Maryland basketball teams in top 10 entering heart of B1G schedule

By Andrew R. Koch

Business Manager

Maryland’s men’s and women’s basketball teams started the season ranked in the top 10 in the media and coaches’ polls. After a school-record 28 win season and an appearance in the Round of 32 in last year’s NCAA tournament, the men’s team added three new pieces in two graduate transfers and one of the highest-rated freshmen in the country, and are a popular pick to win not only the Big Ten, but also make a deep run this year’s NCAA tournament. Meanwhile, head coach Brenda Frese’s squad is looking to get back to the Final Four in the women’s tournament for a third straight year. Both teams are showing that they’re still legitimate contenders, despite early losses in their conference schedules.

Men Score Major Conference Win

During the last offseason, forward Diamond Stone of Milwaukee stunned the college basketball world by announcing that he’d accepted a scholarship offer from Maryland, saying “I want to be a national champion,” and he felt that head coach Mark Turgeon’s team gave him the best chance to reach that goal. Stone, who was a top-five forward prospect in his senior season of high school, chose Maryland over Wisconsin, which was also recruiting him and would’ve given him a chance to stay close to home. Stone has adapted very well to the college game, averaging 13 points (third on the Terrapins) and 5.4 rebounds (second on the team) per game. He’s regularly imposing his will in the low post and frequently scoring in double figures coming off the bench.

Two other additions to the Terrapins have also been key contributors throughout the season. Rasheed Sulaimon, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard, joined as a senior graduate transfer from Duke. Last season, Sulaimon became the only player to ever be dismissed from a Mike Krzyzewski-coached team. Sulaimon has proven to be an adept ball-handler when sophomore point guard Melo Trimble has needed a rest, and can spread the floor with his long-range shooting ability. Sulaimon is averaging 10.6 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game, and is in the top 5 for the Terps in all three categories. The other senior graduate transfer who’s been contributing in a big way to Maryland is Robert Carter, Jr., who transferred from Georgia Tech. Carter has given Maryland depth along the front line, and is second on the team in scoring (13.4 points per game) while leading in rebounding (6.9 rebounds per game).

Maryland scored its biggest win of the season in its last home game. The eighth-ranked Terps welcomed the third-ranked Iowa Hawkeyes to Xfinity Center on Jan. 28, and in a close game for all 40 minutes, pulled out a 74-68 win. Carter and Sulaimon each scored 17 points, and Maryland overcame poor shooting in the second half to give Iowa its first loss in conference play and snap the Hawkeyes’ nine-game winning streak. The Terps bounced back from a 74-65 loss at Michigan State on Jan. 23. Maryland is currently 19-3 overall (8-2, third in Big Ten), and still hasn’t lost a home conference game.

Maryland Women Continue Domination of B1G

After fading late in an 80-71 loss to then ninth-ranked Ohio State on Jan. 2, capping a stretch of two losses in three games in six days, the Lady Terps have picked up right where they left off last season. Maryland has reeled off six straight wins, and are currently 19-2 overall (8-1 Big Ten). The only thing that seems to have slowed Frese’s team down is the weather, as games against Michigan State and Penn State were postponed by the historic blizzard that buried the Mid-Atlantic between Jan. 22 and Jan. 24. During Maryland’s current winning streak, the closest game was a 74-67 win by Maryland at Michigan on Jan. 14. Only one other game has been decided by less than 20 points in favor of the Terps.

Coming Up

The Maryland men will have a rematch against Michigan in College Park on Feb. 21. The Terps lost at Michigan 70-67 on Jan. 12. Maryland will also play number 18 Purdue at home on Feb. 6, and then travel to West Lafayette, Indiana on Feb. 18. Both games are scheduled to be aired on ESPN. Senior Night in College Park will be on March 3. The Big Ten Tournament will be at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis March 9-13.

The women’s game against Michigan State has been rescheduled for Feb. 5. The Lady Terps have rematches against number seven Ohio State on Feb. 8, Northwestern on Feb. 14 and Michigan on Feb. 17. Senior Day will be on Feb. 28 against Minnesota. The Big Ten Women’s Tournament will also be at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse March 2-6.

Jonas, brother! Historic winter storm slams Baltimore, northeast

 

Three Feet of Snow Measured in Parts of Maryland

By Andrew R. Koch

Business Manager

In a typical winter, Baltimore averages just over 20 inches of snow, as measured at BWI-Thurgood Marshall Airport. Nearly 150 percent of that amount fell in one storm, and the Baltimore-Washington region is still struggling to get back to normal.

A powerful snowstorm, named Jonas by The Weather Channel, slammed much of the East, with significant snow falling from as far south as Tennessee, the Carolinas and Georgia to as far north as Boston. However, the storm dealt its biggest blow to the Mid-Atlantic. 29.2 inches of snow fell at BWI, the official National Weather Service observation site for Baltimore, between Jan. 22 and Jan. 24. That set the record for the most snow ever to fall on Baltimore in a single storm, breaking the old record of 26.8 inches set during a snowstorm in February 2003.

The storm began in Maryland just before the afternoon rush hour on Jan. 22. That afternoon, businesses, schools and government offices closed early. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan joined nine other states and Washington, D.C. in declaring a state of emergency. The emergency declaration enabled the mobilization of the state’s National Guard to respond to what was predicted to be a snowstorm of historic proportions. The storm brought gusty winds and whiteout conditions to much of the interior Mid-Atlantic, paralyzing all modes of travel. BWI, Reagan National and Dulles International Airports were closed all weekend long. Saturday, Jan. 23 brought the storm’s peak intensity. That’s when the heaviest snow bands and strongest winds hit the region. Those snow bands saw snowfall rates as high as two to three inches per hour, triggering episodes of the “thunder snow” phenomenon and making it impossible for snow plow drivers to keep streets and highways passable. Around 8:30 p.m., Gov. Hogan, using powers available to the Governor of Maryland in a state of emergency, ordered the closures of Interstate 70 between the Baltimore Beltway and Interstate 81 in Hagerstown, and Interstate 270 between the Capital Beltway and I-70 in Frederick after several tractor-trailers jackknifed and blocked the highways. The interstates remained closed until Sunday morning, Jan. 24 so the tractor-trailers could be towed off the interstates, and plow crews could make them passable.

Even well into the new week, Baltimore City and surrounding county governments are struggling to get things back to normal, as streets are still narrowed by large snow banks. The Jan. 27 morning rush hour was particularly bad, as drivers trying to get back to work for the first time since the snowstorm encountered snowplows and front-loaders trying to clear the snow, along with the narrowed streets. Many residents in neighborhoods throughout the Baltimore Metro area complained about their neighborhoods barely being plowed or not being plowed at all. Several tourist attractions in Baltimore, including the Maryland Zoo, Lexington Market and the American Visionary Art Museum, were closed. Many public school systems were closed through Wednesday, and the start of the spring semester at area universities, including the University of Baltimore, has been delayed. The university’s Office of Facilities Management said power went out in two campus buildings, and the heavy snow damaged part of the roof over the internet café on the top floor of the Academic Center. The storm even delayed move-in weekend at the University of Maryland-College Park.

With snowfall totals as high as 38 inches in the mountains of western Maryland, and just over 36 inches in Hagerstown and Montgomery County, some structures are simply unable to handle the weight of the snow. Porch collapses were reported at properties on 30th and 41st Streets in Baltimore City. According to media reports, at least three people died in Maryland after suffering heart attacks while shoveling.

While inland areas were hit hardest by the heavy snow, the snow changed to rain at the coast. Tropical storm to hurricane-force wind gusts whipped up battering waves that caused storm surge flooding and severe beach erosion from Assateague Island to the Delaware Bay and the Jersey Shore. The ocean breached the sand dunes in some areas of the Delaware coastal resort area, causing closures along some stretches of Coastal Highway. In Ocean City, all roads from U.S. Route 50 to the Inlet were closed due to flooding, and in New Jersey, residents along the coast said the flooding in the resort towns there was even worse than Superstorm Sandy.