In four seasons at the University of Maryland (1982-86), Len Bias made the transition from being a raw but athletic talent upon his arrival on campus to being one of the greatest players in ACC history. Bias won two ACC Player of the Year awards (1985 and 1986), and in 1986 he was a consensus first team All-American.
With the combination of size (6-foot-8) and skill he was seen as a player ready to have an immediate impact in the NBA, with the reigning NBA champion Boston Celtics taking him with the second pick in the 1986 NBA Draft. Sadly we never got to see what Bias would have been able to do alongside the likes of Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Robert Parrish, and some would argue that the tragic circumstances surrounding his death in 1986 factored into his still not being a member of Maryland’s Athletics Hall of Fame.
That changed on Wednesday, as it was announced by the school that Bias is one of eight former Terrapins who will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Friday, October 3. Joining Bias in the 2014 class are Bob Boneillo (men’s lacrosse), Edward G. Cooke (track & field, football), Maureen ‘Bean’ Scott Dupcak (field hockey, women’s lacrosse), Alex Kahoe (women’s lacrosse), Debbie Lytle (women’s basketball), Sandy Worth (athletic trainer) and Charlie Wysocki (football).
“We would like to congratulate our newest inductees and their families on their selection for the Maryland Athletics Hall of Fame,” Maryland AD Kevin Anderson said in the release. “It’s an exciting time for us to honor and recognize the incredible accomplishments of our former student-athletes during their time in College Park.”
During his four seasons at Maryland, Bias racked up 2,147 points (still a school record) and was a member of four NCAA tournament teams. Among Bias’ best individual performances was his 35-point outing in a 77-72 overtime win over North Carolina on February 20, 1986, as the Terrapins handed the Tar Heels their first-ever loss at the Dean Dome.
The injury Stephen Zimmerman suffered on Saturday will keep the star UNLV freshman out for at least a week, a source told NBC Sports.
The injury is not thought to be serious, however. Zimmerman may be kept out for longer as a precaution, but that’s a result of the Runnin’ Rebels being in a situation where the rest of their regular season is relatively meaningless.
They’re not getting an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament regardless of how they finish out league play. With back-up center Ben Carter out with a torn ACL, it’s more important to make sure that Zimmerman, who is averaging 10.6 points and 9.1 boards this season, is totally healthy for the Mountain West tournament.
That tournament, mind you, will be played at UNLV’s Thomas & Mack Center.
So the Runnin’ Rebels, regardless of how poor they’ve played this season, will always have a chance to land an automatic bid.
Anyway, the more interesting aspect of this story is how Zimmerman injured the knee. It was a completely avoidable play that came after the whistle, but I’m not sure it was what you would call a “dirty play”. You tell me:
With a little more than three minutes left on Monday night, No. 24 Texas held a 57-51 lead on No. 3 Oklahoma in Norman as Jordan Woodard struggled again and Buddy Hield failed to find the rhythm that he had throughout the first three months of the season.
At that point in the game, Hield was 4-for-14 from the floor with 15 points and four turnovers. He had just missed a pair of wide-open threes
“I couldn’t make a shot,” Hield said after the game. But that changed down the stretch. First, Hield finally got a three to drop. On the next possession, he got all the way to the rim and scored. On the following two possessions, he was fouled on a drive to the rim and hit four free throws. And after missing a pull-up jumper, Hield did this:
“I told coach I wanted the ball,” Hield said, “I saw Lammert coming to bite, so I pulled up.”
“It’s all money.”
Hield is already the favorite to win National Player of the Year, and this performance is only going to help his cause further. Think about it like this: Buddy was not good on Monday night, at least according to his (admittedly lofty) standards. But he still finished with 27 points and shook off a cold shooting night just in time to take over down the stretch.
Now think about this: Hield’s head coach has enough confidence in him to hand him the keys in the final minutes despite the fact that he’s struggling and on a team that has two other players that Lon Kruger trusts on game-winning possessions. Think about it. When Oklahoma beat West Virginia at the buzzer, it was Jordan Woodard that the play was drawn up for. When they beat LSU, it was Isaiah Cousins that got the rock on the final possession while Hield was used as a decoy. .
Want to talk about coaching luxuries?
Kruger has three guards that can shoot, penetrate and score, and penetrate and kick, and one of them is the National Player of the Year that doesn’t mind being used as a decoy.