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NCAA Tournament photo gallery: Maryland's practice before first-round game vs. South Dakota State

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The Terps stopped by the Spokane Arena for press conference and practice today. We captured it in still form.

So these aren't that many pictures. I think their entire practice lasted around 40 minutes - I shot a good amount but these are the ones I feel most comfortable publishing.

Anyway, I am actually in Spokane, Washington. It's a very neat city and its surrounding areas are gorgeous. I'm staying in an Airbnb in Spokane Valley, which is as suburban as it can get but there's a very nice view of mountain with snowcap by the apartment. Downtown Spokane looks like a normal city from the distance but once you drive inside, there are more open spaces than you'd think and it just seems... not hectic, at all. Nearby the venue, there's a Waterfront Park, where they have a waterfall that you can enjoy looking at from a bridge. Sounds pretty nice, doesn't it?

If you, for some reason, ever considered stopping by this city for a vacation, I'd encourage it. It's a pretty nice break from being in busy places like Washington D.C. or New York City. I'm hoping to have some time to take pictures around the city by myself.

Okay I digress. The Terps seemed like they had a pretty fun and loose practice - that doesn't mean that they were unfocused. I see it this way - positive ideas and attitude can help bring positive actions. We will see how they fare tomorrow but I think they feel very, very good about themselves at this moment.