After two consecutive losses, Maryland men’s basketball looks to enter the Big Ten tournament on a high note with a win against Minnesota on senior night. A victory plus some help would get the Terps a double-bye in the tournament.
Maryland went back and forth with then-No. 9 Michigan Sunday before the Wolverines put the game away late for a 69-62 final. All five Terps starters reached double-digit scoring, while Bruno Fernando had yet another double-double. Still, it wasn’t enough, as Maryland struggled at the free-throw line and off the bench.
Now, the Golden Gophers come to town after upsetting No. 11 Purdue Tuesday evening at The Barn. Minnesota’s sitting just on the right side of the bubble, and another upset would likely secure a spot in the NCAA Tournament. Senior Jordan Murphy sets the pace for the Gophers, as he averages a double-double (14.5 points, 11.7 rebounds per game), while Amir Coffey leads them in scoring (15.8 points per game). Maryland defeated Minnesota 82-67 exactly two months ago, led by Anthony Cowan Jr.’s career-high-tying 27 points and a strong defensive effort in shutting down Murphy. Thomas has the full preview here.
No. 24 Maryland: 21-9, 12-7 Big Ten
Minnesota: 19-11, 9-10 Big Ten
All-time series: Maryland leads 8-2
Odds: Maryland is a 7-point favorite
How to watch and listen
Friday, March 8, 7 p.m. (ET), Xfinity Center, College Park
TV: Fox Sports 1 — Brandon Gaudin (Play-by-Play), Vin Parise (Analyst)
Streaming: Fox Sports Go
In other news
Meanwhile, Alex previews baseball’s weekend set against Stetson.
Stephanie Jones has been an unsung hero for the Terps this year, writes Ava Wallace in The Washington Post.
Also in The Post, Emily Giambalvo profiles everyone’s favorite player, Andrew Terrell.
And here’s a two-minute “best of” compilation for Terrell: