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Three reasons to watch Maryland football in 2018

Three reasons to watch Maryland football in 2018

Frankly, Maryland football has been tough to watch for the better part of the last decade.

There have been a few decent seasons here and there, but no bowl wins since 2010 against East Carolina. The Terps are 20-30 since joining the Big Ten.

That said, there are still a handful of reasons to watch Maryland football this season. Here are the three best ones:

1. Local high school superstar Kasim Hill leads a crop of young, talented Terps.

Hill was a four-star quarterback coming out of St. John's College High School in 2017. After bursting onto the scene as a true freshman last season, he's poised to win the starting job after a knee injury cut last year short. He'll team with fellow former four-star local running back Anthony McFarland to lead a rejuvenated Terps offense against a dubious Big Ten schedule.

2. Former top overall recruit Byron Cowart is attempting to revive his college career.

In 2015, Byron Cowart was supposed to be the next big thing. After two years of underwhelming football at Auburn, he sat out 2017 and has resurfaced in College Park with a new attitude and hunger to be great. If he can tap into some of the potential that made him so coveted coming out of high school, he'll form a dangerous duo of defensive ends with Jesse Aniebonam, who's returning for a fifth season after a fractured ankle ended his 2016 campaign in Week 1. The last time he played a full season, he led the team with 14 tackles for loss and nine sacks.

3. The two highest-rated recruiting classes in history are poised to shine.

Maryland has not traditionally recruited well despite sitting in the middle of one of the most fertile recruiting areas in the country. But after signing back-to-back top-30 classes full of blue-chip recruits, many of whom are local, things are looking up. They may be young, but members of the classes of 2017 and 2018 are already projected in the two-deep heading into fall camp. Many could be difference-makers once live action comes around.

Nothing is for sure with Maryland football, but heading into 2018, there's a new feeling of optimism and excitement around the program. Don't get caught sleeping if the Terps have a surprisingly good year.

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4 ways to build an all-time Terps basketball lineup on a budget

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4 ways to build an all-time Terps basketball lineup on a budget

The offseason is time for fun activities that keep the competitive juices flowing.

In that spirit, our friends at Testudo Times have posed an interesting question about how to go about building a starting five of the best Maryland basketball players of all time, but on a budget.

With 25 players available, five for $5, five for $4, five for $3, five for $2 and five for $1 and a $15 budget, the task is to build the best starting five possible. It's a tall task, though one that can be completed in a number of different ways.

Before taking on the task yourself, some Terps alumni have some thoughts of their own.

There are a couple main themes here. First, this is an incredibly difficult task. Second, Len Bias is a must-include.

With that in mind there are a few ways to go about completing the lineup.

The best

Bias — $5
Juan Dixon — $5
Keith Booth — $1
Steve Francis — $3
Derrick Lewis — $1

This lineup can do just about anything. It can play fast or slow on offense and defense, it can shoot, rebound and play with toughness or finesse. Bias and Dixon are the superstars, Booth and Lewis are much better than their $1 label, and Francis can be the straw that stirs the drink.

The all-dunking lineup

Bias — $5
Steve Francis — $3
Dez Wells — $2
Bruno Fernando — $2
James Gist — $1

There's a mix of power dunkers and finesse dunkers on the squad with $2 left for an underrated dunker in Kevin Huerter.

The all-shooting lineup

Bias — $5
Dixon — $5
Huerter — $2
Lewis — $1
Fernando — $2

Everybody on this squad can score the rock. Huerter and Dixon are great 3-point shooters. Fernando is a near-60 percent shooter from the field. Bias is a staple on any and every team and Lewis was a good enough shooter during his junior and senior seasons to get the nod for the final spot.

The all-value lineup

Bias — $5
Booth — $1
Lewis — $1
Steve Blake — $5
Wilcox — $3

Bias is good value at any price and we've already talked about the value of Lewis and Booth. The lineup needs a point guard, and with a pair of $1 players, Blake makes the most sense, even as the most expensive option. Wilcox rounds out the team thanks to his versatility down low.

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Maryland gets great news as Anthony Cowan Jr. withdraws from NBA Draft to return for senior season

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Maryland gets great news as Anthony Cowan Jr. withdraws from NBA Draft to return for senior season

Anthony Cowan Jr. announced that he will return to Maryland basketball for his senior season after testing the NBA Draft waters.

Cowan, a local product out of St. John's College High School, has started every game at Maryland for the past three seasons. The point guard has led the Terps in scoring and assists the past two years, most recently helping the team to the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament. 

His return will be a huge boost to the Terrapins after big-man Bruno Fernando decided to forgo his eligibility for his final two seasons in College Park for the NBA Draft. Including Cowan, the team returns seven of its top eight scorers for the 2019-20 season and will be one of the more experienced squads in the nation.

With Cowan staying at Maryland, NBC Sports' Rob Dauster says that the Terps will be a potential top-five team entering the season.

His decision came hours before Wednesday's NBA draft withdrawal deadline. Earlier on the same day, he worked out for the Sacramento Kings, according to Baltimore Sun reporter Don Markus.

While Cowan has shown an impressive ability to lead his team in his three years, he was not a projected pick for the 2019 NBA draft. It's another year for the senior to display his ability, and lead a talented team to national prominence after he only scored 20 points in two NCAA Tournament games last year. 

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