Maryland basketball seeks its third straight win and 22nd victory of the season Wednesday night as it visits Penn State. The Terps took down the Nittany Lions in a close battle in College Park on Dec. 1, and they’ll go for the season sweep in State College.
Things are going well for Maryland, who’s up to No. 17 in the AP Poll and No. 15 in KenPom. A team filled with underclassmen has gotten contributions from throughout its roster in recent weeks, and it’s in position for a Big Ten tournament double bye with just three games left.
“We’re very confident,” head coach Mark Turgeon said Wednesday. “We’ve gotten better in our halfcourt offense, our transition defense has gotten better, we decided to rebound again on Saturday, which was great. So a lot of phases are coming together; we’ve just got to be more consistent with it.”
One of the few areas still concerning Turgeon is turnovers. Maryland has committed 16, 16 and 15 giveaways in its last three contests, and with how few turnovers the Terps force (just 8.3 per game), everyone knows they can’t keep committing this many.
“I think it’s common sense. It’s just something that we know that we gotta get better at in order for us to be the type of team that we’re supposed to be,” sophomore center Bruno Fernando said. “As long as we clean up everything like that, just little things like turnovers, [we] should be pretty good.”
Penn State has turned an 0-10 start to Big Ten play into a 4-2 month of February, and Maryland has struggled in the Bryce Jordan Center in recent years. But the Terps are still slight favorites to pick up their sixth conference road win of the year. Lamar Johnson has the full preview here.
No. 17 Maryland: 21-7, 12-5
Penn State: 11-16, 4-12
All-time series: Maryland leads 14-9
Previously this season: Maryland 66, Penn State 59
Odds: Maryland is a 1.5-point favorite
How to watch and listen
Wednesday, Feb. 27, 6:30 p.m. ET, Bryce Jordan Center, State College, Pennsylvania
TV: BTN — Brandon Gaudin (Play-by-Play), Shon Morris (Analyst)
Radio: 105.7 FM (Balt.) / 980AM (DC) / Sirius 98 / XM 195 / Maryland Sports Radio Network (Johnny Holliday, Chris Knoche)
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