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MM 2.7: Jalen Smith named top-10 candidate for Karl Malone Award

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

Jalen Smith, Rutgers, 2020 Sarah Sopher / Testudo Times

No. 9 Maryland men’s basketball forward Jalen Smith has been playing at an All-American level this season, and his high-level performance has him in the running for a prestigious college basketball honor.

Smith was named one of the 10 candidates for the 2020 Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award, the Basketball Hall of Fame announced Thursday.

Smith and Michigan State’s Xavier Tillman are the only two players from the Big Ten to remain in the running for the honors. Ohio State’s Kaleb Wesson, Penn State’s Lamar Stevens and Purdue’s Trevion Williams — all of which were on the award’s preseason watch list — were not on the narrowed list.

The Baltimore native has produced in conference play, averaging 17.4 points, 10.4 rebounds and 2.6 blocks while shooting 58 percent from the field and 51 percent from deep — which leads the Big Ten.

On the season, the sophomore has averaged 15.2 points, 10.0 rebounds and 2.5 blocks.

Five finalists for the award will be selected in March, and the winner will be presented at the College Basketball Awards on April 10. If he earns the honor, Smith will be the first Terp to win the award, which was introduced in 2015.

In other news

No. 9 Maryland men’s basketball travels to Champaign to take on No. 20 Illinois in a battle of the top-two teams in the Big Ten. Sean outlines what you need to know before Friday’s 8 p.m. ET tipoff.

The Terps are most recently coming off a 56-51 win over Rutgers. Jordan dives into the film to examine how Maryland’s defense got it done.

No. 13 Maryland women’s basketball has now won eight straight — most recently beating No. 18 Indiana 79-69 Thursday night.

The Testudo Times Podcast is back with Matt, Lila and special guest Thomas Kendziora examining the Big Ten and determining whether No. 9 Maryland men’s basketball will win in Champaign Friday.

ESPN named No. 9 Maryland men’s basketball the team of the week after beating Rutgers.

Kevin Huerter was Jalen Smith’s hype man Tuesday.

It’s about to go down.

And the Terps landed in Champaign, Illinois Thursday night, ready for the big matchup.

Maryland football freshman standout Nick Cross will be competing for Maryland’s Track & Field team this year. The Terps’ next meet is Friday in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Maryland football is hiring.

Check out some highlights from No. 13 Maryland women’s basketball’s win over No. 18 Indiana.

After a 10-point performance against Indiana, Taylor Mikesell has eclipsed 700 points for her career.

No. 4 Maryland lacrosse’s Roman Puglise speaks on the team’s early offensive success.

No. 1 Maryland women’s lacrosse has some new faces that will make an impact this season.

This duo will be coming to a baseball diamond near you soon.