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Maryland-Marshall Preview: 5 things you need to know

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Maryland-Marshall Preview: 5 things you need to know

Maryland faces Marshall in the team’s final non-conference game of the regular season on Sunday afternoon in College Park.

Here are 5 things you need to know about the matchup.

1) Jaylen Brantley faces former team after breakout game

For the well-traveled Jaylen Brantley, last week’s game against Princeton was a reassuring one. Surrounded by talented players, he is still finding the right times to take it upon himself to score. He did so with 14 points on 6-of-7 shooting from the floor, including 2-of-3 from three-point range.

Now he faces the team with which he signed coming out of high school, Marshall, though he sat out his one season with the team as a non-qualifier before eventually transferring to junior college.

Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon still wants to develop depth in his backcourt and this is the final chance to do that before conference play. Does Brantley get a chance to step up in a game of personal importance?

2) Coming off another long break

It took time for Maryland to hit its stride against Princeton after going a week without playing a game. A 16-2 run near the end of the first half eventually helped them to seize control and win that game.

Now that eight days have passed without a game, how will the Terrapins come out?

Turgeon has had a tendency to not push all of his chips into the middle of the table right away, meaning that the 1-3-1 is a comeback tool instead of a first-attack tactic. There is sometimes a lack of intensity that ends up getting fine-tuned. Which will we see early on Sunday?

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3) Diamond Stone really settling into his role

It’s not always easy to get a five-star freshman to buy into a role off the bench, but Diamond Stone seems to be doing it an excelling in the process.

Turgeon was faced with a simple fact -- Stone and Robert Carter, Jr. have too many overlapping skills and are not good complementary parts. The same goes for Damonte Dodd and Michal Cekovsky. So Stone was paired with Cekovsky off the bench and Carter with Dodd in the starting lineup and Maryland has not looked back.

Stone is an offensive spark off the bench whose defensive deficiencies can more easily be masked on the second unit. The entire Maryland machine now works better after that one move.

4) Exploiting the defense?

Marshall ranks 265th in the nation in defensive efficiency, giving up 1.06 points per possession. Maryland ranks third in the nation in effective field goal percentage at 61.3 percent. That means that the Terrapins will have the opportunity to turn up the heat early on the offensive end.

A strong start on that end of the floor sets a tone. Marshall is not a big team, which means players like Stone and Carter can get involved early and either get to the free throw line or convert. That, then, opens up the perimeter.

5) But in the same way, they’re not a big team

There is another side to the team size coin. Maryland has had trouble with smaller teams so far this season because they are difficult to chase around with the overall team size the Terrapins feature.

Maryland will have to have a good advantage on the boards to counter the Thundering Herd and that 1-3-1 is always in their back pocket if they choose to use it.

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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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