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Maryland basketball adds Loyola (MD) to 2018-19 schedule, per report

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Maryland basketball has added Loyola-Maryland to its 2018-19 schedule, The Baltimore Sun’s Don Markus reported Monday.

The Loyola Greyhounds went 9-22 in 2017-18, and KenPom’s ratings graded them at No. 323 at the end of the season. It’s a game that won’t quiet down any complaints about Maryland’s weak strength of schedule, but it does come during the stretch just before conference play when most Big Ten teams regularly schedule cupcakes. In this place last year, Maryland played Division-III Catholic.

Here’s how Maryland’s non-conference schedule shakes out so far:

  • Delaware: Nov. 6
  • Virginia: Nov. 28
  • Loyola-Maryland: Dec. 11*
  • Seton Hall: Dec. 22
  • Hofstra: TBA*
  • Marshall: TBA*
  • Navy: TBA*
  • Mount St. Mary’s
    (*reported but not yet confirmed)

And the conference slate:

Home-and-homes

  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Nebraska
  • Ohio State
  • Penn State
  • Purdue
  • Wisconsin

One-offs:

  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Northwestern
  • At Iowa
  • At Michigan State
  • At Rutgers

In other news

Kevin Huerter got the invite to be at the NBA Draft on Thursday, but he’s staying close to home.

Jared looked at Maryland’s running backs unit for 2018, and wouldn’t you know it: that unit’s stacked as hell.

The Washington Post’s Jesse Dougherty addressed Maryland basketball’s critical season ahead. It’s a critical one for Mark Turgeon, and it’s also one that will need big contributions from freshmen once more:

“All those young guys’ roles changed when Kevin went to the NBA, and they’re going to play more minutes and we’re going to be a bit of a younger team,” Turgeon said in a phone interview this month. “But kids are ready when they come to college. Are they going to be able to replace Kevin? No. Kevin was special; he’s a great player. But in their own right, they’ll do their things to help us win games.”

DJ Moore signed on the dotted line with the Panthers.

We got a women’s soccer schedule:

At PressBox, Luke Jackson talked to Bruno Fernando’s high school coach about how Fernando’s offensive game could expand as a sophomore.

After a HoopsHype report referenced vague rumors calling Kevin Huerter a bad teammate, other Maryland players came to Huerter’s defense.

Previously: Maryland women’s lacrosse had 6 IWLCA All-Americans