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Maryland basketball’s annual Maryland Madness date and time announced

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

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Maryland Madness is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the XFINITY Center, Maryland athletics announced Tuesday afternoon.

It’ll be the first chance for Terps fans to see the men’s and women’s basketball teams in action since both teams’ NCAA Tournament appearances in March. Admission will be free and both parking and seating are first-come first-serve.

Though the tradition, which is now celebrated in some form at almost every school in the country, was started by the legendary Lefty Driesell at Maryland in 1971, it has since lost some of its luster. There’s no SportsCenter or magic theme like in years past, but to help spice up the evening, Maryland volleyball will host No. 14 Michigan State at 5:30 on the main floor of the XFINITY Center. Maryland football will hit the road to take on No. 9 Wisconsin in Madison at noon, so there should be plenty of time for fans to watch every bit of Maryland sports action that day.

In other news

The scheduling of Maryland Madness means basketball season is right around the corner. So does the men’s team returning to practice.

After stepping in as Maryland football’s third starting quarterback in four weeks, Max Bortenschlager was named Athlon Sport’s Unsung Hero of the Week for his role in the Terps’ 31-24 road win over Minnesota.

Class of 2018 Maryland football commit Austin Fontaine accepted his invitation to play in the Under Armour All-American Game. This is the seventh year in a row a Terps commit has played in the game.

Maryland women’s soccer is coming into form as the season rolls on, learning from how it deals with adverse situations.

The men’s golf team finished fifth at the Wolfpack Intercollegiate, tying NC State for the lowest round on Tuesday.