College Park, MD (SportsNetwork.com) - The 12th-ranked Maryland Terrapins survived a double-overtime battle with Michigan State on Tuesday, and will now go for their seventh straight victory as they host the Minnesota Golden Gophers in a Big Ten Conference clash at the Xfinity Center.
Minnesota took on Purdue in the team's conference opener Wednesday, and watched as an eight-game win streak came screeching to a halt with a 72-68 defeat at the hands of the Boilermakers. The Gophers are 11-3 this season, as two of those three losses have come on the road.
Maryland has won six consecutive games, which includes a double-overtime contest against Michigan State on the road on Tuesday. The Terrapins survived the Spartans in their Big Ten Conference debut, 68-66. Maryland is 9-1 at home this season.
This meeting between Minnesota and Maryland will mark just the fifth all-time contest for the programs. Maryland has won all four previous matchups in the series, which includes two wins at home.
Minnesota held an 11-point lead over Purdue on Wednesday when the two teams broke for halftime, but the Gophers were sloppy defensively in the second period. They allowed Purdue to shoot 53.6 percent from the floor and hit 14- of-16 from the free-throw line to make a comeback for the win. Maurice Walker and Joey King each scored 13 points to lead the charge for the Golden Gophers, while Nate Mason added 12 points. DeAndre Mathieu chipped in with 11 points and Carlos Morris added 10 with five assists and five rebounds in the losing effort.
Andre Hollins, who netted just seven points in the team's loss to Purdue, still maintains the team lead in scoring entering this matchup with Maryland, as the guard is averaging 13.2 ppg on 46.1 percent shooting. Morris checks in behind Hollins in the category at 12.8 ppg, and Walker comes in with 12.0 ppg and a team-leading mark in rebounding at 5.6 boards per outing. Mason (10.8 ppg) and King (10.1 ppg) round out the team's double-digit scorers for Minnesota. Mathieu tops the squad with 87 assists and 37 steals coming into the clash with the Terps.
Maryland managed to survive against Michigan State in a tight double-overtime battle despite turning the ball over 21 times in the contest. The Terps won the battle from the free-throw line by outscoring the Spartans from the charity stripe, 26-19. Melo Trimble scored 17 points to lead the scoring charge, and Dez Wells chipped in with 16 points and seven rebounds, although he did turn the ball over seven times in the win. Maryland held Michigan State to 32.3 percent shooting in the Big Ten clash.
The Terrapins have played consistent basketball on both ends of the court. Maryland enters this clash netting 74.4 ppg on 46.5 percent shooting from the floor, and is also holding opponents to just 61.5 ppg this season. Trimble has overtaken Wells as the team's leading scorer, averaging 15.9 ppg to Wells's 15.3 ppg mark, although Wells has missed half of Maryland's games this season. Jake Layman rounds out a trio of double-digit scorers with 14.9 ppg, adding in a team-leading 6.4 rpg as well.