Maryland men’s basketball is facing the toughest test of the season so far when it squares off against the No. 1 Michigan State on Thursday in East Lansing at 8 p.m. ET on FS1.
After playing their last six games at home, the Terps will face three of their next four opponents in enemy territory. Maryland will take a seven-game winning streak right into the teeth of Big Ten play, after beating Penn State on Tuesday. Directly in its path lies the newest No. 1 team in the country. The last time these two teams matched up, Melo Trimble buried the game-winning three in his last win at Maryland.
The Spartans are on a 13-game winning streak dating back to Nov. 14, including a 2-0 start to conference play in early December. Miles Bridges headlines one of Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo’s most talented teams in his 23-year career in East Lansing, and a shorthanded Maryland squad will have their hands full.
The Terps are 10-27 all-time against No. 1-ranked teams and 3-3 against Michigan State since joining the conference in 2014. It’s going to take an extraordinary effort for Maryland to keep this one close on the road.
Maryland: 13-3, 2-1 B1G
Michigan State: 14-1, 2-0 B1G
All-time series: Michigan State leads 6-5 all-time; series is tied 3-3 since 2014
Odds: Michigan State is favored by 13.5 points
How to watch and listen
Thursday, Jan. 4, 8 p.m. (ET), Jack Breslin Center, East Lansing, Michigan
TV: FS1 - Gus Johnson (Play-by-Play), Bill Raftery (Analyst)
Radio: 105.7 FM (Balt.), 980 AM (DC), Sirius 84 / XM 84, TuneIn Radio App (Johnny Holliday, Chris Knoche, Walt Williams); WMUC Sports (Connor Newcomb, Megan Smedley)
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