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MM 6.2: ESPN to honor Maryland great Len Bias Tuesday night

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

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Last month, Testudo Times examined the legacy of Maryland basketball legend Len Bias through our Maryland men’s basketball bracket madness, an in-depth feature and a live stream with former Terps who had the pleasure of knowing him.

On Tuesday, ESPN will pay its own tribute to Bias, who was selected No. 2 overall by the Boston Celtics in the 1986 NBA Draft and then tragically died of an overdose two days later.

The night will kick off with a SportsCenter special at 7 p.m., hosted by Rece Davis. The program will feature Jay Bilas, who played against Bias during his career at Duke, and Michael Wilbon, who covered him for the Washington Post. Brad Daugherty, Jackie MacMullan and Scott Van Pelt are also set to make appearances.

After the one-hour special, ESPN will re-air the Terps’ Feb. 20 1986 matchup against North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Bias led Maryland to upset the No. 1 Tar Heels behind a game-high 25 points.

Finally, at 10 p.m., the network will play Without Bias, a 30 for 30 documentary that was first released in a 2009 premiere in College Park.

In other news

Maryland football kept things rolling on the recruiting trail Monday, picking up a commitment from three-star defensive end Terrance Butler Jr. of St Frances Academy.

Beloved University of Maryland professor Jonathan England passed away Monday.

Maryland men’s basketball made the final five for Utah transfer guard Both Gach.

Maryland athletics leaders and coaches continued to voice their condemnations of racism and the need for reform in America.