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Len, Allen power Terps past LIU

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Len, Allen power Terps past LIU

One of the most important jobs any Division One coaching staff has is in putting its schedule together. The process is a lot more art than science and entails projecting what kind of team you expect to have in a distant two or three years.

My guess is that Mark Turgeon could never have imagined the dramatic improvement in his program over the course of a single year when he and his staff put this year’s schedule together. If they had, then we might actually be seeing a different approach to the one we will see over the next six weeks. While there is certainly a fair share of challenges, what the current schedule will allow the Maryland coach to do is to continue to integrate and assimilate all of the new parts in his program.

It won’t always be pretty.

Tonight Maryland’s depth and size eventually pummeled the Long Island University Blackbirds into submission before a crowd of 13,000 at Comcast Center. The deceptive final score of 91-74 probably doesn’t reflect the efforts of a Blackbird team that found itself down by only seven points late in the second half. Even with that, one of the enduring lessons that come out of games like this is that there are an awful lot of teams on the Terps schedule this year that are going to have similar struggles with that same size and depth.

For the most part, the results from tonight’s game were positive. Sophomore center Alex Len continues to look like a different man than the guy we saw last year and finished with 18 points and 7 rebounds. Better than that is how active he is on the defensive end. He blocks plenty of shots and influences twice as many as he blocks.

Sophomore Dez Wells played his best game of the season by far and pitched in 15 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 blocks while playing three different positions in 33 minutes. After the game, Wells made an interesting admission about his performance in the season opener against Kentucky. When he was asked about his struggles in that game he said, “I was caught up in something I didn’t understand and something I couldn’t control. After I was declared eligible I didn’t have the chance to think about it and pray on it and it cost me in that first game.”

He went on to say that it was a conversation he had with Turgeon the afternoon of the game that changed his approach. Turgeon simply reminded him that he had plenty of good players around him and there was no need for him to feel like he had to be The Man at every turn.

Maryland’s one-two punch at point guard – junior Pe’Shon Howard and freshman Seth Allen- both excelled in different ways. Howard was almost flawless running the point and had 13 assists and committed just one turnover. Consider the second half he cobbled together: he hit is only three point attempt, made each of his two free throw attempts and had 9 assists and no turnovers. You simply cannot play the position a whole lot better than that.

Allen excelled but it may have been at the expense of a Terp who struggled. When sophomore wing Nick Faust endured a completely forgettable first half going 1-6 with 2 turnovers and a host of bad decisions he left Turgeon with little choice but to try some alternatives in the second half. Freshman Jake Layman started in Faust’s spot but it was Allen who played like he didn’t want to give it back. He shot 5-6 from the three point line (7-10 overall) and finished with 19 points with 4 assists and only one turnover.

Seventeen assists and two turnovers from your primary ballhandlers? Take it and run.

Faust wasn’t the only one who struggled in this game. Big men James Padgett and Charles Mitchell each had problem covering the mobile Blackbird big men and also had turnover issues.

Each of the three came back to make important contributions to the 52-point second half Maryland was able to fashion.

The run of non-conference games continues on Tuesday night against the Lafayette Leopards at Comcast Center. The Patriot League opponent features a wiley coach and a three point attack. More importantly it offers another chance for a young team to continue to get better.

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D.J Moore scores 3 TDs to help Maryland roll past Towson

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D.J Moore scores 3 TDs to help Maryland roll past Towson

COLLEGE PARK, Md.  -- True freshman Kasim Hill threw two touchdown passes in his starting debut, Ty Johnson ran for two long scores and Maryland cruised past in-state foe Towson 63-17 on Saturday.

D.J. Moore scored three touchdowns -- on catches of 9 and 34 yards, along with a 21-yard run -- to help the Terrapins (2-0) maintain the momentum created by their season-opening 51-41 win at Texas.

It's the first time in school history that Maryland has started with two straight 50-point games. The 63 points were the most scored by the Terps since they crushed Missouri 74-13 in 1954.

Hill took over for injured starter Tyrrell Pigrome in the third quarter against Texas and completed his only three passes. He started 8 for 8 in this one and was 13 for 16 for 163 yards before watching the fourth quarter from the sideline.

Two touchdowns by Moore and a 74-yard run by Johnson put Maryland in front 21-0 after nine minutes.

Johnson's 46-yard touchdown run in the third quarter made it 35-7 and enabled him to become the fourth player in Maryland history to reach the 100-yard mark in four straight games. He finished with 124 yards on only five carries, a whopping 24.8-yard average.

The Terrapins outscored Towson (1-1) 21-0 in the third quarter, the last TD coming on an end-around by Moore in which he broke four tackles on his way to the end zone.

Towson got both its touchdowns on passes by Ryan Stover, a redshirt freshman also making his first college start.

Stover went 21 for 36 for 210 yards and two interceptions, the first of which was taken back 75 yards for a score by Darnell Savage Jr.

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5-star PG Immanuel Quickley officially removes Maryland from list; announces top 3

5-star PG Immanuel Quickley officially removes Maryland from list; announces top 3

WATCH IMMANUEL QUICKLEY'S INTERVIEW IN THE VIDEO PLAYER ABOVE

Immanuel Quickley will not be the next Maryland Terrapins star guard.

On Wednesday night, Qthe highly touted 6-3 point guard joined Rob Carlin and Brian Mitchell on CSN's SportsTalk Live and the five-star point guard from John Carroll School in Bel Air, Md. removed the Terrapins from his remaining list of schools. 

With Maryland out, Quickley's Top 3 list consists of Kentucky, Kansas and Miami, with the Wildcats being the heavy favorites.

"I am taking Maryland off my list," Quickley told CSN Mid-Atlantic's Rob Carlin on Wednesday night. "They [Maryland] haven't contacted me as much. So it only makes sense to go forward with those three."

Communication was key for the No. 1 class of 2018 recruit in Maryland. Quickley, who is ranked in the top 15 recruits in every major recruiting service, connected with Miami because of great communication.  "Miami has a great coaching staff and I really connected with them," he told CSN's Carlin. "They brought all four coaches to meet me. I think that was a big part of it in recruiting me."

"It's big, especially with the head coach. That's who is making th sub. That who is calling the plays, stuff like that." 

Communication in the recruiting process is important to Quickley, but so is the communication during development once the player hits campus. That's what stood out about Kansas. "I think they've taken players, not even like myself, players that haven't been as talented as me and gotten them to the highest level, so I think that's been a big part of what's stood out."

As for Kentucky, it's simple. John Calipari is the best recruiter in college basketball. "You just have to sit back and smile," he said of getting his first contact from Calipari and the Wildcats coaching staff. "It definitely was cool to have coach Calipari reach out to me."

But for Maryland, it's not nearly as cool. Quickley is the latest in near-gets for Maryland. Head coach Mark Turgeon recently missed out on Prentiss Hubb and Brandon Slater.

The Terps were the lone local school on Quickley's list, and Quickley has often stated that Maryland had a hometown advantage. But Turgeon and his staff had not communicated with Quickley in recent months as much as the remaining schools on his list, so the Terps once again miss out on luring a top-flight prospect to College Park.