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Why little will change for Maryland with game in Baltimore

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Why little will change for Maryland with game in Baltimore

COLLEGE PARK -- It’s not a home game for Maryland, technically, with Saturday’s game against Penn State set to be played at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. But logistically, it’s nearly the same. There’s only one change.

Instead of driving to the Sheraton hotel not far from campus that they stay at for games at Byrd Stadium, the team will go a little further up the road and settle in at a hotel in Baltimore.

“I know our players are excited about going up and playing in Baltimore,” interim head coach Mike Locksley said this week. “Any chance we have an opportunity we an opportunity to go and play before our Baltimore fan base, that’s a great thing for our program and for the university.”

It’s a game with recruiting implications, too.

Penn State sits just three hours north of Baltimore and head coach James Franklin, a former Maryland assistant, recruits the area hard.

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Nine players on the Nittany Lions’ roster are from the state of Maryland. Ten more are from the state of Virginia. With national television cameras watching, this game will mean something to the future recruiting efforts of both teams.

“I’ve been recruiting this area a pretty long time and there’s been a lot more people that come into this area that are hitting it pretty well. Obviously, a win against a good team like Penn State will have some effect.”

“We’ve got to continue to do our share and win our share of the battles.”

Maryland has played at M&T Bank Stadium before. In 2013, the Terrapins beat West Virginia, 37-0. That victory put the team out to a 4-0 start on the year, a season in which they would ultimately finish with seven wins.

The professional team that inhabits the place on Sundays has not fared well, getting out to a 1-5 start with a Monday-night date against the Arizona Cardinals upcoming.

Perhaps a Maryland win on Saturday could get fortunes moving in the right direction.

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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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