“We knew it was going to be a good game,” said coach Mark Turgeon. “We did a lot of good things in the second half, but I was a little disappointed with our physicality. I thought we played soft in the post, both offensively and defensively.”
Guard Seth Allen, part of Maryland’s strong freshman class, scored 16 points and added five assists, while sophomore Nick Faust added 13 points.
Much of the focus for Maryland this season will be on the development of big man Alex Len, who finished with eight points, six rebounds, and four blocks on Friday night.
“Defensively at times he was really good..Other times he wasn’t as good. He played a little softer than he’s been playing,” said Turgeon. “If he is going to play that many minutes he is going to have to get more rebounds for us. But during the second half he was a presence on the rim and settled in.”
The Terrapins now look forward to their season opener against defending national champion Kentucky, a game set to take place on Nov. 9 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
“I feel we’re ready for Kentucky. It’s next week, we have a whole week of practice until then,” said Allen. “We’re just going to play as hard as we can and bring that to the game.”
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) South Carolina freshman guard Rakym Felder was arrested Sunday and charged with several counts, including assault, resisting arrest and public disorderly conduct.
Felder, a 6-foot-1 shooting guard from New York, is being held at Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center in Richland County, according to the facility’s website.
A team spokeswoman said coach Frank Martin was aware of Felder’s arrest and was gathering more information. Per South Carolina athletic department policy, Felder is suspended indefinitely.
Felder was charged by the Columbia police with simple assault and battery, resisting arrest, public disorderly conduct, failure to stop on police command, a pedestrian on a controlled access highway and use of another’s or altered license or identification card.
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The 6-foot-3 guard averaged 10.3 points per game, while shooting 42 percent from three, as a freshman. He, along with Malcolm Hill and Michael Thorne Jr., is one of three returning players who averaged double figures last season.
This could prove to be a make-or-break year for John Groce, who enters his fifth season at the helm. He guided the Illini to an NCAA Tournament in his first season, but hasn’t been back since.
The key for the Illini is health. Abrams gives them experience and leadership, but it won’t be a surprise if there’s some rust in his game after spending the past two seasons on the sideline. Having a healthy Coleman-Lands will help stabilize the backcourt, while Hill, an all-conference caliber forward, and Thorne anchor the frontcourt.
Like Alkins, Jones was a sought-after scorer. The 6-foot-4 two-guard was rated No. 69 overall in the Class of 2016 by Rivals. He picked Indiana over offers from Cal, Cincinnati, Georgetown and more than a dozen other high-major programs.