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Why Turgeon says 'weight of the world' is off his shoulders

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Why Turgeon says 'weight of the world' is off his shoulders

COLLEGE PARK -- Exhale.

In the days following a thrilling but stressful 75-71 victory over Georgetown on Tuesday night in College Park, that is what head coach Mark Turgeon, the Maryland staff, and Maryland players have been able to do.

“Personally, I thought all the pressure was on us being the higher rated team and being in our building, they were coming off a loss and we played like it most of the game,” Turgeon told the media on Thursday.

“I feel like the weight of the world is off my shoulders now that that game’s over and we won -- that helps. It’s good to have that over with. I think we all just kind of put life on hold preparing for Georgetown and trying to win that game.”

Now Maryland resets and looks forward with Rider on Friday at XFINITY Center before the team travels to Mexico for two games as part of the 2015 Cancun Challenge -- Illinois State first, followed by either Rhode Island or TCU.

Turgeon continues to use the phrase “a work in progress” when he refers to his team and he’s right. After not being together for much of the summer, each week brings a more cohesive team. Georgetown aided in that effort.

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“I think we learned a lot in that game,” Turgeon said, “and sometimes you can practice all you want, but you really need games to get better.

“We weren’t physically tough in that game, but we were mentally tough. We knew that we could make some changes during a game and be successful, which is great.”

You can’t simulate being down seven with six minutes to play in front of 18,000 in a rivalry game 20 years in the making. You can’t simulate a team unexpectedly dominating you inside and forcing you to go small to get back into the game.

But they are a better team for it and now they can proceed.

“We have a lot of talent, but we also have a lot of room for growth,” senior guard Rasheed Sulaimon, who hit a go-ahead three with 1:18 to go in that Georgetown win, said. “It’s mid-November. We’re still early in the season and our team has a long way to go.”

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Maryland's Kevin Huerter surprises at 2018 NBA Combine

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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