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Top 3 games of Maryland's 2015-16 non-conference schedule

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Top 3 games of Maryland's 2015-16 non-conference schedule

Maryland released its 2015-16 non-conference basketball schedule Tuesday afternoon. You can see that here. But let's parse it a bit. Here are what look to be the Top 3 matchups:

3) Wednesday, Nov. 25 vs. Rhode Island (Cancun Classic, if applicable)

A few things. First, Rhode Island and Maryland would need to win for this matchup to take place in Cancun. If not, TCU could be the opponent. Secondly, yes, Connecticut is also on the schedule and that should be a solid matchup at Madison Square Garden in December.

But let's give the mid-majors some love here.

Rhode Island coach Dan Hurley fielded interest throughout the offseason from high-major programs, but decided to stay in Kingston -- and for good reason. His team's roster is loaded.

E.C. Matthews is an NBA-caliber guard. Hassan Martin is a double-double threat every night. Jared Terrell was an Oklahoma State commit before flipping to Rhody. Memphis transfer and former five-star recruit Kuran Iverson was ruled eligible by the NCAA earlier this year so he is scheduled to be on the court in the fall.

Many will pick the Rams to win the Atlantic 10 and they should give Maryland a tough run if they meet in Cancun.

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2) Tuesday, Dec. 1 vs. North Carolina (ACC/Big Ten Challenge)

How could a matchup between the possible No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the country be the second best game of the non-conference? History. But we'll get to that in a minute.

The Tar Heels bring back a lot of firepower. Marcus Paige will be a National Player of the Year candidate. Kennedy Meeks is an outlet-passing wizard. Brice Johnson and Isaiah Hicks help to solidify the front line. 

It might feel weird calling this a non-conference game, but it could be one of the great ones (in the country) in the early part of the season.

1) Tuesday, Nov. 17 vs. Georgetown (Gavitt Games)

Forty-two years will have passed since the last time the Hoyas traveled to College Park when Maryland faces Georgetown on Nov. 17.

The Gavitt Games, which pairs Big Ten teams against Big East teams, paved the way for the matchup. With Maryland poised to start the season in the Top 5 and Georgetown in the mix for a conference title, it really couldn't have come at a better time.

National attention will be focused on the game at what should be a rocking XFINITY Center.

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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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