Thursday, February 19, 2015

#16 Terps Host Nebraska at XFINITY & Turgeon Moves on to Sweet 16 of Charity Challenge

The Terps kick off a three-game homestand with Nebraska on Thursday at 7 p.m.
Courtesy Maryland Athletics
The Terps kick off a three-game homestand with Nebraska on Thursday at 7 p.m.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The No. 16 Maryland men’s basketball team will host Nebraska on Military Appreciation Night at XFINITY Center at 7 p.m. on Thursday.

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• Due to UMUC night school and University of Maryland employees leaving for the day, fans can anticipate a higher traffic volume on Thursday when the Terps take on Nebraska at XFINITY Center.

• Fans are encouraged to use Paint Branch Parkway or 193 to avoid delays on Route 1 on game days and, as always, arrive early.
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• In honor of Military Appreciation Night, there will be a court-sized flag, in addition to other in-game promotions. The U.S. Army Drill Team will perform at halfttime and the anthem will be performed by the U.S. Army Brass Quintet.

Dez Wells scored 22 points, Melo Trimble added 20 and then-No. 19 Maryland used strong shooting in the second half to defeat Penn State 76-73 Saturday night. The Terrapins, the nation’s No. 2 team in free throws made with 447, sank 21-of-26 and were 9-of-19 from three-point range.

Dez Wells was named Big Ten Co-Player of the Week on Monday. Wells averaged 20.0 points and connected on 14-of-23 (61.0%) field goal attempts in a pair of wins over Indiana and at Penn State. A senior from Raleigh, N.C., Wells had a team-high 22 points and was 7-of-10 from three-point range in Maryland’s 76-73 win at Penn State. He added a team-high 18 points in the Terps’ 68-66 win over Indiana. Wells has posted six consecutive double-figure scoring games, averaging 17.3 points, and making 35-of-63 (55.5%) field goal attempts in those contests.

• Maryland is 7-0 in games decided by six points or less. The Terps defeated Indiana by two points and Penn State by three last week.

• The Terps have been ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 poll for 12 straight weeks, the longest streak since 2005-06 when they were also ranked 12 consecutive weeks.

• Maryland is 15-1 in the friendly confines of the XFINITY Center this season, with its lone loss coming to top-five ranked Virginia on Dec. 3 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The Terps are outscoring opponents by an average of 12.5 points per game at home while posting 73 points per contest in College Park.

• The Terps’ offense is shooting at a nearly 50 percent clip from the field and three-point line in the past 2 1/2 games. Maryland is 59-of-120 from the floor and 24-of-50 from three-point range in the final half at Iowa, vs. Indiana and at Penn State. The Terps have also connected on 40-of-50 from the free-throw line in that span.
Terps Pick up Road Win at Penn State Saturday
Dez Wells scored 22 points, Melo Trimble added 20 and then-No. 19 Maryland used strong shooting in the second half to defeat Penn State 76-73 Saturday night.

• The Terrapins, the nation’s No. 2 team in free throws made with 447, sank 21-of-26 and were 9-of-19 from three-point range.
Wells gave Maryland its first lead on the Terps’ opening possession of the second half. He scored seven of Maryland’s 11 points in the opening three minutes to put the Terps up 44-39.

Jake Layman’s three-pointer and a layup by Damonte Dodd stretched Maryland’s lead to 49-41. Jared Nickens’ back-to-back 3s pushed the Terps to a 55-42 advantage during a six-minute, 22-8 run Maryland produced to open the half.
Scouting NEBRASKA
• Nebraska brings a three-game losing streak to the XFINITY Center on Thursday after falling to Penn State, Wisconsin and Purdue. The Huskers are 13-12 overall, including a 5-8 mark in conference play. Nebraska conference wins against Rutgers, Illinois, Minnesota, Michigan State and Northwestern have all come at home.

• Terran Petteway leads Nebraska offensively, posting 18.7 points per game. Shavon Shields is averaging 15.8 points per outing and leads the squad in rebounds with 6.2 rebounds per game. He also shoots a team-best .828 from the charity stripe.

• This is the first-ever meeting between the two programs.
Turgeon advances to Charity challenge Sweet sixteen
• Maryland men’s basketball head coach Mark Turgeon has advanced to the round-of-16 in the Infiniti Coaches’ Charity Challenge. • Turgeon is seeking votes to win $100,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association –the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research.
• Turgeon is one of 48 coaches competing in the Infiniti Coaches Charity Challenge. For 10 weeks, the nation’s top coaches will be counting on fans to vote for their favorite charity.  The coaches receiving the most votes gain a spot in the finals, with the winning coach receiving $100,000 toward his charity.
• Click on to this link to show your support. Voting for round three ends on March 1 with only four coaches moving on.
Wells Named B1G Co-Player of the Week
• Maryland senior guard/forward Dez Wells earned co-Big Ten Player of the Week honors, the league announced Monday. Wells shares this week’s honor with senior forward Frank Kaminsky of Wisconsin.

• Wells averaged 20.0 points and connected on 14-of-23 (61.0%) field goal attempts in a pair of wins over Indiana and at Penn State.
A senior from Raleigh, N.C., Wells had a team-high 22 points and was 7-of-10 from three-point range in Maryland’s 76-73 win at Penn State. He added a team-high 18 points in the Terps’ 68-66 win over Indiana.
Meet the B1g: Nebraska
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances: Seven
  • Head Coach: Tim Miles
  • Venue: Pinnacle Bank Arena (14,970)
  • Fact: The Huskers made their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 1998 in 2014
Get to know the big Ten conference
  • Big Ten has had seven First Team AP All-Americans over the last five years…same as ACC, SEC, Big 12 and Pac 12 COMBINED
  • Big Ten has had two of the past five Wooden Award winners
  • Big Ten has more NCAA Tournament appearances over last five years than any conference (31)
  • Big Ten has more Sweet 16 appearances over last five years than any conference (16)…SEC is second closest with 10
  • Big Ten leads all conferences with nearly 5 million alumni and more than 460,000 students.
Turgeon is seeking  votes to win $100,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association.
Courtesy Maryland Athletics

Turgeon is seeking votes to win $100,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Maryland men’s basketball head coach Mark Turgeon has advanced to the round-of-16 in the Infiniti Coaches’ Charity Challenge.

Turgeon is seeking votes to win $100,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association –the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research.

Turgeon is one of 48 coaches competing in the Infiniti Coaches Charity Challenge. For 10 weeks, the nation’s top coaches will be counting on fans to vote for their favorite charity.  The coaches receiving the most votes gain a spot in the finals, with the winning coach receiving $100,000 toward his charity.

Turgeon has a personal connection with Alzheimer’s as his wife, Ann, lost her father, Jon Fowler, to Alzheimer’s in June of 2006 at the age of 68 after being diagnosed with the disease six years prior.

Alzheimer's is a disease that attacks the brain and is the most common form of dementia. More than five million Americans are living with the disease and every 67 seconds someone in the United States develops Alzheimer's.  In 2013, 15.5 million caregivers provided an estimated 17.7 billion hours of unpaid care valued at more than $220 billion for Alzheimer’s disease, which is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.

Click on to this link to show your support. Voting for round three ends on March 1 with only four coaches moving on to the next round.