No. 17 Maryland (3-2 B10) takes on unranked Wisconsin (3-2 B10) from Madison in a Big 10 battle on Tuesday night at 9pmET.
Last season, the Terps beat the Badgers at home by four, but lost on the right by eight.
Terps a no-show in Iowa City“We were bad, we stunk. I’ve been doing this a long time, and that ranks up there as one of the worst [games] one of my teams has ever played. We tried everything, we couldn’t get them motivated. We came off two really good wins, we played well, I didn’t see it coming. I didn’t expect this. ... Give [Iowa]credit."
Those were the comments from Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon to The Baltimore Sun after the Terps were brutalized 67-49 on the road on Friday night. Jarrell Smith had 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting and he was probably the only player who showed up. Sophomore wing Aaron Wiggins, an NBA prospect at the beginning of the season, went scoreless in 17 minutes. The Terps shot 4-of-22 from the three-point line and 33% overall, while turning the ball over 17 times.
What's perplexing about this 10-4 team (3-3 on the road), is their slow starts. This is a team that has been able to overcome them, considering they were on a three-game winning streak before the loss to the Hawkeyes. But they've been doing it all year, but players like Wiggins (10.3ppg, 5.8rpg, 35% FG) and guard Eric Ayala (9.4ppg, 37.2% FG) shot much better in their freshman seasons. Ayala shot an impressive 42.5% from long range last season (48-of-113) and is shooting just 24.7% (18-73) this season. Wiggins made 41.3% last season and has made just 28.8% this year.
But KenPom still has Maryland at 11th overall and 40th in adjusted offensive efficiency. Yet, they are 8th in adjusted defensive efficiency (86.2), which is why they are a dangerous team. They allow just 61.7 points per game on 37.3% shooting (14th) and 31.4% 3-point shooting. They also outrebound teams by 7.1 per game, though Iowa destroyed them by 10.
Badgers bounce backWisconsin may not be in the AP Top 25 or in the KenPom Top 20 (they are 22nd), but this is a very dangerous team right now. Wisconsin had one slip up in the last six games, falling at home to Illinois on Jan. 8. They came back on Saturday to frustrate a then-No. 20 Penn State (36 KenPom) squad 58-49 on the road. That's an impressive feat against a team that handled Maryland on Dec. 10 (76-69).
The Badgers bounced back as Micah Potter (6-10, 248) scored 24 points and grabbed 13 boards in their win over the Nittany Lions. It was a big game for Potter, the sophomore transfer from Ohio State, who averages 9.5 points and 6.5 rebounds this season. Wisconsin shot just 40% from the field but held PSU to 33% shooting and 24% (5-21) from beyond the arc.
Wisconsin doesn't lack for size. Junior forward Nate Reuvers leads the squad 13.7 points per game and 5.4 rebounds on 47.6% shooting (14-47 3pt). Guard Kobe King (6-4, 205) adds 10.9 points overall, but is tallying 17.2 points per game in league play.
Overall, the Badgers rank 42nd in offense (107.8) in offense in KenPom and 23rd (89.4) in defense. They rank 20th in scoring defense (60.2ppg) and allow 40.9% shooting (33.9% 3pt). They shoot just 43.4% from the field and 33% from beyond the arc.
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