In its first three seasons playing in the Big Ten, Maryland had never lost a conference opener going into Friday’s game against Purdue.
Starting with a double-overtime win at Michigan State in 2014-15, the Terps were a combined 14-1 starting Big Ten play.
They were also a combined 35-3 going into their first league game, compared to 6-2 this season, with two losses in three games.
With the early start to the Big Ten schedule because of the league’s regular season ending a week earlier than normal, Maryland did not have as much time to prepare as in the past.
Though fans are rightfully discouraged by the recent results, there are several directions this season can...