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MM 10.16: Maryland men’s basketball plans to play George Mason, per sources

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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 is planning to play a nonconference game against George Mason this season, sources confirmed to Testudo Times.

According to sources, the matchup is in the works but not official yet. All of the Terps’ previously announced out of league contests, including a tournament in College Park, have been removed from the online schedule.

Much remains uncertain regarding the 2020-21 schedule for programs across the country due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Big Ten has yet to announce its plan and nothing is set in stone, but Stadium’s Jeff Goodman has reported that sources have indicated the league will go with a 20-game slate.

Maryland defeated the Patriots handily, 86-63 last November. But head coach Mark Turgeon’s squad looks much different this year after the departures of stars Jalen Smith and Anthony Cowan Jr., along with the transfers of several role players.

The program enters the season in a much different position in terms of expectations as well. The Terps entered 2019-20 ranked No. 7 in the country, but the team hasn’t even made the cut of experts’ top-45 preseason rankings amid a stacked Big Ten. They’ll start their journey to prove otherwise on Nov. 25, the official start date of the college basketball season.

In other news

Former Terp Tino Ellis joined the Miami Dolphins’ practice squad.

John Lucas II, one the most storied players in Maryland basketball history, remains in the running for the Houston Rockets head coaching job.

Maryland men’s basketball threw it back to when former Terp Mike Jones put Stephen Curry on a poster in the 2007 NCAA Tournament.

People around Terp Nation wished radio announcer Johnny Holliday a happy birthday.

Maryland women’s basketball shared some pictures from its most recent photo shoot.

Brandon Lowe came up huge for the Rays early in Game Five of the ALCS, taking Astros pitcher Blake Taylor deep to level the game at 1-1 in the 3rd inning.

Maryland men’s soccer shared some shots from practice.