First place in the Big Ten is on the line Monday night.
Maryland basketball has won seven straight games, including six consecutive conference affairs. The Terps are 7-1 in the Big Ten, and with Michigan falling to Wisconsin on Saturday, Maryland is in solo second place in the conference standings. Only Michigan State, at 7-0, stands above the Terps, and the two teams are set to meet in East Lansing. Lamar Johnson has the full preview here.
As impressive as Maryland’s run has been, it’s still a heavy underdog here. Michigan State is almost a double-digit favorite in Vegas, and BPI gives the Spartans an 86.5 percent chance to win. Maryland hasn’t beaten a ranked team on the road in Mark Turgeon’s eight seasons, and the Terps’ last road win over a top-six opponent came in 2008 against then-No. 1 North Carolina. Last year, Michigan State decimated Maryland by 30 points in this building.
The Terps have earned this opportunity. We’ll see what they can do with it.
Maryland: 16-3 (7-1 Big Ten)
Michigan State: 16-2 (7-0 Big Ten)
KenPom: Michigan State is No. 3, Maryland is No. 17
All-time series: Michigan State leads 8-5
Odds: Michigan State is a 9.5-point favorite
How to watch and listen
Monday, Jan. 21, 6:30 p.m. ET, Breslin Center, East Lansing, Michigan
TV: Fox Sports 1 — Joe Davis (Play-by-Play), Steve Lavin (Analyst)
Streaming: Fox Sports Go
Radio: 105.7 FM (Balt) / 980 AM (DC), Sirius 98, XM 196, Maryland Sports Radio Network (Johnny Holliday, Chris Knoche)
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