- Associated Press - Thursday, October 27, 2016


Last season: 27-9, lost in Sweet 16 of NCAA Tournament.

Nickname: Terrapins.

Coach: Mark Turgeon.

Conference: Big Ten.

Who’s gone: F Jake Layman, C Diamond Stone, F Robert Carter, G Rasheed Sulaimon, G Varun Ram.

Who’s back: G Melo Trimble, leading scorer with 14.8 points per game and assists leader with 176; F Damonte Dodd, who started 13 games; G Jared Nickens, a sharpshooter from beyond the arc; G Dion Wiley, who missed the entire year with a knee injury; F Michael Cekovsky, a 7-foot-1 native of Slovakia who’s solid under the basket on the defensive end.

Who’s new: F C.J. Gill, a transfer from Duquesne; G Anthony Cowan, a quick freshman with quickness on both ends.

The Skinny: Coming off their first appearance in the Sweet 16 since 2003, the Terrapins have lost four starters but have enough talent coming back - most notably, Trimble - to finish in the top half of the Big Ten standings and make a run at a third straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

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