Mark Turgeon sends reassuring tweets to Maryland fanbase

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The Maryland men’s lacrosse team saw its season end one-game shy of a national championship game with an 11-6 loss to Notre Dame.

That sort of  NCAA tournament run, even an NCAA tournament appearance, is what Maryland basketball fans have been looking for during Mark Turgeon’s head coaching tenure. As Dan Martin of CSNWashington.com notes, Turgeon used the success of the university’s lacrosse teams as a way to reassure his fans that the basketball team is striving to reach similar heights.

Maryland has failed to reach the NCAA tournament in each of this first three seasons in College Park. That puts enormous importance on the 2014-2015 season, which has not gotten off to a good start. The program has seen a mass exodus this spring with Nick Faust, Roddy Peters and Seth Allen among the five transfers.

Turgeon will look to combat those losses with returnees Dez Wells, Jake Layman and Evan Smotrycz along with incoming point guard Melo Trimble, one of three four-star commits joining the program.

Maryland’s road back to the NCAA tournament moves to a different location. The Terrapins enter their first season as a member of the Big Ten Conference this fall, projected to finish in the bottom half of the standings in College Basketball Talk‘s Way-Too-Early Power Rankings..

NEW PODCAST: Recapping Feast Week

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We talk about a lot of stuff of the podcast today, mainly because a lot of stuff happened since we last spoke with you all.

For starters, we need to discuss the ‘realness’ of Syracuse and Xavier. Are they both truly top 15 teams, or do they just have top 15 resumes? We also dive into Chris Mack’s epic troll-job of Dayton at the Advocare Invitational final.

Other topics we touched on: Whether or not Scott is ever going to apologize to Wayne Selden, Wichita State’s tournament hopes, Texas A&M and whether we’d take Ben Simmons, Kris Dunn or Denzel Valentine today.

As always, you can subscribe to the podcast in iTunes right here. It’s the quickest way to get access on your cell phone or tablet.


AP Poll: Syracuse, Xavier big winners in college basketball rankings

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The new college basketball AP Poll is out, and it shouldn’t be much of a surprise to you that Syracuse and Xavier are the big winners.

The Orange steamrolled through a good Battle 4 Atlantis field, while Xavier capped a dominating performance in the Advocare Invitational with a 29-point win over Dayton. It should be no surprise that they are where they are.

[MORE RANKINGS: NBCSports.com top 25 | Coaches Poll]

It is a bit surprising, however, that both Texas A&M and Providence made it into the polls with a loss this week. They both deserve to be there, I just wasn’t sure they were both going to be.

Anyway, here is the full poll:

1. Kentucky (59 first place votes)
2. Maryland (4)
3. Michigan State (2)
4. Kansas
5. Iowa State
6. Oklahoma
7. Duke
8. Villanova
9. North Carolina
10. Virginia
11. Purdue
12. Xavier
13. Gonzaga
14. Syracuse
15. Oregon
16. Vanderbilt
17. Cincinnati
18. Texas A&M
19. Arizona
20. West Virginia
21. Miami
22. SMU
23. Providence
24. Louisville
25. Baylor

NEW THIS WEEK: Syracuse, West Virginia, SMU, Providence, Louisville

DROPPED OUT: Indiana, Cal, UConn, LSU, Wichita State