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Maryland Minute - 11.8.13 - New Terps basketball season set to begin

Basketball, basketball, and more basketball.

Streeter Lecka

Terps hope for more complete, composed showing in Brooklyn this season
"This year we have to get a win in the Barclays because we didn’t win last year," Cleare said. "The team isn’t feeling any pressure. We’re just going to go there and play Maryland basketball. … We just got to turn on the lights in Barclays. We were a little dim last year."

Terps return to Barclays' bright lights one year older vs. No. 18 Connecticut tonight - The Diamondback : Men's Basketball
The team feels much more comfortable going into tonight's opener than they did at the same venue a year ago.

Preseason bracket: Projecting the 68 NCAA tournament teams | For The Win
USA Today has Maryland in as an 11 seed. I think this is a fair assessment at this point. Acknowledges they're tourney worthy, but still have to prove anything beyond that. -Dave

EMAIL EXCHANGE: Previewing Terps-Connecticut - The Diamondback : Men's Basketball
The Diamondback speaks to UConn's student newspaper about the game.

A NEW BEGINNING - The Diamondback : Men's Basketball
Great feature on Evan Smotrycz, who will finally get his chance to shine for Maryland tonight.

A 'tougher' Mark Turgeon aims to lead Maryland back to the NCAA tournament -
Turgeon talks about the difference between last year's team and this year's team and whether he feels like he has something to prove.

Maryland women's basketball: Chasing championships - Swish Appeal
In 11 years under Brenda Frese, Maryland has missed the NCAA tournament just twice. Now they will look to translate their consistent success into a second national championship. Great piece by SBN's Swish Appeal writer Zach Ward on Maryland's upcoming women's basketball season. -Dave

Keeping it in check - The Diamondback : Men's Basketball
Daniel Gallen of the Diamondback cautions that expectations for the team should "still remain low" for now.

Terps’ defense works on adjusting after ‘sudden changes’
Some notes on the football team's defense going into tomorrow via Brian Stewart.