Michigan Wolverines at Maryland Terrapins Preview
The No. 17 Maryland Terrapins will host the No. 9 Michigan Wolverines on Sunday, with both teams
looking for answers as the curtain begins to close on the regular season. The Wolverines are 25-4 on the
season with a 14-4 record within the Big Ten, while the Terrapins hold a 21-8 record with a 12-6
conference record. Michigan has lost two of their previous four games before a much-needed 82-53 win
over Nebraska on Thursday. Maryland fell short to Penn State on Wednesday in a game which they were
never really competitive. As Maryland’s regular season comes to an end they begin to face bigger
questions fighting for the fourth and final double-bye for the Big Ten tournament. Michigan is listed at +1
in this game.
“We’re 21-8, we’ve had a heck of a year,” Turgeon said after Wednesday’s loss. “Hopefully this wakes us
up a little bit, and it’ll be nice to go home. That’s eight of 11 on the road for us. That’s hard man. It’s hard.
So, we have the last two at home (including Friday against Minnesota), get some time to practice and get
ready for the postseason, but my guys have responded all year.”
Wolverines Solid All Season
Michigan’s response against Nebraska was their best offensive outing this season scoring 82 points
since an 89-78 victory over South Carolina in early December. They were led by Jon Teske’s 22 points and
10 rebounds, while freshman forward Ignas Brazdeikis scored 20. That was a much-needed performance
following the 77-70 loss at home to rival Michigan State last Sunday. The Wolverines shot 12-of-22 from
behind the arc against Nebraska and limited their turnovers, as guards Jordan Poole and Zavier Simpson
were able to combine for 15 assists and four turnovers.
“I really loved the way Jordan and Zavier responded,” said Michigan coach John Beilein. They didn’t have
to shoot the ball to make us win. The ball moved. We could see (Wednesday) in practice; we could see the
ball moved. It didn’t stick as it has in some games, and that’s how you score 80 points.”
Michigan was able to show off some of their new depth, as Isaiah Livers who is usually the primary
backup at all the front-line spots, earned the start and finished with 12 points against Nebraska. Colin
Castleton also had 11 points in the nine minutes he played and might give Berlein another useful piece as
the games grow more important.
Terrapins Looking for another Signature Win
Maryland enters this game ranked among the national leaders in field goal percentage defense (39.5
percent). They are also one of the top rebounding teams in the nation, leading the Big Ten with a plus-9.1
margin. Sophomore forward Bruno Fernando averages a double-double with 14.2 points and 10.5
rebounds per game, shooting 64.7 percent from the field. Junior guard Anthony Cowan Jr. leads the team
with 15.9 points and 4.4 assists per game. Cowan has been the Terrapins best player lately, averaging 17
points and shooting 47 percent over the last three games.
Wolverines Top Terrapins
The Wolverines, following their only game against Maryland this season, close out the regular season
with a rematch at Michigan State on Saturday. We are betting Michigan +1 in this game over the Maryland