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3 Terp opponents suffer mid-major losses in season's first 24 hours

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3 Terp opponents suffer mid-major losses in season's first 24 hours

Maryland opened its season on Friday night with an 80-56 victory over Mount St. Mary’s -- a scrappy mid-major that is picked to win the Northeastern Conference this season and gave the Terrapins a fight for nearly 30 mintues.

But in just the first 24 hours of the college basketball season, three of Maryland’s opponents have already suffered upset losses. Take a look.

Western Illinois 69, No. 17 Wisconsin 67

The Badgers are experiencing a massive year-over-year talent drain that included two players -- Frank Kaminsky and Sam Dekker -- being take in the first round of the NBA draft, along with key players like Traevon Jackson, Duje Dukan. and Josh Gasser.

Still, the Badgers were only able to muster 35 percent shooting from the floor in the season-opening loss while Western Illinois shot 54 percent and a terrific (though unsustainable) 7-of-9 from three-point range.

Radford 82, Georgetown 80

The hope for Maryland on Friday was that a big matchup against Georgetown on the horizon wouldn’t distract from what was immediately in front of them against Mount St. Mary’s. Georgetown tripped on that stumbling block, a Radford team that pushed them to double overtime before Rashun Davis’ last-second three sank the Hoyas.

The question now is how Georgetown responds. Are they deflated or do they bounce back with aggression against Maryland? Read more from CSN's Ben Standig here.

North Florida 93, Illinois 81

Coming off an NCAA tournament berth, the Ospreys never trailed against the Illini.

Last season, the Terrapins suffered an early Big Ten loss when they went to Champaign and were beaten. This season, the two will not meet until March 3.

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Huerter, the newest Hawk, introduced in Atlanta

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Huerter, the newest Hawk, introduced in Atlanta

It was just months ago that Maryland sophomore Kevin Huerter was a sure lock to return for the 2018-2019 season in College Park. 

At some point during the offseason, the 19-year-old changed his mind and decided to test his luck and enter the 2018 NBA Draft. 

After a solid performance at the Combine, Huerter began to soar up draft projection boards. 

Fast forward to the night of the Draft on June 21 from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. 

The Clifton Park, N.Y. native declined an invite to instead be with his family, friends and former teammates at a local country club. 

After watching 18 players get their names called by Commisioner Adam Silver, this happened: 

This viral video had the 518 (Albany, N.Y. area code) basketball community buzzing about the kid who brought Shenendehowa High School its first state championship since 1987. 

Huerter enjoyed outreach from many different names throughout the sports community: 

On Monday, Huerter was officially introduced as the newest Atlanta Hawk. His father, Tom Huerter, documented part of the special day on Twitter: 

In other news, if you don't see Kevin Huerter in Summer League, don't worry. Earlier this month, Huerter learned he needed to repair torn ligaments in his right shooting hand in order to be fully ready for the start of camp. 

Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk expressed his confidence in a full recovery for Huerter during the introductory press conference Monday. 

Clearly the organization is in the middle of a massive rebuild, and it's hoping that newcomers Kevin Huerter, Trae Young and Omari Spellman will be at the center of it. 

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NBA Draft 2018: Maryland basketball's Justin Jackson drafted by Nuggets, traded to Magic

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NBA Draft 2018: Maryland basketball's Justin Jackson drafted by Nuggets, traded to Magic

Maryland basketball had two players drafted in one night for the second time in three years Thursday night when the Denver Nuggets picked Justin Jackson with the No. 43 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.

Jackson was subsequently traded to the Orlando Magic as part of a deal that brought the No. 41 overall pick, Kentucky's Jarred Vanderbilt, to Denver.

After his freshman season, in which he averaged 10.5 points and six rebounds a game while shooting 43.8 percent from beyond the arc, Jackson declared for the draft without an agent, but elected to return to Maryland for his sophomore season. But he'd play just 11 games before being shutdown for the year with a torn labrum. His draft stock was hurt, but obviously not totally erased.

He had surgery in January and ended up being the first Terp to declare for the 2018 NBA Draft back in March. Though Jackson's recovery kept him out of the NBA Combine, teams were still intrigued by what they'd seen from him in the past to be willing to take a flyer.

A 6-foot-7 forward with a 7-foot-3 wingspan, Jackson has the skill to play anywhere between the two or the four in the NBA, and the length to guard all kinds of players.

With Kevin Huerter headed to the last-place Atlanta Hawks, Maryland basketball's two draftees are slated to join last season's two worst teams in the Eastern Conference.