It’s the final week before NCAA Tournament brackets are revealed ... and Maryland will not play a single men’s or women’s basketball game this week.
Both Big Ten tournaments concluded Sunday, with the women falling to top-seeded Ohio State in the title game and the men going one-and-done in New York. It wasn’t quite the showing either team wanted, and each still has a week until learning their respective postseason fates.
That brings us to what we’re going to artfully call “No Basketball Week.” With no games to write about on the hardwood, it’s time for us to showcase everything else we do here. Spring sports are in full swing, and football opens spring practice this afternoon. We’ll also have a couple features, plenty of bracketology, our weekly podcast and perhaps a new one. It’s a peculiar and exciting opportunity, and we have to thank Jim Delany for it.
So let’s start by hyping up D.J. Moore.
The NFL Draft Combine was in Indianapolis this weekend, and the Terrapin wideout is grabbing the attention of every scout he didn’t have it from already.
Moore ran a 4.43 40-yard dash over the weekend, one of the top times of all prospects. He clocked in 0.03 seconds faster than Stefon Diggs (with whom Moore is often casually compared because of the whole “same school, number and quarterback issues” thing) in 2015.
In addition, Moore led all receivers with an 11-foot broad jump and placed second at the position with a 39.5-inch vertical leap. Combine these numbers with his stats—80 receptions, 1,033 yards and eight touchdowns with four different quarterbacks—and he’s gaining ground as one of the top wideouts in the draft. It’s appearing increasingly possible he goes in the first round, and he’s in the mix with the likes of Alabama’s Calvin Ridley and Texas A&M’s Christian Kirk.
We’ll have more on Moore as his draft journey continues.
In other news
Maryland men’s lacrosse improved to 5-0 this season and snapped its four-game losing streak against Notre Dame. The offense, which had been quiet in previous meetings, was very much alive in the win.
The women’s team won as well, taking down Hofstra on Saturday afternoon.
Three Maryland wrestlers played their way into the NCAA Championships at this weekend’s Big Ten Championships.
Up in New York, the tennis team recorded exactly one more win than the men’s basketball team.
But baseball had the best weekend of any Maryland team by a wide margin.
From The Diamondback, here’s a feature on Maryland women’s basketball star Kaila Charles.
The Washington Post is here to write about Kasim Hill, Tyrrell Pigrome and the quest to overcome their ACL injuries together.
And finally, Maryland football signee Brian Cobbs has a new and massive trophy.