Opponent: No. 14-seed Radford Highlanders (26-6, 17-1 Big South), NCAA tournament Round of 64
Location: Xfinity Center
Tipoff: 11 a.m., Saturday, March 23
Last Matchup: Dec. 28, 1996 — Maryland 83, Radford 44
Last game: Maryland lost to Iowa 90-76 in the Big Ten title game, Radford beat Campbell 57-45 in the Big South title game
Student Radio: WMUC Sports — Brendan Hartlove and James Mahoney
What to watch for the Terps: The rebounding
Maryland has dominated the glass this season, with an average rebounding margin of +8.8. It’s been something of a bellwether for the Terps’ performance as a whole — they’re undefeated when they’ve won the rebounding battle, and 4-4 when they’ve lost it. Brenda Frese is 14-0 in the Round of 64 since coming to College Park, and if Maryland can keep grabbing boards against Radford, she’ll keep that streak intact.
What to watch for the Highlanders: The D
Radford is built around its defense: Only 10 other teams in Division I have allowed fewer points per game. The Highlanders don’t force that many turnovers, or block that many shots, or grab that many rebounds — they just contest shots. Radford ranks seventh in the country in opposing field goal percentage (33.9 percent), and second in opposing three-point percentage (25.2 percent). The Terps have been somewhat hit-or-miss on offense, and if their shots aren’t falling, the Highlanders could make things interesting.