The Maryland men's basketball team took care of business handily against Nebraska on Friday night, ensuring the Terps get a rematch against Michigan State, a team they struggled against on the road in January.
This time, it's on a neutral court in Indianapolis for a chance to play in the Big Ten Championship game. Fast-forward more than a month since the teams last played, last played and Maryland center Diamond Stone has improved mightily on both ends of the court. The Spartans should have trouble trying to hold him to just 6 points on three shot attempts again.
How will the Spartans try to do that? We asked one of them:
"Just stay solid on him," said Michigan State guard Eron Harris. "He's a skilled player. But we gotta really battle him on the inside when he tries to get the ball. And we gotta put ball pressure on the guards so it's hard to pass the ball to him."
Though they stopped Stone in the last game, the Spartans struggled to keep Melo Trimble in line. He had 24 points, hitting 9-of-17 shots and grabbed 7 rebounds. So, about Trimble:
"Melo's gonna get his buckets, he's gonna to be aggressive," said Harris. "[We have to] Just try to contain those guys who are off the ball. If we play Michigan State basketball, which is just rebounding and run, and we have our opportunities to rebound, we're going to get those rebounds and run with them and score in transition."
The Spartans and Terps will tip around 3:30 p.m. ET at Bankers Life Fieldhouse