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Sunday, March 20, 2016

Maryland will face top-seeded Kansas in Sweet 16

Former KU guard Mark Turgeon to meet alma mater

Maryland center Diamond Stone (33) shoots against Hawaii forward Stefan Jankovic during the first half of a second-round men's college basketball game in the NCAA Tournament in Spokane, Wash., Sunday, March 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Young Kwak)

Maryland center Diamond Stone (33) shoots against Hawaii forward Stefan Jankovic during the first half of a second-round men's college basketball game in the NCAA Tournament in Spokane, Wash., Sunday, March 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Young Kwak)

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— When the Kansas basketball team gets to Louisville, Kentucky, later this week there won’t be a March Madness Cinderella waiting for the top-seeded Jayhawks. Instead, KU and coach Bill Self will meet fifth-seeded Maryland, which defeated 13-seed Hawaii, 73-60, Sunday night to move on to the Sweet 16.

The Terrapins (27-8) used a 14-0 run midway through the second half to put away upset-minded Hawaii (28-6).

Maryland guard Melo Trimble scored 24 points to advance the Terps, while big man Diamond Stone and Rasheed Sulaimon added 14 apiece.

Former Kansas guard Mark Turgeon, who played at KU from 1983 to 1987 and worked on Larry Brown’s staff in 1988, when the Jayhawks won the national championship, is in his fifth season leading the Maryland program.

Turgeon wasn’t necessarily excited to be facing KU on Thursday in the South regional semifinal, but he said in a post-game interview on TBS he was glad his Terrapins had advanced.

“They’re the best team in the country,” Turgeon said of KU. “We’ve got a quick turnaround to play on Thursday night, but we’re excited to be in the game.”

KU and Maryland will play at approximately 8:40 p.m. Central, following Villanova versus Miami (FL).

Comments

David McGee 3 years, 6 months ago

It's not something that's made any news stories, but I've noticed in several games that Landen Lucas has a penchant for getting under the skin of opposing post players. Diamond Stone has shown he can be provoked. I am going to be watching Lucas v Stone for extra-curricular activity on Thursday for amusement factor alone.

Jonathan Allison 3 years, 6 months ago

Would be nice to get Stone off-balance and in early foul trouble. However, it sounds like they have a lot of big bodies to throw at us.

Joe Joseph 3 years, 6 months ago

Turgeon sounds almost conciliatory in his comments.

Jay Scott 3 years, 6 months ago

The Terps can beat anyone on any given day. This game will be a tussle...

Glen Miller 3 years, 6 months ago

We will have to shoot the ball well from the perimeter early, so that the lane opens up. This game will be a tough test for us and maybe one of the toughest we see because of their size. If Trimble is playing to his potential, that will make the task even taller. Make no mistake, this Maryland team has the talent and ability to cut down the nets. Their problem has been consistency and letting their emotions get the better of them....... both of which we have the ability to exploit. I look for a win, but it won't be an easy one.

Chad Smith 3 years, 6 months ago

Maryland is inconsistent, We are consistent. They rank 38th in defensive efficiency, we rank 5th. Maryland may want to try and speed up the game as their half-court offense will have issues scoring. They are atrocious at 3 point shooting and very formidable in the low post. Melo Trimble is a decent shooter but his driving and playmaking ability are what make him dangerous. He has scored half of his tournament points from the free throw line. He has lived there, let's not let him live there this game. Our Bigs need to continue their steady play with Perry being the majority scorer and Landen, Mari, and Bragg adding rebounding, defense, and energy. Must win the Rebounding battle and if you like stats, Maryland is very susceptible to letting other teams get offensive rebounds. We have the tools and we are the superior overall team. People have talked about their talent, but their talent is undisciplined and erratic. We may be a tad less talented but exceed with experience, energy, defensive awareness and timely shooting. Add that all up and if we play like we have shown and are capable of, we should be able to win this game.

Joe Ross 3 years, 6 months ago

This comment is like a sandwich where truth is the bread, but the inside is some mystery meat representing partial truth or untruth.

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