Six Maryland Terrapins basketball players with AWESOME names

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God Shamgod, Paris London, and Majestic Mapp. These are all actual names of well known college basketball players. But the Maryland Terrapins trump everybody,

Exree Hipp.

That just rules, plain and simple. And ever since America was introduced to Mr. Hipp in March of 1994, it’s called extra special attention to the names on the Maryland Terrapins basketball roster. Even their program’s all-time patriarch, Lefty Driessel, has a cool name. Because “Lefty” is unique and original in basketball, whereas in baseball that name would be banal.

Here are more special names that will make you “Fear the Turtle!”

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Maryland to the Big Ten; probably official this afternoon

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With numerous press conferences scheduled this afternoon with various Big Ten and University of Maryland officials, it looks like the news is true and the UM add will be official.

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Maryland and Rutgers to the Big Ten, reports everybody

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Not sure who broke this first, as it’s everywhere now: Yahoo, ESPN, Tribune, but the word is Maryland in serious talks with the Big Ten about joining.

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#69 Maryland Terrapins: College Basketball 111 in 111

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Welcome to The Sports Bank’s third annual college basketball season preview series.  Two years we looked at 99 teams in 99 days.  Last year, we were slightly more aggressive and expanded to 111 teams in 111 days and will do so again as we look ahead to the 2012-2013 season.

We will rank the 75 power conference teams and top 36 mid-majors in reverse power ranking order.  We’ll break down rosters, transfers, incoming freshmen, non-conference schedules, and pick a player to watch for each team.

Mark Turgeon’s first year as Maryland Terrapins head coach, post-Gary Williams era, was met with struggles as most expected.  Turgeon’s revamping of the roster means the Terps will once again be short-handed this season with only nine scholarship players eligible for the up-coming year.

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#74 Maryland Terrapins: College Football 77 in 77

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In 2011, the Maryland Terrapins opened strongly, defeating Miami, and playing a BCS West Virginia team very tight, but that’s as far as we can go regarding highlights, in a 2-10 season. There was no fear of the turtle last year, and probably won’t be this year. The Terps closed the season on an eight game losing streak.

New regimes take time, so maybe year two will be better? Don’t count on it, Randy Edsall has a mess on his hands. New offensive coordinator Mike Locksley is not the answer either.

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#78 Maryland Terrapins: College Basketball 111 in 111

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Welcome to The Sports Bank’s second annual college basketball season preview series.  Last year we looked at 99 teams in 99 days.  This year, we are being slightly more aggressive and expanding to 111 teams in 111 days.  We will rank the 74 power conference teams and top 37 mid-majors in reverse power ranking order.  We’ll break down rosters, non-conference schedules, and pick a player to watch for each team.

It is a new era for Maryland Terrapin basketball as Gary Williams announced his retirement after 22 successful years of running the program.  Mark Turgeon comes in from Texas A&M to take over for Williams but has his work cut out for him this season with only eight scholarship players on the roster.

UPDATED: 9/14/11

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College Football 77 in 77: #44 Maryland Terrapins

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Fear the Turtle? Depends on who you talk to. There seems to be a very big standard deviation in terms of where college football gurus have the Maryland Terrapins going this year. It all depends on how much you believe the running game (ranked 82nd in the nation last year) will improve in 2011. Yes, the defense returns 7/10 tacklers from last fall, so it’s going to be on the O to get it done in College Park. And Terps starting signal caller Danny O’Brien could bring home the Davey O’Brien this fall (see what I did there?) as he’s the best returning passer in the ACC.

Over the years, the Terrapins have produced several prominent quarterbacks. Starting with three consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) championships from 1983 to 1985, the program was sometimes referred to as “Quarterback U”.Since then, Maryland quarterbacks Boomer Esiason, Frank Reich, Stan Gelbaugh, Neil O’Donnell, Scott Zolak, and Scott Milanovich have been considered part of that tradition.

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