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MM 4.6: Maryland men’s and women’s basketball land in way-too-early rankings

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

Maryland men’s basketball and women’s basketball both cracked the top-six in ESPN’s “way-too-early” preseason rankings.

The men’s team is listed at No. 6 on Jeff Borzello’s rankings. Borzello has all of Maryland’s starters returning outside of guard Darryl Morsell, who announced Monday that he will be exploring all options, including testing the NBA Draft waters and entering the transfer portal. Guard Aaron Wiggins could potentially test the professional waters this offseason, though he isn’t projected to go in either round of the draft.

Head coach Mark Turgeon made a splash this weekend, reeling in the transfers of Georgetown center Qudus Wahab and Rhode Island point guard Fatts Russell, who figure to make an immediate impact for the Terps.

The women’s team falls at No. 5 on Charlie Creme’s list, with the analyst noting head coach Brenda Frese’s career success and this year’s offseason roster transformation that led the Terps to the Sweet 16. Frese’s squad held the No. 1 scoring offense in the country, averaging 90.8 points per game, and had the best assist/turnover ratio in the nation (1.69).

After losing all five starters ahead of the 2020-21 season, Maryland women’s basketball has confirmed that each of the team’s four seniors will be staying next year, meaning the full roster will be returning.

In Other News

Darryl Morsell is exploring all options for the 2021-22 season.

Maryland baseball dominated No. 25 Michigan in a 17-7 victory.

Maryland football is ready to welcome back fans for its Spring Game.

Maryland men’s soccer will host Rutgers at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

Maryland field hockey defender Dayne Wright is Big Ten’s Freshman of the Week.

Maryland softball is gearing up for this weekend’s home series against Michigan State.