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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 nabs Matt Canada as new offensive coordinator

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Maryland nabs Matt Canada as new offensive coordinator

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Matt Canada has been hired as Maryland's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

Canada spent last season working the same positions with Louisiana State. He replaces Walt Bell, who left for Florida State.

Canada was named Tuesday by Maryland coach DJ Durkin, who said, "Matt has a unique ability to utilize any and all types of personnel, and still produce extremely explosive offenses."

Before working at LSU, Canada spent one year at Pittsburgh, where he led an offense that set school records for points in a season and points per game.

Canada previously worked at North Carolina State, Wisconsin, Northern Illinois and Indiana.

Also on Tuesday, Durkin promoted Chris Beatty to co-offensive coordinator. Beatty was associate head coach and wide receivers coach.

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Another injury scare limits Maryland in loss to Indiana

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Another injury scare limits Maryland in loss to Indiana

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Juwan Morgan scored 10 of his 25 points during Indiana's decisive late run Monday night, leading the Hoosiers to a 71-68 victory over Maryland.

Robert Johnson had 12 points and eight rebounds as the Hoosiers (12-8, 5-3 Big Ten) closed out the game on a 14-6 spurt to win their fourth straight at home.

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Anthony Cowan Jr. had 18 points and Kevin Huerter finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Terrapins (15-7, 4-5), who haven't won a conference road game since Dec. 3.

Both had a chance to tie the game in the closing seconds but Cowan's 3-pointer bounced high off the rim with six seconds left and, after Indiana's Zach McRoberts missed two free throws, Huerter's half-court heave hit nothing but air.

Maryland's offense struggled early and late and eventually, it proved costly.

After going more than 6 minutes without a basket in the second half, the Terrapins used a 9-0 run to charge back and take a 62-57 lead with 4:53 left.

But Indiana scored seven straight and retook a 64-62 lead on Johnson's layup with 3:18 left.

Maryland never led again.

BIG PICTURE

Maryland: Coach Mark Turgeon knows the road is a tough place to find consistency. And if the Terrapins want to make a late-season push, that's what they must do. They've now lost four straight conference road games since beating Illinois -- and this one was within their grasp.

Indiana: The Hoosiers have improved steadily this season, and Monday's game was another example of how far they've come. At times, the Hoosiers' defense confused Maryland. And when the Terrapins started making 3s, the Hoosiers had an answer each time. That hasn't always happened this season.

KEY STATS

Maryland: Freshman Bruno Fernando did not the play the final 15 minutes after appearing to hurt his lower right leg or right ankle. ... The Terrapins were 4 of 13 on 3-pointers in the second half after starting 5 of 10. ... Maryland outscored Indiana 16-2 on second-chance points, 26-10 in bench points and outrebounded the Hoosiers 39-28.

Indiana: Morgan missed the final 22 minutes of Friday night's game with an injured right ankle and the Hoosiers weren't sure until Monday whether he would play. He finished with five rebounds and four assists, too. ... Justin Smith had 12 points. ... The Hoosiers had 10 steals and were 9 of 16 at the free throw line. ... Indiana was 6 of 18 on 3s and forced 18 turnovers.

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