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How to watch Maryland basketball vs. Northwestern

It’s the Terps and Wildcats at noon on ESPN2.

Michigan State v Maryland Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images

After a close loss to Penn State in State College for the second straight season, Maryland basketball returns home hoping to salvage as many Big Ten games as possible before the Big Ten Tournament at the end of February.

The Terps return home on Saturday to face Northwestern at noon for the ninth annual Gold Rush game, which carries a Winter Olympics theme this year.

The Wildcats, like Maryland, have had a down season compared to last year, when both reached the NCAA Tournament. The best chance either team has to make the Tournament is if they win the Big Ten Tournament.

The Terps look like they will again be without center Michal Cekovsky on Saturday, a big blow for a team whose biggest weakness is rebounding. But if Bruno Fernando and Sean Obi can fill the void, Maryland should give itself another chance at a win.

The numbers

Maryland: 16-10 (5-8 Big Ten)

Northwestern: 15-10 (6-6 Big Ten)

All-time series: Maryland leads 5-1

Odds: Maryland is a 4.5-point favorite

How to watch and listen

Saturday, Feb. 10, noon ET, Xfinity Center, College Park

TV: ESPN (Jason Bennett: Play-by-Play, Jason Capel: Analyst)

Radio: Radio: 105.7 FM (Balt.) / ESPN 980 AM (DC), Sirus - 83 / XM - 83, TuneIn Radio App (Johnny Holliday, Chris Knoche, Walt Williams); WMUC Sports