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Maryland tops SNHU: 5 (exhibition) things to know

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Maryland tops SNHU: 5 (exhibition) things to know

COLLEGE PARK -- Maryland got its first live game action after an offseason of hype on Friday night, a 91-55 victory over Southern New Hampshire University.

Here are five things you need to know about the win, which came in front of 13,598 at XFINITY Center.

1) Dion Wiley out with injury

The sophomore from Oxon Hill, Md. was held out of Friday’s game after experiencing swelling in his right knee after practice on Thursday. He underwent an MRI on Friday and will be re-evaluated on Saturday. More on it here.

He sat on the sidelines in his warmup outfit during the game.

2) Analyzing the starting lineup: Trimble, Nickens, Layman, Carter, Stone

Man, that’s a lot of length at the two through five spots. It’s also a supremely talented offensive unit with every player able to stretch the floor out to the three-point line. They showed it in the early minutes of the half by getting out to a 19-6 lead while shooting north of 70 percent from the floor.

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3) Turnovers a problem

Maryland had eight turnovers in the first 11 minutes of Friday’s game and 14 by halftime. The root cause of the issue could be a number of things. Chemistry is still a work in progress. Maryland was playing fast -- like, really fast at times. They were also being risky by trying to fit the ball into small windows that they might not normally look for.

Maryland finished with 23 on the night.

4) Something Maryland hasn’t had

It was clear from the jump that Diamond Stone gives Maryland something they did not have last season -- someone they can throw it to on the block and trust to score it going one-on-one. He scored six points in his first five minutes on the floor, mostly off of isolations in the post.

The Penmen would eventually double-team post entries to force the ball to the perimeter, but against teams in the regular season teams will have to decide whether to double or let him be because of Maryland’s perimeter options. That makes it tough.

Stone finished with 16 points and five rebounds.

5) Any scorer on any given night

It’s a point that again has to do with Maryland’s versatility. Five different players were in double figures on Friday, the entire starting five -- Trimble, Nickens, Layman, Carter, and Stone. The way Maryland moves the basketball, it doesn’t rely on any one player offensively.

Not only were all of those players in double figures, but all hovered at or above 50 percent shooting from the floor. Layman was 4-of-8 from three-point range and Trimble was 5-of-6 from the foul line.

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Maryland's Darnell Savage signs rookie contract with Green Bay Packers

Maryland's Darnell Savage signs rookie contract with Green Bay Packers

Darnell Savage is the third NFL draft prospect profiled in our series ‘I Am the Prospect’. Download the MyTeams App for all three features.

Darnell Savage Jr. spent four seasons wowing fans in College Park as a defensive star for the Maryland Terrapins, and in April he found out he’ll be taking his talents to Wisconsin after being selected in the first round of the NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers.

Now, his future in Green Bay is officially official.

As Schefter mentions, Savage is the first first-rounder to sign a contract in 2019. It will be the standard length of first-round draft picks, going four years guaranteed with a fifth-year option. Reports are that the speedy, hard-hitting safety will earn $12.5 million over the first four seasons of the contract.

There were some questions about Savage’s fit in an NFL defensive backfield, given his size. But he is an athletic player with great instincts for the ball, and his statistics were thoroughly impressive the last two seasons in college. The Packers certainly believed he would be a terrific fit in their defense, considering they traded up to the 21st pick in order to make the selection.

Savage should have a great opportunity to start early in Green Bay, and now that he’s signed his contract so early, he’ll be able to get to work sooner rather than later. Knowing Savage, that’s just the way he wants it.

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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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