Maryland men’s basketball vs. Purdue: How to watch and what to watch for
Guard Hakim Hart finishes an alley-oop dunk during Maryland men's basketball's 84-71 win over La Salle on Dec. 22, 2020. (Julia Nikhinson/The Diamondback)
Opponent: Purdue Boilermakers (6-3, 1-1 Big Ten)
Location: Mackey Arena, West Lafayette, Indiana
Tipoff: 2:30 EST, Friday, December 25
Last matchup: January 18, 2020 — Maryland 57-50
Last game: Maryland defeated La Salle 84-71; Purdue lost to Iowa 70-55
Line: Purdue -5.5 per OddsShark
TV: FS1 — Lisa Byington (Play-by-Play), Stephen Bardo (Analyst)
Stream: FoxSports Go
Radio: Maryland Sports Radio Network (105.7 FM Baltimore, 980 AM D.C., TuneIn Radio App) — Johnny Holliday (play-by-play), Chris Knoche (analyst), Walt Williams (analyst)
What to watch for Maryland: Offensive consistency
Without a go-to-guy, the Maryland offense has been very inconsistent. The Terps are shooting just under 50 percent from the field and around 35 percent from three, but in their two games against power-conference opponents, those numbers dip to 37 percent and 26 percent respectively. With Purdue boasting a solid defense, offense might be hard to come by for the Terps.
What to watch for La Salle: Zach Edey and Trevion Williams
Maryland has had noted struggles from its big men this season, which will be a problem when facing Purdue. The Boilermakers have a two-headed monster down low, with Trevion Williams and Zach Edey comprising one of the better frontcourts in the Big Ten. Williams is averaging just under 14 points and 10 rebounds per contest, while Edey is averaging slightly more than 10 points in under 14 minutes per game. For Maryland to win they will have to slow down the duo.