After an easy win over Northwestern, Maryland men’s basketball begins a brutal February in Madison against streaking Wisconsin.
Bruno Fernando led the No. 21 Terps Tuesday night with his fourth consecutive double-double (22 points, 10 rebounds), and the defense shut down the Wildcats (31 percent from the field) in the 70-52 victory. It was a much-needed reset after a brutal loss to Illinois over the weekend, especially given the challenging stretch upcoming.
That stretch begins against the No. 24 Badgers, who erased a 21-point second-half deficit on Jan. 14 before Anthony Cowan Jr. hit a late three to give the Terps a 64-60 win. Since then, Wisconsin has defeated then-unbeaten Michigan, Illinois, Northwestern and Nebraska, all by double-digits. The Badgers feature a stifling defense, allowing just 61.5 points per game, and are led on offense by Ethan Happ, who averages a double-double with 18.5 points and 10.3 rebounds per game. The Terps somewhat contained Happ last game, and they must do so again if they want to quiet the Kohl Center and come away with a tough road win. Thomas has the full preview here.
Following tonight, Maryland travels to Lincoln for a matchup with Nebraska on Wednesday before returning home to face red-hot No. 17 Purdue on Feb. 12.
No. 21 Maryland: 17-5, 8-3 Big Ten
No. 24 Wisconsin: 15-6, 7-3 Big Ten
All-time series: Wisconsin leads 8-6
Odds: Maryland is a 5-point underdog
How to watch and listen
Friday, Feb. 1, 9 p.m. (ET), Kohl Center, Madison, Wisconsin
TV: Fox Sports 1 — Dave Revsine (Play-by-Play), Steve Lavin (Analyst)
Streaming: Fox Sports Go
Radio: 105.7 FM (Balt) / 980 AM (DC), XM 195, Maryland Sports Radio Network (Johnny Holliday, Chris Knoche)
In other news
Maryland women’s basketball returned home strong, knocking off Wisconsin 75-57.
Thomas, Matt and Justin break down men’s basketball’s up-and-down week and more in this week’s podcast.
Eric Ayala has always been mature for his age, something that has helped him thrive in his first season in College Park, writes Don Markus in The Baltimore Sun.
Bruno Fernando’s decision to stay at Maryland for his sophomore season has paid huge dividends and might be setting Jalen Smith on a similar path, writes Emily Giambalvo of The Washington Post.
Women’s lacrosse captain Jen Giles previewed the Terps’ season with the Big Ten Network.
“We have such a great team where everyone is so supportive and excited for each other.” - Jen Giles— Maryland Women's Lax (@MarylandWLax) January 31, 2019
The captain previews the season with the @BigTenNetwork!#FearTheTurtle
Byron Cowart took an unusual path to the NFL Draft for a former No. 1 recruit. He recently chatted about it with PressBox’s Luke Jackson.
Despite a winless season and a personal drop in the rankings, Youssif Hemida and Alfred Bannister remain consistent standouts for Maryland wrestling.
Maryland tennis picked up its first win of the season Thursday, knocking off Georgetown 4-3.
TERPS WIN!— Maryland Tennis (@TerpTennis) January 31, 2019
ZK takes it 6-2 in the third to give Maryland the win!
4, 3 #FearTheTurtle | #TennisTerps pic.twitter.com/fOsHI3A6mF