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Maryland Minute 12.23.14 - Are the Terps the 2nd best basketball team in the Big Ten?

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The Washington Post releases their All-Met teams, current and former Maryland players give back, and an updated depth chart for football. Also, Happy Birthday shout out to my Mom.

Jake Layman thinks Maryland is at least the 3rd best team in the B1G.
Jake Layman thinks Maryland is at least the 3rd best team in the B1G.
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Maryland Basketball

Big Ten Power Rankings: Surging Maryland moves up to No. 2 this week " Big Ten Network
Hard to argue with Maryland at #2 at this point, especially given the way other teams in the conference have performed.

NCAA College Basketball Rankings - CBSSports.com
Maryland is ahead of Iowa State, but still two spots behind a 3-loss Georgetown team.

Turgeon-led Terps top another Big 12 team | CJOnline.com
Mark Turgeon is pretty good at beating teams from the Big 12, the conference he previously coached in.

In Dez Wells' absence, Jake Layman has stepped up to lead the Terps - Baltimore Sun
With Dez Wells out, Jake Layman has filled in as one of Maryland's go-to players. It's nice to have multiple options on that front now.

Holiday Help: Terps Adopt Families in Need - Maryland Terrapins Athletics - University of Maryland Terps Official Athletic Site
Three area families will have an exciting surprise under the tree this holiday season thanks to the University of Maryland women's basketball team.

Recruiting

Baltimore falls to Washington, 31-21, in Maryland Crab Bowl - Baltimore Sun
Maryland commits Keiron Howard and Ellis McKennie were among the notable players playing in the annual event.

2014 Fall All-Met teams for cross-country, field hockey, football, soccer and volleyball - The Washington Post
The Washington Post honors the area's top high school athletes cross-country, field hockey, football, soccer and volleyball. Several of them are either being recruited by or will be playing for Maryland, including LB Keandre Jones.

Maryland football

Notes on Terps football's updated depth chart and bowl game weather forecast - Baltimore Sun
Maryland released an updated depth chart Monday in advance of its Foster Farms Bowl matchup with Stanford on Dec. 30.

Maryland Athletics Celebrates December Graduation - Maryland Terrapins Athletics - University of Maryland Terps Official Athletic Site
24 student-athletes officially earned their degrees this past Saturday, including C.J. Brown (who's full name is Clark David Brown, Jr., in case you were wondering), Deon Long, Darius Kilgo, Cole Farrand, Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil, Keith Bowers, and Brandon Ross on the football team.

HOW The Oregon Ducks Brand Was Created — Bakas Media
Interesting read, since Maryland essentially is trying to do something similar.

NBA Terps

Alex Len on the rise as Phoenix Suns starting center | Comcast SportsNet Washington
Alex Len, who's Phoenix team recently defeated the Wizards in D.C., is getting better and better for the Suns. Len also helped promote an event Sunday that benefited Zaching Against Cancer, in honor of former Maryland basketball student manager Zach Lederer. Len even donated $5,000 worth of tickets to the event.

Vasquez scores 21 as Raptors defeat Knicks, 118-108
Speaking of former Terps, Greivis Vasques scored 21, dished out 5 assists and grabbed 4 rebounds against the Knicks on Sunday.

Other Maryland Athletics

Maryland Baseball Season Tickets Now on Sale - Maryland Terrapins Athletics - University of Maryland Terps Official Athletic Site
Maryland Baseball Season Tickets Now on Sale for the highest ranked team in the B1G. Go check out some games. They're fun, we promise!

Wainwright to Head Stewardship & Alumni Relations - Maryland Terrapins Athletics - University of Maryland Terps Official Athletic Site
Congrats to Troy, who was promoted to this position yesterday.