Terrell Stoglin is the real deal for Maryland


WASHINGTON – Mark Turgeon will, eventually, build Maryland back into a team that consistently wins 25 games and challenges for ACC titles every couple of years.

That, I am sure of.

But Turgeon’s push to get Maryland back among college basketball’s elite must start with a return to mediocrity for the Terps.

I don’t think anyone would blame the former Texas A&M and Wichita State head coach if the events of the past seven months, when he took over for the suddenly-retired Gary Williams, made Turgeon feel as if he was drawing against a set deck. The best player on Maryland’s roster last year, Jordan Williams, entered the NBA Draft. Two talented recruits in Sterling Gibbs and Martin Breunig opted to head to Texas and Washington, respectively, instead of play for a coach that didn’t recruit them. Another recruit, late-signee Alex Len, has to sit out the first ten games of the season. Len was then joined by talented sophomore Pe’Shon Howard, who is battling a broken foot.

What’s left is a depleted roster that lacks size in the middle and will spend quite a few games in the role of the underdog. Losses to Alabama, Iona and Illinois by 20, 26 and nine points, respectively, prove that fact.

Those other teams, however, don’t have Terrell Stoglin, Maryland’s sophomore point guard that went for 31 points on 11-20 shooting while turning the ball over just once in 37 ball-dominating minutes as the Terps knocked off Notre Dame 78-71 at the Verizon Center on Sunday evening.

“Stoglin’s like World B. Free,” Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey said after the game. “He’s the microwave of College Park.”

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That, frankly, is a pretty accurate description of Stoglin. He’s a strong and quick left-handed point guard that is capable of getting to the rim, but thrives in the mid-range; his pull-up jump is so tough to defend because he gets it off very quickly and he can hit the shot with a defender draped on his arm. As Brey put it, “he hits tough shots.”

Stoglin came into this game averaging 21.0 ppg, and while the season is only seven games old, those 31 points were not even a season-high for the sophomore from Arizona. He had 32 points in a win over Colorado. It goes without saying that he is capable of carrying this Maryland for long stretches at a time and enough of a threat that Maryland will have a puncher’s chance in every game they play the season, especially when Len and Howard get healthy.

In the first half, Stoglin scored 11 straight points to keep Notre Dame, who started the game out hot, from building more than a 15-12 lead. While he cooled off for the rest of the half — he didn’t score again until there were only 43 seconds left before the break — Stoglin once again took over in the second stanza, scoring clutch hoop after clutch hoop.

He scored back-to-back buckets to push Maryland’s lead up 51-40 midway through the half. After Notre Dame had whittled that lead down to just three points, Stoglin again hit back-to-back jumpers before knifing through the lane for an and-one layup that pushed the lead back to ten points. After Notre Dame was again able to get within three, this time after Maryland missed a couple of free throws and Notre Dame hit a couple of threes, Stoglin hit a tough jumper with 13 seconds left to ice the game.

“I was going to go to the basket,” Stoglin said, “but when I pulled up I felt he fouled me on the elbow, so I just wanted to get the ref to call a foul. He didn’t, but I thank God I made the shot.”

“We needed Terrell tonight,” Turgeon added. “Terrell hit the big shot. He hit a lot of them.”

Stoglin isn’t going to be able to do it all every night. For Maryland to win, they are going to need veteran leader Sean Mosley — a guy that Turgeon referred to as a “winner” and a “man out there” — to be a reliable secondary scoring option and the kind of defender and rebounder that he was today. Mosley finished with 17 points — hitting 5-8 from the floor and 5-6 from the free throw line — to go along with six boards, three assists and no turnovers. Freshman Nick Faust and Howard, when he’s healthy, will also be counted on in the back court.

James Padgett finished with a double-double while Berend Weijs added career highs of seven points and six boards. Performances like that will go a long way for Turgeon’s club, although I’m sure that the five-guard lineup that Mike Brey used in the second half contributed to those numbers.

But Stoglin has the ability to be a difference-maker. He makes tough shots, he makes clutch shots and, most importantly, he wants the ball in his hands.

“Terrell got mad at me [in the second half],” Turgeon said after the game. “I wasn’t running any plays for him. I said ‘I got you Terrell, you’ll have plenty of chances to score for us.'”

He did.

And he did.

Rob Dauster is the editor of the college basketball website Ballin’ is a Habit. You can find him on twitter @ballinisahabit.

NCAA tweaks rules on block/charge calls in men’s basketball

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INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA is tweaking how block/charge calls are made in men’s basketball.

The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel approved rule changes on Thursday that require a defender to be in position to draw a charge at the time the offensive player plants a foot to go airborne for a shot. If the defender arrives after the player has planted a foot, officials have been instructed to call a block when there’s contact.

Defenders had to be in position to draw a charge before the offensive player went airborne under previous rules.

NCAA Men’s Basketball Rules Committee members made the proposal after NCAA members complained that too many charges were being called on those types of plays.

The panel also approved reviews of basket interference calls during the next media timeout – if the official called it on the floor – a shot clock reset to 20 seconds on an offensive rebound that hits the rim, and players being allowed to wear any number between 0 and 99.

A timeout also will be granted to an airborne player with possession of the ball, and non-student bench personnel will be allowed to serve as peacekeepers on the floor if an altercation occurs.

Charlotte head coach Ron Sanchez resigns after winning CBI title

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Ron Sanchez resigned as head coach of the Charlotte 49ers.

Sanchez took over the 49ers on March 19, 2018, inheriting a team coming off a 6-23 campaign. In five years Charlotte went 72-78 under Sanchez, highlighted by winning the College Basketball Invitational championship this past season, the Niners’ first post-season tournament title in school history.

The 22 wins this past season are the most for Charlotte since 2001.

“Ron took over a proud but struggling program and carefully rebuilt it into a 22-game winner. He has led with class, dignity and devotion to our young men,” Charlotte director of athletics Mike Hill said. “His decision to step down from Charlotte was a difficult one for him and everyone associated with our program. We wish him and his family every happiness.”

Hill said the team has already begun a national search for a replacement.

“This is a bittersweet day for me and my family as I step down to pursue other opportunities,” said Sanchez, who came the 49ers after working as an assistant coach at Virginia under Tony Bennett. “It has been a tremendous privilege to lead the 49ers basketball program over the past five years and I want to thank Niner Nation for its support. I will be forever grateful to my staff, players and the university.”

Marquette extends Shaka Smart’s contract through 2029-30 season

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MILWAUKEE — Marquette coach Shaka Smart has received a contract extension after leading the Golden Eagles to their first outright regular-season championship and tournament title in the Big East.

Smart’s contract now runs through the 2029-30 season. This is the first extension Smart has received since signing a six-year deal when he took over as Marquette’s coach in 2021.

Marquette didn’t release financial terms of Smart’s deal.

“In a very short period of time, Shaka and his staff have done a tremendous job of establishing a winning culture, both on and off the court,” athletic director Bill Scholl said in a statement. “Shaka’s vision for the program is focused on extended, sustainable success. The individuals who interact with the team on a daily basis are able to observe frequent examples of growth and the excitement around the program is contagious.”

Marquette has gone 48-20 in Smart’s two seasons and reached the NCAA Tournament each of those years.

The Golden Eagles went 29-7 and won the Big East’s regular-season and tournament championships last season after the league’s coaches had picked them to finish ninth out of 11 teams. Marquette’s season ended with a 69-60 loss to Michigan State in the NCAA Tournament’s round of 32.

Purdue’s Edey returning to school at NBA draft deadline; Kentucky’s Tshiebwe stays in

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Purdue’s Zach Edey decided it was the right call to go back to school instead of staying in the NBA draft. His predecessor as national player of the year, Kentucky’s Oscar Tshiebwe, is sticking with his pro pursuit.

And Connecticut’s reign as NCAA champion will begin with multiple starters having left for the NBA draft and one returning after flirting with doing the same.

The 7-foot-4 Edey and UConn guard Tristen Newton were among the notable names to announce that they were withdrawing from the draft, the NCAA’s deadline for players who declared as early entrants to pull out and retain their college eligibility.

Edey’s decision came in social media posts from both the center and the Boilermakers program that earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament behind Edey, The Associated Press men’s national player of the year.

But Tshiebwe announced late in the afternoon that he would remain in the draft after a college career that included being named the AP national player of the year in 2022.

For the current champions, Newton (10.1 points, 4.7 assists, 4.5 rebounds) is returning after being one of four Huskies to declare for the draft after a run to UConn’s fifth national championship in early April. He scored a game-high 19 points to go with 10 rebounds in the victory over San Diego State in the title game.

The others were Final Four Most Outstanding Player Adama Sanogo, wing Jordan Hawkins and versatile guard Andre Jackson Jr. Sanogo (17.8 points) and Hawkins (16.3) have made it clear they have closed the door on their college careers, while team spokesman Phil Chardis said that Jackson (6.1 points, 5.8 rebounds, 4.6 assists) would remain in the draft.

The Huskies have 247sports’ No. 3-ranked recruiting class for next year to restock the roster, led by McDonald’s All-American point guard Stephon Castle.

The NBA’s withdrawal deadline is June 12, but is moot when it comes to college players returning to school due to the NCAA’s earlier timeline to retain playing eligibility.


TREY ALEXANDER: Creighton gets back a 6-4 guard who averaged 13.6 points and shot 41% from 3-point range in his first full season as a starter.

ADEM BONA: The 6-foot-10 forward and Pac-12 freshman of the year is returning to UCLA after starting 32 games as a rookie and averaging 7.7 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.7 blocks – with coach Mick Cronin praising his toughness for “competing through multiple injuries for as long as he could” in a statement Wednesday.

EDEY: He averaged 22.3 points, 12.9 rebounds, 2.1 blocks and 1.5 assists while shooting 60.7% from the field. His presence alone helps Purdue be a factor in the Big Ten race.

JOSIAH-JORDAN JAMES: The 6-6 guard went through the NBA G League Combine and had workouts with multiple teams before opting to return to Tennessee for a fifth season alongside teammate Santiago Vescovi.

JUDAH MINTZ: The 6-3 freshman averaged 16.3 points and 4.6 assists for Syracuse, ranking third among Division I freshmen in scoring behind only Alabama’s Brandon Miller and Lamar’s Nate Calmese.

OWLS’ RETURNEES: Florida Atlantic got good news after its surprise Final Four run with the return leading scorers Johnell Davis (13.8) and Alijah Martin (13.4). ESPN first reported their decisions, while Martin later posted a social media statement.

TERRENCE SHANNON JR.: Illinois got a big boost with Shannon announcing his night in a social media post. The 6-6 guard is returning for a fifth college season after averaging 17.2 points.

SPARTANS’ RETURNEES: Michigan State announced that guards Jaden Akins and A.J. Hoggard have withdrawn from the NBA draft. Standout guard Tyson Walker had previously withdrawn in April, setting up Tom Izzo to have five of his top scorers back.


KOBE BROWN: Missouri’s 6-8 swingman opted against returning for a fifth college season after being an AP first-team all-Southeastern Conference pick averaging 15.8 points last season.

JAYLEN CLARK: The third-year UCLA guard averaged 13.0 points and 6.0 rebounds while leading the Pac-12 with 2.6 steals en route to being named Naismith national defensive player of the year. Cronin called him a winner with strong intangibles who made UCLA “a better program because he chose to be a Bruin.”

BRICE SENSABAUGH: The Ohio State freshman averaged 16.3 points and 5.4 rebounds in 31 games before missing his final two in the Big Ten Tournament due to a knee injury. He’s a potential first-round prospect.

TSHIEBWE: The 6-9, 260-pound forward is a tough interior presence who led the country in rebounds for two straight seasons (15.1 in 2022, 13.7 in 2023) while racking up 48 double-doubles. But he faces an uncertain next stop and is projected at best as a second-round prospect.

North Carolina transfer Caleb Love commits to Arizona

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Caleb Love is now headed to Arizona.

The North Carolina transfer tweeted, less than a month after decommitting from Michigan, that he will play next season with the Wildcats.

“Caleb is a tremendously talented guard who has significant experience playing college basketball at a high level,” Arizona coach Tommy Lloyd said in a statement. “We look forward to helping Caleb grow his game at Arizona. And as we near the completion of the roster for the upcoming season, we feel great about how everything has come together. Now it’s time for the real work to start.”

A 6-foot-4 guard, Love averaged 14.6 points and 3.3 assists in three seasons at North Carolina. He averaged 17.6 points in seven NCAA Tournament games, helping lead the Tar Heels to the 2022 national championship game.

Love entered the transfer portal after leading North Carolina with 73 3-pointers as a junior and initially committed to Michigan. He decommitted from the Wolverines earlier this month, reportedly due to an admissions issue involving academic credits.

Love narrowed his transfer targets to three schools before choosing to play at Arizona over Gonzaga and Texas.

Love will likely start on a team that will have dynamic perimeter players, including Pelle Larsson, Kylan Boswell and Alabama transfer Jaden Bradley.