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Big Ten basketball coaches approve vote to extend league play to 20 games

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

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With the Big Ten Media day for basketball coming up this week, coaches around the conference voted to approve changing to a 20-game league schedule on Sunday.

The change extends conference play by two games and will take effect starting in the 2018-19 season, college basketball insider Jon Rothstein reported. The Atlantic Coast Conference announced its intentions to move to a 20-game schedule last July, but that won’t kick in until the 2019-2020 season.

This is a move coaches had been expecting. Near the end of August, Rothstein reported these conversations were already taking place between league officials and coaches, so nobody should have been caught off guard by the move.

However, it will present a new scheduling challenge for schools, and Maryland basketball in particular. The move eliminates two non-conference matchups, and teams already have two games a year committed to the Gavitt Games with the Big East and the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Maryland will have to be proactive about scheduling a solid slate of opponents for the Terps’ non-conference schedule to truly prepare them for level of competition Big Ten play demands.

In other news

It was a hectic weekend. In the midst of a busy slate of games and recruiting announcements, reports surfaced athletic director Kevin Anderson had been placed on administrative leave. We’ll have more coming on his situation today.

Football lost its conference home opener to Northwestern on Saturday, after the defense was consistently exploited to the tune of 531 yards.

Despite the loss, chalk fan interaction up in the win column. The Big Ten Network Tailgate show came to town to pregame, and then the fans played a game of multi-mezzanine catch and keepaway in the middle of the game.

The Terps missed on five-star point guard Devon Dotson Friday, but four-star combo guard Eric Ayala became the third commit of basketball’s 2018 class on Saturday.

It was a mixed bag for Maryland soccer. The No. 3 men’s team in the country used a hat trick and a two-goal game to win a road shootout with Wisconsin. However, the women’s team’s scoring drought reached four games against No. 13 Penn State, despite having both Gi Kristec and Jlon Flippens healthy for the first time in a while.

No. 16 field hockey went undefeated in a pair of top-25 matchups at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex this weekend, first beating No. 25 Ohio State on Friday then toppling No. 6 Penn State in double-overtime on Senior Day on Sunday.

Volleyball split its two-day stint in Illinois, beating Northwestern in five sets on Friday before the Illini swept them in straight sets Saturday.

Oh and on top of all that, Melo Trimble is looking for a new job after getting waived by the Timberwolves.

Hassan Whiteside and Joel Embiid had twitter beef, and it was golden. Embiid even snuck a Kevin Durant shot into the exchange.

Detroit Lions receiver Golden Tate went All-Madden mode against the Saints and cooked three separate defenders before flipping into the endzone.

Maryland baseball inducted another honorary member to the team through Team IMPACT.