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Maryland basketball’s game vs. Navy will be on Nov. 9

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

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We’ve known for a while that Maryland and Navy will square off in basketball this fall for the first time since 1985. Now we have a date to mark down.

The Terps and Midshipmen will meet up on Friday, Nov. 9 for the second game of the Veterans Classic in Annapolis. Providence and Wichita State will play in the first contest at 6 p.m. ET, followed by Maryland-Navy at 8:30. All games will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network.

The timing means this will be the second game of Maryland’s season. The Terps already announced that their 2018-19 campaign would open against Delaware on Tuesday, Nov. 6, and it wouldn’t make sense to squeeze another game in between that and the Navy contest.

Maryland’s other non-conference matchups with locked-in dates are Nov. 28 against Virginia, Dec. 11 against Loyola (MD) and Dec. 22 against Seton Hall. They’re also confirmed to be playing Hofstra, Marshall and Mount St. Mary’s, which leaves three matchups undetermined.

In other news

We’ve started Offensive Line Week here. It’s certainly an experienced group.

Jake Layman’s third year of his Blazers rookie contract has been guaranteed. He’s still looking for a larger rotational role in Portland.

Consider this your periodic reminder that former Maryland second baseman Brandon Lowe is on an incredible hot streak for the Durham Bulls in AAA.

Elsewhere in the minor leagues, Kevin Smith just picked up a weekly honor.

Maryland soccer alums Zack Steffen and Graham Zusi are MLS All-Stars. They’ll join the league’s contingent against Juventus in August.