Opponent: No. 7 Michigan Wolverines (11-1, 6-1 Big Ten)
Location: Crisler Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Tipoff: 7:00 EST, Tuesday, January 19
Last matchup: December 31, 2020 — Michigan 84-73
Last game: Maryland defeated Wingate 100-58; Michigan lost to Minnesota 75-57
Line: Michigan -10.5 per OddsShark
TV: FS1 — Lisa Byington (Play-by-Play), Stephen Bardo (Analyst)
Stream: Fox Sports 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: How does Eric Ayala fare in his return
After missing the past two games due to a groin injury originally suffered on Christmas Day at Purdue, Eric Ayala is expected to return to action for Maryland on Tuesday against Michigan. The Terps must hope that Ayala is able to quickly return to form if they want any shot of upsetting the Wolverines. He played excellent on New Year’s Eve against Michigan when he scored 13 points and Maryland will need a similar performance Tuesday night.
What to watch for Michigan: Hunter Dickinson
Terps fans are certainly familiar with Dickinson after he bullied the Maryland frontcourt all night during Michigan’s 84-73 victory at Xfinity Center on New Year’s Eve. Dickinson finished that game with 26 points and 11 rebounds and ultimately propelled Michigan to pull away from Maryland in the second half. The Terps have struggled all season long containing big men, whether it was Dickinson, Indiana’s Trayce Jackson-Davis, Iowa’s Luka Garza or Illinois’ Kofi Cockburn. Expect Dickinson to dominate Galin Smith, Chol Marial and anyone else Mark Turgeon plugs in at the center position on Tuesday night.