Hoops portal officially open for business...

The transfer portal is officially open for business today and things should start heating up quickly this week.

As far as those headed out, Noah Batchelor is officially in the portal this morning, officially opening up a spot for Willard to add a transfer.

On the Rodney Rice front, it does still seem like this is going to happen, but it is not yet a done deal and there are other schools trying to get him on board, also.

As for replacing Jahmir Young, I'm near certain Dug McDaniels will be available by the end of the day, the question is how much does Maryland want him and how hard to other programs go after him. He can score the ball, no doubt, but he does have some limitations with his size and defense. I also expect Harvard freshman Malik Mack to be available. The wildcard is Penn State's Ace Baldwin, the B1G DPOY who has one more year of eligibility.

At the wing forward spot, Tyrell Ward is a sniper who hit at a 40% clip in the SEC this season, having some of his biggest games down the stretch in wins over NCAA tourney teams. He's from the area and would immediately fill a huge void with his ability to connect from deep. One other name to possibly keep an eye on is Syracuse's Benny Williams, who officially went into the portal this morning. A former five-star from the area, there's no denying he has the physical tools and the talent, but he failed to put it all together at Syracuse. With that said, he still managed to average 7 points and 4 boards per game last season.

We are going to see a ton of big-time names pop up in the portal in the next 24-48 hours and then trickle in as teams are eliminated from the dance. This is quite possibly going to be the wildest ride (offseason) we've ever seen, so buckle up!

MLAX: No. 7 Terps rally to beat No. 2 Duke, 14-11

HEMPSTEAD, NY – No. 7 seed Maryland men's lacrosse advanced to the NCAA semifinals for the third time in four years by rallying to defeat No. 2 seed Duke, 14-11, on Saturday at Shuart Stadium. Maryland (10-5) will make its 29th Final Four appearance, tying the most by any program in history with Johns Hopkins.

Maryland will play the winner of No. 6 seed Virginia and No. 3 seed Johns Hopkins on May 25. The game will be played in Philadelphia at Lincoln Financial Field. The time will be announced later and will be televised on ESPN2.

The Terps battled back after falling down 5-1 in the opening quarter. They outscored the Blue Devils 13-6 for the remainder of the game, led by Luke Wierman's dominance from the face-off circle. Daniel Maltz scored the game-winning, go-ahead goal at 5:01 in the fourth quarter. He added another score, his team-leading fourth of the game at 3:03 to put the game away.

Braden Erksa scored at 10:16 in the fourth to give Maryland its first lead of the game. The score capped off four consecutive by the Terps. Erksa added another goal at 7:50 to put the Terps ahead again and finished with two scores and an assist.

In coming back from down four goals, Maryland had its largest comeback in an NCAA Tournament game since also trailing Towson by four goals (7-3) in the 2019 NCAA First Round, before coming back to win 14-13 in overtime.

After adding eight groundballs today, Luke Wierman became the program's leader in career groundballs. He now has 456, passing Andy Claxton (1989-92), who had 451 career groundballs. Wierman won 20-of-29 faceoffs to add to his other career program record. He also added two goals in the game to match his career-high output. His performance was pivotal to the victory.

Ryan Siracusa (three goals and an assist) recorded his first career hat trick, finishing with a career-high four points. Zach Whittier supplied two assists.

Defensively, Ajax Zappitello held Josh Zawada, Duke's second-leading point scorer to one assist. Colin Burlace caused a turnover and picked up two groundballs. Logan McNaney made 11 saves at goalie.

Dyson Williams and Brennan O'Neill combined for nine goals. Duke ends its season with a 13-6 record.

Breaking Down The Action
  • Duke led 5-1 at the end of the first quarter. Luke Wierman scored the Terps' lone goal after a face-off win at the 4:31.
  • The Terps made it a two-goal game after back-to-back scores by Ryan Siracusa and Daniel Maltz to begin the second quarter. Siracusa scored again and Wierman tallied his second goal later in the stanza to outscore Duke 4-3. Still, the Blue Devils entered halftime with an 8-5 advantage.
  • Maryland once again outscored Duke in the third period, this time 2-1. Maltz scored his second goal and Jack Brennan entered the scoring column. The Terps entered the final quarter down 9-7.
  • The Terps outscored the Blue Devils 7-2 in the final frame to secure the victory. Maltz scored the game clinching goal at the 5:01mark. He added another score at 3:03, his fourth of the game. Jack Koras then supplied the dagger with an goal with 33 seconds remaining.
NCAA Numbers
  • This is Maryland's 46th appearance in the NCAA Tournament and an NCAA-best 21st straight appearance.
  • With 46 appearances, the program is 72-41 all-time in the tournament, with 29 Final Four trips, 16 Championship Game appearances and four National Championships.
  • The 29 Final Four appearances tie Johns Hopkins for the most by any program in history.
  • Under Coach Tillman, the Terps have made every tournament since 2011, gone 30-10 and earned 10 championship weekend appearances.
  • This marks the sixth time since the tournament began in 1971 that Maryland is the No. 7 seed. The Terps are 7-5 all-time as the seventh seed.
  • The last time Maryland was the No. 7 seed was 2014. The Terps earned a Memorial Day weekend appearance by taking out Cornell in the first round and Bryant in the quarterfinals before falling to No. 6 seed Notre Dame in the semifinals. The first time the Terps were a No. 7 seed was 1982.
  • The Terps were also named the No. 7 seed in 2007 and 2008. Maryland also had the seed in 1991, a year in which they made a run to the Semifinals with wins over Rutgers and No. 2 Brown.
Hat Trick Terps
  • Ryan Siracusa recorded his first career hat trick in the game.
  • Daniel Maltz also finished with a hat trick. It was his fourth of the season and the 19th of his career.
  • Jack Koras (three), Eric Spanos (three), Braden Erksa (three), Eric Malever (two) and Daniel Kelly have also scored hat tricks this season.
Multi Terps Update
  • Daniel Maltz (four goals) had his 45th multi-point and 33rd multi-goal game of his career.
  • Ryan Siracusa (three goals and one assist) recorded the 11th multi-point game of his career. It was his fifth multi-goal game.
  • Braden Erksa (two goals and one assist) had his 23rd multi-point game in his two years as a Terp. It was his 15th career game with multiple goals.
  • Luke Wierman (two goals) tallied his ninth career multi-point game of his career. It was his third career game with multiple goals.
  • Zach Whittier (two assists) recorded his sixth multi-point game. It was his third with multiple assists.
Terps In The Record Books
  • Luke Wierman became the program's all-time faceoff winner in the Terps' season opener. With 20 wins today, he added to his career total of 849.
  • After adding eight today, Wierman became the program's leader in career groundballs. He now has 456 career groundballs, passing Andy Claxton (1989-92), who had 451 career groundballs.
  • Logan McNaney is fourth on the all-time saves list. With 11 in the game, he now has 567 for his career. Niko Amato (2011-14) is third on the list with 625 saves in his career.
  • Daniel Maltz scored four goals to increase his career total to 118. He sits at No. 12 on the all-time list, passing Jim Wilkerson (1980-83). Grant Catalino (2008-10) is No. 11 with 119 career goals.
Dominating The Series
  • Maryland owns a 63-20 all-time advantage over Duke, with the first meeting coming in 1940.
  • The two former ACC foes have met in the NCAA Tournament eight times, with the Terps holding a 5-3 advantage.
  • The last time the two teams met was also in the NCAA Tournament, the 2021 National Semifinals. The third-seeded Terps dominated en route to a 14-5 win behind five goals from Jared Bernhardt. The win sent the Terps to their sixth championship game in 10 years with coach John Tillman at the helm.
  • The two teams have never met in the NCAA Quarterfinals. However, they have met in four separate semifinal games since 2011.
  • The Terps won an outstanding 28 consecutive games in the series from 1955 to 1989.
Numbers To Know
  • 1: Ryan Siracusa recorded his first career hat trick.
  • 1: Luke Wierman is the program's leader in career faceoff wins and groundballs.
  • 2: Wierman tied his single-game career-high with two goals.
  • 3: Wierman has three multi-goal games in his career.
  • 4: Siracusa scored a career-high four points.
  • 7: Seven fourth-quarter goals are the most for the Terps in an NCAA Tournament game since scoring nine in the fourth quarter against Army in the 2004 first round of a 16-12 win.
  • 7: Maryland scored a season-high seven goals in a quarter for the second week in a row, also scoring seven in the second quarter against Princeton last week.
  • 7: Maryland's seven fourth-quarter goals were the most the Terps scored in any fourth quarter since scoring seven vs. Ohio State on April 16, 2022.
  • 10: John Tillman has made 10 Final Fours as Maryland's head coach.
  • 11: Wierman won 20 face-offs to give him his 11th career game with 20 or more wins in a game.
  • 13: Daniel Maltz has scored a point in all 13 games he has appeared in this season.
  • 14: Siracusa has scored a goal in 14 of 15 games this season.
  • 15: Braden Erksa has 15 multi-goal games in his career.
  • 19: Maltz has 19 career hat tricks.
  • 21: This was Maryland's 21st consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance.
  • 29: Maryland will make its 29th appearance in the Final Four.
Up Next
  • Maryland will play the winner of No. 3 Johns Hopkins and No. 6 Virginia in the NCAA Semifinals on May 25 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. The time of the game will be announced later and will be televised on ESPN2.

Seen this movie before

Refs F$CK Hopkins, tying goal the dude was in the crease, but just like when UVGay tied MD a few years back on a shot that hit the post and never went in, refs suck Swayin' Sissy dick.

Just like in basketball when a double dribble is not a double dribble when Swayin'Sissies do it

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A new transfer portal name the Terps have reached out to....

Maryland has an in-home visit scheduled with Clemson transfer guard Alex Hemenway.

The 6-foot-4 guard spent five seasons at Clemson, but only played in 25 games over the past two seasons due to a foot injury. He started 12 games two seasons ago and averaged 6.9 points, 1.8 boards and 1.1 assists per game. Most importantly, he shot 47% from three with 33 makes in limited minutes. He's 80-for-185 (43%) from beyond the arc over the past three seasons. Basically when he's in the game it is strictly to shoot threes. I'm guessing they got a good look at him down in Asheville, where he scored 9 points in the title game versus Davidson.

He has a visit to Vanderbilt scheduled, while Rutgers and Indiana are also involved.

The good news here is I can now say for sure they have at least one backup plan for Lanier. My guess is there are more, we just aren't privy to who they are yet.

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Big week on tap for hoops recruiting

The weekend has come and passed with former Wisconsin sharp shooter Connor Essegian on campus but no commitment.

Unbeknownst to me, Essegian quickly departed College Park and made a trip down to Columbia, South Carolina where he visited the Gamecocks. Current Cocks head coach Lamont Paris was a long-time assistant at Wisconsin and also did a good job of helping former (now current, again) Ohio State point guard Meechie Johnson resurrect his career.

Here's the bottom line with Essegian from what I have been able to gather, he grew up a Michigan fan and had early interest in playing for the Wolverines. But at this time, Dusty May is in excellent shape with a number of top guards in the portal, including the top overall player and his former star at FAU, Johnell Davis. May has reached out to Essegian, but I dont' think the interest is as strong on Michigan's end as it was on his. As for the South Carolina visit, it makes sense given Paris' ties to Wisconsin and the fact it is an Under Armour school.

Moving forward, Michigan could still bring him in for a visit at some point and I am also hearing there are plans to possibly visit Indiana at some point this week. Beyond that, I don't know of any other schools he has interest in or is planning on visiting. I did like Maryland's chances as from what I could gather Maryland took the place of Michigan, but I was also unaware of the Carolina visit. I still think this could be an instance where we see a commitment in the coming few days, but I don't know this to be certain.

Looking ahead, the Terps will host South Florida guard Selton Miguel beginning today. Miguel was a major reason for South Florida winning their first conference regular-season title this year and was 2nd team All-AAC as well as 6th man of the year. He began his career at Kansas State before transferring to South Florida, so he has P6 experience. His three-point shooting percentage has increased every year and he shot 39% from beyond the arc this past season. He's got good size for a guard and is a solid perimeter defender. The connection here is fellow Angolan and former Terp Bruno Fernando who is close to Miguel.

Tomorrow the Terps will host UC San Diego guard Bryce Pope, who is coming off of an unofficial visit to USC last Friday. The Terps were one of the first schools to get heavily involved with Pope and will have a chance to roll out the red carpet this week. But unfortunately, while the Terps were able to make quick work of Gillespie and Rice, it seems the rest of these visitors are likely going to finish out their visits before making a decision. Pope is scheduled to visit Stanford and Florida State following this week's visit to Maryland and more schools continue to reach out. Obviously they will look to blow him away and close the deal on campus, but it seems very possible it could be a week or two before a decision comes.

The thing that makes all of this tricky is that many of these players have agents urging them to take visits and pick the best offer and many are hearing from and high on the same group of schools. So it could be that one school is higher on a player than another or that the player might be higher on a school than the coaches recruiting them. And for some it might simply be a matter of first to commit gets the spot. With Selton Miguel, he's been in talks with Michigan and USC, Pope has been in talks with USC, Essegian has been in talks with Michigan and Indiana and then all of these schools have guys high on their boards they hope to land that might take away a spot for one of these players visiting Maryland. It is basically like free agency now. This is also why landing Gillespie and Rice early on was so huge.

I will say this though, based on some things I've heard with regards to where some players stand with some of Maryland's competition for these three, this could be one of those times where the first two to commit are on board and the third is left on the outside looking in.

I hate to handicap at this point, but if I had to, as of right now I actually think Miguel might be the most likely to commit first and a toss up between the other two.

Football Regular Season O/U Win Totals

Action Network is up with theirs's

We're at 7 on the nose. The rest of the B1G (our conference opponents this year in bold)

aOSU 10.5
Oregon 10.5
Michigan 9.5
State Penn 9.5
Iowa 7.5

Nebraska 7.5
USC 7.5
Washington 7.5
Rutgers 6.5
Wisconsin 6.5
Illinois 5.5
Indinaina 5.5
Northwestern 5.5

UCLA 5.5
Minnesota 5
Michigan State 4.5

Purdue 4.5

So four projected to be better, five worse. The question is, which of the five are we going to suffer a crushing defeat to? Because let's be honest kids, Locksley is good for at least one of those every season and I select Northwestern as the "bad team" we lose to because #1. it's after our first bye week and we all know his record coming out of those and #2. it's a team we tend to think we're better than but our undisciplined play shoots us in the foot time and time again against a disciplined team like the Wildcats. Minnesota is a sneaky tough game as that's a trip to Minnesota in late October. Even if we're able to chuck it around, that's not the climate for it (see Northwestern last year).

FWIW, UVA is listed at 4.5, however I think our 7 is an under and maybe a push, but certainly not an over though it wouldn't surprise me to see this number go to 7.5 and the Under take become the favorite. A new quarterback under center, an offensive line that's still a poop show no matter how you try to spin it, and trying to "build more"/"maintain momentum" coming off of consecutive 7-5 seasons will be a ring too far to grab.

The first 3 games will tell us everything we need to know. Another 5-0 start is possible, but I can see a loss to Michigan State and/or at UVA in the cards for a lot of the same the reasons above, especially if the UVA game is moved to Friday night. Prime time under the lights on the road for the first time isn't a good combination for a new college QB. MSU has a whole new staff and they're a wild card as to what they're going to bring to College Park.

Of the ones over us in win totals, USC is the one I think we're most likely to beat. Tough to say how they're going to do going into this season and there's I think a good chance that they'll overlook us and think we're easy pickings for them. A noon kickoff in College Park would also be a big help to us in that endeavor. A loss to them however wouldn't be much of a shock to me and I don't we have much of a chance at Oregon, at State Penn, or against Iowa.
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On Chaz Lanier...

As I suspected based on my social media sleuthing, Lanier is in talks with Kentucky and they are very much in the mix. David Sisk from the Kentucky site spoke with his mom last night and it sounds like Kentucky is right near the top of their list.

It is also worth noting, if 1st round is what they are shooting for, the fact he was not invited to the combine or the G League elite camp should all but assure he's coming back to school.

But while Maryland is involved in this one and I suspect is one of the few schools they know will be on his final list, all the chatter right now is this one becoming a Kentucky-Tennessee battle as things really start to heat up.

Here is what Davis posted last night:

I just spoke with his mom. She said they have spoken with Mark Pope several times, and were impressed with him. She said she could tell he is a very energetic individual. She said they were also impressed with him player development plan. They are going to be looking at things like that and need for next season.

Currently he is also in the NBA Draft. He has until May 29 to make the decision. Ms. Lanier stated that the goal is to go in the first round, but they are working "simultaneously" between the draft and looking at schools. Reading between the lines I think going to a place that could help him prepare for the draft next year will be big. She said they are working on a list, and are doing their homework, but are not doing it on everybody who has contacted. I believe they know a few of the schools that will be on it, and I do think there is some excitement there about Kentucky. We did not discuss any other schools.