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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | March 31, 2014
Maryland coach Mark Turgeon has been selected to coach one of the teams in the 2014 Reese's College All-Star game at this year's Final Four outside Dallas. Turgeon, whose 17-15 Terps were not selected in either the NCAA tournament or the National Invitation Tournament, will coach the East team, while Stanford's Johnny Dawkins will coach the West. Dawkins coached the Cardinal to the Sweet 16, where it lost to Dayton. As college players, Turgeon and Dawkins faced each other in the 1986 Final Four in Dallas.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | March 16, 2014
Maryland's disappointing 17-15 season hit a new low Sunday night, when the Terps were excluded from the 32-team field for the National Invitation Tournament. Despite finishing with a .500 record in the Atlantic Coast Conference regular season (9-9) for the first time in Mark Turgeon's three years - and ending the regular season with an upset of then-No. 5 Virginia at Comcast Center - Maryland's early season struggles likely cost the Terps a bid in the postseason tournament. Losses at home to Boston University, which was given a spot in the field as the Patriot League regular-season champion, and Oregon State were blemishes on a record that saw the Terps beat only one team - the Cavaliers - ranked in the top 50. It marks the second time in Turgeon's three years - and the third time in the past four - that the Terps were excluded from playing in either the NCAA tournament or the NIT. That hadn't happened since Gary Wiliams inherited a program from Bob Wade that was about to go on NCAA probation and was banned from playing in the postseason for two years after Williams led the Terps to the NIT in his first year in the 1989-90 season.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | March 14, 2014
GREENSBORO, N.C. - After beating Duke and narrowly losing to North Carolina in last year's Atlantic Coast Conference tournament, Maryland looked at the National Invitation Tournament as a building block for Mark Turgeon's program. If the Terps are selected Sunday night for their second straight NIT after losing Thursday to Florida State in the second round of Maryland's last ACC tournament, it might be viewed differently. Many will see playing in the NIT - and the team's disappointing 17-15 season in general - as a stumbling block in what many hoped to be a breakthrough season in Turgeon's third year in College Park.
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March 14, 2014
Baltimore Sun reporters Jeff Barker and Don Markus and producer-editor Jonas Shaffer weigh in on three topics from the past week in Maryland sports. What has Maryland been most lacking this season in going 17-15? Jeff Barker:  A rim protector? Some semblance of luck? A few more road wins? Let's start with somebody to protect the basket when Maryland urgently needed a stop. How does the song go? “You're gonna miss me when I'm gone.” That's how center Alex Len might have felt in 2012-13.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | March 13, 2014
GREENSBORO, N.C. - The pained look Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson has worn for most of the past two months has had more to do with his recovery from knee replacement surgery than what he endured watching the Terps men's basketball team's disappointing season. The solemn look was there Thursday, but this time it had more to do with the Terps' losing another close game than with his new knee. Anderson, who signed Mark Turgeon to an eight-year contract after Gary Williams retired suddenly in March 2011, said he still has faith that the Terps will turn it around.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | March 13, 2014
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Evan Smotrycz looked lost. Before Maryland's game against Florida State in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament began Thursday afternoon at the Greensboro Coliseum, Smotrycz stood on the sideline near the team's bench, his hands in the pockets of his warmup pants.  When the game started, he took a seat on the bench next to the walk-ons, a clear sign that the 6-9 junior forward wasn't going to play. A back injury that began at halftime of last Sunday's overtime win against then No. 5 Virginia at Comcast Center - a game in which he scored all 13 of his points in the first half and took only one shot in the second half - and caused him to miss practice on Tuesday in College Park - flared up again Thursday morning.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | March 13, 2014
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Slumped against a wall across from his team's dressing room at the Greensboro Coliseum, Maryland men's basketball coach Mark Turgeon couldn't get Florida State center Boris Bojanovsky's dunk out of his head. The play, with less than a second left in Thursday's second-round Atlantic Coast Conference tournament game, not only gave the Seminoles a 67-65 victory, but it also ended the Terps' 61-year association with the league here on Tobacco Road. Turgeon said his team was well aware that this was its last chance at the ACC tournament, but he said the Terps had more emotion about playing less than two days after the death of former team manager Zach Lederer, who passed away at 20 after a lengthy battle with brain cancer.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | March 12, 2014
Zachary M. "Zach" Lederer's personal struggle and determination to survive brain cancer gave hope and inspiration to people across the world. The University of Maryland, College Park student and manager of the men's basketball team became known for "Zaching" - a muscle pose he made when he was recuperating after surgery. Mr. Lederer died Tuesday of the disease at his parents' Ellicott City home. He was 20. "We had a great bond. … It really hurt me seeing him hurt so bad," said Maryland basketball player Nick Faust, who was a freshman when Mr. Lederer started as the team manager.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun and By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | March 11, 2014
For a Maryland team desperately in need of a morale-boosting victory over a nationally ranked team, the difference between losing and winning Sunday's game against No. 5 Virginia was sophomore guard Seth Allen. After helping the Terps take a four-point lead on a jumper with 2:39 left in regulation, Allen's inability to get Maryland into its offense on three of the team's last four possessions led to the Cavaliers forcing overtime. But then Allen showed his growth as an elite college scorer, if not quite an elite college point guard, by making Maryland's first two baskets in overtime, both on drives, scoring the first five points of overtime in a 75-69 victory for the Terps.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | March 10, 2014
COLLEGE PARK -- The stat line was respectable: 11 points, eight rebounds and a blocked shot in 41 minutes of Maryland's overtime victory over No. 5 Virginia at Comcast Center. That it came collectively from sophomores Charles Mitchell and Shaquille Cleare might make it seem a little less impressive, but Terps coach Mark Turgeon was certainly pleased with the play of his big men. Cleare's contribution of five points, five rebounds and the blocked shot in a season-high 26 minutes off the bench might be thought of as a flicker rather than a spark, but it signals that the 6-foot-9, 270-pound center still might turn things around after a disappointing start to his college career.
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