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Maryland-Northwestern Preview: 5 things you need to know

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Maryland-Northwestern Preview: 5 things you need to know

Maryland faces Northwestern for the second time this month when the Wildcats come to College Park on Tuesday night for an 8 p.m. showdown.

Here are 5 things you need to know.

1) First time the second time around

For the first time this season, Maryland will be facing an opponent for the second time. The first was a 72-59 victory in Evanston, Ill. Maryland controlled the game for much of that contest, despite the fact that the Wildcats made a push at different points.

It was a good test on the road, which the Terrapins passed, and now they come home for Round 2. This time, the Northwestern crowd will not be a factor.

If fact, there could be the effect in the opposite direction. Maryland's crowd has helped to push it to a win, including against Penn State, Rider, and Georgetown.

2) Change to the starting lineup?

Mark Turgeon said on Monday that he was unsure what his starting lineup would be, leaving the door open for the possibility of freshman standout Diamond Stone to return to that role.

Except for a clerical error that made him a starter against Rutgers, Stone has been the team’s sixth man since a Dec. 1 loss to North Carolina. He has flourished, using the role off the bench to avoid foul trouble, survey the game, and provide a scoring spark on the second unit.

But he is simply becoming too efficient, if that makes sense. In only 20 minutes per game, he is producing like a starter. If this team wants to take the next step, he will need to play more minutes, with the thought being that he will maintain that efficiency and produce more.

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3) Watching the Northwestern backcourt

The Wildcats’ backcourt duo of Bryant McIntosh and Tre Demps is the engine for Northwestern. The two combine to average more than 30 points per game. McIntosh had 17 the first time these two teams met earlier this month.

Maryland, you’ll remember, has a strong backcourt itself with Melo Trimble and Rasheed Sulaimon. Trimble led the way with 24 points against the Wildcats last time out, while Sulaimon had a season-high 22 in the team’s blowout win over Ohio State on Saturday. That is the matchup to watch.

4) Seven-footer has returned

Maryland matches up well against size, but did not have to face seven-footer Alex Olah the first time around this season. He returned to the lineup and played seven minutes, posting five points and two rebounds, against Penn State on Saturday.

Is he fully healthy, though? If he is, he is a double-double threat. Head coach Chris Collins says he has no minutes restriction.

If he hits his stride, that means more defensive responsibilities for Stone, Damonte Dodd, and Michal Cekovsky.

5) Can bench keep it up?

Especially if Diamond Stone does end up starting, will Maryland’s bench pick up the slack? Jared Nickens showed signs of breaking out of his shooting slump vs. Ohio State. Varun Ram now seems to be an integral part of the rotation on the defensive end of the floor. Jaylen Brantley needs to find his niche.

There are a lot of moving parts, but Maryland needs production from that unit. Its starting five -- Stone included -- is as good as any in the country. But feast or famine will come back to bite them if they cannot get anything from the bench with starters off the floor.

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Maryland lineman Jordan McNair dies two weeks following workout collapse

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Maryland lineman Jordan McNair dies two weeks following workout collapse

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Jordan McNair, a University of Maryland football player hospitalized after an organized team workout two weeks ago, has died.

Maryland executive athletic director Damon Evans said McNair was hospitalized on May 29 and died Wednesday.

McNair was a 6-foot-4, 325-pound offensive lineman preparing for his sophomore season. A graduate of McDonogh (Md.) High School, McNair played one game last season.

After leading McDonogh to an 8-3 record as a senior, McNair chose Maryland over Ohio State, Auburn, Penn State and Rutgers.

In a statement, Maryland coach DJ Durkin said, "Our team is heartbroken with the loss of Jordan McNair. Jordan was an incredible young man, and his passion and enthusiasm made him an invaluable and beloved member of our team."

He added, "Over the past few weeks, Jordan never gave up with his family, friends and team by his side. Our team will continue to be inspired by the spirit of this brave fighter."

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Dustin Clark to part ways with Maryland basketball

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Dustin Clark to part ways with Maryland basketball

Maryland basketball head coach Mark Turgeon announced earlier today that assistant coach Dustin Clark is parting ways with the program to pursue an opportunity in Texas with a family business. 

In three seasons as a full-time assistant, Clark was responsible for recruiting Kevin Huerter and Anthony Cowan Jr., along with incoming freshman Aaron Wiggins. 

The 35-year-old also made a point to recruit overseas, spending much of his time at the Canaris Basketball Academy in the Canary Islands, where he found former Terps center Michal Cekovsky and current redshirt freshman forward Joshua Tomaic. 

Clark will become the second member of Turgeon's staff to leave the team following this past season. Nima Omidvar, who was brought on to replace Clark as director of basketball operations in 2014, walked away to become a full-time assistant coach at South Alabama in April. 

At the start of the 2018-19 season, Bino Ranson will be the only original member of Turgeon's staff. 

Matt Brady, who has had previous head coaching stints at James Madison and Marist, will replace Clark. 

In his eight years at JMU, Brady won 139 games and enjoyed four seasons with 20 wins or more. His 2012-13 team won the Colonial Athletic Association and reached the NCAA tournament. He finished with a 73-50 overall record after four seasons at Marist. 

The news comes after a season in which the team failed to make the NCAA tournament with an overall record of 19-13, including 8-10 in Big Ten play.