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MM 11.6: Where Maryland men’s basketball stands in rankings for the upcoming season

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

NCAA Basketball: Michigan State at Maryland Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

With the season only 19 days away, Maryland men’s basketball enters with a wide range of rankings from various outlets. In CBS Sports’ Matt Norlander’s complete rankings for the 2020-21 season, the Terrapins check in at No. 39.

“The Terrapins will slip a bit this season, but I’m higher on Mark Turgeon’s team than most,” Norlander said. “It’s going to be an interesting fit in the Big Ten because Aaron Wiggins, Eric Ayala, Jairus Hamilton and Darryl Morsell will comprise a wing-oriented foursome that could be a good zag to much of the rest of the league’s zig with a big man-augmented approach.”

Maryland, the reigning Big Ten Champions (alongside Michigan State and Wisconsin), will head into the season with much less of a target on its back. Last year, the Terps were tabbed to finish second in the conference and opened at No. 7 nationally in the AP poll. This season, it would be a shock if the team made it into the preseason top-25.

In Ken Pomeroy’s preseason ratings, Maryland is ranked 51st in the nation. While the analytics-based rankings expect Maryland to be a borderline top-50 team, there are still 10 Big Ten teams ahead of the Terps. They didn’t crack other rankings, including NCAA.com’s Andy Katz’s “Power 36” and Dick Vitale of ESPN’s preseason top-40.

In Other News

Maryland legend John Lucas is set to join the Houston Rockets coaching staff under new head coach Stephen Silas, whom he competed with for the position.

There’s still plenty of excitement surrounding Maryland’s big win over Minnesota last week.

Maryland men’s basketball looked back on one of the most electric moments of former Terp great Melo Trimble’s career.

Freshman Marcus Dockery looks forward to leaving his mark for Maryland men’s basketball.

Nick Richardson finished off a nice goal in a Maryland men’s soccer scrimmage.

Cole Field House was shining in the background on a beautiful fall day for Maryland men’s lacrosse practice.

Maryland women’s lacrosse was getting in some practice at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.