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Maryland men's basketball to host Bryant as part of 2019-20 nonconference schedule

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

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Maryland men's basketball will play Bryant in its nonconference slate and is now one step closer to completing its schedule for 2019-20, according to Jon Rothstein.

With the addition of the home game and 20 Big Ten games on the slate, the Terps have now filled eight of their 11 nonconference games. Bryant joins Seton Hall, Rhode Island, Notre Dame and George Mason on the schedule, and Maryland will also get at least three games in the Advocare Invitational next season.

Of the Terps’ currently announced nonconference opponents, the Bulldogs are the only team to finish last season ranked in the lower half of Division I in KenPom, finishing at No. 327 after a lackluster 10-20 season; the rest of Maryland’s scheduled nonconference opponents come ranked in the top 160. The Terps take on Notre Dame (No. 97) at home in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Dec. 4 and finish their home-and-home with Seton Hall (No. 60) on the road.

The Advocare Invitational from Nov. 28-Dec. 1 should also provide Maryland with a shot to pick up quality wins. The Orlando-based tournament will feature Buzz Williams’ Texas A&M (No. 91) team, Temple (No. 69), USC (No. 82), Davidson (No. 85) and Harvard (No. 114). Also playing in the tournament will be a Marquette team that finished last season ranked No. 33 but loses the Hauser twins and a Fairfield team that ended the season ranked No. 301.

In other news

Former Maryland center Damonte Dodd was found not guilty of four charges related to an alleged November 2017 rape.

Yesterday was the one-year anniversary of Jordan McNair’s death, and Maryland football honored his legacy by taking part in a health and wellness clinic in Baltimore.

One thing that was important to Mike Locksley before taking the job was that the McNair family signed off. Here’s Sports Illustrated on the bond between Locksley and Marty McNair, and how tragedy has brought the two closer.

Though Maryland has taken steps to assure something like this never happens again, it doesn’t take away from the loss McNair’s loved ones feel and how they’ve had to deal with that pain, from The Diamondback.

Our summer profile series continued with a look at 4-star quarterback Lance LeGendre, who gave his pledge to Mike Locksley's staff on National Signing Day.

If you saw Mike Locksley’s late-night bat signal on Wednesday, you now know who it was referring to. Football secured its ninth commit for 2020 when local three-star safety Beau Brade announced he’d be a Terp.

Women’s lacrosse players are still adding trophies to their mantles after a national championship run. Tewaaraton Award winner Megan Taylor was named ICWLA National Player and National Goaltender of the Year, while Julia Bragg was named the National Defender of the Year.

Former Terp Dez Wells will be competing in The Basketball Tournament this summer, joining the team that Chris Paul is both coaching and general managing. Here is the rest of his team, and here’s the bracket for the regional round of the tournament that will run from July 19-21.

With the draft now under a week away, men’s basketball’s Bruno Fernando is on the cusp of being the first Angolan-born player to play in the NBA. He has his country on his back and takes that commitment seriously.