It’s December, which means it’s time for ... conference play?
Maryland basketball hosts Purdue on Friday night to start the Big Ten season. With the conference holding its postseason tournament in Madison Square Garden a week earlier than normal, league play starts earlier as well. Rather than shorten the Christmas break, those early games are on the first weekend of December.
This should be an interesting test for the Terps, who are 6-2 but have lost two close games in their last three contests. Maryland’s off to a good start in most facets of the game, but a 25.4 percent turnover rate—344th in Division I—won’t cut it against the stingier defenses they’ll face in conference play.
Purdue is 6-2 as well, and the Boilermakers were one of three Big Ten teams to actually beat an ACC team this week, taking down No. 17 Louisville. In last year’s meeting in College Park, Purdue walked out with a one-point win on Carsen Edwards’ late free throws. If this game is anywhere near that exciting, Big Ten play will be off to an electric start.
Maryland: 6-2, 0-0 B1G
Purdue: 6-2, 0-0 B1G
All-time series: Tied 2-2
Odds: Purdue is favored by two points
How to watch and listen
Friday, Dec. 1, 7 p.m. (ET), Xfinity Center, College Park
TV: BTN - Kevin Kugler (Play-by-Play), Dan Bonner (Analyst)
Radio: 105.7 FM (Balt.), 980 AM (DC), Sirus 137 / XM 193, TuneIn Radio App (Johnny Holliday, Chris Knoche, Walt Williams); WMUC Sports (Liam Beatus/Alex Flum)
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