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Maryland men’s basketball tied for 5th in Big Ten Media Poll

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

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Maryland men’s basketball is tied for fifth place in the annual preseason Big Ten Media Poll.

Michigan State was the unanimous choice for the top spot, while Purdue, Minnesota and Northwestern are all projected to finish ahead of the Terps, per the media. The Spartans’ Miles Bridges was named the unanimous preseason player of the year, joining Wisconsin’s Ethan Happ as the only two unanimous selections to the first team.

Not one Maryland player received a vote for the First Team All Big Ten, but Bruno Fernando received one vote for freshman of the year, which prevented Michigan State’s Jaren Jackson from being the unanimous selection.

The Terps kick off their 2017-18 campaign at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum against Stony Brook at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 10.

In other news

Maryland men’s soccer finally lost a regular season game. It’s been quite a while.

The field hockey team continued its hot streak, rolling in and out of Charlottesville with a 5-4 win over No. 3 Virginia. Senior captain Marissa Cutry didn’t score in the win, but she’s still pretty cool.

Maryland men’s basketball’s newest commit, Eric Ayala, is a strong candidate to be a solid, four-year contributor for the Terps.2

ESPN analyst Seth Greenberg took a trip to College Park today to watch basketball practice...

...and he was impressed!

DJ Durkin told the media yesterday that the Big Ten admitted that officials missed calls in the Terps’ game against Northwestern on Saturday, Don Markus of The Baltimore Sun writes.