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Maryland snaps three-game skid by halting a 17-year Wisconsin streak

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Maryland snaps three-game skid by halting a 17-year Wisconsin streak

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Anthony Cowan Jr. scored 23 points, Kevin Huerter added 19 and Maryland squeezed past Wisconsin 68-63 Sunday to stretch the Badgers' losing streak to five games.

The defeat ended Wisconsin's Big Ten-record run of 17 straight winning seasons in conference play. Using a starting lineup that featured three freshmen and two juniors, the rebuilding Badgers (10-15, 3-9) rallied from a 10-point halftime deficit before fading.

Huerter's driving layup with 1:25 left put the Terrapins up 62-60. After a Wisconsin misfire on the other end, Huerter bounced a runner off the glass.

Brad Davison answered with a 3-pointer for the Badgers with 10.6 seconds left. Cowan then made two foul shots for a three-point cushion, and Maryland's Dion Wiley sealed the victory by swatting away a layup try by Davison.

The Terrapins (16-9, 5-7) ended a three-game skid and won for only the second time in seven games.

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Ethan Happ scored 18 points for Wisconsin, which has lost eight of nine. The Badgers are 1-8 on road, including 1-6 in the conference.

After being outscored 18-1 by Northwestern at the outset of Thursday night's game, Wisconsin flipped the script and bolted to an 18-11 lead.

Maryland went ahead with an 11-3 run, then scored the final 11 points of the first half to go up 33-23.

The advantage stood up until Davison and Nate Reuvers each scored four points in an 11-2 spree that put Wisconsin on top with 9:42 remaining.

Maryland won despite 9-for-22 shooting in the second half.

BIG PICTURE

Wisconsin: Barring a stunning turnaround, the Badgers will need to win the Big Ten Tournament to get an NCAA bid. Coach Greg Gard can only hope this youthful squad will benefit in 2018-19 from the experience gained this season.

Maryland: The Terrapins' tepid performance against a young, struggling team did little to convince anyone that they have the ability to finish this disappointing season with a flourish.

SHORT-HANDED

The Terrapins were without 7-foot-1 center Michal Cekovsky, who was in a walking boot after bruising his left heel in practice last week. Maryland lost Justin Jackson (shoulder) and Ivan Bender (knee) in December.

RED AND WHITE

Maryland encouraged fans to wear red on "Red-Out Day," so the Terps wore their red road uniforms and the Badgers wore white.

UP NEXT

Wisconsin: On the road Thursday at Illinois, a team the Badgers have defeated 12 straight times.

Maryland: At Penn State on Wednesday. The Terps beat the Nittany Lions 75-69 on Jan. 2.

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NFL Draft prospect Tre Watson hopes to time draft night around 'Avengers' release

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NFL Draft prospect Tre Watson hopes to time draft night around 'Avengers' release

Thursday night will be a very important moment in the life of former Maryland linebacker Tre Watson.

At midnight, the highly-anticipated Marvel movie Avengers: Endgame will hit the big screen for general audiences to see, bringing the conclusion to a decade worth of popular films. Watson, like millions of others, has been counting down the days until he could see the Avengers and Thanos go at it one more time.

Oh, and Thursday also marks the beginning of the 2019 NFL Draft, where Watson will most likely hear his name called at some point over the three-day span.

While Watson will be tuning into the draft that night, he understands that his moment of recognition may come a little later on in the week. Therefore, Thursday is all about 'Avengers'.

"Fortunately, you know, I'm kind of realistic. I know I'm not going to be a first-round pick," Watson said in an interview on NFL Network. "So I'll just be watching that just kind of for the formality of it, I'm definitely excited for 'Avengers' and then I kind of will springboard into Day 2 and Day 3 where I'm hoping to hear my name called. It's really a perfect set up for me, honestly."

This isn't the first time that Watson has let it be known to the world that he is a dedicated Marvel fan. His Twitter feed is filled with thoughts on the movie, including a tweet from a few months back that took the internet by storm.

The first round of the draft still does have some intrigue for Watson, as his former teammate Darnell Savage Jr. has gained a lot of steam during the draft process and has a chance to be chosen on Thursday night. However, Watson will hope that Savage's name is called earlier in the night rather than later, as he will need time to get to the theatre to prepare to watch  Captain America and company save the day one last time. 

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NBA Draft 2019: Maryland teammates Bruno Fernando, Anthony Cowan to declare for NBA Draft

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NBA Draft 2019: Maryland teammates Bruno Fernando, Anthony Cowan to declare for NBA Draft

Maryland hoops in College Park could look drastically different next winter. Sophomore Bruno Fernando and junior Anthony Cowan have declared for the 2019 NBA draft, the team announced Monday

Declaring during the early entry period and signing with an agent, as both players intend to do, makes both Fernando and Cowan eligible to return to school should they have other ideas before the draft. 

Fernando, the 6-foot-10 forward from Angola, popped off for 22 double-doubles during the 2019-19 season while finishing with averages of 13.6 points and 10.6 rebounds per game. The 20-year-old is expected to be a first-round draft pick. 

Fernando is reportedly being represented by Priority Sports, per NBC Sports Washington's Ben Standig. 

Cowan led the way for Maryland last season, finishing with his team-leading 15.6 points and 4.4 assists per game. 

The Bowie, Md. guard currently ranks t-10th in program history in assists (437) and 23rd in points (1376). He's started in every game since arriving in College Park for the 2016-17 season. 

Although the 21-year-old isn't expected to draw serious NBA attention, he's still testing the waters for professional reasons. 

Here are upcoming dates to be on the lookout for: 

April 21 - Early Entry Draft Deadline

May 14-19 - NBA Combine

May 29 - NCAA Withdrawal Deadline

June 20 - NBA Draft

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