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Three takeaways from Maryland forward Jalen Smith's decision to return for sophomore year

Three takeaways from Maryland forward Jalen Smith's decision to return for sophomore year

As Maryland forward Jalen Smith walked off the court at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Fla., after Maryland’s 69-67 loss to LSU in the second round of the NCAA tournament, a reporter who covered the Tigers had a question.

Watching Smith’s gut-wrenching reaction to the last-second defeat, tears falling nearly from the moment the buzzer sounded after Tremont Waters scored under the 6-foot-10 forward’s arms, the reporter assumed Smith had played his last college game.

“Is he a senior?” the reporter asked.

“No, he’s a freshman who thinks he just caused his team to lose the game,” he was told by a counterpart who covered the Terps.

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