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Maryland makes it 12 straight with win over IUPUI

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Maryland makes it 12 straight with win over IUPUI

After a solid month of playing mid-major teams from around the country the Maryland Terrapins could probably be excused for sleep walking through their New Year’s Day matinee against the IUPUI Jaguars at Comcast Center today.

The end result was a to-be-expected 81-63 rout of the visitors. While the Terps took a circuitous route to getting the win, Maryland coach Mark Turgeon pronounced his team ready for ACC play.

That’s a good thing because league play begins this Saturday against Virginia Tech.

While much of the media has focused on the rotation of players that Turgeon may or may not employ with the conference season upon us, the coach himself has focused on the benefits of Maryland’s unparalleled depth and the answers he seems to have for every situation as a result.

With IUPUI red-hot out of the gates and off to a 14-3 lead barely six minutes into the game Turgeon had already tired of his team’s effort defensively and went to the bench for answers. He ended up getting exactly what he wanted – and then some.

Freshman guard Seth Allen may have been inserted initially for defensive purposes but he nailed back to back three pointers and the Terps- and the crowd in attendance- seemed to come to life.

The Jaguars continued to shoot the lights out of Comcast for a few more minutes and eventually held a 19-9 lead with 12 minutes left in the first half. After what happened over the next 6 minutes, IUPUI was probably left wishing that they had literally shot the lights out of Comcast.

Maryland reserves went on a quick 11-0 run to hand the lead back to the Terp’s starting five and they immediately went on a 9-3 run of their own. That 20-3 run over a seven minute span effectively decided the game and allow Maryland the chance to try and do some fine tuning heading into conference play.

There was plenty to be concerned with, to be sure. IUPUI had struggled to score in many of their previous outings but shot the ball extremely well for the first thirty minutes before fatigue took over and they wilted against Maryland’s depth. For the game they ended up a solid 24-54 (45%), the best an opponent has shot against the Terps this season.

The Terps also committed 14 turnovers against a team that rarely pressured them. Many of them could be categorized as “unforced errors” that Turgeon quickly alluded to after the game. He also countered that quickly by saying how much he loved how his team shared the ball and pointed to the 16 assists his club had.

When he was asked about Virginia Tech just after the game, Turgeon was quick to say that he had completely focused on IUPUI in advance of this contest and that preparation for the Hokies would be coming over the course of the next few days.

That may be true – to a degree. Turgeon is an extraordinarily superstitious coach and he knows enough not to offend the basketball Gods by preparing for one opponent five days away when you have a game against another opponent tomorrow. That said, there can be little doubt that his assistants have probably watched enough tape of Virginia Tech to run a Hokie practice themselves. You can be certain that Turgeon left College Park with a scouting report and plenty of game tape to watch tonight when he gets home.

Virginia Tech had started the season as one of the real surprises in the league and they reeled of seven consecutive wins. Since that point they have lost four of six games, including blowout losses against Colorado State and Brigham Young. They are led by perhaps the ACC’s most NBA-ready player in point guard Erick Green, who is averaging a league best 24.4 points per game. For the Terps the job defensively will begin with containing Green.

As the nearly 9,000 in attendance strolled into the College Park night there had to be some consensus among them that – for all intents and purposes- the JV games are over.

Now it’s time to bring on the Varsity.

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Maryland QB Perry Hills ‘day-to-day’ with shoulder injury

Maryland QB Perry Hills ‘day-to-day’ with shoulder injury

BY KEVIN CONNELL (@_KevinConnell)

Maryland quarterback Perry Hills is “day-to-day” with an apparent shoulder injury, Terrapins coach DJ Durkin said Monday.

Hills, a fifth-year senior, sustained the injury during Maryland’s 30-24 double-overtime road win over UCF on Saturday.

“Perry is about as tough as they come. Obviously, its timed well having a bye and time to recover and get healthy,” Durkin said, according to the Washington Post. “That’s a day-to-day thing. We’ll continue to monitor it all the way up to our preparation (for Purdue).”

Hills left the game after injuring his shoulder on a 1-yard run during the Terps’ second overtime period against the Knights.

On the next play after he left the game, backup quarterback Tyrrell Pigrome, a true freshman, weaved his way to the end zone on a 24-yard run for the game-winning score.

Against UCF, Hills completed 10 of 23 passes for 127 yards. Through three games this season, he’s thrown for 463 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions.

Hills was the starter in eight games last season and started seven games as a true freshman in 2012, as well. He redshirted as a sophomore in 2013 and appeared in just three games the following year.

Maryland has its bye this Saturday before hosting Purdue in its Big Ten opener on Oct. 1. The game, which kicks off at 3:30 p.m. ET, also will be the Terps’ homecoming game.

RELATED: FORMER TERRAPIN STEFON DIGGS TRYING TO START A SHORT SHORTS TREND IN NFL

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Former Terrapin Stefon Diggs trying to start a short shorts trend in NFL

Former Terrapin Stefon Diggs trying to start a short shorts trend in NFL

Vikings receiver Stefon Diggs is turning heads on game days. In fact, his 285 receiving yards through two weeks leads the NFL. 

But the former Maryland football star is turning heads in practice for a different reason: his teeny, tiny shorts. A few photos to illustrate the point:

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In a great writeup in the Ringer, Diggs explains how hiked up hems became part of his signature style. 

Ironically, it all goes back to the NBA. Specifically its golden generation of stars in the '80s.

Diggs said he'd been in the habit of ordering retro basketball shorts for use off the field, but in the spring of 2015, he decided to bring the style to practice. 

“I kept rolling my shorts up, shorter and shorter,” Diggs said. “By training camp, [equipment managers] came up to me and said, ‘Uh, we can hem them. I guess.’”

In addition to the style element, the receiver appreciates less fabric for freer movement. Fast forward more than a year and his practice shorts are as short as anatomy will allow. 

Diggs is not alone in his affinity for showing some leg in practice and around town. Just check out Wizards forward Kelly Oubre. 

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But Diggs does stick out in the NFL world, which may not have seen shorts that miniscule since Chris Cooley rocked these in the mid-2000s. 

“My mom sees it and makes fun of me constantly; she calls me John Stockton,” Diggs said. And she isn't the only one to reference thigh-bearing NBA stars. 

“Coaches name basically every ’80s basketball player. I’m paying respect to ’80s basketball players, even if I don’t know every player they are talking about. Sometimes I don’t even hear what coach it is, I just hear someone yelling some ’80s player.”

As far as Diggs is concerned, that's a compliment. But his teammates don't exactly agree. 

“His shorts are unreasonable,” fellow Vikings receiver Cordarrelle Patterson said. “He’s the first guy I’ve ever seen do that on a football field, but you can’t be mad at him, because he’s owning it.”

“I just look at it and say, ‘What is he doing?’ This is not going to catch on," cornerback Captain Munnerlyn said. “I don’t even know what Stef is trying to show off. He has skinny legs.”

The teasing only makes Diggs double down. “Everyone on the team has been making fun of me, so I’m not going to change now." 

But the former Maryland star isn't just a short shorts enthusiast. He's an evangalist as well. 

“Short shorts are cool. It should catch on," he said. Diggs told the Ringer that he hopes to talk to athletic wear companies about making them specifically for football. 

The equipment managers hemming his practice shorts would surely appreciate the help. 

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