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Trimble, transfers push No. 3 Maryland past Georgetown

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While neutral site games have become more popular in college basketball in recent years, there’s nothing better than a highly competitive game in a raucous environment. Tuesday’s matchup between Georgetown and No. 3 Maryland, the Hoyas’ first trip to College Park in four decades and the teams’ first regular season meeting since 1993, more than lived up to the hype. But the game, at least from the perspective of the visitors, will be about the opportunities to put the game that they failed to take advantage of.

As a result Melo Trimble and company made the plays they needed to make, winning by the final score of 75-71.

At two different moments in the second half Georgetown held a seven-point lead, the latest of which coming after an Isaac Copeland basket with 5:48 remaining pushed their lead out to 61-54. But on their next two possessions the Hoyas turned the ball over and Maryland capitalized, going on a 7-0 run with Trimble responsible for five of those points.

From there the game went back and forth until Rasheed Sulaimon, who arrived at Maryland amidst lofty expectations and a desire for redemption, made the decisive shot.

Sulaimon’s three-pointer with 1:18 gave Maryland the lead for good, and his role is one that will be incredibly important for a team with national title aspirations. Sulaimon was both a scorer (supplementary role) and a distributor Tuesday night, finishing with ten points and a team-high seven assists, and how he navigates these responsibilities will be key for Maryland moving forward. If Sulaimon can successfully do so, with the passing aspect freeing up Trimble to do more scoring himself, that would make Maryland an even stronger national title contender.

Add in forward Robert Carter, who finished with 12 points and eight rebounds, and Maryland’s two transfers stepped forward in a big game as many envisioned them doing before the season began.

Maryland didn’t have its best shooting night, making just eight of twenty-one from three, and giving up 17 second-chance points is another area that will need to be addressed. But led by Trimble, who was one of the nation’s best at getting to the foul line as a freshman, Maryland outscored Georgetown by 14 points (23-9) from the foul line. That point differential kept Maryland afloat, and ultimately they found a way to take advantage.

Georgetown can certainly point to missed opportunities, and they’ll take some valuable lessons from Tuesday’s game moving forward. But so will Mark Turgeon’s team, which deserves credit for hanging around to be in position to take advantage.

Robert Carter has dropped nearly 20 pounds during time at Maryland

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Maryland has high expectations entering the 2015-16 season, in-part because of Georgia Tech transfer Robert Carter.

The 6-foot-8 forward sat out last season due to NCAA transfer restrictions, but he’ll be able to play this season and the Terrapins could insert him into the starting lineup as a key piece next season. During his season away from playing in games, Carter spent at least five days a week working with Maryland’s director of basketball performance, Kyle Tarp.

In a story from Don Markus of the Baltimore Sun, Carter reveals that he’s lost nearly 20 pounds since arriving at Maryland and he’s dropped his body fat percentage from 18 to 12 percent. Tarp also said of Carter that he’s “the strongest guy on the team, it’s not even close.”

With the hard work of Carter, the addition of five-star big man Diamond Stone and the return of junior starter Damonte Dodd, the Terps will have a very tough front line next season. With Carter being a little bit on the heavy side during high school and at Georgia Tech, it’s a positive development for Maryland to have him in better shape for the upcoming season. Carter should be able to last longer in games and play at a higher level for longer periods of time.

Maryland transfer eligible this season at Georgia Tech

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Charles Mitchell was one of a handful of Terrapins to leave the Maryland program following the 2013-2014 season. Unlike his former teammates, Mitchell will be eligible to play this season after being granted a waiver, according to a report on Friday afternoon from Andy Katz of ESPN. Georgia Tech made the official announcement on Tuesday.

“We are thankful that the NCAA has supported and granted Charles’ waiver for immediate eligibility,” Georgia Tech head coach Brian Gregory said in a statement. “Coming back home to Atlanta will give him the opportunity to assist his family while achieving some tremendous academic and athletic goals.”

The 6-foot-8 Mitchell was given his release from Maryland in late May. The Marietta, Georgia native landed in-state several weeks later, forming a rare college basketball trade as former Georgia Tech forward Robert Carter Jr. had transferred to Maryland six days prior.

Mitchell joins a four-man incoming class, which includes three-star big men Ben Lammers and Abdoulaye Gueye. Four-star shooting guard Tadric Jackson headlines the class. Ole Miss transfer Demarco Cox also enrolled at Georgia Tech this fall, and is immediately eligible under the graduate transfer rule.

The addition of Mitchell — along with the 6-foot-8 Cox — provides added experience to what would have been an undersized frontline. With the loss of Carter, Daniel Miller and Kammeon Holsey, the Yellow Jackets were without their top three rebounders from a season ago.

Mitchell averaged 6.5 points and 6.3 rebounds in 18.8 minutes per game as a sophomore at Maryland. He will have two years of eligibility remaining.

Georgia Tech transfer Robert Carter to decide by the end of June

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When sophomore forward Robert Carter decided to leave Georgia Tech, he immediately became a coveted transfer.

How coveted?

Winfred Jordan, who coached Carter’s AAU team, Atlanta Xpress, told Michael Carvell of the Atlanta Journal Constitution this week that more than 50 programs have reached out to the ex-Yellow Jacket.

While many schools have expressed interest, the 6-foot-8 Carter has only visited two schools — expecting to visit another — as he looks to make a decision in the coming weeks.

“He will be enrolling in somebody’s courses at a college by late June,” Jordan told Carvell earlier this week.

Carter has previously visited St. John’s, and has spent the weekend in South Carolina. He will also make a trip to Maryland, according to Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports.

According to the AJC, Carter enjoyed St. John’s, intrigued by the possibility of playing many of his future home games inside Madison Square Garden. Carter has known South Carolina head coach Frank Martin for several years through their time with USA Basketball. Another connection exists at Maryland where Carter’s former AAU teammate, Trayvon Reed, is one of several four-star commits in the Terrapins’ incoming class who looks to help combat the mass exodus of transfers from this spring.

Carter will have two years of eligibility remaining once he sits out the 2014-2015 season. He averaged 11.4 points, 8.7 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.1 blocks per game this past season. Carter also had the seventh-highest defensive rebounding percentage in the country, per kenpom.com

Georgia Tech’s Robert Carter out indefinitely after tearing his meniscus

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Georgia Tech’s rough start to the season got worse on Wednesday.

The Yellow Jackets announced that they have lost starting center Robert Carter indefinitely to a torn meniscus. He injured the knee on Sunday against Charlotte and an MRI on Tuesday revealed the tear. He will have surgery next Tuesday to repair the damage.

“He’s a tough kid, and this hit him pretty hard,” said Gregory. “He’s done everything we’ve asked of him this year. He’s changed his body, he’s become more aggressive on the glass, and his stats clearly show that he was having a tremendous sophomore season for us. He’s a big part of what we do both offensively and defensively. We won’t know exactly what the nature of the injury is until the surgery occurs.”

Carter is averaging 10.3 points and 9.3 boards, leading the ACC, this season. He’s started all 44 games in his Tech career.

Look for Kammeon Holsey to get a bump in minutes in his absence.

Georgia Tech kicks off ACC play on Saturday at Maryland.