After kicking off December with a couple Big Ten games, Maryland men’s basketball will end the 2017 calendar year with a five-game home stretch. First up: Ohio on Thursday at 7 p.m. ET.
The Terps made it out of their two-game excursion into conference play 1-1, losing at home to Purdue before bouncing back against Illinois in Champaign. After blowing a 22-point lead, Anthony Cowan sealed a 92-91 win at the line in overtime. Justin Jackson added a season-high 20 points, and, hopefully, that gives him more confidence shooting the ball.
The Bobcats are coming off an 80-37 win over Coppin State on Dec. 1 that put them over the .500 mark. The win also pushed Ohio to 3-1 in its last four contests, also beating Indiana State and Mount St. Mary’s before falling to Iona. Senior Mike Laster has stepped up in Jaaron Simmons’ absence. After leading Ohio in scoring and assists, Simmons is spending a grad transfer year in Michigan.
This game shouldn’t be as close as the matchup against Illinois was, but Maryland let a 22-point lead evaporate there, so nothing is assured. However, it would be surprising if the Bobcats make this one a game.
Maryland: 7-3, 1-1 B1G
Ohio: 4-3, 0-0 MAC
All-time series: Tied 1-1
Odds: Maryland is favored by 15.5 points
How to watch and listen
Thursday, Dec. 7, 7 p.m. (ET), Xfinity Center, College Park
TV: BTN - Tom Werme (Play-by-Play), Dan Bonner (Analyst)
Radio: 105.7 FM (Balt.), 980 AM (DC), Sirius 137 / XM 193, TuneIn Radio App (Johnny Holliday, Chris Knoche); WMUC Sports (Liam Beatus/Liam Fulling)
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