We'll start things off with notes from the win over Clemson, but we're covering a lot of ground today.
Terps ratcheted up the pressure
The press was perhaps the biggest catalyst for Maryland's victory over Clemson, with Nick Faust's unexpected offensive outburst a close second. But without the press, there'd be no energy and no fluidity, and the game would've stayed a slog for 40 minutes. Turgeon is not a traditional pressing coach, and his insistence that the press "won't work every day" should remind you of that. But it was a nice in-game adjustment, something we perhaps haven't seen enough of this year, and perhaps he might give it a go a bit more in the last few games.
After years of silence, Maryland honoring Lefty Driesell speaks volumes - Feinstein
Worth a read, as another reminder that Lefty deserved something. It's a bit funny that Lefty has no idea what a bas-relief is (and probably wants a little more), but in truth a statue was probably just a little outside Maryland's financial capabilities at this point in time.
Interesting that McMillen is the one who pushed it through. Wonder if he might quiet down about the Big Ten move now.
Awesome: Lefty talking to the guys after the game
I'd have killed to have heard that post-game speech.
Patrick Stevens: MD still in Next Four Out territory
But ever-so-slightly moved up. I'm not focusing on the tournament anymore - no reason to, until Maryland proves they can string together some wins - but I can't help myself when it comes to updates. Stay alive over the next three - easier said than done, as we saw against BC - and they might be able to make a move in the last two.
Maryland-Clemson postgame: Terps’ win was stabilizer after emotional stretch
But ... really, was it? We've fallen into this trap before, to some degree. I sure as hell hope it is, but we won't really find out if it stabilized anything until a week or so from now.
WBB: Terps don't put up much of a fight in home loss to Duke
Especially disappointing since Duke was missing their best player, Chelsea Gray, and now the Blue Devils have clinched the ACC regular-season title. Given all the injuries this year, much of the season is gravy, but getting one over on Duke coach Joanne McCallie, just like they did K, would've been sweet.
Terps holds off Loyola in lax showdown, 12-10
Maryland went on a 5-0 run early to completely take control of the game, but Loyola fought back a bit in the second half to make the score closer. No matter: the lead was too much to overcome by that point, especially with Niko Amato on the form he was in. This unquestionably pushes Maryland to the top spot in the country, and reinforces that this team has the potential to be very good.
Terps announce spring practice schedule
The spring game is on April 12, which isn't unusual, but instead of being on a Saturday afternoon it'll played on a Friday night, under the lights. Which is at the very least intriguing. They'll also make traveling practices that are open to the public, which is a good idea - they'll be at both Dunbar in Baltimore and Middletown in Frederick, which are clear examples of trying to reach out to the non-D.C. parts of the state.
Matt Furstenburg surprises at combine
Marlyand Terrapins, combine warriors.
But Furstenburg has attracted some attention and helped his stock with a strong series of on-field workouts Saturday. He was in the top-five for all tight ends in the 40-yard dash (4.62 seconds), vertical jump (35.5 inches), 20-yard shuttle (4.35 seconds) and 60-yard shuttle (11.76 seconds), showing that he could have the athleticism to translate to the next level.
I wasn't convinced Furst was going to get picked, but that's a really strong showing. Might sneak into the later rounds if a team liked what he showed in his junior season, too.