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How Turgeon came to 'love' his team after loss to UNC

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How Turgeon came to 'love' his team after loss to UNC

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Losing to the nation’s No. 9 team -- which, really, was likely a broken metacarpal away from holding onto their preseason No. 1 ranking -- on the road in a hostile former conference rival’s arena is no reason to think less of Maryland.

In fact, head coach Mark Turgeon feels the exact opposite way.

“I don’t like our team. I love our team,” he said, recounting what he said to his players after Tuesday night’s 89-81 loss. “I didn’t love our team until tonight. It sounds funny. We were 6-0 and lost a game, but my guys showed me a lot tonight.”

There were 1,000 ways that Maryland could have been out of this game by the end of the first half. They were averaging almost a turnover a minute by the under-eight timeout. North Carolina was launching from three and hitting, seemingly squashing any timely Maryland three with one of their own.

Marcus Paige was a menace in his season debut, now healed after breaking a bone in his hand that kept him out up until this point in the season. He had 20 points on 7-of-12 shooting and 4-of-5 shooting from three-point range.

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But back came the Terrapins, trimming the halftime deficit to six and tying the game, 69-69, with 8:49 to play.

Much of that was on the back of Trimble, who rebounded from a troubled first half to go shot-for-shot with Paige and finish with 23 points and 12 assists.

“I think after a loss, a lot of team their heads are down, they worry about how hard the next practice is going to be,” Trimble said. “I feel like this team, once we go into our next practice, we’re just going to get better.

“The conversations we had this game were all positive.”

Maryland returns to the floor on Friday against St. Francis.

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Maryland's Kevin Huerter surprises at 2018 NBA Combine

Maryland's Kevin Huerter surprises at 2018 NBA Combine

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.

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Panthers' first-round pick D.J. Moore visits Maryland with his new puppy

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Panthers' first-round pick D.J. Moore visits Maryland with his new puppy

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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