No. 5 Maryland basketball v. Marquette: How to watch and what to watch for
Guard Anthony Cowan pumps up the crowd after an and-1 during Maryland men's basketball's 86-63 win over George Mason on Nov. 22, 2019. (Joe Ryan/The Diamondback)
Opponent: Marquette Golden Eagles (5-1)
Location: HP Field House, Kissimmee, Florida (ESPN Wide World of Sports)
Tipoff: 1 p.m. EST, Sunday, Dec. 1
Last matchup: This is their first-ever meeting
Last game: Maryland defeated Harvard 80-73, Marquette defeated USC 101-79
KenPom prediction: Maryland 79-78
TV: ESPN – Dan Feldman (play-by-play), Dan Dakich (analyst)
Radio: Maryland Sports Radio Network (105.7 FM Baltimore, 980 AM D.C., TuneIn Radio App) – Johnny Holliday (play-by-play), Chris Knoche (analyst)
What to watch for Maryland
Free throw shooting
Maryland is currently eighth in the Big Ten and 195th in the country in free throw percentage so far this season, shooting just 69.1 percent overall. Friday’s win against Harvard was the team’s second-worst free throw shooting game of the season, shooting 25-for-40 from the line, a 62.5 percent clip. The Terps, known for getting out to slow starts this season, will need to be near-perfect from the line against a Marquette team averaging around 74 percent from the charity stripe and 76 points per game.
What to watch for Marquette
If you did not already know about this Wooden Award candidate, you’ve certainly heard about him during the Orlando Invitational. Howard has averaged 45.5 points through two games, including a 51-point performance in Marquette’s 101-79 win over USC on Friday. Howard is the leading scorer in the country, averaging 29.3 points per game so far, 4.4 points more than the next-closest name on the list. This season, Howard is shooting 45.9 percent from the field, 49.1 percent from three and 87.5 percent on free throws.