Maryland men’s basketball has been having its struggles in the Big Ten so far this season, and it doesn’t get any easier when the Terps travel to West Lafayette, Indiana, on Wednesday to play No. 3 Purdue.
The Terps fell to the Boilermakers at home on Dec. 1, 80-75. They have dropped the last three meetings against Purdue, and have lost five of their last seven games entering this matchup.
Purdue isn’t showing any signs of slowing down at all, having won 17 straight games since dropping two straight at the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament early in the season. Center Isaac Haas has been a major reason for the Boilermakers’ success this season, dominating the glass and the bottom of the net.
The Terps likely need to play perfectly to beat Purdue at Mackey Arena. If they can do what they did in the first half against Michigan State for a full 40 minutes, then they have a good chance, but they can’t take their foot off the gas pedal.
Maryland: 15-8 (4-6 Big Ten)
Purdue: 21-2 (10-0 Big Ten)
All-time series: Purdue leads 3-2
Odds: Maryland is a 14-point underdog
How to watch and listen
Wednesday, Jan. 31, 8:30 p.m. EST, Mackey Arena, West Lafayette, Indiana
TV: BTN (Dave Revsine: play-by-play, Seth Davis: analyst)
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Maryland women’s basketball star Kaila Charles was named the USBWA National Player of the Week on Tuesday after earning Big Ten Player of the Week honors earlier in the week. Charles averaged 24.5 points per game last week, including a 32-point performance against Ohio State.
Along with being ranked No. 1 in the preseason polls, Maryland women’s lacrosse was also unanimously selected to win the Big Ten Championship according to a coaches’ poll, announced on Monday.
Maryland baseball’s Nick Dunn earned his second preseason All-American honors after being named to Baseball America’s preseason All-American third team, joining his Perfect Game All-American third team honors earned earlier in January.
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