Maryland men’s basketball begins conference play Saturday afternoon against Penn State at Xfinity Center, marking the end of a six-game homestand.
Maryland is coming off a close 76-71 loss to No. 4 Virginia in front of a sellout home crowd. The Terps entered halftime down nine and allowed Virginia’s lead to balloon to 17 early in the second half before igniting a comeback that saw the Terps whittle the deficit to only four points in the final minutes. However, ill-timed turnovers and struggled from the foul line prevented the Terps from pulling off an upset.
Bruno Fernando had 14 points and 11 rebounds, while Anthony Cowan Jr. led all scorers with 15 points and had a team-high four assists. With Virginia going small, star freshman Jalen Smith only had six points on six field goal attempts and grabbed just five rebounds.
The Nittany Lions have started 4-2, and just pulled off a 63-62 upset over No. 13 Virginia Tech. Penn State’s two losses have been to DePaul by two points and Bradley by three. The team is led in scoring by junior Lamar Stevens, who is averaging 23 points per game, more than double that of any of his teammates.
No. 24 Maryland: 6-1
Penn State: 4-2
All-time series: Maryland leads 13-9
Odds: Maryland is favored by 5.5 points
How to watch and listen
Saturday, Nov. 30, 5 p.m. ET, Xfinity Center, College Park
TV: Big Ten Network — Tom Werme (Play-by-Play), Dan Bonner (Analyst)
Radio: 105.7 FM (Baltimore) / 980AM (DC), XM 196, Maryland Sports Radio Network (Johnny Holiday, Chris Knoche, Walt Williams); WMUC Sports