Maryland faces Northwestern for the second time this month when the Wildcats come to College Park on Tuesday night for an 8 p.m. showdown.
Here are 5 things you need to know.
1) First time the second time around
For the first time this season, Maryland will be facing an opponent for the second time. The first was a 72-59 victory in Evanston, Ill. Maryland controlled the game for much of that contest, despite the fact that the Wildcats made a push at different points.
It was a good test on the road, which the Terrapins passed, and now they come home for Round 2. This time, the Northwestern crowd will not be a factor.
If fact, there could be the effect in the opposite direction. Maryland's crowd has helped to push it to a win, including against Penn State, Rider, and Georgetown.
2) Change to the starting lineup?
Mark Turgeon said on Monday that he was unsure what his starting lineup would be, leaving the door open for the possibility of freshman standout Diamond Stone to return to that role.
Except for a clerical error that made him a starter against Rutgers, Stone has been the team’s sixth man since a Dec. 1 loss to North Carolina. He has flourished, using the role off the bench to avoid foul trouble, survey the game, and provide a scoring spark on the second unit.
But he is simply becoming too efficient, if that makes sense. In only 20 minutes per game, he is producing like a starter. If this team wants to take the next step, he will need to play more minutes, with the thought being that he will maintain that efficiency and produce more.
3) Watching the Northwestern backcourt
The Wildcats’ backcourt duo of Bryant McIntosh and Tre Demps is the engine for Northwestern. The two combine to average more than 30 points per game. McIntosh had 17 the first time these two teams met earlier this month.
Maryland, you’ll remember, has a strong backcourt itself with Melo Trimble and Rasheed Sulaimon. Trimble led the way with 24 points against the Wildcats last time out, while Sulaimon had a season-high 22 in the team’s blowout win over Ohio State on Saturday. That is the matchup to watch.
4) Seven-footer has returned
Maryland matches up well against size, but did not have to face seven-footer Alex Olah the first time around this season. He returned to the lineup and played seven minutes, posting five points and two rebounds, against Penn State on Saturday.
Is he fully healthy, though? If he is, he is a double-double threat. Head coach Chris Collins says he has no minutes restriction.
If he hits his stride, that means more defensive responsibilities for Stone, Damonte Dodd, and Michal Cekovsky.
5) Can bench keep it up?
Especially if Diamond Stone does end up starting, will Maryland’s bench pick up the slack? Jared Nickens showed signs of breaking out of his shooting slump vs. Ohio State. Varun Ram now seems to be an integral part of the rotation on the defensive end of the floor. Jaylen Brantley needs to find his niche.
There are a lot of moving parts, but Maryland needs production from that unit. Its starting five -- Stone included -- is as good as any in the country. But feast or famine will come back to bite them if they cannot get anything from the bench with starters off the floor.