Maryland Preview Capsule
By The Associated Press=
Last season: 27-9, lost in Sweet 16 of NCAA Tournament.
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.