Maryland was outmanned earlier in the week by an Indiana team that simply couldn't miss from the field. The Terps defense was spotty and inconsistent and the Hoosiers capitalized, shooting an impressive 68 percent on 15-of-22 from three-point land. The Terps are still standing at 17-3 on the season despite falling to 5-2 in conference play with the loss at Assembly Hall. Maryland has a bounce-back opportunity against a struggling Northwestern team who has lost five consecutive games.
Despite Northwestern's slow conference start, four of its five conference loses came by just seven points or less. Northwestern has solid size and can beat just about any team in the Big Ten in defensive rebounding behind 7'0'' center Alex Olah. The Wildcats are also very careful with the ball and are led by junior guard Tre Demps, who's averaging a team high 12 points per game.
How to watch, listen, and stream
Game time: 7:30 p.m. ET
Online streaming: BTN2GO
Rankings and records: Maryland is 17-3 and ranked No. 13 in the AP Poll and No. 8 in the Coaches Poll. Northwestern is 10-9 and 1-5 in conference play.
Odds: Maryland is a 11.5 point favorite
KenPom's prediction: Maryland, 69-56 and a 91 percent Maryland takes home the W.
Two things at stake
Maryland cannot afford a home loss to Northwestern if they expect to stay in good standings in the AP Poll. A loss to Indiana certainly didn't help but voters should take into account that Assembly Hall is a tough venue for any team to get a win.
Northwestern is off to an embarrassing 1-5 record so falling to 1-6 wouldn't exactly cap off the greatest start in Big Ten play.
One big matchup
Damonte Dodd vs. Alex Olah. Olah is big, strong and is great at rebounding the basketball on the defensive end. One of the biggest bodies in the Big Ten, Dodd is going to have his hands full keeping him away from the basketball all while staying out of foul trouble. It's going to take a committee of Dodd, Jonathan Graham and Evan Smotrycz to stop the big man from spoiling Maryland's day.