Terps men’s bas­ket­ball No. 21 in coaches poll

Baltimore Sun - - COMMENTARY -

At last week’s Big Ten Me­dia Day in Wash­ing­ton, ju­nior guard Melo Trim­ble and se­nior cen­ter Da­monte Dodd made ref­er­ences to the “low ex­pec­ta­tions” for the Mary­land men’s bas­ket­ball team out­side Col­lege Park. That mo­ti­va­tional an­gle won’t work, at least among the na­tion’s Divi­sion I coaches. In the pre­sea­son coaches’ poll re­leased Thurs­day by USA To­day, the Terps find them­selves at No. 21 de­spite los­ing four starters from last sea­son’s 27-9 Sweet 16 team. Mary­land is the low­est among the five Big Ten Con­fer­ence teams ranked. Michi­gan State is No. 9, Wis­con­sin is No. 10, In­di­ana is No. 12 and Pur­due is No. 15. Duke is No. 1. MORE MEN’S COL­LEGE BAS­KET­BALL: UMBC ju­nior guard Jairus Lyles was se­lected to the six­player Amer­ica East Con­fer­ence pre­sea­son team in a vote by the league’s nine head coaches. The Retriev­ers, un­der first-year coach Ryan Odom, were picked to fin­ish sixth. WOMEN’S COL­LEGE BAS­KET­BALL: De­fend­ing cham­pion Har­ford Com­mu­nity Col­lege is ranked first in the Mary­land Ju­nior Col­lege Ath­letic Con­fer­ence pre­sea­son poll with nine first-place votes and 164 to­tal points, fol­lowed by Bal­ti­more City CC (157, four) and Ce­cil Col­lege (133, one). They’re fol­lowed by Gar­rett Col­lege (111), Mont­gomery Col­lege (110), Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege (107), Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land (105), Hager­stown CC (87), Howard CC (79) Prince Ge­orge’s CC (64), Al­le­gany Col­lege (59), CCBC-Ca­tonsville (55), Fred­er­ick CC (55), CCBC-Dun­dalk (42) and Anne Arun­del CC (37). COL­LEGE FOOT­BALL: Navy’s Ken Ni­u­mat­alolo is on the watch list for the Paul “Bear” Bryant Award, which goes to the na­tion’s top coach. COL­LEGE WRESTLING: Mary­land red­shirt se­nior Billy Rappo, red­shirt sopho­more Al­fred Ban­nis­ter and sopho­more Yous­sif Hemida were voted cap­tains by their team­mates with in­put from the coach­ing staff. WOMEN’S COL­LEGE VOL­LEY­BALL: Kelly Martin, a for­mer player at West Chester who got her master’s in ex­er­cise science at McDaniel last year, was named coach at St. Mary’s, ef­fec­tive im­me­di­ately. She steps in for in­terim coach Au­tumn Fisher, a 2016 St. Mary’s grad­u­ate. WOMEN’SCOLLEGESOCCER: Steven­son fresh­man for­ward Ju­liana Portera (Bel Air) was named Eastern Col­lege Ath­letic Con­fer­ence South Re­gion Rookie of the Week. WOMEN’S CROSS COUN­TRY: Johns Hop­kins jumped from fourth to first in the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Coun­try Coaches As­so­ci­a­tion’s Divi­sion III poll. The Blue Jays re­ceived all eight first-place votes. WOMEN’S COL­LEGE SWIM­MING AND DIVING: Mount St. Mary’s was picked in the North­east Con­fer­ence coaches pre­sea­son poll to fin­ish sixth. ... Loy­ola Mary­land sopho­more Lind­sey Staszewski was named Pa­triot League Fe­male Diver of the Week. BASE­BALL: All seven mem­bers of Wash­ing­ton Na­tion­als man­ager Dusty Baker’s ma­jor league coach­ing staff will re­turn to the team for the 2017 sea­son, the team an­nounced on Twit­ter. VAR­SITY: Chloe Pre­jean of Her­itage Academy in Hager­stown and Will Moten of West­lake in Wal­dorf were named Mary­land’s win­ners of the Wendy’s High School Heis­man Schol­ar­ship. They were cho­sen from among 20 state fi­nal­ists who in­cluded Manch­ester Val­ley’s Jayce Klin­gen­berg, Beth Tfiloh’s Teva Vo­gel­stein, Old Mill’s Kloie Walker and Western Tech’s Ali Bhatti. —

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