Maryland men’s basketball vs. No. 16 Michigan: How to watch and what to watch for

Aaron Wiggins goes up strong to the hoop during Maryland's 84-71 win over La Salle on Dec. 22, 2020, at the Xfinity Center. (Julia Nikhinson/The Diamondback)

Opponent: No. 16 Michigan Wolverines (7-0, 2-0 Big Ten)

Location: Xfinity Center, College Park, Maryland

Tipoff: 8 p.m. EST, Thur, Dec. 31

Last matchup: March 8, 2020 — Maryland, 83-70

Last game: Maryland beat Wisconsin 70-64, Michigan beat Nebraska, 80-69 

Line: Michigan -2 per OddsShark

TV: ESPN — Rich Hollenberg (play-by-play), Dan Dakich (analyst)

Stream: WatchESPN

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

Student Radio: WMUC Sports — Brendan Hartlove, Logan Hill

What to watch for Maryland: Do they keep the momentum?

Fresh off of their biggest win of the season over No. 6 Wisconsin, the Terps have yet another ranked matchup with the Wolverines on New Year’s Eve. The Terps clinched a share of first place in the Big Ten last season with a home win over Michigan and will be looking to get in the win column once again. With key players such as Donta Scott, Aaron Wiggins and Eric Ayala finding a groove on the floor lately, the Terps will hope they carry the load on Thursday night.

What to watch for Michigan: Do they stay unbeaten

7-0 on the season, the Wolverines come into Thursday’s matchup with the Terps looking to remain undefeated. With ranked matchups in four of their next five games, Thursday’s contest could serve as a building block heading into the tough stretch. Michigan watched the Terps take a share of first place in the Big Ten at Xfinity last season, and will be looking to find themselves as the victors as they look to regain their status among the Big Ten elite.

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