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

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.