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After signature win, Maryland moves up in latest Top 25 poll

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After signature win, Maryland moves up in latest Top 25 poll

After a strong, two-win week, Maryland has moved up four spots to No. 4 overall in the newest edition of the Associated Press Top 25, released on Monday.

Maryland notched its biggest victory of the season this week, a home win against then-No. 3 Iowa, to show the nation that it could win a marquee matchup. Its two previous opportunities to do so -- both on the road -- were strong efforts, but ultimately losses to North Carolina and Michigan State.

They concluded the week with a road victory over Ohio State.

That Iowa win will prove to be important down the line. Maryland does not have many remaining opportunities to get signature wins. They will face Purdue twice, plus Michigan and Wisconsin at home before going on the road to end the regular season at Indiana.

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Had they not beaten the Hawkeyes, there would be questions persisting about whether Maryland is really part of the upper tier of college basketball right now in the absence of a signature win. What happened against Iowa silences those criticisms.

The Hawkeyes, after losing on the road to Maryland and bouncing back to beat Northwestern on Sunday, fall to No. 5.

Villanova checks in at No. 3. North Carolina is at No. 2. Oklahoma is No. 1.

 

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Maryland gets great news as Anthony Cowan Jr. withdraws from NBA Draft to return for senior season

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Maryland gets great news as Anthony Cowan Jr. withdraws from NBA Draft to return for senior season

Anthony Cowan Jr. announced that he will return to Maryland basketball for his senior season after testing the NBA Draft waters.

Cowan, a local product out of St. John's College High School, has started every game at Maryland for the past three seasons. The point guard has led the Terps in scoring and assists the past two years, most recently helping the team to the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament. 

His return will be a huge boost to the Terrapins after big-man Bruno Fernando decided to forgo his eligibility for his final two seasons in College Park for the NBA Draft. Including Cowan, the team returns seven of its top eight scorers for the 2019-20 season and will be one of the more experienced squads in the nation.

With Cowan staying at Maryland, NBC Sports' Rob Dauster says that the Terps will be a potential top-five team entering the season.

His decision came hours before Wednesday's NBA draft withdrawal deadline. Earlier on the same day, he worked out for the Sacramento Kings, according to Baltimore Sun reporter Don Markus.

While Cowan has shown an impressive ability to lead his team in his three years, he was not a projected pick for the 2019 NBA draft. It's another year for the senior to display his ability, and lead a talented team to national prominence after he only scored 20 points in two NCAA Tournament games last year. 

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Maryland's Darnell Savage signs rookie contract with Green Bay Packers

Maryland's Darnell Savage signs rookie contract with Green Bay Packers

Darnell Savage is the third NFL draft prospect profiled in our series ‘I Am the Prospect’. Download the MyTeams App for all three features.

Darnell Savage Jr. spent four seasons wowing fans in College Park as a defensive star for the Maryland Terrapins, and in April he found out he’ll be taking his talents to Wisconsin after being selected in the first round of the NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers.

Now, his future in Green Bay is officially official.

As Schefter mentions, Savage is the first first-rounder to sign a contract in 2019. It will be the standard length of first-round draft picks, going four years guaranteed with a fifth-year option. Reports are that the speedy, hard-hitting safety will earn $12.5 million over the first four seasons of the contract.

There were some questions about Savage’s fit in an NFL defensive backfield, given his size. But he is an athletic player with great instincts for the ball, and his statistics were thoroughly impressive the last two seasons in college. The Packers certainly believed he would be a terrific fit in their defense, considering they traded up to the 21st pick in order to make the selection.

Savage should have a great opportunity to start early in Green Bay, and now that he’s signed his contract so early, he’ll be able to get to work sooner rather than later. Knowing Savage, that’s just the way he wants it.

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