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Maryland vs. Northwestern Big Ten Tournament Preview: What's at stake?

Maryland vs. Northwestern Big Ten Tournament Preview: What's at stake?

The Maryland Terrapins make their postseason debut on Friday night when they take on the Northwestern Wildcats in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament.

The No. 3-seed Terps (24-7, 12-6) take on the No. 6-seed Wildcats (22-10, 10-8) in a matchup between two teams in great positions to receive at-large bids to the NCAA Tournament.

Maryland vs. Northwestern How to Watch

What: Quarterfinals of the 2017 Big Ten Tournament

Where: Verizon Center, Washington D.C.

When: 9:00 p.m. ET (Pending the finish of the preceding game)

TV Channel: Big Ten Network

Online Stream: BTN2Go

Bracket: Big Ten Tournament Bracket

Maryland vs. Northwestern Preview

Players to Watch: 
Maryland: Melo Trimble — 16.9 ppg, 3.7 apg, 43.8 FG% | Justin Jackson — 10.7 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 44 3P% | Anthony Cowan — 10.4 ppg, 3.7 apg, 1.2 spg
Northwestern: Bryant McIntosh — 14.5 ppf, 5.3 apg, 39.8 FG% | Scottie Lindsey — 14.1 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 42 FG% | Vic Law —12.6 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 39 3P%

Previous Matchup: Maryland defeated Northwestern 74-64 in Evanston, Ill on Feb. 15 thanks to a career-high 32 points from Melo Trimble. The Wildcats played without Scottie Lindsey, who missed his fourth straight game due to illness. The Terps would go on to lose their next three games following the biggest road win of the season.

What's at Stake: The winner will go on to the Big Ten Tournament semifinals to face the winner of the No. 2 Wisconsin vs. No. 10 Indiana game. The semifinal will take place at 3:30 p.m. ET on Saturday afternoon.

NCAA Tournament Implications: Both Maryland and Northwestern will garner at-large bids thanks to their strong resume and strength of schedule. This will be Northwestern's first-ever tournament appearance and is the only high-major program to never make an NCAA Tournament. Maryland is in the No. 4-7 seed range depending on their play in the Big Ten Tournament. Northwestern is expected to receive a seed somewhere between No. 8 and No. 10.

Maryland vs. Northwestern Betting Odds/Line/Spread

Line: Maryland -1.5

Over/Under: 134.5

Money Line: Maryland -125, Northwestern +105

ATS: The Terps are 17-12-1 against the spread this season. Maryland is 13-5 as the favorites and 3-0 on a neutral court. Northwestern is 19-11 against the spread. The Wildcats are 5-6 as the underdog and is 3-1 on neutral court.

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Maryland rolls to 96-43 victory over Maryland-Eastern Shore

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Maryland rolls to 96-43 victory over Maryland-Eastern Shore

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Anthony Cowan had 16 points and nine rebounds, Jared Nickens scored 15 and Maryland opened its home schedule with a 96-43 rout of Maryland-Eastern Shore on Sunday night.

Cowan scored eight points in a 17-0 run that gave the Terrapins (2-0) a 43-15 lead late in the first half. The 6-foot sophomore had 12 points, eight rebounds, two steals and a block before halftime.

Nickens made all five of his shots, including four from beyond the arc. Dion Wiley finished with 14 points and freshman Darryl Morsell added 12.

Coming off a comfortable win over Stony Brook on Friday, Maryland yielded the game's first basket before Wiley drilled successive 3-pointers to spark a 12-0 run.

Maryland shot 70 percent (14 for 20) from the floor in the first half and forced nine turnovers, including four by freshman Cameron Bacote.

Bacote led UMES (1-1) with 18 points. He had 28 points and 11 rebounds in the Hawks' opener against Valley Forge.

BIG PICTURE

UMES: Games like this make money for the program and help the Hawks get ready for the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference slate. The UMES schedule includes road games against Georgetown, Virginia Tech, Iowa State and Creighton before league play begins in 2018.

Maryland: The Terrapins put five players in double figures for the second game in a row. Justin Jackson and Kevin Huerter are expected to be the go-to scorers this season, but they've not been needed thus far. Maryland will need that kind of balance when the competition gets tougher.

NOT A RIVALRY

The Terrapins are 18-0 against UMES in a series that began in 1979. This was the first game between the teams since 2015.

UP NEXT

UMES: Travels to St. Bonaventure on Wednesday night.

Maryland: Hosts Butler on Wednesday night in the second of four straight home games.

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No. 21 Michigan dominates Maryland in 1st half in 35-10 win

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No. 21 Michigan dominates Maryland in 1st half in 35-10 win

COLLEGE PARK, Md.  -- Brandon Peters threw two touchdown passes, Chris Evans ran for two scores and No. 21 Michigan dominated Maryland in the first half in a 35-10 victory Saturday.

The Wolverines (8-2, 5-2 Big Ten) have won three straight. The Terrapins (4-6, 2-5) have lost five of six.

Before the second quarter was halfway over, Michigan had a 28-0 lead thanks to Peters' passing and some madcap miscues by Maryland.

Peters threw touchdown passes of 33 yards to Zach Gentry and 3 yards to Sean McKeon. Henry Poggi and Evans ran for scores. Evans, who scored from a yard out in the second quarter, added a 17-yard run late in the fourth quarter.

The Terrapins started their fourth quarterback of the season, Myles Brand, but unlike the previous three, couldn't come close to engineering a win. Brand was 16 for 35 for 136 yards.

In one particularly embarrassing sequence, Lorenzo Harrison badly overthrew Brand with lots of running room ahead of the quarterback, and three plays later, caught a pass from Brand and managed to lose 14 yards.

Trailing 14-0, Maryland tried a fake punt from its own 30. After Jaquille Veii gained just 3 yards and turned the ball over to Michigan, the Wolverines immediately scored on the 33-yard pass from Peters to Gentry.

After a 29-yard pass to Taivon Jacobs was overturned by replay, Michigan blocked Wade Lees' punt. Two plays later, Peters hit McKeon for a 3-yard pass, and the Wolverines' lead was 28-0 with 8:21 to play in the first half.

In the second half, Maryland scored on a 20-yard field goal by Henry Darmstadter and a 10-yard pass from Brand to Jacobs.