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What Maryland will like in the Big Ten

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What Maryland will like in the Big Ten

As Maryland fans settle into their new reality as a team leaving the ACC, many in the Terps crowd have been mourning all that they will miss from the conference.

Perhaps lost on Terps fans, there is plenty to look forward to in the Big Ten.

Stability -- With Maryland's decision to leave the ACC to join the Big Ten, another round of chaotic conference realignment could be afoot. While no team is truly safe outside of huge schools like Ohio State and Texas, the Big Ten appears to be arguably the most stable conference in the country. That stability stems from the Big Ten Network, the conference's cable network run jointly with Fox Sports. The Big Ten Network is viewed in over 70 million homes, and that number will jump with the addition of Maryland and Rutgers. With stability comes money, lots of it, and Maryland can use that too. 

A true rival? -- While Maryland had many rivalries in the ACC, the school lacked one true rival in the same vein of Alabama-Auburn or South Carolina-Clemson. Many Terps fans would call Duke their rival, but Duke always considered North Carolina its rival. In the Big Ten, the opportunity for a true rival exists.

Penn State finds itself in a similar situation: a football power without one true rival. Penn State and Maryland often find themselves recruiting the same players, and the states share a border. Many Penn State alumni live in the Washington, D.C., region and the two teams should be placed in the same division of the Big Ten once Maryland joins the conference.

For decades, Maryland and Penn State played each other in football. The Nittany Lions dominated the series, but there is a history. Two large schools, both lacking rivals, playing in each other's backyard. Sounds like a recipe for a rivalry.

Rose Bowl -- There is a reason the Rose Bowl is called the "Granddaddy of them all." One of the few bowl games to maintain its tradition, the Rose Bowl is the oldest and most prestigious college football bowl game in the country played in picturesque Southern California, pits the Big Ten champ against the winner of the Pac-12.

The odds of Maryland advancing to the Rose Bowl in the immediate future may be slim, but by playing in the Big Ten the Terps at least have the chance. It's a chance few teams get. 

Big time football -- Sure the distances to cover for Maryland fans to attend road games in the Big Ten will be longer, but the destinations are some of the most famous in all of the country. Madison, Ann Arbor, Columbus, Lincoln. The locations speak for themselves.

The ACC has some teams with good football tradition, Florida State and Clemson have great fans, but the overall atmosphere of football in the conference cannot touch the Big Ten. With big-time college football comes crazy fans, huge tailgates and incredible Saturday afternoons.  

  

Maryland may have trouble competing, at least in the beginning, but it could be a lot of fun. 

Big Ten hoops -- While the Big Ten may be a football conference, plenty of good basketball gets played. Indiana ranks as one of the all-time great basketball programs in the country and Michigan State under current coach Tom Izzo routinely ends up in the Final Four.

Maryland fans will miss playing Duke and North Carolina in hoops, there is no way around that, but Big Ten basketball will provide the Terps with plenty of good competition. Maryland fans will have to get used to a slower, plodding, physical style of basketball in the Big Ten compared to the ACC. Or maybe Maryland will force the Big Ten to get used to more athletic, fluid basketball like that played in the ACC. Either way, Big Ten basketball presents plenty of challenges for the Terps.  

The Big Ten is not the ACC. Maryland fans will certainly have much to miss from the conference they've known for nearly 60 years. But the Big Ten brings its own tradition, and with that, its own excitement.

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Another injury scare limits Maryland in loss to Indiana

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Another injury scare limits Maryland in loss to Indiana

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Juwan Morgan scored 10 of his 25 points during Indiana's decisive late run Monday night, leading the Hoosiers to a 71-68 victory over Maryland.

Robert Johnson had 12 points and eight rebounds as the Hoosiers (12-8, 5-3 Big Ten) closed out the game on a 14-6 spurt to win their fourth straight at home.

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Anthony Cowan Jr. had 18 points and Kevin Huerter finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Terrapins (15-7, 4-5), who haven't won a conference road game since Dec. 3.

Both had a chance to tie the game in the closing seconds but Cowan's 3-pointer bounced high off the rim with six seconds left and, after Indiana's Zach McRoberts missed two free throws, Huerter's half-court heave hit nothing but air.

Maryland's offense struggled early and late and eventually, it proved costly.

After going more than 6 minutes without a basket in the second half, the Terrapins used a 9-0 run to charge back and take a 62-57 lead with 4:53 left.

But Indiana scored seven straight and retook a 64-62 lead on Johnson's layup with 3:18 left.

Maryland never led again.

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Maryland: Coach Mark Turgeon knows the road is a tough place to find consistency. And if the Terrapins want to make a late-season push, that's what they must do. They've now lost four straight conference road games since beating Illinois -- and this one was within their grasp.

Indiana: The Hoosiers have improved steadily this season, and Monday's game was another example of how far they've come. At times, the Hoosiers' defense confused Maryland. And when the Terrapins started making 3s, the Hoosiers had an answer each time. That hasn't always happened this season.

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Maryland: Freshman Bruno Fernando did not the play the final 15 minutes after appearing to hurt his lower right leg or right ankle. ... The Terrapins were 4 of 13 on 3-pointers in the second half after starting 5 of 10. ... Maryland outscored Indiana 16-2 on second-chance points, 26-10 in bench points and outrebounded the Hoosiers 39-28.

Indiana: Morgan missed the final 22 minutes of Friday night's game with an injured right ankle and the Hoosiers weren't sure until Monday whether he would play. He finished with five rebounds and four assists, too. ... Justin Smith had 12 points. ... The Hoosiers had 10 steals and were 9 of 16 at the free throw line. ... Indiana was 6 of 18 on 3s and forced 18 turnovers.

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Maryland snaps two-game skid, control Minnesota at home

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Maryland snaps two-game skid, control Minnesota at home

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Kevin Huerter scored 19 points, Anthony Cowan Jr. had a career-high 10 assists and Maryland used a strong second half to beat cold-shooting Minnesota 77-66 Thursday night.

Michal Cekovsky delivered 10 of his 17 points during an 18-2 run that gave the Terrapins a 50-34 lead against the weary Golden Gophers, who could not summon the energy to make a comeback.

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Maryland (15-6, 4-4 Big Ten) snapped a two-game skid and improved to 12-1 at home. Cowan did his part by distributing the ball and scoring all 15 of his points over the final 12 minutes.

Jordan Murphy had 19 points and 14 rebounds for Minnesota, his nation-leading 19th double-double of the season. The Golden Gophers are in the middle of a stretch of three games over six days, concluding with a matchup against No. 22 Ohio State in New York on Saturday afternoon.

Minnesota (14-7, 3-5) finished 23 for 64 (36 percent) from the floor and made only three baskets in the opening 10 minutes of the second half.

The Golden Gophers led 32-29 before Huerter hit a 3-pointer to spark the decisive run. The 7-foot-1 Cekovsky followed with the first of his five dunks in a span of just over 5 minutes, most of them on alley-oop passes from his guards.

With Huerter leading the way, Maryland made 10 of its first 12 field-goal tries after halftime.

In the first half, the Terrapins trailed 16-10 before Huerter scored eight points in a 13-0 run. It was 29-21 before Minnesota rattled off seven straight points to end the half.

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Minnesota: The Golden Gophers can be forgiven for their recent slump, given that they're missing two of their best players. But they can't afford to feel sorry for themselves if they want to survive this stretch that features one home game from Jan. 15 to Feb. 3.

Maryland: The Terrapins desperately needed this victory after losing three of four. Now at .500 in the conference after beating a depleted Minnesota squad, Maryland can regroup during a stretch in which it plays just one game over the next nine days.