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Maryland-Georgetown Preview: 5 things you need to know

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Maryland-Georgetown Preview: 5 things you need to know

Maryland-Georgetown has been a long time coming and it will finally happen on Tuesday night in College Park. Here are 5 things you need to know as you get ready for the matchup.

1) 40+ years in the making

Georgetown has not played a game against Maryland in College Park since 1973. Finally, it is happening on Tuesday night. The atmosphere should be electric and the expected sellout crowd at XFINITY Center should be loud.

The coaches on both sides obviously understand the significance of the matchup. Players seem too young to fully grasp it, but know that local rivalries renewed are never insignificant. It’s unfortunate that the Champion’s Classic in Chicago may overshadow this game a bit nationally, but locally there will be no match.

2) Not underestimating after a loss

Georgetown’s double-overtime loss to Radford on Saturday created an odd dynamic in the lead-up to this game. So long in the making, there was now an added dimension of one team coming off a loss to a mid-major.

Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon says, if anything, that loss will re-focus the Hoyas even more and they could be coming into Tuesday’s game with even more to prove.

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3) DSR vs. Melo

The D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera vs. Melo Trimble matchup will be Tuesday’s game within a game. Smith-Rivera, a veteran who decided to return to the Hoyas for his senior season, leads his team into College Park against Trimble, the sophomore with all of the preseason accolades and the adoration of the cameras.

Both are high-level scorers, though Trimble has the benefit of a more veteran and versatile supporting cast. Keep an eye on it.

4) The rebounding battle

A staple of Turgeon teams is found in the rebounding numbers. Maryland is a big team -- or rather, a team that can play big -- and they are coached to dominate the glass. Expect players like Robert Carter, Jr., Diamond Stone, Michal Cekovsky, Damonte Dodd, and even Jake Layman to hit the glass hard.

Why? It’s a point of weakness for Georgetown. The Hoyas were -6 on the boards in their loss to Radford, including allowing 15 offensive rebounds. If Maryland can make a habit out of getting second-chance points, they can take control of this game.

5) The lasting effects

Turgeon has said that he doesn’t believe in the recruiting angle of this game, being that the two schools rarely fight over the same players. At the same time, he cited something a colleague told him this week in saying that a matchup like this is great for everyone involved except for the coaches.

The takeaway from that is likely because of the quality of the opponent on the other side and the stress that comes along with the bright spotlight that will be on this game. But, of course, if you win in that spotlight you’ll get a stamp of approval from the fan base.

Tip off is at 9 p.m. at XFINITY Center.

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Palmer's big 2nd half lifts Huskers past Maryland

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Palmer's big 2nd half lifts Huskers past Maryland

LINCOLN, Neb. -- James Palmer Jr. scored 24 of his 26 points in the second half, Isaiah Roby had all 11 of his after half, and Nebraska held off Maryland 70-66 on Tuesday night.

Palmer and Roby combined for 35 of the Cornhuskers' 40 second-half points, and they secured their first 20-win season since 2008. They won a sixth straight conference game for the first time in 20 years.

Palmer scored 15 straight points for the Huskers (20-8, 11-4 Big Ten) over a 10-minute span that ended when Roby hit one of two free throws with 2:57 left for a 64-59 lead. Roby had a double-double, with 10 rebounds, and he also blocked three shots.

The Terps (17-11, 6-9) had a chance to take the lead with a minute to play, but Glynn Watson Jr. blocked Anthony Cowan Jr.'s 3-point try, Evan Taylor came up with the loose ball and got it to Watson.

Watson missed a 3-pointer coming out of a timeout, and Roby got the rebound and was immediately fouled. He made both free throws for a 66-63 lead. Kevin Huerter's layin cut it to one point before Watson made two free throws.

Huerter went to the line with 2.8 seconds left, and after making the first free throw he intentionally missed the second. Palmer got the rebound, was fouled and put the game away with two free throws.

Bruno Fernando led the Terps with 21 points and nine rebounds. Huerter added 12 points and Darryl Morsell had 11.

BIG PICTURE

Maryland: The Terps' fading NCAA Tournament hopes might have been dashed with their seventh straight road loss.

Nebraska: The Huskers are resting firmly on the NCAA bubble and absolutely needed this win. They got it, thanks to Palmer and Roby's efforts in the second half.

UP NEXT

Maryland hosts Rutgers on Saturday. It's the teams' only meeting this season.

Nebraska visits Illinois. The Huskers beat the Illini 64-63 in Lincoln on Jan. 15.

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Maryland overwhelmed by Penn State in close loss

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Maryland overwhelmed by Penn State in close loss

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Lamar Stevens feels like he's playing his most consistent basketball right now, a bad omen for upcoming opponents considering Penn State expects its hybrid forward to do a little bit of everything.

Just like he did on Wednesday.

Stevens scored 25 points on 10-of-12 shooting with 14 in the second half to lift Penn State over Maryland 74-70.

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"Lamar really stepped up for us," Penn State coach Patrick Chambers said. "We needed every one of those points that he had tonight."

Tony Carr added 16 points, Josh Reaves scored 14, and Mike Watkins added 11 for the Nittany Lions (17-9, 7-6 Big Ten Conference), who equaled their previous best mark for conference victories under Chambers.

"The best teams always find ways to win," Stevens said. "We locked down when we had to, got huge stops, huge rebounds and I think that's a huge step for this team."

With Maryland (16-10, 5-8) up 20-14 midway through the first half, Stevens nailed his first of two 3-pointers to spark a quick 9-0 run that helped Penn State take control.

He rolled layups off his fingers and sank midrange jumpers on multiple back-to-back possessions in the second half, where he scored 11 of his team's first 20 points.

"He made some incredible, incredible shots," Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said. "He was terrific, he was so efficient."

Stevens added four rebounds, two assists and was 3-for-4 on free throws with all three makes coming in the final 5:48 as Maryland threatened.

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Anthony Cowan Jr. led Maryland with 15 points while Kevin Huerter and Bruno Fernando added 13 apiece.

Darryl Morsell had 10 points for the Terrapins, who cut a 10-point deficit with 8:11 to play to just three with 1:13 left.

"I didn't think we competed in the first half defensively," Turgeon said. "I thought in the second half, we were really trying hard."

BIG PICTURE

Maryland: The Terrapins' disappointing season continues and they have dropped to 7-7 since stalwart forward Justin Jackson's season was ended by a torn shoulder ligament in late December. Although they shot better than their season average, the Terrapins were badly outplayed in the paint, getting outscored 32-22 and outrebounded 27-23.

Penn State: The Nittany Lions are playing an exciting brand of basketball as of late. They have a combined 22 dunks over their last three home games and opponents are finding it hard to play fast against a team that thrives on speed.