No. 7 Maryland basketball vs. Rhode Island: How to watch and what to watch for

Guard Anthony Cowan drives toward the rim in Maryland men's basketball's 76-43 exhibition win over Fayetteville State. (Cam Andrews/The Diamondback)

Opponent: Rhode Island Rams

Location: Xfinity Center, College Park, Maryland

Tipoff: 9 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 9

Last matchup: Nov. 25, 2015, Maryland won 86-63

Last game: Maryland defeated Holy Cross 95-71, Rhode Island defeated LIU Brooklyn 76-65

Line: Maryland -11 per OddsShark

Kenpom prediction: Maryland 79-67

TV: Fox Sports 1 – Jeff Levering (play-by-play), Steve Lavin (analyst)

Streaming: Fox Sports Go

Radio: Maryland Sports Radio Network (105.7 FM Baltimore, 980 AM D.C.) – Johnny Holliday (play-by-play), Chris Knoche (analyst), Walt Williams (analyst)

Student radio: WMUC Sports (Joe Malfa and Matt Levine)

 

What to watch for Maryland: Three-point shooting

While the Terps coasted to a 24-point win over Holy Cross Tuesday night, they shot a woeful 5-for-27 from beyond the arc. The NCAA moved the three-point line back to match FIBA regulations for this season, so a decline in percentage is to be expected. Despite the shift back, Maryland will need to adjust and shoot the three better as a team if they hope to have the season they are expecting to.

What to watch for Rhode Island: Cyril Langevine vs. a deep Maryland frontcourt

The 6-foot-8 senior forward opened the season with a 16 point, 15 rebound double-double, the 24th double-double of his career. Going up against a Maryland frontcourt anchored by Jalen Smith and Ricky Lindo Jr. along with twins Makhi and Makhel Mitchell and Donta Scott, Langevine is likely to have his work cut out for him both in the paint and on the boards.

 

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