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4 things Maryland fans should be thankful for this Thanksgiving

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This is the Maryland Minute, a short story followed by a roundup of Terps-related news.

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Happy Thanksgiving everyone. If you’re a fan of Maryland athletics (which, you’re reading this site, so you are), you have plenty to be thankful for on this wonderful holiday.

Here’s just a few of those things, in no particular order. (Got something else? Let us know in the comments.)

Melo Trimble

You guys are all really going to miss this guy when he’s gone, whether that’s after this year or next. He’s been Maryland’s leading scorer for the past two years and will be again this season, and he does so in such an effortless way. His glides to the hoop and double-clutch layups are really something, so take some time to appreciate him while he’s here.

Great coaching

Brenda Frese is one of the best coaches and recruiters in college basketball. Mark Turgeon’s built his program into a consistent one after five players transferred in one summer. DJ Durkin seems promising. Sasho Cirovski’s men’s soccer team may have just been upset in the NCAA Tournament, but he gets his guys there every single season. Many schools don’t have this kind of all-around performance, and most schools don’t have this kind of expertise.

Freshmen

Maryland women’s basketball’s freshman class was No. 1 when the players signed, and they’re doing well so far. Destiny Slocum is second on the team in points, and gives the Terps the true point guard they’ve been missing. Meanwhile, Justin Jackson, Anthony Cowan and Kevin Huerter have looked like the best non-Trimble players the men’s team has to offer. These players are all (probably) going to stay in College Park for a while, so get to know their names.

Maryland football is playing Rutgers this weekend

What started off as a fun season for Maryland took a tailspin against Michigan, Ohio State and Nebraska. To be fair, those are three excellent teams, and there’s no shame in losing to them, especially when you’re in your first season with a new coach. Rutgers, meanwhile, is rated the worst Power 5 team in the country by S&P+, and hasn’t won a Big Ten game all season. That’s a wonderful prescription for a Maryland team that’s looking to secure its sixth win and become bowl eligible.

In other news

Patrick Stevens notes that Maryland should have a shot at making a bowl even if it doesn’t beat Rutgers due to its APR scores. Certainly interesting, even if fans will hope it doesn’t come to that.

Maryland made five-star 2018 guard Immanuel Quickley’s top eight a few days ago.

Maryland volleyball lost to Purdue in its penultimate game Wednesday night.