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Maryland basketball's Ivan Bender suspended six games due to NCAA eligibility issue

Ivan Bender is serving a six-game NCAA suspension, but no one is quite sure why.

Men's Basketball:

Terps freshman Ivan Bender suspended - Baltimore Sun
Maryland Croatian freshman Ivan Bender has reportedly been serving a six game suspension from the beginning of the season, and was unable to travel with the team to Cancun because of this. The suspension may stem from Ivan Bender’s association with the Croatian professional basketball team, KK Split, where he was a member of the club's junior team. Theoretically he should be eligible to return for the game verse North Carolina on December 1st.

Maryland Forward Ivan Bender Suspended by NCAA for Six GamesInsideMDSports
This article states the suspension may be due to "lodging" he received whilst playing in Croatia. No matter how hard I try, I do not think I will ever completely understand NCAA eligibility rules and violations.

Maryland men's basketball coach Mark Turgeon challenges Diamond Stone, who responds - Baltimore Sun
After a sub-par effort against Georgetown, head coach Mark Turgeon benched Diamond Stone and decided to start sophomore center Michal Cekovsky against Rider instead. Stone responded with his best game of the season so far. After being inserted back into the starting line-up on Tuesday night, Stone again preformed below expectations. We can only wait and see what Turgeon has in store for the freshman next.

Maryland vs. Illinois state final score, with 3 things to know from the Terps' 77-66 win - Testudo Times
A career-high 13-point scoring night for junior Damonte Dodd and a 15-point, 7-assist performance from Melo Trimble paved the way to victory for the Terrapins.

Melo Trimble tries to loosen up on the court in Cancun-Washington Post
Although Melo struggled moderately with his ball security Tuesday night against Illinois State, it is hard to argue he was one of the best players on the floor for Maryland. Hopefully he can continue to loosen up tonight against Rhode Island.

Women's Basketball:

Preview: Defense a priority for Terps women's basketball at Paradise Jam - The Diamondback : Sports
I suppose when you're averaging more than 100 points a have to focus on something?


Preview: Maryland volleyball seniors prepare for final home game - The Diamondback : Sports
"It doesn’t feel real, and I keep saying that with the team," Dion said. "It’s cool to be honored and all that stuff. I don’t think it’s going to feel real until they’re back to practicing in the spring and I’m not there."

And just in case any of you were starting to forget about football!


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Next year year.