While John Beilein was getting T’d up on Tuesday, the Terrapins upset No. 12 Purdue 70-56 at the Xfinity Center in Maryland. That was Purdue’s first loss in more than a month, while Maryland is 3-3 in its last six games.
The Terrapins are led by junior guard Anthony Cowan Jr. (16.0 points per game), who is capable of both making a 3-pointer (33 percent) and forcing turnovers (25 steals) at a consistent rate. Much like Zavier Simpson for Michigan, Cowan Jr. keeps the motor running for the Terrapins.
Meanwhile, sophomore forward Bruno Fernando is averaging a double-double per game (14.6 points, 10.7 rebounds) and is second in the conference in rebounding average. He also leads the conference in field goal percentage (66.8) and is third in the conference in blocked shots with a whopping 48.
Much like the Wolverines, Maryland can attack you from more than one spot on the floor. This will be a tough matchup for Michigan, so get ready for a barn-burner in AA today.
How To Watch:
Teams: No. 5 Michigan Wolverines (22-3) vs. Maryland Terrapins (19-6)
Date: Saturday, Feb. 16
Location: Crisler Center — Ann Arbor, Mich.
Question of the Day: Can Michigan rely on literally anyone else other than Charles Matthews today? He has been the catalyst of the team ever since he hit the game-winner against Minnesota a couple weeks ago, so it will be interesting to see if his hot streak continues or if someone like Ignas Brazdeikis can break out of his slump.