Maryland coach Gary Williams retires; who are top 10 Terps of Williams era?

May 6, 2011

Whoever replaces Gary Williams as the University of Maryland’s basketball coach will have huge shoes to fill.  The 66-year old coach announced his retirement Thursday, after more than two decades at Maryland that included a national championship in 2002 and a Final Four appearance in 2001.  Under Williams the Terps made 14 appearances in the NCAA Tournament, won three ACC regular-season titles, and captured the ACC Tournament in 2004. Williams had seven wins over top-ranked teams, more than any other coach. Williams, a former Terrapin point guard, was also the National Coach of the Year in 2002.

So who are the best Terps of the Gary Williams era?

  • Juan Dixon, shooting guard, ‘98-‘02.  Excelled at mid-range jumpers, three-pointers, defense, and steals and played with a lot of heart…Team leader brought Maryland to back to back Final Fours including its only national championship in ’02, and was named first-team All-American…Earned Most Outstanding Player honors at the ‘02 Final Four, averaging 25.8 points in NCAA tournament that year…Was Maryland’s all-time leader in scoring and three-pointers and second in steals…Averaged 20 points a game in ‘02…Led team to 109 wins in four seasons.
  • Walt Williams, shooting guard/small forward/point guard, ‘88-‘92. It’s not an exaggeration to say the “Wizard” saved the Maryland program when he decided to stay after the Terps were put on NCAA probation from ’91-‘93…In ‘92, Williams averaged a school-record 26.8 points per game, and also had 5.6 rebounds, 3.6 assists, and 2.1 steals…Named All-American senior year when he scored more than 30 points in seven straight ACC games.
  • Joe Smith, center, ‘93-‘95.  Athletic center dominated the ACC his sophomore year…Won ‘95 College Player of the Year award…Averaged more than 20 points and 10 rebounds for his two-year career…Terps made Sweet 16 in both his seasons after five-year NCAA drought…Drafted number one overall in ‘95 NBA draft.
  • Keith Booth, power forward, ‘93-‘97.  Averaged 19.5 points as a senior, made more free throws than any player in Terp history and ranks sixth on Maryland’s all-time rebounding list despite being only 6-4 and playing power forward…Played a key role in Maryland’s resurgence to NCAA tournament after five-year absence…Decision to attend Maryland opened pipeline for other Baltimore players to play for the Terps.
  • Greivis Vasquez, shooting guard, ‘06-‘10.  Scored from inside and out, also an excellent passer and rebounder for his size…Only player in ACC history with 2,000 points, 700 assists, and 600 rebounds…Was voted ‘10 ACC Player of the Year…Maryland’s second all-time leading scorer…Only Terrapin basketball player to lead the team in points, rebounds and assists in a single season…Had triple double in win vs. eventual national champion North Carolina junior year…Scored 10 points in final two minutes of final college game, an NCAA second round loss to Michigan State.

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Freidgen goes out a winner as Terps smash East Carolina 51-20 in Military Bowl; Leach to take over

December 31, 2010

Maryland's Ralph Friedgen got fired after leading the Terps to the greatest turnaround in ACC history.

The Maryland Terrapins sent coach Ralph Friedgen out as a winner in his final game, defeating East Carolina, 51-20 in the Military Bowl in front of  38,062 fans at RFK Stadium Wednesday.  Friedgen, the 2010 ACC Coach of the Year, was fired by Maryland Monday.

Senior running back Da’Rel Scott rushed for 201 yards including touchdown runs of 61 and 91 yards.  Redshirt freshman D.J. Adams added four more touchdowns on the ground, and Maryland’s defense held the Pirates to 38 yards rushing as the Terps (9-4) sent Friedgen off with a 5-2 mark in bowl games at Maryland. Friedgen got a Gatorade shower from his players on the sideline in the game’s closing minutes.

“It’s like everything else I did this week.  It’s the last time,” said Friedgen after the game.  “Maybe it’ll happen somewhere else but it’s the last time at my alma mater, so it’s meaningful there.  I can’t tell you how much I appreciate the fans coming out and supporting me, and the letters and emails and the texts I’ve gotten have been incredible.

“I didn’t know I was that important,” an emotional Friedgen said.  “It was pretty nice and pretty special today.”

That Maryland would fire its longtime coach after a seven-game improvement over last season is not only disloyal, but also highly questionable.  It’s uncertain whether a new coach will have significantly better results than Friedgen, who led the Terrapins to bowl games in seven of his 10 seasons.  In fact, a new coaching staff could result in fewer Terps playing in the NFL, which could ultimately hurt recruiting.

Friedgen, the 2001 National Coach of the Year, was fired despite improving Maryland’s record from 2-10 in 2009 to 9-4 this season, the biggest turnaround in the history of the ACC.  Maryland had only played in one bowl in the previous 14 years before Friedgen’s arrival.

Maryland is expected to hire former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach, whose Red Raiders played in bowls for 10 consecutive seasons but was fired a year ago for allegedly mistreating a player.

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Lucious’ buzzer beater leads Michigan State Spartans past Maryland Terrapins 85-83, into Sweet 16

March 22, 2010

Maryland overcame a 16-point second half deficit, only to lose on a heartbreaking three-point shot at the buzzer by Michigan State’s Korie Lucious, 85-83 in the second round of the NCAA tournament today in Spokane, Washington.

Maryland senior guard Greivis Vasquez, playing in his final game, scored 26 points including 10 in the final two minutes as the fourth-seeded Terrapins (24-9) fell just short of the Sweet 16. Vasquez added eight assists, four rebounds and three steals.

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4th-seeded Maryland Terrapins run past Houston Cougars, 89-77 in first round of NCAA tournament

March 22, 2010

The fourth-seeded Maryland Terrapins used their size advantage to defeat the 13th-seeded Houston Cougars 89-77 in the first round of the NCAA tournament last night in Spokane, Washington.

Freshman center Jordan Williams scored a career-high 21 points and dominated on the boards with 17 rebounds, helping the Terps (24-8) to a 47-26 rebounding advantage. Another frontcourt player, senior forward Landon Milbourne, scored 19 for Maryland.

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March Madness: Third-seeded Georgetown to play Ohio, #4 Maryland to face Houston in NCAAs

March 16, 2010

The third-seeded Georgetown Hoyas (23-10) will face the 14th-seeded Ohio Bobcats (21-14) Thursday in Providence, Rhode Island in the first round of the NCAA tournament’s Midwest region.

The Maryland Terrapins (23-8) received a number four seed, also in the Midwest, and will take on the 13th-seeded Houston Cougars (19-15) in the first round Friday, in Spokane, Washington.

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Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets sting 19th-ranked Maryland Terrapins, 69-64 in ACC quarterfinals

March 16, 2010

March 12 – Georgia Tech upset 19th-ranked Maryland in the quarterfinals of the ACC tournament 69-64 tonight in Greensboro, N.C.

With the win, the Yellow Jackets (21-11, 7-9) strengthened their case for an NCAA tournament bid and kept their hopes alive to win their first ACC tournament since 1993.

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Vasquez leads Maryland to 79-72 upset of No. 4 Duke

March 8, 2010

Maryland upset 4th-ranked Duke 79-72 last night to tie the Blue Devils for the ACC lead and win their sixth straight game in College Park, Maryland.

Greivis Vasquez led the 22rd-ranked Terrapins with 20 points, four rebounds and five assists on senior night in his last game at Comcast Center. Freshman center Jordan Williams had 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Terps (22-7, 12-3).

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Vasquez scores 41 to lead Maryland to 104-100 double OT win over Virginia Tech

February 28, 2010

Greivis Vasquez scored a career-high 41 points to lead Maryland to a 104-100 double overtime win over Virginia Tech last night in Blacksburg, Virginia.

Eric Hayes added 12 points and 10 assists for the Terrapins who got their fifth straight win and improved to 21-7 and 11-3 in the ACC.

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Maryland Terrapins defeat Clemson Tigers 88-79 for fourth win in a row

February 25, 2010

The Maryland Terrapins won their fourth game in a row, 88-79 over the Clemson Tigers at Comcast Center in College Park.

Sophomore guard Sean Mosley led four Terps in double figures with 20 points and senior guard Greivis Vasquez had 15 points and 13 assists.

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