Maryland returning to Cole Field House for future games?


In an offseason that saw dozens of programs revamp the surface of their home floors with unique styles and colors, Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon would like to see his team return to Cole Field House, one of the most historically-filled gyms in the country. No, not permanently, but for a special game each season.

Located in the heart of Maryland’s campus, Cole Field House was home to Terrapins’ basketball from 1955 until 2002 when the Comcast Center opened. Currently, Cole Field House is being used for student intramurals and other activities, but Turgeon believes there is a great opportunity for it to generate more money for the university and interest in the program.

“The building’s sitting right there on campus,” Turgeon told The Washington Post. “A lot of people love it, and we could make money by using it. Why wouldn’t we?”

In this day and age where many college athletic departments — big and small alike — are seeking creative ways to generate additional revenue, hosting a game at Cole Field House may be an answer. Turgeon believes that a game during the holiday break in December and January when students are away from campus would make the most sense:

“Oh remember, Mom, Dad, we used to go to Cole Field House? Merry Christmas, here are two tickets, we’re going to watch Maryland play so-and-so. It’s a no-brainer. It’s an absolute no-brainer.”

In theory, this is a home run. Imagine if Kansas could turn back the clock and play a game at Allen Fieldhouse prior to the renovations, or if UCLA could play in the Pauley Pavilion that John Wooden coached in? Fans would jump at the opportunity.

Turgeon understands that minor upgrades may be needed in order for Cole Field House to be “up to code,” but the fact that the Maryland administration is behind this endeavor is a great sign.

Plus, last Friday, Maryland hosted their midnight madness at Cole Field House and, by all accounts, it was very successful.

Said Turgeon: “I don’t think there’s any question the administration is thinking the way I’m thinking as we move forward.”

As good as they’ve been, No. 3 Michigan State has yet to play their best

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Sunday night’s Wooden Legacy title game matchup between No. 3 Michigan State and Providence was billed as a matchup of the nation’s two best players, and rightfully so. Michigan State senior Denzel Valentine (17 points, six rebounds, five assists), who already has two triple-doubles to his credit this season, and Providence redshirt junior Kris Dunn (21 points, five rebounds, seven assists) have more than lived up to the preseason expectations and more of the same was expected in Anaheim.

And while both had their moments, it was Michigan State’s supporting cast that made the difference in their 77-64 victory. The scary thing for future opponents on Michigan State’s schedule is that Tom Izzo’s team is nowhere near being a finished product.

With Valentine dealing with first-half foul trouble Bryn Forbes stepped up, scoring 13 of his 18 points to help the Spartans take a two-point lead into the half. As for the 11-0 run that Michigan State produced to take control of the game late, a host of players stepped forward in regards to scoring, rebounding and defending.

Freshmen Deyonta Davis and Matt McQuaid combined to score nine points over the final 5:32, with transfer guard Eron Harris adding six of his 12 points during that stretch. The Spartans outscored the Friars, who aren’t as deep, 22-7 during that stretch to close out the game, hunting for quality shots and hitting the offensive glass while making things difficult for Providence on the other end of the floor.

The end result was a final margin that does not indicate just how close the game was. While Providence seemed to run out of steam Michigan State received contributions from multiple players, which is undoubtedly a good sign for this group moving forward.

The Spartans will return the currently injured Gavin Schilling later this season, giving them another big man alongside Davis, Matt Costello and Colby Wollenman. He was a player they missed Sunday night, as he can defend opposing big men both in the post and on the perimeter. His absence was a main reason Michigan State didn’t have an answer for Providence’s Ben Bentil (20 points, seven rebounds) defensively.

The key for this group is going to end up being role definition, which is especially true in the case of Harris. A transfer from West Virginia, Harris came to East Lansing with the reputation of being a big time scorer. He’s struggled through the first two weeks of the season, but he got on a roll on Sunday night, finishing with 12 points, three boards and three assists. He showed he’s capable of doing a variety of things on the perimeter, and fitting into a “Swiss army knife” kind of role would make Michigan State that much more dangerous.

There’s no denying that Michigan State has been one of the nation’s best teams thus far.

But there’s also no denying that the Spartans have yet to hit their ceiling, which is definitely a positive moving forward.

Wichita State’s Anton Grady returns home with team

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Wichita State forward Anton Grady was released from a hospital in Orlando on Sunday afternoon in time to return home with his Shocker teammates.

Grady suffered a spinal corn concussion on Friday when he collided head-first with an Alabama defender, snapping his head sharply to the side. He lay on the court motionless for 10 minutes after the injury and was taken off the floor on a stretcher.

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“I want to send out a big thank you to Shocker Nation and all of my friends and family for of the love and encouragement that I have received the past few days,” Grady said in a statement on Sunday morning. “I’ve been reading your tweets and posts and appreciate every last one of them. I have a lot of work to do to get back on the court, but with the help of such a great support system, I’m ready for the challenge.”

By Friday night, Grady had feeling in all of his extremities, but he has a long road of rehab ahead of him.