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Maryland women’s basketball received a visit from the Harlem Globetrotters

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

Just before Maryland women’s basketball learned its NCAA Tournament seed and destination, the Terps received a surprise visit from a team that has never lost a game in March—or any other month.

Harlem Globetrotters forward Zeus McClurkin (whose stage name is just Zeus) came out to College Park. He’s the world record holder for most slam dunks in a minute (16, and he had to run back to the free throw line every time), but he and the Terps did a little bit of everything together.

Later in the evening, Maryland learned it would be a No. 5 seed in the tournament, which means the Terps will not host first and second rounds for the first time since 2007. They’ll play No. 12-seed Princeton in the first round Friday in Raleigh, North Carolina. A win means a likely matchup with No. 4-seed NC State.

The Terps won’t have Zeus on their roster or four-point shots in their arsenal during the tournament, but being around someone so used to victory never hurts at this time of year.

In other news

Maryland volleyball added transfer setter Nicole Alford, who will have three years availability starting this fall after coming over from Georgia Tech.

Ralph Friedgen was back on campus this weekend as part of the annual coaches clinic. On Glenn Clark Radio yesterday, he spoke of his experience with rave reviews.

Here’s a feature on Maryland sprinter Kameron Johnson, who broke the school’s 37-year-old record in the 400-meter dash earlier this season.

From Terps Watch, Maryland is on this list of teams that finished 2017-18 with neither a bowl game nor an NCAA Tournament bid (it’s a Big Ten-heavy list). It’s an even smaller list if you include schools who also missed the NIT.

At the same time, missing the NIT might be better for the Terps than showing poorly in it, writes The Baltimore Sun’s Don Markus.