Northwestern thundered past Rutgers with a 31-0 run during the first half and cruised to an 83-61 win over the Scarlet Knights Thursday. With the victory, the Wildcats advance to play Maryland in the Big Ten quarterfinals.
The Terps played Northwestern once during the regular season, riding Melo Trimble to a double-digit win. Maryland hasn’t played since Saturday’s dramatic win over Michigan State, but the team figures to be ready to hop over to nearby Washington, D.C. to start its conference tournament run.
No. 3-seed Maryland: 24-7, 12-6
No. 6-seed Northwestern: 22-10, 11-7
Last time they played: Melo Trimble’s career-high 32 points vaulted Maryland to a 74-64 win on Feb. 15 in Evanston.
How to watch
Friday, March 10, approx. 8:55 p.m. ET, Verizon Center
Radio: Terrapin Sports Radio Network
Online streaming: BTN2Go
In other news
Michigan, Michigan State and Indiana all punched their tickets to the quarterfinals with resounding wins of their own.
The Wolverines were the biggest story, as they arrived in D.C. just hours before their noon tipoff, wore practice jerseys because their regular uniforms didn’t make it with them, and throttled Illinois by 20 points.
We discussed Maryland and this tournament in our latest podcast.
Former Terp Torrey Smith signed with the Philadelphia Eagles.
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