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Maryland-UConn Preview: 5 things you need to know

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Maryland-UConn Preview: 5 things you need to know

No. 6 Maryland heads up to Madison Square Garden in New York City to face Connecticut on Tuesday night as part of the Jimmy V Classic. 

Here are 5 things you need to know.

1) Another big stage

Maryland has already played a major national game against Georgetown at home. They are one week removed from a heavyweight title fight against North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Now, they play a game that head coach Mark Turgeon calls a "different animal" altogether. 

Some Terrapins have played at Madison Square Garden before, including Duke transfer Rasheed Sulaimon. Others have not, including star forward Robert Carter, Jr. Expect it to be loud and, because West Virginia-Virginia precedes it, there likely won't be many Maryland supporters among the "neutral" crowd watching a second game.

2) Avoiding an early hole

Against Georgetown and North Carolina, problems in the first few minutes gave Maryland a deep hole out of which it needed to climb. They looked nervous, jittery, and tentative in those games, showing itself in turnovers and a lack of offensive flow. 

Turgeon said he can't promise that Maryland has cleared that mental hurdle, but he is hoping they have. It's almost not even comparable, but playing with the energy they did early against St. Francis would benefit them. 

3) Can Jake Layman keep it going?

After struggling to find his shot against North Carolina, Maryland made it a point to get senior Jake Layman going against St. Francis. He responded and carried the offense early in that blowout win. 

On a bigger stage against a better opponent, can he keep it going? 

4) Loaded with talent

Connecticut's roster is deep and talented. From guards like Sterling Gibbs and Rodney Purvis to wings like Daniel Hamilton and Shonn Miller, even down into the post with rim protector Amida Brimah, this is another team that matches Maryland straight up. 

The positive for the Terrapins, though, is that if the UNC game is any indication, they play up to the challenge their opponent presents. Defensively, Maryland will have to improve and keep those guards out of the lane. To combat the depth, they'll need to stay out of foul trouble. 

5) Still so versatile

Melo Trimble didn't need to score much at all for Maryland to win by 41 over St. Francis. Layman struggled vs. UNC and Maryland was in it until the end. There are so many interchangeable parts on this team in terms of ways they can beat you that they become difficult to defend. 

Expect Trimble to be featured, though, because any game with good guard play he tends to pop up and make himself a force.

MORE TERPS: Maryland drops in latest AP Top 25 poll after loss to UNC

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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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