The Terps nearly knocked off Kentucky, rallying from a 15-point deficit to take a lead in the second half, before the Wildcats held on for a 72-69 win. Alex Len had the best game of his career, pouring in 23 points on 10-of-18 shooting to go along with 12 rebounds and four blocks. Nick Faust added 11 points and Brooklyn native James Padgett had 10.
Maryland returns four key players from last season's 17-15 squad: in addition to Len, Faust and Padgett, Pe'Shon Howard, Maryland's active career leader in assists, also returns. A freshman class that was ranked in the top 20 nationally gives Maryland depth and talent. Charles Mitchell had 10 rebounds in just 16 minutes against UK and Seth Allen played 25 minutes off the bench.