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Maryland basketball has 2 more big tests coming up this week

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

NCAA Basketball: Barclays Center Classic-Maryland vs Kansas State Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Maryland basketball is 7-0 following the Terps’ nail-biting win over Kansas State on Saturday, but things aren’t going to get much easier.

Maryland’s skated by against inferior teams this season, but just barely:

The team has won five of the six games it’s played against Division I opponents by six points or less. In three of those games they were losing or tied with one minute left. Of those three games, they won one in overtime and the other two on Melo Trimble points with seven or less seconds remaining. One of those wins came on a seven-point comeback in under a minute. Somehow it’s just November. Somehow Maryland is undefeated.

Maryland’s two most thrilling wins came against its most prestigious opponents: Georgetown and Kansas State. This week, the Terps play Pitt on Tuesday and Oklahoma State on Saturday. According to KenPom’s rankings, these will be the second- and third-best teams they’ve played so far.

These will be the only hard games Maryland plays until traveling to Michigan on Jan. 7.

We’ll have a lot more on these games coming up this week, so stay tuned!

In other news

Maryland basketball is still entirely unpredictable.

DJ Durkin gave walk-on Andrew Stefanelli the chance to score his first TD on what’ll end up as his only college carry on senior day against Rutgers.

Big plays were the difference in Maryland football’s win.

Caleb Rowe proposed to his girlfriend after his final game at Maryland Stadium. Awww.