Like parents wondering what would happen on the first day of kindergarten, we saw the Maryland men’s basketball team play like big boys on a neutral court against the defending national champions. The Terps lost by three in the first game of the season, not getting a shot off at the buzzer and not getting enough respect across the country for how well they battled a revamped (and slightly overrated) Kentucky team.
Following a four-pack of cupcakes, Maryland showed up at the dance in Evanston on Tuesday evening in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge. Northwestern’s not a giant killer and has never made the NCAA Tournament, but the Terps passed a huge exam on the road. Maryland crushed the undefeated Wildcats by 20 on the number. They outscored Northwestern by 18 points in the money half.
Maryland now returns to their bakery soft schedule for the rest of the calendar year, but looks like a team that will continue to blossom when the cherry trees hit their peak in late February. This could be a successful sophomore season for Mark Turgeon in College Park.
Then again, you’d much rather win in March than in November.
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