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Will Maryland’s long break prove to be more rest or rust in their first game of the NCAA Tournament?

Will Maryland’s long break prove to be more rest or rust in their first game of the NCAA Tournament?

By the time Maryland tips off against their to-be-determined first round opponent Thursday at 3:10 p.m., it will have been a full week since they last played in an actual game.

Not only will it have been seven days since their last outing, but they’ll have played just one game in the last 13 days, and two in the last 18 days.

The question now is just how valuable that time off will end up being for the Terps. It’s a classic question of rest versus rust, and the implications are heightened considering Maryland’s opponent will be coming off a win just two days prior.

With Temple and Belmont tipping off late Tuesday night, it will only have been roughly 40 hours between games for whomever Maryland ends up facing, a stark contrast to the Terps’ long break. One narrative says that might help Maryland. Another says the lack of momentum, for a young, streaky team reliant on momentum all season long, could be devastating.

It’s a fair question to ask. The only comparable stretch earlier this season came during winter break, a time most teams face long breaks due to the holidays. Maryland faced Loyola (MD) on December 11, then Seton Hall on December 22, and played again on December 29 against Radford.

Maryland blew out Loyola, capping a 9-2 start to the season, with their two losses coming at the hands of Purdue and Virginia. Momentum appeared to be on their side.

Then, 11 days later, an unranked Seton Hall team came into College Park and beat Maryland on their own court.

Not only did the Terps suffer a rare home loss, but they looked slow and sloppy during the game. Maryland shot 8-for-25 from 3-point range, and went down 14-3 right off the bat. They ended up battling back to lose by four, 78-74, but the slow start was too much to overcome.

History repeated itself a week later.

Maryland played host to Radford after another week off, and again came out slow. Facing the 125th-ranked team in KenPom, again on their own court, Maryland went down 19-10 in the first six minutes, despite outclassing their opponent in talent and size.

Mark Turgeon has admitted in the past that he tends to save his best, most fiery, motivational speeches for halftime, not pregame. But Maryland has shown that with time off, they can struggle to show up at tip-off.

Against a quality, NCAA Tournament-worthy opponent, that likely wouldn’t end well.

There are plenty of ways to preview their matchup. It would make sense to analyze individual matchups, scout out other teams' tendencies, or point out how much of an X-factor Anthony Cowan has become. Ultimately, though, the Terps’ chances in this year’s Big Dance may prove to be quite simple. 

Will the time off, and accompanying extra rest and practice time, prove helpful? Or will they come out slow, putting themselves in a hole out from which they may not be able to dig?

The answer will likely determine whether they make a run, or face yet another too-early March exit.


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How former Maryland Terrapins did in Week 1 of the NFL preseason


How former Maryland Terrapins did in Week 1 of the NFL preseason

There are almost two-dozen Terps in the NFL. Some are seasoned veterans and some are rookies, but they're Terps all the same.

From College Park to Houston to Green Bay to Minnesota to Washington, the NFL is littered with former Maryland standouts.

Here's how each former Terp did in the 2019 preseason opener:

Jesse Aniebonam, Texans (Maryland 2014-18) — Aniebonam made one tackle against the Packers in his Texans debut.

Jermaine Carter, Jr., Panthers (Maryland 2014-17) — Carter served as a game captain against the Bears. He played but did not register on the stat sheet.

Byron Cowart, Patriots (Maryland 2018) — The former No. 1 overall recruit and Auburn Tiger-turned-Terp notched a tackle and half a sack in his Patriots debut. Cowart, a fifth-round pick, had battled a couple of minor injuries in camp, but still performed well in game action.

Vernon Davis, Redskins (Maryland 2003-05) — Did not play in Week 1. 

Sean Davis, Steelers (Maryland 2012-15) — Did not play in Week 1.

Stefon Diggs, Vikings (Maryland 2012-14) — Did not play in Week 1. 

Michael Dunn, Dolphins (Maryland 2014-16) — Dunn played against the Falcons but didn't make any waves, which is actually a good thing for an offensive lineman.

Trey Edmunds, Steelers (Maryland 2016) — Edmunds carried the ball five times for 19 yards against the Buccanneers. He was also targeted once in the passing game.

Derwin Gray, Steelers (Maryland 2015-18) — Gray played six snaps at tackle against the Buccanneers.

AJ Hendy, Texans (Maryland 2011-15) — Hendy tallied two tackles against the Packers. 

JC Jackson, Patriots (Maryland 2016-17) — Jackson had a pass breakup against the Lions but did not register a tackle. It feels similar to his stat lines at Maryland.

Ty Johnson, Lions (Maryland 2015-18) — Johnson led the Lions with 22 yards rushing against the Patriots. His 7.3 yards per carry mimicked his typical output in College Park.

Darius Kilgo, Lions (Maryland 2011-14) — A two-time Super Bowl champion, Kilgo knocked down one pass at the line of scrimmage against the Patriots.

DJ Moore, Panthers (Maryland 2015-17) — Moore did not play in Week 1.

Yannick Ngakoue, Jaguars (Maryland 2013-15) — Did not play in Week 1.

Damian Prince, Steelers (Maryland 2015-18) — Prince played six snaps at tackle against the Buccanneers.

Darnell Savage, Packers (Maryland 2015-18) — Savage is still recovering from having his wisdom teeth removed and did not play 

Torrey Smith, Panthers (Maryland 2008-10) — Smith did not play in Week 1.

Cavon Walker, Chiefs (Maryland 2013-17) — The Chiefs play Saturday night against the Bengals.

Tre Watson, Dolphins (Maryland 2018) — A former All-Big Ten selection, Watson notched two solo and two assisted tackles against the Falcons.

Josh Woods, Bears (Maryland 2014-17) — Woods had a standout performance against the Panthers. The safety-turned linebacker forced a fumble and made five solo tackles for the Bears. His bid to make the team last year was hampered by a broken finger, and he still has an uphill battle this season, but this was a big step.


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Terrapins lose WR Jeshaun Jones for the season with torn ACL

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Terrapins lose WR Jeshaun Jones for the season with torn ACL

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Maryland sophomore receiver Jeshaun Jones will miss the season after suffering a knee injury during the first practice of training camp.

Jones, who was hoping to build on a solid freshman season, tore his left ACL on Monday. He will redshirt this season.

Jones played in all 12 games for the Terrapins last year. He had 22 catches for 288 yards and ran 18 times for 173 yards.

His five touchdown catches were most by a Maryland freshman since Stefon Diggs in 2012.

Last season he garnered national headlines when he completed a football 'hat trick' by catching, throwing, and rushing for a touchdown against the Texas Longhorns.

NBC Sports Washington's Tyler Byrum contributed to this report.