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Five things to watch as the Maryland men’s basketball team begins the 2020-21 season

From Maryland’s ability to replace two All-Big Ten stars to the potential for the coronavirus pandemic to upend another season, here are five things to watch as the Terps start the 2020-21 season Wednesday afternoon against Old Dominion.

With the graduation of guard Anthony Cowan Jr. and the departure of forward Jalen Smith, who was selected No. 10 overall in the NBA draft, Maryland will have to account for approximately 32 points, 14 rebounds and six assists each game, not to mention the clutch play and leadership that the two brought.

As coach Mark Turgeon and several players said at the team’s virtual media day in early November, there is no sole answer for filling the void of two first-team All-Big Ten players, and in the case of Smith, an All-American.