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Why Georgetown loss to Radford won't change dynamic of Terps-Hoyas

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Why Georgetown loss to Radford won't change dynamic of Terps-Hoyas

COLLEGE PARK -- In a perfect world, the on-campus matchup more than 40 years in the making would feature two undefeated teams taking the floor against each other on Tuesday night in College Park.

But, apparently, Radford had other plans.

Thanks to an “One Shining Moment”-level shot by Radford guard Rashun Davis in double overtime, the Hoyas visit Maryland with a record of 0-1. Maryland players watched the game, point guard Melo Trimble said, but don’t expect that to change the way they view the Hoya threat.

“We know that just because they lost to Radford doesn’t mean that they’re not going to bring their A-game against us,” he said. “Any loss is going to make any team hungry and I think after losing to Radford and seeing us win, it’s probably going to make them even more hungry to play us just like we are.”

The Hoyas have had two days of practice to bounce back after the loss and this Maryland game is one half of a difficult three-game stretch that will see Georgetown face Wisconsin and then either Duke or Virginia Commonwealth after that.

The prospect of starting the season 0-4 is real for the Hoyas, which seems to be reflected in what head coach Mark Turgeon said on Tuesday.

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“For one, Georgetown has our attention because it’s the second game of the year, it’s what people have been talking about for a long time. They’re a good basketball team,” Turgeon said.

“It gets my attention because I know John [Thompson III] has their attention for two days and you’d much rather play a team after they won by 20 than losing a tough game.”

D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera is a season and competitor. But what will likely tip the scales on Tuesday is how the young core of Georgetown responds.

Sophomores Tre Campbell, L.J. Peak, Isaac Copeland, and Paul White make up a major part of the rotation and will need to be productive for Georgetown if it hopes to bounce back against Maryland.

Juxtapose that with the upperclassman leadership of Maryland -- Jake Layman, Robert Carter, and Rasheed Sulaimon -- and it seems like a weakness that the Terrapins could exploit.

Tip off is at 9 p.m.

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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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