If you'd like to read a more in-depth preview and breakdown of today's game, my colleague Matt Ellentuck is required reading. On paper, this might be one of the biggest Big Ten mismatches that Maryland will see all year. The Terps are ranked in the top-five in the country, and are facing a Rutgers team that lost to Seton Hall by 29 points and Wisconsin by 22.
Maryland has five (FIVE!) players that average double digits points every game. They have so many different ways to beat you. One big issue for the Scarlet Knights is that they don't have much of a defense. They are tied for 208th in the country in scoring defense as of January 5th. Rutgers gives up 72.7 points per game, but only scores 69.1 points per game. See where the problem lies? The Scarlet Knights have trouble scoring and just as much trouble defending.
Rutgers head coach Eddie Jordan has already said that he isn't looking forward to facing Melo Trimble and Diamond Stone on Wednesday night. If I was him, I wouldn't look forward to it either. Trimble had a big game against Northwestern last week with 24 points, eight boards and eight assists. Stone had an even bigger game against Penn State in Maryland's Big Ten opener. The freshman sensation set a Maryland single-game freshman record for points in a game with 39. He also threw in a season-high 12 rebounds for good measure.
Maryland is playing at home, and should win this game easily. The Terps probably won't have many, if any, Big Ten games where they end up pushing a team around and winning by 20 or more so they need to force the issue early. There's no need to get cute on offense. Maryland needs to do what has worked for them all season long. Get the ball to Diamond Stone on the block and let him go to work. Put the ball in Melo Trimble's hands and let him break down the defense. Playing inside-out has served Maryland well so far this season, and Melo Trimble will probably breeze by some Rutgers defenders for some acrobatic layups.
There is no reason to think that the Terrapins won't win this game handily.
Rankings and records:
Maryland (13-1, 2-0) is ranked third in the country.
Rutgers (6-9, 0-2) is not ranked.
Vegas: As of Tuesday evening, Vegas Insider has Maryland as 24-point favorites.
How to witness
Date, time and location:
January 6th at 7:00 p.m.
College Park, MD
TV: BTN. Kevin Kugler will be on the call and Dan Bonner will provide color commentary.
Radio: Terrapin Sports Radio Network - Johnny Holliday (Play-by-Play), Chris Knoche (Analyst), Walt Williams (Sideline); Flagships - WJZ-FM (105.7) / WJZ-AM (1300) / ESPN 980 (D.C.) Sirius 83, XM 195, WMUC Sports
Online streaming: BTN2GO - http://www.btn2go.com/schedule?sids=MBK