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Maryland vs. Nebraska preview: Terps travel to face Cornhuskers in season finale

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Can the Terps end the year on a seven-game winning streak?

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After a 10-point road win over Rutgers, Maryland stays away from home with their season finale Sunday at Nebraska. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET with television coverage on Big Ten Network and streaming on BTN2Go.

These two teams faced off not long ago, with Maryland winning a 69-65 battle in College Park February 19. Melo Trimble scored 26 points on just eight field goal attempts in the game (with five assists and six rebounds), while Jake Layman and Dez Wells each scored 14.

Since that game, Nebraska has continued to lose. The Cornhuskers are in the midst of a seven-game losing streak, and another defeat for the Terrapins will knock them down to 13-18 (5-14) on the season.

Players to know

Terran Petteway, junior, 6'6, No. 5. Petteway still leads the team with 17.8 points per game, but his poor three-point shooting (30.9 percent on 204 attempts) continues to hamper the Huskers' offense. He's an athletic player who gets to the line often and makes good passes, but his high reliance on the outside shot (and his inability to consistently make that shot this season) has brought his efficiency numbers way down. He scored eight points on 14 field goal attempts against Maryland last time, with nine assists.

Shavon Shields, junior, 6'7, No. 31. Nebraska's only other double-digit scorer, Shields is averaging 14.9 points and a team-high 5.9 rebounds per game. He's also been terrible from three (20.5 percent on 83 attempts), but has been a much better free throw shooter than Petteway (82.3 percent on 147 attempts).

Walter Pitchford, junior, 6'10, No. 35. Pitchford was a late scratch for the Huskers' most recent game against Illinois due to a hip flexor injury, and his status for Sunday is currently unknown. He led the team with 19 points against Maryland last time, making five of 10 three-point attempts.

Strength:

Defense. The Huskers give up 62.9 points per game and are generally one of the nation's most efficient teams defensively. Petteway is a skilled shot-blocker, and the team has managed to force turnovers on 20.5 percent of opponent possessions.

Weakness:

Offense. Nebraska averages just 61.3 points per game, shooting a dreadful 28.6 percent from beyond the arc as a team and possessing zero presence on the offensive boards.

Predictions:

KenPom’s prediction: Maryland, 61-58. 66 percent chance Maryland wins.

Pete's prediction: Maryland, 68-60. This game was closer than the Terrapins would have liked last time around, but they're playing better now as a team. Dez Wells continues his late-season dominance as Maryland strolls to another win.