After a disappointing loss to Illinois on Saturday at Madison Square Garden, Maryland men’s basketball returns to the court Tuesday night to take on Northwestern.
The Terps’ loss to the Illini was their worst loss of the season, as they blew a double-digit first-half lead and committed a season-high 21 turnovers. Bruno Fernando was still solid with 19 points and 10 rebounds, but the rest of the team struggled against Illinois’ pesky defense and a box-and-1 on Anthony Cowan Jr. After losing to both No. 6 Michigan State and Illinois, the Terps dropped eight spots to No. 21 in this week’s AP Poll.
Now, Maryland will look to head into its toughest stretch of the season with a win against the Wildcats. After tonight’s game, the Terps have four of their next five games on the road, with the lone home game coming against red-hot No. 17 Purdue. Northwestern has struggled to recapture the magic that propelled them to their first NCAA Tournament in 2017 over the past two seasons. and has wins over Illinois, Rutgers and Indiana in Big Ten play. You can read Lamar’s preview here.
No. 21 Maryland: 16-5, 7-3 Big Ten
Northwestern: 12-8, 3-6 Big Ten
All-time series: Maryland leads 7-2
Odds: Maryland is an 8.5-point favorite
How to watch and listen
Tuesday, Jan. 29, 7 p.m. (ET), Xfinity Center, College Park
TV: FS1 — Justin Kutcher (Play-by-Play), Casey Jacobsen (Analyst)
Streaming: FOX Sports GO
In other news
Darnell Savage and Byron Cowart represented Maryland at the Senior Bowl over the weekend.
After a strong recruiting weekend, three-star running back Jordan Houston became the second Maryland verbal commit to flip, switching his commitment to NC State.
Here’s two stories from The Washington Post’s Emily Giambalvo: Maryland basketball hosted Special Olympic athletes on Sunday and the Terps are also looking to reignite the fire from their seven-game win streak against Northwestern.
Tuesday’s game could help Maryland regain its footing in a tough Big Ten, according to The Baltimore Sun’s Don Markus.
Maryland women’s basketball freshman Taylor Mikesell was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week for the first time this season, while junior Kaila Charles was named to the conference’s weekly honor roll.
The team will celebrate Brenda Frese’s 500th career win tomorrow at the Maryland Dairy inside the Stamp Student Union from 4-6 p.m. ET.
Celebrate Coach @BrendaFrese's 500 wins on Wednesday, January 30th at 4:00 pm with cake, Brenda's Peanut Butter Frese Ice Cream, and great spirt! @umdwbb @thestampumd @B1Gwbball pic.twitter.com/yxExRsg0Su— Maryland Dairy (@UMDDAIRY) January 28, 2019
Maryland men’s lacrosse will bring a young and talented roster into 2019. The Terps will start the season ranked No. 3 in the USILA Coaches and Inside Lacrosse preseason polls, but were picked to finish second in the Big Ten behind archrival Johns Hopkins by the league’s coaches. Jared Bernhardt, Curtis Corley and Roman Puglise were named as players to watch.
Maryland women’s lacrosse was selected as the unanimous Big Ten favorite, with Julia Braig, Jen Giles and Megan Taylor being named as players to watch. The Terps will start the season No. 2 in the IWLCA Coaches poll, sharing the second spot with rival North Carolina. They’re the sole No. 2 in Inside Lacrosse’s media poll.