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Kansas-Oklahoma thriller brings back Jayhawk memories for Turgeon

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Kansas-Oklahoma thriller brings back Jayhawk memories for Turgeon

COLLEGE PARK -- Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon was watching as his alma mater, Kansas, took Oklahoma to three overtimes before pulling out a thrilling 109-106 win at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence on Monday night.

It brought him back to his playing days when he was a Jayhawks point guard from 1983-87.

“I watch those games like, how in the heck did I ever play in these kind of games?” Turgeon said with a smirk. “I’ve been watching it for 40 years. I don’t know how many games KU has won that they shouldn’t have won and last night was another one.”

Even with Sooners guard Buddy Hield putting up 46 points and Oklahoma having a chance to win with free throws at the end of regulation after an over-the-back foul on Kansas’ Landen Lucas. But the front end of the one-and-one was missed, keeping the three-overtime thriller going.

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Turgeon even fell back into using first-person pronouns when talking about it.

“Oklahoma was hot, whistle wasn’t really going great for us and we were able to pull it off in the end,” Turgeon said. “When you have a passionate fan base like we have, it helps you win games sometimes you’re not supposed to win.”

Turgeon was asked whether it reminded him of any games he ever took part in in Lawrence, which he could not specifically recall -- before remembering one.

“One game Danny Manning and I combined for 45 [points],” Turgeon said.

He was then asked how many points he personally scored in that game.

“I had three.”

Turgeon and the Terrapins return to the floor Wednesday against Rutgers in College Park.

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Maryland's Kevin Huerter surprises at 2018 NBA Combine

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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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