There was not much buzz surrounding Ivan Bender’s final home game at Maryland on Friday night.
The fifth-year senior forward, who was coming off his third knee surgery since he was 17, had barely played for the Terps this season and hadn’t taken his warmups in the six previous games.
It changed for Bender on senior night at Xfinity Center, and it had nothing to do with No. 24 Maryland’s regular-season finale against Minnesota.
It had to do with what Bender did before the game, and his taking a knee had nothing to do with the national anthem. He took a knee to propose to his longtime girlfriend, Andrea Knezevic, during the senior ceremonies.