Opponent: No. 7 seed UConn Huskies (15-7, 11-6 Big East)
Location: Mackey Arena, West Lafayette, Indiana
Tipoff: 7:10 p.m. EST, Saturday, Mar. 20
Last matchup: December 8, 2015 — Maryland 76-66
Last game: Maryland lost to Michigan 79-66, UConn lost to Creighton 59-56
Line: UConn -3.5 per Covers
TV: CBS- Ian Eagle (Play-by-Play), Jim Spanarkel (Analyst), Jamie Erdahl (Sideline)
Stream: March Madness Live
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: Perimeter shooting
Maryland’s offense lives and dies by the three-pointer. Its last game against Michigan was a good example of that, as Maryland made five threes in the first half, helping keep the game close. However, the shooting went cold and the Terps went just 3/16 in the second half, as Michigan pulled away. For Maryland to pull off the upset and takedown UConn, its three-point shooting must be better.
What to watch for UConn: Bench minutes
In the NCAA Tournament, many teams shorten their bench and give more minutes to their starters and star players. UConn currently has 1o players averaging double-digit minutes per game, which will likely change now that every game is “win or go home.” Who gets their minutes cut will be an important aspect of the game to watch, but how the Huskies’ starters play late in the game while fatigued will be even more crucial to the outcome of the game.