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MM 1.30: Jalen Smith and Anthony Cowan Jr. continue to pour on the stats in Big Ten play

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

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Nearly halfway through Big Ten play, No. 15 Maryland men’s basketball tied for fourth place in the conference standings (1.5 games back).

Coming into the season, senior guard Anthony Cowan Jr. and sophomore big man Jalen Smith were expected to lead the way for the Terps, and they have done just that.

Smith has been all Maryland could ask for this season, acting as a swiss army knife and providing the team with an identity following the departure of Bruno Fernando last season.

The sophomore ranks first in three-point field goal percentage (56.7), second in field goal percentage (59.1), sixth in total rebounding (85) and is averaging 2.0 blocks per game, which is tied for second amongst Big Ten competitors.

A preseason Wooden Award candidate, Cowan ranks fifth in assists (40) through nine games of Big Ten play. He also has the fourth best assist/turnover ratio with a 2.1 mark.

Maryland will square off against No. 18 Iowa Thursday night, with Big Ten leading scorer Luka Garza (27.2) coming to town.

In other news

Jalen Smith is the star of this week’s edition of the Testudo Times Podcast, where Matt, Lila and Cody also discuss the latest bracket predictions.

No. 15 Maryland men’s basketball hosts its second ranked matchup in College Park Thursday. Sean gives you everything you need to know for the rematch against No. 18 Iowa.

No. 17 Maryland women’s basketball also plays Thursday, with the team on the road to face Ohio State. Check out Wes’ preview of the matchup.

Check out Brandon’s preview of the upcoming Maryland men’s lacrosse season.

Thursday’s game will be a Red Out.

Jalen Smith sat down with college basketball expert Andy Katz to discuss the Terps’ recent road wins.

Catch up on the latest in Maryland football in the Unlocked docuseries.

Maryland women’s basketball is headed to Columbus.

Spring media day came and went. Check out some of the athletes in attendance. (Bonus points if you can spot any Testudo Times staff)

Maryland men’s lacrosse released the faceoff times for the 2020 season.

Cathy Reese gave her take on what to expect from the Terps this season in a preview with former Testudo Times editor Justin Fitzgerald.