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Maryland basketball lost another close road game. Wash, rinse, repeat.

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This is the Maryland Minute, a short story where we’re all a little sad at the end, but then there’s a roundup of Terps-related news.

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Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but Maryland men’s basketball lost another close road game.

After having the lead change hands six times in the first half, along with six ties, the Terps never held the lead in the second half on Wednesday night, falling to Penn State by four. It’s Maryland’s sixth straight road loss and yet another game it failed to close out.

The sequence that really killed the Terps’ comeback came shortly after the final media timeout. With Maryland down 67-61, Bruno Fernando managed to get behind Penn State’s defense as Anthony Cowan was crossing halfcourt. Cowan threw the alley-oop to Fernando, who was not able to handle the high pass, resulting in a turnover. Penn State capitalized and quickly made a three-pointer at the other end to extend the lead to nine.

That was just one of 14 Maryland turnovers on the night, as the Terps’ ball control problem once again reared its ugly head. At times this season, Maryland has been able to mitigate some of those issues with an above-average transition defense, but the Nittany Lions exploited as many miscues as they could. Even though Penn State had 10 giveaways of its own, Maryland was outscored 23-13 off turnovers.

Maryland also sorely misses its rebounders. Once again, down the stretch in a close game, the Terps allowed crucial offensive boards. Penn State turned nine second-chance opportunities into 13 points; Maryland had four offensive boards and eight second-chance points. With Michal Cekovsky still day-to-day, Mark Turgeon has had to make due with just eight players for the past three games. The senior center’s absence was felt against the Nittany Lions, as the Terps also ran a double-digit deficit in points in the paint.

Maryland showed progress by closing out a home win over Wisconsin on Feb. 4, but its inability to win on the road this season has held it back all season. While the the Terps have never seemed to give up during this road slide—save for two blowout losses in early January—this loss almost surely kills any already-slim hopes of a NCAA Tournament bid.

In other news

Four-star cornerback Ken Montgomery committed to and signed with Maryland on Wednesday morning, as DJ Durkin successfully rounded out his 2018 recruiting class on a slow National Signing Day for the Terps. After some commitments elsewhere, Maryland’s class will land at No. 28.

Women’s basketball has only lost once in conference play this season. The No. 10 Terps will get a shot to avenge that loss tonight in East Lansing, Michigan.

After completing the program’s first successful championship campaign in 42 years, men’s lacrosse has had to mentally reset and get focused for the title defense.

Women’s lacrosse is working on its own title defense after an undefeated season in 2017. The defending champs are already No. 1 in preseason polls and they keep pulling in accolades. Nine Terps were named Preseason All-Americans, headlined by first teamers Megan Taylor and Julia Braig, from The Diamondback.

Super Bowl Champion Torrey Smith appeared on CNN Tonight to explain his reasoning for skipping the Eagles’ White House visit and why it goes beyond politics.

With Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels opting to stay in New England, after agreeing to become the Colts next head coach, a former Terp is being heavily considered for the job. Eagles OC Frank Reich has emerged on the short list after his work with Carson Wentz, Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles and the offense, from InsideMDSports.