Minnesota at Maryland
Maryland is eager to get back on the court after suffering a dramatic letdown in the final seconds of a loss to Michigan on Monday, and they are motivated to make sure it doesn’t happen again. The Terrapins will try to execute better and avoid a third consecutive loss when they host Minnesota on Thursday in a Big Ten contest.
Maryland was on the verge of winning its first Big Ten road game of the season after Kevin Huerter buried a 3-pointer for a 67-66 lead with 3.2 seconds left, completing a comeback from a 10-point deficit, but the Terrapins allowed an unguarded inbounds pass to travel into the frontcourt and fouled Michigan’s Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman, who knocked down two free throws. “We put that game behind us. We watched film yesterday, we learned from it. I was happy with the effort, disappointed with the outcome. It’s just one game,” Maryland coach Mark Turgeon told the Baltimore Sun on Wednesday. “We’ve played some really good teams on the road our last three games. We finally competed in one of them. The key is how you handle things as you move forward.” The Golden Gophers bounced back from a pair of blowout losses by upending Penn State in overtime 95-84 on the road Monday. “To get a road win under adverse circumstances that we’ve had is terrific,” Minnesota coach Richard Pitino told reporters. “Our guys showed unbelievable heart.”
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ABOUT MINNESOTA (14-6, 3-4 Big Ten): The Golden Gophers played their last four games without center Reggie Lynch (suspended) and guard Amir Coffey (shoulder), and expect to be without the pair again on Thursday. Minnesota managed to replace the missing 24.2 points and 12.1 rebounds with big games on Monday from Nate Mason (25 points), Dupree McBrayer (24) and Jordan Murphy (22 points, 19 rebounds). “We needed to have a good week this week to keep pushing forward and we were going to break through,” Murphy told the Star Tribune after the win. “Today was a good indication of what we can be, even though we are shorthanded.”
ABOUT MARYLAND (14-6, 3-4): Huerter hit the go-ahead 3-pointer on Monday, but was just 4-of-11 from the floor overall and is shooting 41.3 percent in the last five games to drop his season percentage to 50.5. “He’s got two hands on him the entire game,” Turgeon told reporters of Huerter. “Not one, he’s got two hands. It’s exhausting. We’ve got two guys that can score, and teams are just loading up on him. We’ve just to trust our teammates a little bit more.” Sophomore guard Anthony Cowan led the way with 24 points against the Wolverines and is averaging a team-high 16.4.
1. Murphy leads the Big Ten in rebounding with an average of 12.1, which ranks second in the nation.
2. The Terrapins outrebounded their opponents in 17 of the first 20 games and own a plus-8.1 average on the boards.
3. The schools split two meetings last season, with Minnesota earning an 89-75 win at Maryland on Feb. 22.