Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo tipped his cap to Maryland during his comments Thursday at Big Ten Media Day in Chicago when asked to assess the state of his conference.
“Maryland is definitely the cream of the crop if you look at what they’ve got coming back,” he said. “But I think I see Indiana taking a major jump and then everybody else is going to be fighting for those next spots at least early on.”
Maryland and Michigan State battled in three games last season, with the Terrapins winning two but the Spartans winning the most important -- in the semifinals of the Big Ten tournament.
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Without an inherent or, really, geographic rival when it entered the Big Ten, Maryland-Michigan State is quickly becoming a marquee matchup in conference play. They will only play once during the regular season this year -- Jan. 23 in College Park.
“I think what we’ve done as a conference, you know, we’ve put money into our sport, we’ve got great coaches in our league, and the profile of this league has gotten better and better,” Izzo went on to say.
“We’re not a three yards and a cloud of dust basketball league anymore and I think that’s helped recruiting. So I think the league is as good as it’s been.”
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.
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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