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Reggie Lynch put his tooth back into place during Gophers' Big Ten Tourney win

Reggie Lynch put his tooth back into place during Gophers' Big Ten Tourney win

WASHINGTON  -- Once Reggie Lynch put his tooth back into place, he and Minnesota couldn't be stopped.

Lynch returned after taking an elbow to the face and scored 16 points to lead fourth-seeded Minnesota to a 63-58 victory over fifth-seeded Michigan State on Friday in a physical Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal.

While Lynch was back quickly, Minnesota lost starting guard Akeem Springs to an Achilles tendon injury that could be season-ending.

Lynch, the Big Ten defensive player of the year, was bloodied from contact with Michigan State's Nick Ward but missed only 1:19 and sparked an 8-0 run that helped the Golden Gophers (24-8) move on to face Michigan in the semifinals.

"I got hit in the face a couple times before the tooth got knocked out, so I knew what I was getting into," Lynch said, his right front tooth back in place. "The tooth, it just shows how these games are, especially this time of year. It's a battle every game you play."

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Lynch was a force at each end of the court against Michigan State (19-14), which can bang and bruise with the best of them. Even with 20 points from freshman Miles Bridges, the Spartans couldn't overcome shooting 20 percent from the 3-point line and now must sweat out Selection Sunday on the bubble.

Coach Tom Izzo pointed to his team's youth as the culprit in the loss.

"I just felt like our players did not realize the sense of urgency is needed for 40 minutes when you play in one-and-done time," Izzo said. "Maybe we'll do a better job if we get to play again in a tournament."

Minnesota will play again Saturday against Michigan but very well may be without Springs, who left with four minutes remaining and came back to the bench on crutches. Springs had tape around his right Achilles tendon in the locker room, and coach Richard Pitino said doctors believed it's popped and not looking good.

"It's a huge blow," Pitino said. "If it is the case, we'll be here for him. Our guys, they need to rally around him because he deserves that."

On Friday, Minnesota players rallied around Lynch, one of the nation's top shot blockers, who had five blocks and also dominated offensively in the post.

"It showed us that we had to pick it up. He came out and showed us the toughness that we needed to win," Mason said. "Once we saw him come back from that we said: `Let's pick it up. Let's win it.' that motivated us."

Amir Coffey added 13 points for Minnesota, which had four players in double figures and committed only nine turnovers. Winning a tight game like this was a stark contrast from Minnesota's 33-point loss to Illinois in the Big Ten Tournament a year ago and shows how far the team has come.

"I walked out of the elevator today, there was our band, our cheerleaders. I don't remember anyone there playing songs last year," Pitino said. "This is what March is supposed to be all about."

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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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