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What few remember about first Maryland-Wisconsin meeting this year

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What few remember about first Maryland-Wisconsin meeting this year

COLLEGE PARK -- Maryland’s win over Wisconsin on Jan. 9 is remembered most for Melo Trimble’s heorics -- a last- second launch from well beyond the three-point line that gave the Terrapins a 63-60 victory.

But few remember what necessitated that shot.

With 1:18 to play in that game in Madison, two free throws by Robert Carter, Jr. gave Maryland an eight-point lead. The Terrapins, typically among the nation’s best close-out teams over the past two seasons, would go on to miss the front-ends of two one-and-ones. Layup, three, and three by Wisconsin? Game was suddenly tied.

Then Trimble bailed them out.

“As a coach, you’re a perfectionist and you’re upset the way the last 1:15 went, but you’re relieved that you won the game,” head coach Mark Turgeon said on Friday.

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“It’s a lot more fun to learn when you win than learn when you lose, so his shot allowed us to learn a lot about ourselves with a victory.”

Since that point, Maryland has improved even more on its record in games decided by six points or fewer. They are now 19-2.

Turgeon said that it almost feels as if these are two different teams now, being that Maryland has improved so much defensively and Wisconsin comes into this game riding a six-game winning streak.

A lot can change in just a month.

“We’re more mature. We played on the road,” Trimble said. “It was a tough environment and I think once we play here at Maryland, if a situations happens like that again we’ll be able to control at the end of the game.”

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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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