Playing on the road finally seemed to catch up with the newly ranked Maryland men's basketball team Thursday night at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. A double-digit lead over Iowa early in the second half was gone, as was senior center Damonte Dodd (6'11''-F), who fouled out with more than three minutes left. The young Hawkeyes had a three-point lead and Peter Jok (6'6''-G-94), the Big Ten's leading scorer. But the No. 25 Terps had Melo Trimble (6'3''-G-95), who took over the game as he has often done throughout his career and carried his own youthful team from the brink of its first Big Ten road loss to an 84-76 victory. 'It's what we've done all year. You don't get to where we are right now without winning like that and believing you're going to win those games,' Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said. 'There was some doubts out there because it got really tough. Just a lot going on out there and we had to overcome it. 'But there's a huge belief system. It's great to see Melo make shots like that for us in the clutch, and that's what he's done most of his career. He hasn't done it lately, the last couple of games. For him to step up and do that was terrific. … Our belief system was good throughout.' With back-to-back 3-pointers, Trimble erased a 72-69 deficit and then helped put the game out of reach with three of four free throws in the final minute. Trimble finished with 20 points, five rebounds and five assists in leading Maryland (17-2, 5-1 Big Ten) to its third conference road win without a defeat and sole possession of first place in the league. Trimble said he didn't feel he needed to calm down his young teammates after the Hawkeyes used a 26-12 run midway through the second half to take their first lead with 5:18 left. 'Not calm things down, but be aggressive,' he said. 'I had that in my mind the whole game. … I had that aggressive mindset; keep shooting.' Maryland overcame 21 turnovers - including eight by freshman guard Anthony Cowan (6'0''-G), who added 15 points and six assists - with 23 assists. The Terps also shot 56.6 percent from the field (30-for-53), including 11-for-23 from 3-point range (5-for-9 by Trimble). 'They really kind of dominated the game for awhile, physically,' said Turgeon, whose team led by as many as 15 points in the first half, and by 14 early in the second half. 'We kept shooting ourselves in the foot. We had some unbelievable turnovers tonight. We just kept believing we were going to win.' If Trimble's consecutive 3-pointers returned Maryland to the lead, a 3-pointer by junior wing Jared Nickens to tie the game at 69 with 4:16 to play gave the Terps a jolt of much-needed confidence. It came 12 seconds after Nickens was substituted into the game during a timeout. 'He hadn't played a lot in the [second] half,' Turgeon said. 'I said, 'We're going to hit a 3 here and we're going to win this game. We've got to be the tougher team the last four minutes.' Our defense was a little better and of course Melo made two big 3s on top of it.' Jok, who injured his back in Iowa's recent road loss at Northwestern, finished with 14 points, only two of which came in the second half. Jok, who seemed to tweak his back going in for a drive late in the first half and then jammed his shoulder going for a steal in the second half, hit just four of 12 shots for Iowa (11-9, 3-4) while being guarded mostly by freshmen Kevin Huerter (6'7''-G-98) and Justin Jackson (12 points, nine rebounds, six steals, four assists, two blocks). The victory erased the harsh memory of a 16-point Maryland loss in Iowa City two years ago. It also prevented the Terps from thinking about blowing another double-digit lead in the second half, as they did when they lost at home to Nebraska on New Year's Day. 'We've been through that situation when we played Nebraska and we let up the last eight minutes. We didn't want to do it this game,' Trimble said. 'We just wanted to stay poised and continued to have fun.' Trimble had his own painful memories of the loss at Iowa when he was a freshman. He got poked in the eye by former Hawkeye center Adam Woodbury (7'1''-C-94, college: Iowa), ran into a television camera after driving to the basket and played through the pain of his own lower back injury as Jok did Thursday. This time, he could only smile. 'Before the game, I had that thought. I knew what happened here two years ago. We came in ranked [at No. 17] and they were the underdogs,' Trimble said. 'It's basketball. It's a game of runs and they made a run at the end. The good thing is, we stayed poised and we pulled out the win.' Though only a few players remain from that team, Turgeon made sure to make his younger players aware of what happened two years ago. 'It's good to talk about it. We sat in the room and talked about how bad they thumped us here two years ago,' said Turgeon, whose team fell behind 17-2 at the start and 40-17 at halftime in that loss. 'Melo was able to talk about it, some of the veterans were able to talk about how good their crowd is, how loud their crowd is and how well they play at home.' A week after the Hawkeyes upset another top-25 team - Purdue - at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Maryland somehow survived. Not that Turgeon looked at it as his team making a statement. 'Not really. It's just a long, hard grind season. You never know when you're going to win your next one, to be honest with you,' said Turgeon, whose team will be off until it plays last-place Rutgers at home Tuesday. 'Whenever you get one, we celebrate them a lot more. You hug each other and then you move on the next one.' Courtesy of: baltimoresun.com
Kansas City. MO - Since Chris Boucher went down with a knee injury in the Pac-12 Tournament, Tyler Dorsey and Jordan Bell stepped up their games to help Oregon get to the Elite Eight. Dorsey and Bell stepped it to another level tonight to lead the Ducks past Kansas 74-60 in the Midwest Regional Finals to send Oregon to their first trip to the Final Four since 1939. And then it wasn't really a Final Four [read more]
Kansas City. MO - Since Chris Boucher went down with a knee injury in the Pac-12 Tournament, Tyler Dorsey and Jordan Bell stepped up their games to help Oregon get to the Elite Eight. Dorsey and Bell stepped it to another level tonight to lead the Ducks past Kansas 74-60 in the Midwest Regional Finals to send Oregon to their first trip to the Final Four since 1939. And then it wasn't really a Final Four. They will face the winner of the South Regional final between North Carolina and Kentucky in the national semifinals.
Dorsey led the game with 27 points hitting several key three-pointers, the most important after Kansas cut Oregon's lead to 66-60 with slightly under two minutes left. That was the icing on the cake as the Jayhawks did not score again. Bell was all over the court, scoring 11 points, grabbing 13 rebounds, blocking eight shots and even getting four assists. On one series Bell got free for a dunk and then sprinted down the court in time to block a shot a the rim. Dillon Brooks added 17 points including a long, key second half three-pointer and Dylan Ennis added an efficient 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting.
Kansas seemed out of sorts in this game after freshman sensation Josh Jackson picked up his second foul in the first three minutes of action. Coach Dana Altman mixed up Oregon's defense using a zone press to slow the Jayhawks offense down and mixing in zones and man-to man. Jackson and guard Devonte' Graham each went scoreless in the first half. All-American guard Frank Mason kept Kansas relatively close with 17 first half points but he couldn't do it alone. Mason needed 20 shots to score his team-high 21 points and had to take the offense on himself as he received little help from his teammates.
Dorsey's long three-pointer at the close of the first half gave Oregon a 44-33 halftime lead. They extended the lead to 18 points (55-37) before Kansas made a run to close the deficit to six. Then Oregon scored the final eight points of the game.
Kansas, the favorite playing before a virtual home crowd, was dominant in their first three games winning them by an average of 30 points and scoring at least 90 points in each. Oregon's defense held them to 60 and their perimeter defense helped Kansas shoot a paltry 5-of-25 from deep. Oregon, helped by Dorsey's 6-of-10 from distance, shot 11-of-25 from beyond the arc. Oregon had a +4 edge in rebounding but what was more important was Bell's eight blocks. On many possessions you could see Kansas hesitate in taking the ball inside. Kansas did not have the rim protector that Oregon had and that was a big difference in the game.
Overall Oregon shot 51 percent for the game while holding Kansas to 35 percent shooting. Jackson finished with 10 second half points and grabbed 12 rebounds while Graham only made three free throws while shooting 0-of-7 from the field.
When Boucher went down with his injury most prognosticators assumed Oregon would be eliminated by now. However the injury created an urgency in the rest of the team, particularly Dorsey and Bell who are now playing at a level far above their performance during the regular season. While the Ducks are down to mainly a six man rotation they've proven that they can beat anyone as long as they can keep Jordan Bell on the floor protecting the basket.
It's on to Phoenix and the Final Four for the Oregon Ducks.
This article was written by Carl Berman, Managing Partner of NetScouts Basketball.
Archie Miller to be named new IU coach - 12 hours ago
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IndyStar has confirmed that Dayton coach Archie Miller will be Indiana basketball's next head coach. The news was first reported Saturday by Yahoo!'s Adrian Wojnarowski, who reported Miller and IU are finalizing a seven-year contract. The 38-year-old Miller is considered one of the nation's top young coaches and has a 139-63 record. He was 2017 Atlantic 10 coach of the year and has guided Dayton to four-straight NCAA tournament appearances, including a 2014 Elite Eight appearance. Miller... [read more]
IndyStar has confirmed that Dayton coach Archie Miller will be Indiana basketball's next head coach. The news was first reported Saturday by Yahoo!'s Adrian Wojnarowski, who reported Miller and IU are finalizing a seven-year contract. The 38-year-old Miller is considered one of the nation's top young coaches and has a 139-63 record. He was 2017 Atlantic 10 coach of the year and has guided Dayton to four-straight NCAA tournament appearances, including a 2014 Elite Eight appearance. Miller has built Dayton into a consistent power in the Atlantic 10, winning regular-season conference titles in each of the last two years. He did it this year largely without the help of Josh Cunningham, one of his best players, who missed much of the season through injury. Dayton has picked off its share of high-major opponents lately, either in the NCAA tournament, or in nonconference play. He also boasts excellent bloodlines - his father is a legendary high school coach in Pennsylvania, his brother Sean is the coach at Arizona, and Archie spent time under Thad Matta at Ohio State. Courtesy of: indystar.com
Berry leads North Carolina past Butler 92-80 - 18 hours ago
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Joel Berry II (6'0''-G-95) II scored 26 points and Justin Jackson (6'8''-F-95) added 24 as top-seeded North Carolina moved to the Elite Eight with a 92-80 victory over Butler in the NCAA South Region on Friday night. Luke Maye (6'8''-F) recorded his first career double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds, helping fuel a quick start for Carolina (30-7). The Tar Heels never let their lead get under double digits in the second half. Andrew Chrabascz (6'7''-F) led the fourth-seeded Bulldogs... [read more]
Joel Berry II (6'0''-G-95) II scored 26 points and Justin Jackson (6'8''-F-95) added 24 as top-seeded North Carolina moved to the Elite Eight with a 92-80 victory over Butler in the NCAA South Region on Friday night. Luke Maye (6'8''-F) recorded his first career double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds, helping fuel a quick start for Carolina (30-7). The Tar Heels never let their lead get under double digits in the second half. Andrew Chrabascz (6'7''-F) led the fourth-seeded Bulldogs (25-9) with 21 points and seven rebounds, while Kelan Martin (6'6''-PF) finished with 16 points for Butler, which struggled shooting early and did not recover. Carolina, which reached the Elite Eight for the 27th time, will face the winner of Friday's second game between UCLA and Kentucky. The Tar Heels connected on 54.4 percent of their shots, while Butler was at 43.5 percent. The Tar Heels broke out of the gate early, building a double-digit lead and really weren't threatened after halftime, although Butler did get within 10 at one point. North Carolina used early accurate shooting to build a 16-point lead as the Tar Heels connected on 13 of their first 18 shots, including missing only one of seven from outside the arc. Meanwhile, the Bulldogs were suffering through a scoring drought the stretched beyond 4 minutes. That helped Carolina build the advantage to 30-14 when Maye connected on a 3-pointer near the midway point of the first half. While Butler managed to whittle the deficit to single digits on a couple of occasions before halftime, North Carolina would simply answer with another rally, the last one of the half stretching the Tar Heels lead to 52-32 on its eighth 3-pointer of the half. By halftime, Jackson had 17 points, and Maye had already reached his career-high in points with 14, plus grabbing nine of the Tar Heels' 22 boards. That helped Carolina carry a 52-36 lead into the break. Chrabascz led the Bulldogs with 11 points. The Tar Heels lead would stretch the lead back to 20 near the 12-minute mark of the second half, but Butler didn't exactly allow North Carolina to coast home. A 13-4 Bulldog run made a dent in the advantage as Martin had seven in the stretch with Avery Woodson (6'2''-PG) connecting on a 3-pointer. Martin closed out the run with another 3-pointer to pull Butler within 71-60. But while the Bulldogs would cut the Carolina advantage to 10 points 2 minutes later, they would get no closer the rest of the way. Courtesy of: reviewjournal.com
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