After rolling over Rutgers Saturday afternoon, Maryland men’s basketball heads to Minnesota to take on the Golden Gophers Tuesday evening and complete a two-game road trip.
The Terps decimated the Scarlet Knights 77-63, ending the first half on a 28-4 run and never letting Rutgers back within 15 until the game’s final moments. Jalen Smith led the team with 16 points, while Bruno Fernando added 10 points and nine rebounds. Eric Ayala, Anthony Cowan Jr. and Serrel Smith Jr. also had double-digit points in the victory.
Tonight, Maryland faces a much tougher opponent in 12-2 Minnesota. The Golden Gophers, who are receiving votes in this week’s AP poll, are on a six-game winning streak and most recently knocked off then-No. 22 Wisconsin 59-52 last Thursday. Minnesota is led on offense by Amir Coffey and Jordan Murphy, who average 15.5 and 14.9 points per game, respectively. Murphy also pulls down a NCAA-best 12.5 rebounds per game. Lamar Johnson has the full preview here.
After Minnesota, Maryland returns to College Park for a two-game homestead against Indiana on Friday and Wisconsin on Monday.
Maryland: 12-3, 3-1 Big Ten
Minnesota: 12-2, 2-1 Big Ten
All-time series: Maryland leads 7-2
Odds: Maryland is a 1.5 point underdog
How to watch and listen
Tuesday, Jan. 8, 7 p.m. (ET), Williams Arena, Minneapolis
TV: BTN — Dave Revsine (Play-by-Play), Robbie Hummel (Analyst)
In other news
Brenda Frese looks for her 500th career win as Maryland women’s basketball travels to Nebraska. Sean Montiel has the full preview, while Ava Wallace has put together a retrospective of her career in the Washington Post.
Maryland men’s basketball garnered 14 votes in this week’s AP poll, good for 32nd in the country.
Anthony McFarland was named a Freshman All-American by the Football Writers Association of America.
The first Testudo Times podcast of 2019 is up, featuring conversations about men’s and women’s basketball, football and more.
Finally, on a somber note, former Terp Ben Coleman (‘84) died Sunday night at the age of 57. He began his college career at Minnesota before transferring to Maryland for his junior and senior seasons. He went on to play 227 career NBA games. No reason was given for his death.