Terps Head to Brooklyn to Take on UK
Nov. 8, 2012
BROOKLYN, N.Y. -
Maryland opens its 2012-13 season against defending national champion and third-ranked Kentucky Friday night at 8:30 on ESPN. The game will be played in the brand new Barclays Center, which opened in September and is the home of the NBA's Brooklyn Nets.
The addition of freshmen Charles Mitchell and Shaquille Cleare provide bulk and depth to the frontcourt, Jake Layman has the versatility to play small or power forward, and guard Seth Allen adds to the backcourt. Allen was the high scorer in Maryland's lone exhibition with 16 points, while also adding five assists and five steals without committing a turnover. Mitchell had a game-high 15 rebounds in just 18 minutes of action.
Head coach Mark Turgeon and his staff signed a consensus top-20 recruiting class this season with freshmen Seth Allen, Shaquille Cleare, Jake Layman and Charles Mitchell.
The influx of talent gives Maryland the opportunity to extend a streak of being recognized for having talented young players in the program - for three years in a row, a Terp has been on the ACC All-Freshman Team. Prior to Nick Faust last year, Terrell Stoglin was honored in 2011 and Jordan Williams was honored in 2010.
Taking on the Defending Champ
It's been a while since Maryland played its regular-season opener against the defending national champion - almost 29 years, in fact. The Terps last opened the season against the defending title holder on Sunday, Dec. 2, 1973, when they played UCLA. At that time, the Bruins had captured seven straight national championships and were in the midst of a 76-game winning streak. Maryland, coached by Lefty Driesell, fell to the Bruins 65-64 at Pauley Pavilion.
From the Washington Post's recap of the game:
"Defending national champion UCLA needed a turnover forced by Bill Walton in the final seconds to survive a 65-64 thriller over Maryland tonight in Pauley Pavilion.
The Terrapins, who trailed by as many as 12 points earlier in the second half, had an opportunity to break the Bruins' winning streak at 76 games after UCLA freshman Richard Washington, reputed to be last year's best high school player, missed a foul shot with 22 seconds left. Tom McMillen grabbed the rebound.
After a time out, point guard John Lucas was forced into the right corner, where he was double-teamed. Walton batted the ball out of his hands and toward center court. Bruin teammate Tommy Curtis picked up the ball and was driving toward the Maryland basket when time ran out."
Maryland went on to finish the season 23-5 and ranked No. 4 in the Associated Press poll. Before advancing to the National Semifinals later that year, UCLA had its winning streak snapped at 88 games in a loss to Notre Dame.
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