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Maryland basketball vs. Minnesota preview: Terps look for 2nd straight win over Gophers

Maryland basketball has four regular season games left. The first of those comes Wednesday at home against Minnesota. The Terps will host the Gophers in a relatively late matchup at 8:30 on BTN. Maryland won the teams first matchup this season, 85-78, in Minnesota. The Gophers are in the midst of a five-game winning streak, having just topped Michigan in double overtime. Maryland just finished its hardest week of the season. The Terps beat Northwestern on the road on Wednesday, then fell at Wisconsin on Sunday. They re still holding on strong to the No. 3 spot in the Big Ten, while Minnesota is two spots behind.

This won t be Maryland s first game without Michal Cekvosky, but it ll be the first where Mark Turgeon knows he won t have his Slovakian center for the rest of the season. Just as the Terps appeared to have him back at full strength for the first time this season, Cekovksy fractured his left ankle against Wisconsin[1]. He s out for the rest of this season, meaning Damonte Dodd and Ivan Bender will stay as Maryland s primary centers.

Minnesota Golden Gophers (20-7, 8-6 Big Ten)

2015-16 record: 8-23

Head coach: Richard Pitino. He s 71-58 as Minnesota s head coach, and could lead the Gophers to their first NCAA Tournament bid in his time at the helm.

KenPom ranking: 39 (Maryland is 32)

Players to know

Nate Mason, guard, junior, 6 2/190, No. 2. Mason is a high-volume shooter, scoring 15 points per game on 37 percent shooting from the field, but Minnesota needs him. He s got the team s best offensive rating on KenPom at 109. Mason also adds a team-high 5.3 assists per game with only 1.7 turnovers.

Amir Coffey, guard/forward, freshman, 6 8/195, No. 5. Coffey was a heralded local recruit (the No. 7 shooting guard in the country), and he s paying dividends for Pitino. He averages 12 points per game on 36 percent shooting, along with 3.9 rebounds and 3.1 assists.

Jordan Murphy, guard, sophomore, 6 6/240, No. 3. He s just as powerful a scorer as Coffey. Murphy is shooting 20 percent better than he was last season, chipping in 11 points per game.

Strengths

Defense. The Gophers have the 15th-best defense in the land, by KenPom s adjusted efficiency metrics. Their opponents have an effective shooting percentage of 45, the 12th-best mark of any defense in the country. With the fifth-best block percentage, they also make things tough inside.

Ball security. Minnesota only turns the ball over on 16 percent of its possessions, the 37th-best mark in the country. The team s offense isn t explosive, but doesn t give its opponents too many extra possessions.

Weaknesses

Shooting. This is the one clear area in which the Gophers fail. Their effective shooting mark is 48 percent, 266th in the country. They re especially bad at two-pointers. Their mark of 47 percent from inside the stripe ranks 280th, an especially putrid number.

Prediction

KenPom s prediction: Maryland 73, Minnesota 68. Terps have a 66 percent chance of victory.

Ryan s prediction: Maryland 76, Minnesota 66.

References

  1. ^ Cekovksy fractured his left ankle against Wisconsin (www.testudotimes.com)

Maplewood calls emergency meeting to address Stargate nightclub shooting

Maplewood city officials will discuss the future of the Stargate nightclub at an emergency City Council meeting Wednesday, after 60 gunshots were fired there over the weekend, according to Maplewood Police Chief Paul Schnell. Five people were injured early Saturday after a fight broke at the club, which is on Rice Street at Larpenteur Avenue. One gunshot was fired inside and dozens more rang out in the parking lot as frenzied patrons spilled outside.

No one was seriously hurt despite the number of shots fired, Schnell said.

I know [the owner] has invested a lot of time, effort and real money to try to make this business go, but this can t go on, Schnell said, adding that the owner has been very cooperative. The question at Wednesday s 8 a.m. meeting will be whether the city can set conditions to improve safety on weekends, Schnell said. In terms of sanctions, the council has a full range of options, including temporary closure, license suspension on weekend nights, requiring more security guards to be stationed in problem areas like the parking lot, more stringent ID and search protocols, or added technology measures.

The club s license could also be revoked, based on significant public safety concerns, Schnell said. The City Council had already planned to talk with Stargate s owner about safety at an upcoming meeting, said Mayor Nora Slawik, but the recent incident made things more urgent. Club owner Paul Xiong met with the council last summer shortly after he took ownership. There had been problems with large crowds and uncontrollable behavior.

Xiong agreed to stop hosting 18-plus nights, Slawik said. Xiong couldn t be reached for comment Sunday. Shots were fired in the parking lot in the summer of 2016.

Other incidents include a 2011 stabbing and a May 2015 incident where a 20-year-old was shot and killed by a Stargate security guard. Problems arose again this winter, Schnell said. On Saturday, 35 to 40 police officers from the Roseville and St. Paul police departments and from the State Patrol were present as a result of the gunshots, Schnell said.

We re down to the point where we have to fix this once and for all, ideally, Slawik said.

Daniel Webster’s Marquise Caudill faces multiple charges from fight

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  • ESPN.com news services

NASHUA, N.H. — Police have charged two members of the Daniel Webster men’s basketball team after a fight[1] during a game that required 25 officers to restore order. Nashua authorities say guard Marquise Caudill[2] assaulted a player from the opposing team Saturday and threatened an officer working a security detail who tried to stop him. They also said teammate Antwaun Boyd appeared to be inciting an already hostile crowd that had surrounded the officer. Southern Vermont College was playing Daniel Webster, which forfeited the game. The official score was 2-0.

Marquise Caudill Nashua Police

Caudill, 22, of Windsor, Connecticut, is being held on $50,000 cash bail on assault, criminal threatening and disorderly conduct charges. Boyd, 23, from Stamford, Connecticut, was charged with disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor, and released after bail was posted. It wasn’t immediately known if either is represented by a lawyer.

One other person, 43-year-old Elizabeth Morris of Malden, Massachusetts, also was charged in connection with the disturbance. She was released after bail was posted.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

References

  1. ^ after a fight (www.d3hoops.com)
  2. ^ Marquise Caudill (www.espn.com)
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