We're healthier than ever

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Maryland opens at South Florida, then returns home to face Loyola on Sunday. Next week: UConn.

It feels so good to be back, and our team is healthier than ever. We're ready to be battle-tested tonight against South Florida.

Preseason flew by and I was nervous for our practices. Since we have 14 healthy players, I knew we would practice hard for two-three hours five-six days a week. Last year there were times we only practiced for an hour or every other day.

You can feel the excitement. Our four freshmen are so eager to learn, and you can feel the desire from those who were injured last year to get back on the court.

I can't explain how thankful we are to actually have subs, something other teams take for granted. Or how awesome it is to have three point guards. I call it “Beauty in the Backcourt.’’ Our depth drives this team, and I think other teams will ask, “Do they ever get tired?"

As soon as we get back from USF we have to turn around and play a tough Loyola team Sunday at home. Next week we play UConn! That’s a game we’ve been looking forward to since the season ended. Our tough nonconference schedule truly will prepare us for the ACC this year.