COLLEGE PARK -- There was a stretch of Maryland’s season in mid-to-late November when Mark Turgeon’s Terrapins played four games in an eight-day stretch -- two grind-it-out games at home against Georgetown and Rider, plus two more in Cancun against Illinois State and Rhode Island.
But here stands Maryland now, 8-1 and set to face Maryland-Eastern Shore on Saturday afternoon, with only two games coming in the next 15 days.
“It’s much-needed. ... We’ll take a couple days off next week so they can concentrate on school, but I think I counted,” Turgeon said, revealing his big realization. “I think we only have like six practices until our first Big Ten game [on Dec. 30 vs. Penn State].”
So the interim period now becomes a mix of factors for this team. It is about resting -- especially Melo Trimble and Rasheed Sulaimon, who have shouldered a major percentage of the minute in the backcourt -- but also about tightening the screws and improving on things that Turgeon says must be fixed before conference play.
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Staying sharp should not be an issue, though, according to redshirt junior forward Robert Carter, Jr.
“Us competing against each other is like competing against another team because we’re a very competitive team and we play really hard against each other,” he said.
“Sometimes I feel like if we play as hard as we did in practice, we’ll beat people by a lot more than we beat them by.”
Maryland faces Maryland-Eastern Shore at 4:15 p.m. on Saturday at XFINITY Center in College Park.
Going into the 2018 NBA Combine, Kevin Huerter was not receiving much hype, was off many NBA Draft boards, and many assumed he was heading back to college anyways.
Playing in the first scrimmage of the combine process, all those storylines quickly changed.
Playing against players like Jacob Evans, Donte DiVincenzo, Udoka Azubuike, and Jevon Carter, Huerter emerged as one of the top stars. The two-year Maryland spot-up shooter saw 25 minutes of action and only trailed Penn State prospect Tony Carr in points on his squad.
With 14 points (5-11 FG, 3-8 three-pointers), Huerter showed development since he was last seen with the Terps. His passing was the biggest asset for his team and was not afraid to take a shot against these top defenders. The 6-7 forward also added three rebounds, an assist, and had only one turnover.
Although his shooting in-game was not fantastic, in the individual drills he showed off. Of the seven shooting marks, he ranked in the top five in five of them. He also had the best shuttle run (2.96 seconds).
No question, Huerter’s draft stock significantly rose. Although still early, he is looking to be the highest rated Terp prospect this year over Justin Jackson and Bruno Fernando.
Consensus among those at the NBA Combine seems to believe that Huerter will return for his junior season at Maryland.
After today though, it may be hard to say no.
D.J. Moore has an adorable new puppy!
Days after the Carolina Panthers selected Moore as the No. 24 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, the former Maryland wide receiver returned to his roots and paid a visit to College Park.
But the first-rounder wasn’t alone when he went to Maryland. According to the Terps’ football Twitter account, he brought his new puppy with him. Seriously, look at this puppy!
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The Big Ten Receiver of the Year in 2017, Moore was obviously a crucial component of the Terps’ offense. He finished the season with 80 catches — a Maryland single-season record, which was also a Big Ten high.
He declared for the NFL Draft after his junior season with Maryland.
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