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Sizing up Purdue, Maryland might go to big men in its Big Ten men's basketball opener

Sizing up Purdue, Maryland might go to big men in its Big Ten men's basketball opener

For most of Maryland’s first three years in the Big Ten, men’s basketball coach Mark Turgeon has often gone small, using three-guard lineups to take advantage of his team’s biggest strength — its perimeter scoring.

In opening the Big Ten schedule for the 2017-18 season against Purdue on Friday night at Xfinity Center, Turgeon might be considering going big to use what is quickly becoming apparent: Freshman center Bruno Fernando is going to be a monster.

While the 6-foot-10, 245-pound Angolan has not yet had the kind of scoring burst Diamond Stone did in his Big Ten debut two years ago against Penn State — a freshman school record 39 points — Fernando has had his moments of...

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