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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 Darnell Savage signs rookie contract with Green Bay Packers

Maryland's Darnell Savage signs rookie contract with Green Bay Packers

Darnell Savage is the third NFL draft prospect profiled in our series ‘I Am the Prospect’. Download the MyTeams App for all three features.

Darnell Savage Jr. spent four seasons wowing fans in College Park as a defensive star for the Maryland Terrapins, and in April he found out he’ll be taking his talents to Wisconsin after being selected in the first round of the NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers.

Now, his future in Green Bay is officially official.

As Schefter mentions, Savage is the first first-rounder to sign a contract in 2019. It will be the standard length of first-round draft picks, going four years guaranteed with a fifth-year option. Reports are that the speedy, hard-hitting safety will earn $12.5 million over the first four seasons of the contract.

There were some questions about Savage’s fit in an NFL defensive backfield, given his size. But he is an athletic player with great instincts for the ball, and his statistics were thoroughly impressive the last two seasons in college. The Packers certainly believed he would be a terrific fit in their defense, considering they traded up to the 21st pick in order to make the selection.

Savage should have a great opportunity to start early in Green Bay, and now that he’s signed his contract so early, he’ll be able to get to work sooner rather than later. Knowing Savage, that’s just the way he wants it.

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NFL Draft prospect Tre Watson hopes to time draft night around 'Avengers' release

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NFL Draft prospect Tre Watson hopes to time draft night around 'Avengers' release

Thursday night will be a very important moment in the life of former Maryland linebacker Tre Watson.

At midnight, the highly-anticipated Marvel movie Avengers: Endgame will hit the big screen for general audiences to see, bringing the conclusion to a decade worth of popular films. Watson, like millions of others, has been counting down the days until he could see the Avengers and Thanos go at it one more time.

Oh, and Thursday also marks the beginning of the 2019 NFL Draft, where Watson will most likely hear his name called at some point over the three-day span.

While Watson will be tuning into the draft that night, he understands that his moment of recognition may come a little later on in the week. Therefore, Thursday is all about 'Avengers'.

"Fortunately, you know, I'm kind of realistic. I know I'm not going to be a first-round pick," Watson said in an interview on NFL Network. "So I'll just be watching that just kind of for the formality of it, I'm definitely excited for 'Avengers' and then I kind of will springboard into Day 2 and Day 3 where I'm hoping to hear my name called. It's really a perfect set up for me, honestly."

This isn't the first time that Watson has let it be known to the world that he is a dedicated Marvel fan. His Twitter feed is filled with thoughts on the movie, including a tweet from a few months back that took the internet by storm.

The first round of the draft still does have some intrigue for Watson, as his former teammate Darnell Savage Jr. has gained a lot of steam during the draft process and has a chance to be chosen on Thursday night. However, Watson will hope that Savage's name is called earlier in the night rather than later, as he will need time to get to the theatre to prepare to watch  Captain America and company save the day one last time. 

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