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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 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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