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Maryland men’s basketball to play George Mason in annual ‘secret’ scrimmage, per report

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

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With the college basketball season less than a month away, practices are ratcheting up and one of the sport’s worst-kept secrets draws nearer. It’s almost time for secret scrimmage season.

Maryland men’s basketball will take on George Mason in its annual private scrimmage before the season on October 20 at EagleBank Arena, according to Stadium’s Jeff Goodman. In accordance with the “secret” part of the scrimmage, no media or public will be allowed at the event.

Teams are allowed to play either two exhibition games, two scrimmages or one of each, which is what the Terps tend to do. Maryland played Wake Forest the past two seasons, winning last year after losing the prior matchup. The Terps will then have an exhibition with Lynn University on Oct. 30 at the Xfinity Center.

Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon has a freshman-heavy roster in a pivotal season, and could use all the live action for the rookies he can get. There’s already some familiarity with the roster, as the Terps had 10 practices and a 3-0 training tour through Italy in August.

In other news

Schnider Herard, who left to explore professional options this summer without playing a game for the Terps, is eligible for the G League Draft.

Football is preparing for a Homecoming matchup against Rutgers that will air on BTN. Interim head coach Matt Canada took the podium for his weekly press conference ahead of the game and said to continue to expect Kasim Hill and Tyrell Pigrome to split reps at quarterback.

On the injury report, it’s good news and bad news. The good news: Ty Johnson seems to be fine and Jake Funk has returned to practice, though, the latter is in a non-contact jersey. The bad news: redshirt senior Brett Kulka is done for the season after undergoing knee surgery Monday.

Maryland is favored by 23-points for Saturday’s matchup, and Ryan broke down why that’s such an abnormally large spread for the Terps.

The Baltimore Sun questioned why so few players talked to the Walters, Inc. investigators, in which lead investigator Dr. Rod Walters admitted the way they initially handled player sign-ups did not help and an anonymous tip line or email was never set up.

Women’s soccer’s Loren Sefcik earned a Freshman of the Week nod from the Big Ten, after her first career goal proved to be the winner in an upset of No. 14 Northwestern.