Friday, November 27, 2015

#2 Terps Play CSU at 7:30 pm Saturday

Courtesy Maryland Athletics

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The No. 2 Maryland men’s basketball team is back at home Saturday night when Cleveland State visits XFINITY Center at 7:30 p.m.

WATCH: Big Ten Network - Tom Werme (Play-by-Play), Dan Bonner (Analyst)
LISTEN: Terrapin Sports Radio Network - Johnny Holliday (Play-By-Play), Chris Knoche (Analyst), Walt Williams (Sideline)
SOCIAL: Follow @TerrapinHoops on Twitter for in-game updates

Storylines
• Melo Trimble scored 17 points on a perfect 7-for-7 shooting performance, and No. 2 Maryland beat Rhode Island 86-63 on Wednesday night to win the Cancun Challenge. Trimble, who was named tournament MVP, also went 3-for-3 at the line and grabbed six rebounds. Rasheed Sulaimon also scored 17 points on 6-for-7 shooting, and Robert Carter had 15. Sulaimon joined backcourt mate Trimble on the all-tournament team. The championship is the Terps’ 31st holiday tournament title and their third consecutive after winning the Paradise Jam in 2013 and the CBE Classic in 2014.

• Head coach Mark Turgeon is 25-6 in the month of November while at the helm of the Maryland basketball program. The Terps own a 15-game winning streak in the month of November, including a 7-0 run a year ago. Maryland has not dropped a game in November since Nov. 17, 2013 against Oregon State (90-83). With its No. 2 ranking Monday, this is the highest-ranked team Turgeon has coached in his career.

• For the third straight game, the Terps boasted five players in double-figure scoring against Rhode Island on Wednesday night. The Terps have had four different players lead them in scoring this season. Seven Terrapins have recorded double-figure scoring games - led by Trimble (5) and Carter (5). Maryland has four players averaging 12 or more points this season - the lone team in the Big Ten Conference to do so.

• Melo Trimble has been sensational in holiday tournament action in his first two years at Maryland. In four games, Trimble averaged 14.3 points per game and shot 65 percent from the floor (24-for-37). The sophomore was 21-22 from the charity stripe and recorded a career-high 31 points against Arizona State in the CBE Classic in 2014. He was named Most Valuable Player at both the Cancun Challenge and the CBE Classic while leading the Terps to both titles.

Scouting Cleveland State
• Cleveland State is 2-3 this year after a 77-66 setback to South Dakota State on Wednesday in Cancun, Mexico. The Vikings topped Rider on Tuesday.

• Rob Edwards and Andre Yates were named to the Mayan Division All-Tournament team at the Cancun Challenge. Edwards totaled 24 points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals in two games, while Yates posted 23 points, six rebounds and five assists in the two games in Cancun.

• Maryland won the lone meeting between the two programs, 95-84, on Dec. 5, 1984.


X-Win-Ity Center
• Maryland finished its home slate with an 18-1 record in the friendly confines of the XFINITY Center a year ago. Its lone loss came to top-five ranked Virginia on Dec. 3 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. It was Maryland’s first perfect home record in conference play since the 2009-10 season.

• The Terps outscored opponents by an average of 11.6 points per game at home while posting 71.7 points per contest in College Park.

• Melo Trimble scored a team-high 16.5 points per game at home a year ago. The Terps currently boast a 16-game winning streak at XFINITY Center.


Layman, Trimble Named to Wooden List
• Maryland men’s basketball forward Jake Layman and guard Melo Trimble have been named to the John R. Wooden Award presented by Wendy’s Preseason Top-50 as announced Tuesday on ESPN’s SportsCenter and on ESPN.com.

• Chosen by a preseason poll of national college basketball experts, the list is comprised of 50 student-athletes who are the early front-runners for college basketball’s most prestigious individual honor. Maryland is one of 12 schools in the country with multiple players in the top-50.

• The Top 50 nominees represent 10 conferences. The Big Ten leads all conferences with 10 selections, followed by the ACC (9), and the Big 12 (7), SEC (7), Pac-12 (5), Big East (4) and WCC (3).


Layman’s Terms
• Senior forward Jake Layman is the lone four-year Terrapin on head coach Mark Turgeon’s roster in 2015-16.

• Layman appeared in all 35 games last season, averaging 12.5 points and a team-high 5.8 rebounds per game. He scored his 1,000th point at Maryland against Indiana in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten tournament.

• The Wrentham, Mass., native became the 40th member of Maryland’s 500-rebound club against Rider on Nov. 20. Layman is now ranked 48th all-time in career points at Maryland with 1,083 points- five-shy of topping Keith Gatlin for 47th