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Thad Matta: Terps' 100-point showing perhaps best I've ever faced

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Thad Matta: Terps' 100-point showing perhaps best I've ever faced

COLLEGE PARK -- Ohio State coach Thad Matta said he still needs to figure out whether the 100-65 drubbing that his team took on Saturday against Maryland in College Park was more the result of game planning or his players not being prepared to play.

But he’s also not sure that there were many teams in the country who could have beaten the Terrapins while they were on a tear like that.

“Maryland played as well as maybe any team I’ve ever coached against,” Matta said. “I don’t know today, with the way they were playing, if we had played our best basketball we would have had a chance to win.”

It was one of those nights for Maryland, a lethal combination of cohesiveness and shot-making to take advantage of an Ohio State defense that lost its edge after the first few minutes of the game.

Saturday was a complete 180-degree turn from what took place last year in Columbus, where the D’Angelo Russell-led Buckeyes trounced the Terrapins.

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Russell is now on to the NBA, which can help to explain the difference between the two games, but Maryland is also a year older and infused with two new, highly talented centerpieces in the front court -- Robert Carter, Jr. and Diamond Stone.

Those two combined to scored 37 points and grab 11 rebounds against an Ohio State team that could not compete inside.

“Those guys, with their size and their skill level, this is as good a front line as there is in college basketball,” Matta said. “What Carter did tonight was incredible.”

That’s before even mentioning Rasheed Sulaimon, whose season-high 22 points made up the other half of the relentless inside-out attack from Maryland.

Matta credits one person with being able to bring all of that talent together -- a player who did not score a single point until the second half, which probably proves the coach’s point.

“When you have a point guard like [Melo] Trimble,” Matta said, “you welcome in three guys of that talent level and I think that he probably deserves a ton of credit because he has a very unique ability to keep everybody happy.”

Maryland returns to the floor on Tuesday against Northwestern.

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Maryland's Kevin Huerter surprises at 2018 NBA Combine

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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