COLLEGE PARK -- Maryland travels to Ann Arbor on Tuesday night for a late 9 p.m. tip against Michigan.
The Terrapins, holding steady at No. 3 in the nation in this week’s AP poll, are looking to build upon what is already the best start in school history.
Here are 5 things you need to know.
1) Right back out on the road
Maryland had the option to stay out on the road after their road victory over Wisconsin, but instead chose to come home for a few days before flying out to Ann Arbor. Head coach Mark Turgeon says it was more expensive, but the value of returning home would help his team.
It is a tough back-to-back for a team to have and Turgeon says for a stretch of the Wisconsin game he saw for the first time a team that looked tired. The hope is that returning home has them rested and recovered for Tuesday’s game.
2) Not much optimism on LeVert
Michigan head coach John Beilein said he is “not optimistic” about the availability of senior star Caris LeVert for Tuesday’s game. LeVert, a do-it-all player who is averaging 17.6 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 5.2 assists per game, was injured on Dec. 30 against Illinois and has not played since.
That’s nearly 20 percent of the Wolverines’ scoring that disappears if he does not play, as well as their best facilitator and top rebounder. Against a good Purdue team in his absence, the Wolverines mustered just 70 points.
3) The outside threat
Michigan ranks 9th in the country in three-point shooting at 42.9 percent. If there is one prototype for a team that gives Maryland the most issues, it’s a team that can shoot from the outside.
Robert Carter, Jr. has had trouble chasing around smaller players, though his defense against the versatile Nigel Hayes in Maryland’s win over Wisconsin is encouraging. Without LeVert, 6-8 Duncan Robinson -- a 55 percent shooter from three -- will take on more of the offensive load.
4) Where Maryland can have an advantage
Michigan does not rebound the basketball well, ranking 116th in the nation in rebound rate. Maryland is just inside the Top 25 in that category, thanks to their size and athleticism on the wings.
With the way the Wolverines can put up points, Maryland needs to limit offensive rebounds that Michigan gets and close out possessions.
5) Bench production?
It was a question last game and will be one going forward until it is solved. Outside of Diamond Stone, what does Maryland get from their bench? As the minutes continue to pile on the backcourt duo of Melo Trimble and Rasheed Sulaimon, Jaylen Brantley will have to step up.
Michal Cekovsky needs to be the Damonte Dodd of the second unit as a rebounder and garbage man. Jared Nickens has not had an “on fire” game in quite a while, which ignites the team -- especially when the offense is struggling.