A couple weeks ago, Michigan comfortably defeated Maryland in a game where the Wolverines mostly kept the Terrapins at arm’s length after a blistering 21-6 start. The Terps cut the lead to three mid way through the second half, but Michigan would go on a 23-13 run to close out the game.
Charles Matthews, Ignas Brazdeikis, and Zavier Simpson all scored in double digits while Jon Teske, Jordan Poole, and Isaiah Livers chipped in eight, nine, and seven points respectively. It was a balanced team effort on a day where the defense controlled things from the opening tip.An abysmal shooting performance from the team that included a 7-26 mark from three kept the game closer than it should’ve been.
Maryland’s top of the line-up performed similarly to the Wolverines. They had three guys in double figures as well between Aaron Wiggins, Anthony Cowan Jr., and Bruno Fernando. The difference was in the rest of the line-up.
The teams come into the game in quite different moods. Michigan played their most complete game since early in the season in route to a 82-53 demolition of Nebraska on Senior Day. The Wolverines front court feasted on an overmatched Husker’s interior. Teske, Iggy, and Livers combined for 54 points and 27 rebounds, with the former two each hitting the 20-point mark. Freshman Colin Castleton made a surprise appearance, contributing 11 points, three rebounds, and a block. Michigan shot 12-22 from three.
On the other hand, following in the Wolverines’ footsteps, Maryland is coming off of a blowout loss in Happy Valley. The Terrapins found themselves down 22 at halftime and never really made a contest out of it despite a decent performance from Cowan Jr., and another double-digit effort off the bench from Wiggins. When you shoot 2-19 from three and turn the ball over 17 times, you’re going to be in for a bad time.
Let’s see how these teams look in the penultimate game of the regular season.
How To Watch:
Teams: No. 9 Michigan Wolverines (25-4) vs. No. 17 Maryland Terrapins (21-8)
Date: Saturday, March 3
Location: Xfinity Center — College Park, MD.
Tipoff: 3:30 p.m. EST
Question of the Day: Is Michigan ready to put its road woes aside in time for post season play and a date in East Lansing?