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Maryland basketball is almost done with its first week of practice

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

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Maryland men’s basketball started practicing for the first full week of the season on Monday with the opening exhibition game against Catawba less than a month away.

The team had its annual crab feast the night before and Mark Turgeon welcomed seven new faces to his “training camp.”

An old one, Michal Cekovsky, hasn’t participated in practices yet though, according to the Washington Post’s Roman Stubbs. He’s suffering from a mild hamstring injury. Nonetheless, basketball season is upon us.

In other news

It’s all about the Terrapins’ weekend matchup with the Nittany Lions.

We podcasted on Maryland’s matchup this weekend with Penn State.

We had a Q+A with Black Shoe Diary, SB Nation’s Penn State blog.

The Diamondback previewed Maryland’s task of defending running back Saquon Barkley.

The Baltimore Sun discussed offensive coordinator Walt Bell’s fascination with offenses since childhood.

SB Nation’s Bill Connelly lists Maryland as the least likely of the remaining undefeated teams to make the College Football Playoff. Which, yeah.