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This is the Maryland Minute, a short story followed by a roundup of Terps-related news.
Over a month into the 2019-20 college basketball season, the Big Ten has proven to be the deepest conference in the country.
It entered last week with three teams ranked in the top-five, two of which — Maryland and Ohio State — were undefeated. But games over the past week saw both squads knocked off on the road as a weird trend has formed that is sending shock around the college basketball world.
After Minnesota and Nebraska pulled off upsets at home Sunday, over No. 3 Ohio State and Purdue, respectively, Big Ten teams are 13-0 at home so far this season. Every single team that has played two games is 1-1 in conference play. It could become every team if Northwestern manages to somehow upset No. 16 Michigan State at home Wednesday.
The league is currently ranked No. 1 in the nation by KenPom, with nine teams ranked in the top-40 and 12 in the top-65.
The Terps play their next conference game on Jan. 4 against Indiana.
In other news
No. 4 Maryland men’s basketball plays its next game Dec. 19 against No. 22 Seton Hall, and it looks like the Pirates will be without their two best players.
Cody, Sean and I took a look back at the Maryland football season, giving out some good and some bad superlatives.
Mike Locksley and Maryland football secured two commitments for the Class of 2020 this weekend. Three-star defensive end Ryad Wilmot and three-star guard Khris Love both announced their intentions to become Terps Sunday.
The Testudo Times weekly podcast came out Friday, where Matt, Cody and I discussed the latest for Maryland men’s and women’s basketball.
Maryland men’s basketball had head coach Mark Turgeon mic’d up at practice this week.
Talk ‘em up coach! pic.twitter.com/NlTqgFoTpF
— Maryland Basketball (@TerrapinHoops) December 14, 2019
ESPN released its latest college basketball power rankings Sunday night, with the Terps dropping from No. 4 to No. 7 after their loss to Penn State.
With the early signing period on Dec. 18, Maryland is one of the top choices for a top recruits, and garnering the attention of another. Stay tuned with Wes for more recruiting coverage this week.
Maryland football makes the top three of four-star QB Jeff Sims, who in College Park last weekend for an official visit with the Terps.
Sims, who was originally committed to Florida State, has narrowed his list down to Florida State, Georgia Tech and Maryland. https://t.co/o6wloRSZkC
— Wes Brown (@W_Brown21) December 15, 2019
3-star JUCO CB Geovonte Howard lists Maryland football in his top five before he plans to sign this Wednesday.
Howard was in College Park last weekend and visited Purdue this weekend.
The Terps are up against Ole Miss, Iowa St, Kansas St, and Charlotte as time winds down. https://t.co/YjiKhuf4La
— Wes Brown (@W_Brown21) December 16, 2019
Looks like 4-Star Fadil Diggs, who is committed to Texas A&M, is in College Park.
He ranks as the fourth-best New Jersey prospect and the No. 146 player of the Class of 2020. https://t.co/x4t3CWGd6m
— Testudo Times (@testudotimes) December 14, 2019
No. 13 Maryland women’s basketball guard Kaila Charles is now the No. 10 scorer on the Terps’ all-time scoring list.
Kaila Charles recently moved to No. on there #Terps’ all-time scoring list.
— Maryland Women’s Basketball (@umdwbb) December 13, 2019
Alex Len, one of three former Terps on the Atlanta Hawks, has been on a tear as of late.
— Jordan Gold (@Jordan_Gold0) December 14, 2019
And Kevin Huerter had a big block for the Hawks on Sunday.
But later in that game, Huerter re-injured his left shoulder that kept him out for several weeks earlier this season.
An @emoryhealthcare injury update:
Kevin Huerter (left shoulder contusion): Will not return pic.twitter.com/MCcZRdwODg
— Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) December 16, 2019
And in the NFL, former Terp JC Jackson had a career-best performance with two interceptions against the Bengals Sunday.
Here was his second pick of the game. pic.twitter.com/QzwzDKJLGL
— Jordan Gold (@Jordan_Gold0) December 16, 2019
The men’s lacrosse and baseball teams went to pay their respects to U.S. veterans this weekend.
— Maryland Baseball (@TerpsBaseball) December 15, 2019
Honored to be a part of such a special day. pic.twitter.com/Dkc3snlRp2
— Maryland Lacrosse (@TerpsMLax) December 14, 2019