The Terps were "lucky" again against the Hoosiers yesterday, winning 75-69 in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament. Maryland will test that luck again today against an improved Michigan State squad that cruised past Ohio State, 76-67.
Michigan State has progressed leaps and bounds since Maryland beat them twice earlier this season. Last night against OSU, the Spartans posted 23 assists on 29 baskets. Their assist-to-turnover ratio was nearly 3:1. Against the Terps in December and January, MSU shot a combined 8-of-39 (21 percent) from three, and managed just a 1.1 assist-to-turnover ratio. Hopefully Michigan State's struggles against Maryland early in the year had more to do with Maryland's play, than the Spartans misfiring. Tom Izzo's teams have a reputation for peaking at the right time, and this version is 7-2 in its last nine games and has probably locked up an NCAA Tournament bid, so Maryland needs to come ready to play.
Maryland, winners of its last eight games, is playing like a team on a mission. That mission needs eight more wins to be achieved, and the first of those eight games will start in a couple of short hours. Go Terps!