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Maryland-Mount St. Mary's Preview: 5 things you need to know

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Maryland-Mount St. Mary's Preview: 5 things you need to know

Maryland opens its season on Friday night against Mount St. Mary’s (Md.) at XFINITY Center in College Park. Here are five things you need to know about the matchup, which tips at 7 p.m.

1) Finally, a real game

It has been an offseason of hype and expectations for Maryland. Yes, there was an exhibition, but this is finally the real thing for the Terrapins. Head coach Mark Turgeon has said he is eager for it to begin. Players have said the same. Finally, it’s here.

2) Compensating for Wiley’s loss

Friday marks the first of what will likely be an entire season without sophomore guard Dion Wiley. The Oxon Hill native underwent surgery to repair the torn meniscus in his right knee and set off a domino effect in the rotation because of it.

Who will start? Maryland has options. Sophomore Jared Nickens started the team’s exhibition and gives them size and length on the perimeter, as well as a scoring touch. But Turgeon has been interested in a dual-point guard look that would feature Melo Trimble and Rasheed Sulaimon on the floor at the same time.

That would give Maryland a reliable slasher from the wing in Sulaimon, but also raise questions about who will do the bulk of the scoring on the second unit.

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3) Bring on Mayhem

Mount St. Mary’s, under the watch of head coach Jamion Christian, run a system that he calls “Mayhem”. The former VCU assistant under Shaka Smart calls himself the composer of the system and it is fast-paced, up-tempo, and full of threes.

Maryland has some trouble with turnovers early in its exhibition against Southern New Hampshire that allowed the Penmen to keep it closer than they would have liked for a portion of the first half. The Terrapins cannot fall into the same trap on Friday night.

Read more on Christian and the Mount here.

4) Not to be overlooked

In an interview with CSN on Thursday, Christian was asked whether it’s a possibility that Maryland could be overlooking Mount St. Mary’s because a big-time early season showdown against Georgetown looms next week.

Christian said he didn’t believe so because after an offseason where experts had picked Maryland to win the national title, they would be eager to prove they could get off on the right foot.

For the Terrapins sake, hopefully that is their mindset. Mount St. Mary’s will play fast and with energy. They have two All-NEC players in Gregory Graves and BK Ashe and there is experience across the board.

5) Atmosphere change?

Maryland games in the early part of the last few seasons have been played in front of relatively empty arenas in College Park. If the exhibition was any indication (with more than 13,000 in attendance), that should change on Friday.

It’s only natural, being that this team could make a run at a national championship.

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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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