Maryland up for big challenge vs. Kentucky

Willie Cauley-Stein and Nerlens Noel - photo by Tammie Brown |
and Nerlens Noel – photo by Tammie Brown |

Seven-foot-one and 6-11 Mel Turpin were the lumbering Twin Towers of the basketball team who powered the Wildcats to the Final Four in 1984. A generation later, Kentucky is contemplating a similar arrangement with a pair of tall, agile freshmen who represent how much basketball has changed in three decades.

When opens against defending champion on Friday night in the Barclays Center Classic, the Terrapins will have to deal with 6-10 Nerlens Noel, the USA Today high school player of the year, and 7-0 Willie Cauley-Stein, an athlete so nimble that he was the star wide receiver of his high school team.

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