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MM 4.20: Maryland men’s basketball to host Maryland Showcase Nov. 16-25

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

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Unlike the 2019-20 season when it participated in the Orlando Invitational, Maryland men’s basketball doesn’t appear to be traveling for a Thanksgiving tournament for the 2020-21 season.

Instead, the Terps will play three games at the Xfinity Center in the Maryland Showcase from Nov. 16-25, according to Gazelle Group, confirmed by Duquesne.

Though the Maryland Showcase is a multi-venue event, which will feature San Jose State, California Baptist and Duquesne along with the Terps, Maryland will be home for all three of its games, hosting the Spartans Nov. 16, the Dukes Nov. 22 and the Lancers Nov. 25.

Duquesne finished the 2019-20 season tied for fifth with St. Bonaventure in the Atlantic 10 standings with an 11-7 conference record and a 21-9 overall record, California Baptist came in second in the WAC with a 10-6 conference record and a 21-10 overall record, while San Jose State ended the season with a 3-15 Mountain West conference record and a 7-24 overall record, including a 10-game losing streak do end the season. The teams finished 95, 202 and 290, respectively, in KemPom’s final rankings.

Though their opponents may not be big name nonconference foes, these games will prove to be crucial for the Terps, who are currently a borderline tournament team after the departures of Anthony Cowan Jr. and Jalen Smith, as well as missing out on some key transfers this offseason.

Maryland went 16-1 at the Xfinity Center last season, including a 83-70 victory over Michigan that captured a share of the Big Ten regular season title.

In other news

Maryland women’s basketball’s Kaila Charles was selected as the 23rd overall selection by the Connecticut Sun in WNBA Draft Friday.

Her former teammate Taylor Mikesell entered the transfer portal Friday, which came as quite a surprise.

Our NFL Draft coverage continued Friday with a breakdown of linebacker Keandre Jones.

There’s officially a Terp trio in Connecticut.

Sun head coach Curt Miller discussed what went into drafting Kaila Charles.

Did you catch Keith Book in ESPN’s Last Dance documentary Sunday night?

Maryland football highlighted Sean Christie and Marcus Lewis this weekend.

What three are you going with?

Marcus Finger was named to the All-Decade team.

What could have been?

Maryland women’s lacrosse’s Kali Hartshorn leaves the program as one of the best.

Some positive news from the lacrosse community came out over the weekend.