No. 6 Maryland faces Princeton on Saturday night at Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore.
Here are 5 things you need to know.
1) A change of scenery
Mark Turgeon says that his team will likely be excited by playing in a new venue as part of the program’s brand extension northward into Baltimore. The Terrapins have not played in Baltimore since facing Iowa during the 1999-00 season.
The arena seats 14,000 people, slightly smaller than the on-campus XFINITY Center. For the first time in a long time, though, no member of the Maryland roster is a native of the city. Assistant Bino Ranson and special assistant Juan Dixon are, though.
2) Coming off a break
Maryland has been plagued by slow starts against mid-majors at different points this season. They are coming off their longest stretch without a game this year. What will the effect be? On one hand, they could be well-rested and energized. On the other, they could take some time to get into the swing of things early.
3) Something of a preview?
Maryland got a look in part at what it will see on Saturday when it played Georgetown, which runs a similar offensive system. Princeton is an experienced group, though, and they can be a threat shooting the basketball.
Princeton ranks 91st in the country in offensive efficiency.
4) Backcourt rotation?
Turgeon says he knew at the time the impact of Dion Wiley’s injury before many people realized it in action. We’re still seeing the ripple effects of it, too. Melo Trimble and Rasheed Sulaimon are playing major minutes. Jaylen Brantley is still being worked into the fold.
What will we see on Saturday? Does Turgeon give Brantley some slack if the Terrapins can get an early lead and reduce the workload for the two backcourt starters?
5) Another big break after this
The other concern on Saturday night is the fact that this game not only comes after a big break for the Terrapins, but this game is followed by a big break as well. Will the focus be there or will there be another sluggish performance against a smaller school?