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Butler provides Maryland's first test to show newfound serving of toughness

Butler provides Maryland's first test to show newfound serving of toughness

If there was a common theme to the Maryland men’s basketball team fading over the final seven games last season, it was in the way the Terps got pushed around — even bullied — on the boards by opponents that were decidedly more blue collar than themselves.

It was the reason why Mark Turgeon brought in 6-foot-9, 250-pound graduate transfer Sean Obi to join a pair of freshmen on this year’s team — 6-4, 205-pound guard Darryl Morsell (Mount Saint Joseph) and 6-10, 245-pound center Bruno Fernando.

While none of them are leading Maryland in rebounding — sophomore forward Justin Jackson is averaging 10 and sophomore point guard Anthony Cowan Jr. is averaging 7.5 after two games —...

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