Wednesday, March 23, 2016

#5 Terps, #1 Kansas Meet in Sweet Sixteen Thursday

Courtesy Maryland Athletics

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The No. 5 seed Maryland men’s basketball team is headed back to the Sweet Sixteen for the first time since 2003 when it battles top-seeded Kansas on Thursday at 9:40 p.m. at the YUM! Center in Louisville, Ky.

WATCH: CBS - Jim Nantz (Play-By-Play), Bill Raferty (Analyst), Grant Hill (Analyst); Tracy Wolfson (Sideline)

LISTEN: Terrapin Sports Radio Network - Johnny Holliday (PxP), Chris Knoche (Analyst), Walt Williams (Sideline); SiriusXM Channel 81/201, ESPN 980 AM, 105.7 FM; Westwood One - P.J. Carlesimo and Ian Eagle

SOCIAL: Follow @TerrapinHoops on Twitter for in-game updates

Storylines
• Maryland is making its 26th overall appearance in the NCAA Tournament, and 20th postseason appearance in the last 23 years. The Terps have advanced to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen eight times in the last 22 years, including consecutive trips to the NCAA Final Four in 2001 and 2002. The Terps captured the NCAA National Championship in 2002. Maryland is 41-24 all-time in the NCAA Tournament, including 11 consecutive appearances from 1994 – 2004.

Melo Trimble scored 24 points and the Terps utilized a second-half surge to drop Hawaii, 73-60, in second round action on Sunday in Spokane, Wash. Trimble is averaging 21.5 points per game during the tournament and is a scorching 22-for-23 (.957) from the charity stripe. Senior Jake Layman is a stellar .579 from the floor during NCAA Tournament play this season and is posting 18.5 points per contest. He ranks second at Maryland all-time in career games played (140) behind Juan Dixon (141). Robert Carter has led the team on the glass in both tournament games, averaging 10 boards per outing.

• Maryland is the only team in the Big Ten with five players averaging scoring numbers in double digits. Melo Trimble (14.8), Diamond Stone (12.7), Robert Carter (12.4), Jake Layman (11.7) and Rasheed Sulaimon (11.1) are all averaging double-figure scoring this season. Carter became the fourth Terrapin to hit the 1,000 career point mark vs. Hawaii Sunday, joining teammates Layman (1,428), Sulaimon (1,289) and Trimble (1,085). Layman is 18th in scoring and 20th in rebounding in Maryland annals.

• Head coach Mark Turgeon played at Kansas from 1984-87 and was the first player in Jayhawks history to play in four straight NCAA Tournaments. KU went 108-33 under head coach Larry Brown in that stretch. Turgeon served as team captain in his junior and senior seasons, leading the Jayhawks to the 1986 NCAA Final Four. Turgeon was also an assistant at Kansas for five seasons, first under Brown (1987-88) and then under Roy Williams (1988-92). Kansas won the national title in 1988 and finished second in 1991.

• Maryland is 2-3 against Kansas all-time and has won two straight in the series, including a 97-88 victory in the 2002 NCAA Final Four.

Terps by the numbers...
35 - Consecutive weeks in the Associated Press Top 25
27 - Total Wins
26 - Trips to the NCAA Tournament
16-1 - Record at XFINITY Center in 2015-16
14 - Sweet Sixteen Berths
12 - Conference Wins
12 - The Terps have won at least one game in 12 straight NCAA appearances dating back to 1998
5 - Only Team in the B1G with five players averaging double figures
2 - Final Four Appearances