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Penn State gives Maryland unlikely boost with upset win Wednesday

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Penn State gives Maryland unlikely boost with upset win Wednesday

After Saturday's loss at home to Wisconsin, it appeared that the road to a Big Ten title had become a lot tougher for Maryland. On Wednesday, Penn State gave them an unlikely boost that might help to shift power again. 

Though Iowa did not go down without a fight -- pulling within three points with 6.6 seconds to play -- the Hawkeyes were upset on the road in State College, 79-75, and fell to 11-3 in conference play in the process. With the loss, Maryland is now 0.5 games out of first place in the Big Ten race (10-3) with Minnesota awaiting them Thursday night. 

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Indiana moved into a tie with Iowa at 11-3 after a victory over Nebraska in Bloomington on Wednesday night.

Before Wednesday, it had appeared that Iowa had the most favorable path to a Big Ten title. With Maryland losing on Saturday, the Hawkeyes had Penn State, Wisconsin, Ohio State, Indiana, and Michigan remaining. Maryland still had (and has) Purdue on the road and Indiana on the road, plus home games against Michigan and Illinois and Thursday's road game against Minnesota. 

Now, things could get fun down the stretch.

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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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