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Len garners ACC, NBA attention

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Len garners ACC, NBA attention

In case there was any doubt, Alex Len's performance Friday in Maryland's 72-69 loss to No. 3 Kentucky generated some attention.

In the here and now, the ACC named Len its Player of the Week after the 7-foot-1 center established career highs with 23 points and 12 rebounds against the Wildcats. Seven of the sophomore's boards came on the offensive end and overall Len hit on 10-of-18 from the floor in 32 minutes. For good measure he tacked on four blocks, which matched a career high.

Len's performance against a Kentucky frontcourt loaded with NBA prospects, including heralded freshman center Nerlens Noel, also raised his professsional upside in the minds of talent evaluators.

"Len made himself a lot of money Friday," ESPN Draft analyst Chad Ford said in an Insider column posted Monday. "He had career highs in points (23) and rebounds (12) against the No. 1 player on our Big Board (Noel) and established himself as a potential elite big man prospect in this year's draft."

Ford noted Len's "mixed bag" of a freshman season, which included moments of brilliance followed by games with "almost nothing on either end." That was then

"This season he has added strength and appears to be more confident," Ford wrote. "Equally important is the fact that, with gunner Terrell Stoglin gone, it appears as if Mark Turgeon is finally going to run the offense through Len. If he can keep this up all season, scouts predict he'll go very high in the 2013 NBA draft."

One NBA GM told Ford, "If Enes Kanter can go No. 3 and Jonas Valanciunas No. 5 in a much stronger draft, Len should be able to easily crack the top five if he's going to play like that all year. He's 7-foot-1, is athletic, rebounds, block shots and has offensive skills, and he's producing against legit NBA talent. Those guys don't come along very often."

No they don't, which is why Maryland fans are thrilled to have Len on campus - and hope he sticks around for a while.

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NCAA Finances: Maryland increases revenue total in second Big Ten season

NCAA Finances: Maryland increases revenue total in second Big Ten season

The University of Maryland saw its total sports revenue increase according to the most updated NCAA Division 1 public school athletics spending and revenue list released by USA TODAY Sports. 

Since joining the Big Ten, Maryland has seen drastic increases in the money they bring in from sports. 

In 2013-2014, Maryland's final year in the ACC, the Terps earned $73,434,869 in sports revenue, a little less than a $10 million increase from the previous year. 

The following year, in the Terps first financial season as a part of the Big Ten, that number jumped to $92,686,128, with the most notable increase being an almost $18 million rise in rights and licensing. 

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According to the most updated report, in the 2015-2016 year, Maryland's total revenue continued to rise, although slightly, totaling $94,101,697.

Just seeing the revenue rise is a promising thing. With that total, the Terps rank No. 36 in school revenue in the country.

While being seen as a very successful feat, the Terps have some ground to make up compared to their Big Ten counterparts.

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The Terps ranked 11th in the Big Ten, only ahead of Rutgers and Purdue. 

The entire Big Ten conference is in the top 50 on the list, making it one of the most lucrative conferences in the country. Ohio State (No. 3) and Michigan (No. 5) lead the way.

The approximate $2 million rise for Maryland mainly came from a rise in the "contributions" category.

Maryland needs to continue to see their revenue rise if they want to stay competitive in the Big Ten due to costly expenses. The expenses quickly add up, with coaching staffs, scholarships, and facilities all requiring millions of dollars.

In the 2015-2016 year, for example, Maryland matched their expenses with their revenue total: $94,101,697.

An approximate $3 million rise in coaching/staff fees, $2 million increase in scholarships, and $4 million increase in other expenses is what led Maryland to come out even at the end of the 2015-2016 year.

The move to the Big Ten was a financial one and Maryland is justifying the change as their total sports revenue has increased since joining the conference. For the Terps, that needs to continue. 

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With two championships in two days, Maryland's lacrosse teams join unique club

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With two championships in two days, Maryland's lacrosse teams join unique club

Any NCAA Championship deserves an explosive celebration because of the guaranteed adversity faced and collective team effort to go all the way. The Maryland men's lacrosse team — in addition to its challenging 16-3 season — has been fighting four decades' worth of adversity on its way to its first title since the 1975 season.

But when the Terrapins took down Ohio State — which handed Maryland one of its losses in overtime this season — on Monday, 9-6, for the championship, they gave the school, the athletic department and its fan base an extra boost of Terps pride after the women's team claimed its third title in four seasons Sunday. It's also just the third time in NCAA lacrosse history — or since the women began playing in 1982 — a school's men's and women's teams returned to the same campus as champions in the same season. 

Last season, both North Carolina teams won their respective championships, and before that, there was only Princeton in 1994. 

Topping Boston College on Sunday to cap a perfect, undefeated season, the women's program reaffirmed its power, earning its 13th championship — the most of any school and six more than second-place Northwestern — while the men opened what could be a new era of Terrapin dominance. 

It's a special lacrosse weekend for Maryland, and its fans should cherish the rarity of their men's and women's teams rising to the top of the NCAA. UConn's basketball teams have done it a couple times, and it happens in sports like swimming relatively often. But in lacrosse, both teams being the best in the nation is truly exceptional, and it deserves to be celebrated as much as the individual championships themselves.

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