Opponent: No. 24 Purdue Boilermakers (12-6, 7-4 Big Ten)
Location: Xfinity Center, College Park, Maryland
Tipoff: 6:30 p.m. EST, Tuesday, Feb. 2
Last matchup: December 25, 2020 — Purdue 73-70
Last game: Maryland lost to Wisconsin, 61-55, Purdue defeats Minnesota, 81-62
Line: Maryland -2.5 per OddsShark
TV: BTN — Dave Revsine (Play-by-Play), Jess Settles (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: Do they start slow?
In the Terps’ last game against Wisconsin, a lackluster first half found them sitting in an 18-point hole that they were ultimately unable to climb out of, despite a strong second-half effort. Slow starts are nothing new for Maryland, who has gained a reputation as a second half team in recent seasons. If they get off to a cold start against the Boilermakers, who are also becoming a notorious second half team, it could lead to a second straight loss for the 9-8 Terps.
What to watch for Purdue: Do they continue the hot streak?
Since January 1, Purdue is 5-2 with wins over Michigan State, Indiana, Minnesota, Penn State and Ohio State. One of five Big Ten teams with at least 12 wins on the season, the Boilermakers will look to keep things rolling against Maryland. A win will also give Purdue the season sweep over the Terps, something they haven’t done since 2018.