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It's official: Maryland to the Big Ten

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It's official: Maryland to the Big Ten

After nearly 60 years as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference, the University of Maryland will join the Big Ten.

The decision was finalized today after the Maryland Board of Regents voted to exit the ACC and ask for acceptance in the Big Ten. The Big Ten presidents quickly accepted Maryland, and the deal was done.  The Terps will begin Big Ten play in 2014.

Speaking to the media, Maryland President Wallace Loh said that the vote to move to the Big Ten was overwhelmingly positive, and Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany said that the Big Ten vote was similarly overhwleming. 

Responses to Maryland's conference shift have not been nearly as overhwleming. Many fans are upset at Maryland leaving the ACC in what appears to be little more than a cash grab. The Big Ten will bring in significantly more revenue to Maryland athletics, at a time when the Terps athletic depatment desperately needs the money. Earlier this year, Maryland cut seven varisty sports and the athletic budget is running a mounting deficit.

"I came to the conclusion this was the rigth thing to do," Loh said.

He explained that the decision to leave the ACC was an incredibly difficult one, but a neccessary choice for Maryland to remain competitive in a changing college sports landscape.

"The world of the ACC as we have known it has changed," Loh said, adding that Maryland no longer plays traditional rivals like North Carolina every year in football or twice a year in basketball, which for decades had been the case. Loh said that as president his role is to do what's best for Maryland in the future, and that is moving to the Big Ten. Delany echoed Loh's comments about college sports. 

"The only thing that has been constant is the change around the country," Delany said. He added that the Big Ten is excited to welcome Maryland to its ranks.

"We don't fear the turtle, we embrace the turtle," the Big Ten commissioner said. He called the press conference "Maryland's Day" and would not comment on further Big Ten expansion. Reports show that New Jersey's state university Rutgers is expected to join the Big Ten as well.

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Maryland women heading to the Sweet Sixteen with back-to-back routs

Maryland women heading to the Sweet Sixteen with back-to-back routs

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -- Maryland was already enjoying a heck of a second quarter when Destiny Slocum scrambled in position to take a buzzer-beating shot.

Squaring up from just outside the opposite arc, Slocum stretched both arms behind her head and let the ball fly.

Swish!

Slocum's 70-foot shot capped a pivotal run, and the Terrapins blew past West Virginia 83-56 Sunday to advance to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.

Brionna Jones had 22 points and 11 rebounds, Slocum scored 21 and Shatori Walker-Kimbrough added 19 for third-seeded Maryland (32-3), which will next face the winner of Monday's game between No. 2 seed Duke and Oregon.

The Terrapins will be hard-pressed to play better than they did in this one.

"On a scale of 1 to 100, today was 100," coach Brenda Frese said.

Teana Muldrow led West Virginia (24-11) with 16 points. Leading scorer Tynice Martin was limited to 10 points on 3 of 18 shooting.

The game turned in the second quarter, when Maryland outscored West Virginia 26-8 to take a 38-24 lead. After opening with a 23-4 surge, the Terrapins gave up two straight baskets -- the last with 4 seconds left -- before Slocum connected.

"Why not?" Slocum said. "Just throw it up and see what happens. Watching that thing was crazy. I was in shock . am still."

The 5-foot-7 freshman was immediately swarmed by her teammates while the fans in Maryland's home arena stood and cheered.

"That's her range," Walker-Kimbrough said. "I was surprised she made it, but a part of me wasn't."

The unlikely basket capped a 10-minute stretch in which Maryland made 12 of 17 shots.

"What they shoot in that quarter 70 percent?" West Virginia coach Mike Carey said. "Believe me, that shot didn't hurt us anymore than any of the other shots they (made)."

Actually, it did.

"It was a tough shot to see," Muldrow said. "But we can't really do anything about that except try not to let her get the ball at that time. She caught it, and it was one in a trillion."

Maryland carried the momentum into the third quarter, using a 12-1 spurt to build the margin to 23 points. Not long after that, the Big Ten champions celebrated a victory that thrust them into the Sweet 16 for the fifth time in six years.

Last season, Maryland lost its second round game at home to Washington. Intent upon avoiding a similar fate, the Terrapins left nothing to chance.

"This team definitely has a different feel than a season ago," Frese said. "You can feel their focus in terms of what we're doing."

West Virginia took a five-game winning streak into the contest, including an upset of Baylor in the Big 12 Tournament championship. On this day, however, the Mountaineers were no match for a Maryland squad that entered the NCAA Tournament with a surly attitude.

The Terrapins were displeased after the selection committee saddled it with a No. 3 seed because of a perceived weak non-conference schedule. To voice their displeasure, they opened with a 42-point win over Bucknell before easily dispatching West Virginia.

Maryland trailed 16-12 after a first quarter in which it missed 13 of 18 shots from the floor and were outrebounded 14-11.

The tone shifted dramatically at the outset of the second period. Walker-Kimbrough drilled a 3-pointer and added a fast-break layup, Jones bulled her way in the lane for two baskets and Slocum popped a jumper for a 23-16 lead.

West Virginia went scoreless for more than six minutes before Kristina King ended the drought with a jumper.

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Destiny Slocum hits half court buzzer beater

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Destiny Slocum hits half court buzzer beater

Destiny Slocum and the Maryland women's basketball team had a comfy 11-point lead over West Virginia heading into halftime, but apparently that wasn't enough. 

Slocum decided to heave a last-second shot with almost no time on the clock, and here's what happened:

Half-court, buzzer-beating shots: always dope.