After nearly a week off, Maryland men’s basketball begins its most difficult three-game stretch of the season tonight against red-hot Purdue.
The No. 24 Terps cruised to a 60-45 victory over Nebraska last Wednesday. Jalen Smith (18 points, 11 rebounds) and Bruno Fernando (13 points, 19 rebounds) recorded double-doubles, while the defense smothered the Cornhuskers, allowing a season-low 21.1 percent shooting. Now, the No. 12 Boilermakers come to town, presenting the Terps their most significant challenge at home since Virginia visited in late November.
Purdue has won eight straight and has vaulted to second place in the Big Ten, just a half-game behind Michigan. As usual, their offense runs through Carsen Edwards, who averages an absurd 24.6 points per game, good for fifth in the country. Last time the Terps and Boilermakers faced off, Edwards dropped 20 points and three assists while Anthony Wheeler added 15 points in a 62-60 Purdue win. Anthony Cowan Jr. scored 18 points for Maryland that night and had a potential game-winning three blocked at the buzzer. He’s been quieter recently, so the Terps will need him to get going while containing Edwards in order to pull out a split in the season series. Lamar has the full preview here.
Maryland’s tough stretch continues Saturday in Ann Arbor against No. 6 Michigan before the Terps head to Iowa City to take on No. 21 Iowa next Tuesday.
No. 24 Maryland: 18-6, 9-4 Big Ten
No. 12 Purdue: 17-6, 10-2 Big Ten
All-time series: Purdue leads 5-2
How to watch and listen
Tuesday, Feb. 12, 6:30 p.m. (ET), Xfinity Center, College Park
TV: BTN — Dave Revsine (Play-by-Play), Jon Crispin (Analyst)
In other news
Maryland currently sits as a No. 6 seed in Justin’s weekly bracketology.
Meanwhile, the women’s basketball team checks in as a No. 3 seed in the NCAA’s bracket preview Monday night.
Kalia Charles was also named to the Citizen Naismith Midseason Team:
Kaila Charles is one of 30 players named to the Citizen Naismith Trophy Midseason Team.— Maryland Women’s Basketball (@umdwbb) February 11, 2019
She leads the #Terps with 16.0 points per game.
: https://t.co/UDpbvztnXn@__KC5 | #FearTheTurtle pic.twitter.com/rZKGDDhV0P
Melo Trimble signed with Puerto Rican team Piratas Quebradillas, while Lynetta Kizer joined the Atlanta Dream.
Los @piratasbsnpr anuncian al armador Romelo “Melo” Trimble y el delantero Brian Conklin como sus importados para el inicio de la temporada 2019.— Piratas Quebradillas (@piratasbsnpr) February 11, 2019
Ambos canasteros llegan desde la liga de Australia para reforzar a los Piratas camino a la reconquista.
Brene Moseley and Shatori Walker-Kimborough, meanwhile, are putting up spectacular numbers in international leagues.
ALERT ⚠️Season high⚠️— koyersport (@koyersport) February 10, 2019
The fantastic @_shatori with 27 points @AluinventDVTK v Gyor ✅
Eclipses past Hungarian & @EuroCupWomen #EuroCupWomen highs ✅
Another great display by @WashMystics guard @umdwbb alumni ✅#KoyerSport #ShesGotGame #SigFam #WNBAoverseas #WNBA #Terps pic.twitter.com/VXpW26Av1w
Don Markus chronicles in The Baltimore Sun Bruno Fernando’s maturity and growth over the last season.
And here’s Fernando chatting about that and more with BTN’s Rick Pizzo:
In The Diamondback, Eric Myers discusses how key faceoff wins saved men’s lacrosse in Saturday’s victory, while Tom Hindle reviews how women’s lacrosse used a balanced attack to knock off George Mason.
Lastly, Maryland is the only school in the country with both basketball and lacrosse teams in the top 25.