Maryland men’s basketball is coming off a heartbreaking 68-67 loss at No. 23 Michigan, and the Terps have lost three of their last four, including two straight.
They return home on Thursday to face Minnesota, a team that early in the season was ranked 12th in the AP Poll but has fallen out of the rankings, and is just 2-3 on the road this season.
The Gophers are not the team that won in College Park last year, but Maryland isn’t that same team either. If the Terps want to come out victorious, they need to keep the Golden Gophers’ top scorers—Jordan Murphy and Nate Mason—in check.
Maryland: 14-6 (3-4 Big Ten)
Minnesota: 14-6 (3-4 Big Ten)
All-time series: Maryland leads 6-2
Odds: Maryland is an eight-point favorite
How to watch and listen
Thursday, Jan. 18, 8:30 p.m. (ET), Xfinity Center, College Park
TV: FS1 (Tim Brando, play-by-play; Len Elmore, analyst)
Radio: 105.7 FM (Balt), 980 AM (DC), Sirus (135)/XM (195), TuneIn Radio App (Johnny Holliday, Chris Knoche, Walt Williams), WMUC Sports
In other news
Former Maryland standout Diamond Stone was acquired by the Salt Lake City Stars of the NBA G-League from the Windy City Bulls for a third-round pick and rights to center Henry Sims. In 13 games with the Bulls this season, Stone has averaged 13.9 points and 5.7 rebounds per game.
Men’s and women’s basketball signees Jalen Smith and Shakira Austin will play in the McDonald’s All-America game on March 28.
Maryland is no longer the favorite for five-star center Moses Brown. According to the 247Sports Crystal Ball projections, UCLA is now 73 percent projected to sign the New York product, with the Terps at 27 percent. This is the first time in quite a while that Brown hasn’t been projected to come to College Park, which doesn’t favor the Terps in the spring.
Former Maryland offensive coordinator Mike Locksley is expected to be named Alabama’s next offensive coordinator, according to 247Sports. Locksley was the co-OC and wide receiver coach last season for the Crimson Tide. He was the OC and QB coach at Maryland from 2012-15.