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Dec 21, 2016; Lincoln, NE, USA; Connecticut Huskies head coach Geno Auriemma talks with his team during a break against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Connecticut defeated Nebraska 84-41. (Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports)
Dec 21, 2016; Lincoln, NE, USA; Connecticut Huskies head coach Geno Auriemma talks with his team during a break against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Connecticut defeated Nebraska 84-41. (Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports)

Geno Auriemma could have spent his spring and summer lining up games with every directional and hyphenated school he could find in order to help his University of Connecticut women's basketball team break its own NCAA record 90-game winning streak.

Instead, the 13-game non-league schedule the Hall of Fame coach put together for his Huskies was designed to have them ready for postseason play in March and, they hope, April so they can make a run at another record -- an unprecedented fifth consecutive national championship.

"To play the teams we've been playing that all have different styles and strengths and weaknesses, it prepares you for what's ahead," UConn guard Kia Nurse said.

But if any team has been prepared to take on a top-five team on the road in front of a sellout crowd at the end of December, it's the Huskies.

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Nov 26, 2016; College Park, MD, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights defensive back Saquan Hampton (9) tackles Maryland Terrapins running back Ty Johnson (6) in the second quarter at Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium. (Patrick McDermott-USA TODAY Sports)
Nov 26, 2016; College Park, MD, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights defensive back Saquan Hampton (9) tackles Maryland Terrapins running back Ty Johnson (6) in the second quarter at Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium. (Patrick McDermott-USA TODAY Sports)

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) Ty Johnson ran for 168 yards, Teldrick Morgan returned a punt 83 yards for a score and Maryland finally became bowl eligible by beating Rutgers 31-13 Saturday.

After losing four straight by a combined 191-49 score, the Terrapins (6-6, 3-6 Big Ten) took the lead for good in the opening minute and cruised to the finish.

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Jordan Tucker received a late invitation to the USA Basketball U18 training camp in Colorado Springs, Co., and now finds himself competing against a loaded field.

"It's hard to get touches here, you just gotta play hard," the 6-foot-7 Class of 2017 wing from White Plains (N.Y.) Archbishop Stepinac told SNY.tv by phone Wednesday night. "Guards [are dominating] and the big men get their dunks, you know how that goes. You just gotta knock down open shots, which I haven't been doing so far."

The finalists for the U18 team are set to be announced Thursday.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- David McCormack has progressed a lot in the last year and the Norfolk (Va) Academy center has slimmed down and now has a who's who of college basketball involved for his services.

At midnight on Tuesday -- when college coaches could first contact Class of 2018 targets -- Maryland coach Mark Turegon reached out.

"Maryland, I actually got a call from them as soon as the clock struck midnight," McCormack said at the NBPA Top 100 Camp "...It was a crazy experience. A lot of people told me to be ready. Coach Turgeon [extended an offer]."

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For the second straight day, Maryland got some good news on the basketball front.

One day after sophomore point guard Melo Trimble withdrew from the NBA Draft and announced he would return for his junior season, the Terps got a pledge from four-star Class of 2016 recruit Justin Jackson.

The 6-foot-8 Canadian small forward is a former UNLV commit who also considered UConn and Oregon. He will be eligible for Maryland next year.

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Maryland sophomore point guard Melo Trimble has withdrawn from the NBA Draft and will return to school.

The 6-foot-2 1/2 point guard pushed his decision right up against the 11:59 PM deadline on Wednesday for underclassmen to withdraw and return to campus.

In the end, it appears Trimble made the right decision as he failed to impress at the NBA Draft Combine. He is not currently projected to be drafted by DraftExpress.com.

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Nov 23, 2015; Estero, FL, USA; Duquesne Dukes forward L.G. Gill (33) lines up to shoot a technical foul shot as his team and the Pepperdine Waves line up mid-court during the second half at Germain Arena. Mandatory Credit: Robert Duyos-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Duyos)
Nov 23, 2015; Estero, FL, USA; Duquesne Dukes forward L.G. Gill (33) lines up to shoot a technical foul shot as his team and the Pepperdine Waves line up mid-court during the second half at Germain Arena. Mandatory Credit: Robert Duyos-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Duyos)

L.G. Gill will join the Maryland men's basketball team for the 2016-17 season, head coach Mark Turgeon announced Monday. Gill will have one year of eligibility with the Terrapins and is expected to play immediately. He is scheduled to graduate from Duquesne with a degree in criminal justice and minor in communication studies this spring.

Maryland has four players in this week's NBA Draft Combine -- Robert Carter Jr., Diamond Stone, Jake Layman and Melo Trimble -- and Gill's addition should offset whatever losses Maryland endures.

"We're excited to welcome L.G. to the Maryland basketball family," Turgeon said. "He is a tremendous addition to our program who will be able to make immediate contributions. L.G. was a very productive player at Duquesne and improved each season. He is a good shooter and rebounder and is extremely athletic. As one of two seniors on our roster, he will bring high character, strong leadership and experience to our team and will also be a perfect fit for our locker room. We really enjoyed getting to know L.G. and his great family during this process and look forward to having him join us on campus."

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Micah Thomas, at left in picture, has committed to Maryland. (Kelly Kline / Under Armour)
Micah Thomas, at left in picture, has committed to Maryland. (Kelly Kline / Under Armour)

Micah Thomas, a 6-foot-8 senior small forward from Huntington Prep (W.V.), has committed to Maryland.

"They're recruiting me pretty hard but they came pretty late," Thomas said last month at the PrimeTime Shootout in New Jersey.

Thomas, whose long arms make him especially tough on defense, recently visited Louisville before the school announced its self-imposed postseason ban -- and loved it. In the end, Maryland won out because "they were more consistent in recruiting Micah," Huntington Prep coach Arkell Bruce said.

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(Brad Penner)

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - Maryland freshman center Diamond Stone has been suspended for a game by coach Mark Turgeon for his behavior Saturday against Wisconsin.

Stone was issued a dead ball technical foul late in the first half. After Stone and Wisconsin's Vitto Brown went to the floor underneath the basket, Stone pushed Brown's face onto the court after they became untangled.

Turgeon said Monday that Stone will miss Thursday's game at Minnesota.

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Dec 30, 2015; College Park, MD, USA; Maryland Terrapins forward Diamond Stone (33) reacts after his basket against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Xfinity Center. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports (Mitch Stringer)
Dec 30, 2015; College Park, MD, USA; Maryland Terrapins forward Diamond Stone (33) reacts after his basket against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Xfinity Center. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports (Mitch Stringer)

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -- Diamond Stone had several thunderous dunks, made key free throws and was an all-around force on his way to a record-setting performance.

Stone scored 39 points, the most-ever by a Maryland freshman, and had 12 rebounds, leading the fourth-ranked Terrapins to a 70-64 victory over Penn State in their Big Ten opener Wednesday night. Stone also set a program-record with 19 free throws on 25 attempts.

"I don't pay too much mind to it," Stone, the projected No. 17 pick in the NBA Draft according to DraftExpress.com, said about the records. "I knew I was in the zone, but I wasn't aware of any points or records. We're trying to win the Big Ten and this is the first game. It means a lot to get this first win."

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Melo Trimble (2) celebrates hitting a three-point shot against the Connecticut Huskies during the first half of the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner)
Melo Trimble (2) celebrates hitting a three-point shot against the Connecticut Huskies during the first half of the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner)

NEW YORK -- Melo Trimble is not afraid of the bright lights, even the brightest lights that Madison Square Garden provides.

In front of a sellout crowd Tuesday night at the Mecca for the Jimmy V Classic, Trimble was the best player on the floor, finishing with 25 points, including a 14-for-15 showing at the foul line, three rebounds, three assists, two steals and four turnovers as the sixth-ranked Terrapins held off Connecticut, 76-66.

Trimble's big night was just his latest. The 6-foot-3 sophomore point guard had 23 points and 12 assists, but also eight turnovers in a Dec. 1 loss at North Carolina, and 17 points, six rebounds and four assists in a key early-season win over Rhode Island on Nov. 25. The win over the Rams featured Trimble going 7-for-7 from the floor in 27 minutes.

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Diamond Stone (33) nearly had a double-double against UConn, a team he spurned in recruiting in favor of Maryland. Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Diamond Stone (33) nearly had a double-double against UConn, a team he spurned in recruiting in favor of Maryland. Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

NEW YORK -- Diamond Stone showed UConn what its missing.

Playing on the big stage of the Jimmy V Classic against a team he spurned during the recruiting process, the 6-foot-11 freshman went for 16 points and nine rebounds as No. 6 Maryland handled UConn, 76-66, at Madison Square Garden.

"Diamond's one of those guys, the brighter the lights, the better the play," Terps coach Mark Turgeon said after his team improved to 8-1. "He was fired. up. UConn recruited him really hard, so he was fired up to play the game."

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Connecticut Huskies head coach Kevin Ollie talks with guard Rodney Purvis (44) from the sideline as they take on the Furman Paladins in the first half at Harry A. Gampel Pavilion. (David Butler II)
Connecticut Huskies head coach Kevin Ollie talks with guard Rodney Purvis (44) from the sideline as they take on the Furman Paladins in the first half at Harry A. Gampel Pavilion. (David Butler II)

 (AP) -- Maryland and Connecticut followed up single-digit losses against top-10 opponents with blowout wins over weak competition.

The Terrapins present the unranked Huskies with another top-10 foe Tuesday night in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden, but sixth-ranked Maryland is also preparing for UConn as more of a North Carolina than a St. Francis.

While Maryland (7-1) is coming off Friday's 96-55 home win over the Red Flash following last Tuesday's 89-81 defeat at the then-No. 9 Tar Heels, UConn (5-2) beat Sacred Heart 82-49 Wednesday at home after a 73-70 loss to then-No. 10 Gonzaga on Nov. 27. That loss concluded a disappointing showing in the Battle 4 Atlantis and was preceded by a 79-76 loss to Syracuse the day before, so the Huskies are eager to see another big program.

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Michigan State Spartans forward Matt Costello (10) celebrates win over Binghamton Bearcats during the second half of a game at Jack Breslin Student Events Center. (Mike Carter)
Michigan State Spartans forward Matt Costello (10) celebrates win over Binghamton Bearcats during the second half of a game at Jack Breslin Student Events Center. (Mike Carter)

Michigan State is No. 1 in The Associated Press men's college basketball poll for the first time since early in the 2013-14 season.

The Spartans (9-0) jumped from third to a runaway first following last week's losses by then-Nos. 1 and 2 Kentucky and Maryland. Michigan State received 62 first-place votes Monday from the 65-member national media panel.

Kansas (6-1), which had one first-place vote, moved from fourth to second, while North Carolina, the preseason No. 1, jumped from ninth to third and received two votes for No. 1.

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((Patrick Semansky / Associated Press))

For the first time since he spurned UConn (and other schools) last spring, Maryland freshman big man Diamond Stone will meet Kevin Ollie and the Huskies Tuesday night in the Jimmy V Classic doubleheader at Madison Square Garden.

No 10 Virginia (7-1) takes on No. 14 West Virginia (7-0) in the opener at 7 p.m. on ESPN, with No. 6 Maryland (7-1) and UConn (5-2) to follow at 9:30.

The 6-foot-11, 255-pound Stone was a McDonald's All-American who led Milwaukee (WI) Dominican to four straight state championships.

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 (Bob Donnan)
(Bob Donnan)

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- Marcus Paige spent the first six games watching from the sideline as his North Carolina teammates had to figure out how to play without their injured floor leader.

His debut Tuesday night made the ninth-ranked Tar Heels look more like the team everyone expected to see.

The senior scored 20 points to help UNC beat No. 2 Maryland 89-81 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, showing no ill effects from the broken bone in his right hand nor rust from the layoff.

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