It's home sweet home for No. 17 Maryland (3-3 B10), after losing two straight road games. They'll host Purdue (3-3 B10) at 2pmET from College Park on Saturday in a Big 10 battle.
Last season, Maryland defeated Purdue at home by 14 and lost on the road by two.
Impressive home winPurdue has had a very good season thus far, probably similar to Maryland's. They have losses to Marquette (65-55), Texas (70-66), Florida State (63-60ot), Nebraska (70-56 on the road), Illinois (63-37) and Michigan (84-78ot). Somehow, the Boilermakers are 3-3 in the Big 10 and after losing two straight, they bounced back with a 29-point home win over Michigan State on Sunday. Trevion Williams led the Boilermakers with 16 points, seven boards and four assists. Purdue shot 46% from the floor and held the Spartans to just 35% shooting (2-16 3pt).
The 𝐅𝐈𝐍𝐀𝐋 look at yesterday’s 71-42 win over Sparty.— Purdue Mens Basketball (@BoilerBall) January 14, 2020
KenPom has them rated at 17 and 62nd in adjusted offensive efficiency and 6th in defensive efficiency. They shoot just 41.7% from the field (283rd) and 33.3% from beyond the arc. Defensively, they allow just 59.6 points per game (12th) on 39.4% shooting (51st) and 27.2% from long range (11th).
Purdue has five players averaging between 9.8ppg and 11.4 led by the 6-9, 270-pound Williams, who also shoot 50% from the field and just 44.8% from the line. Purdue has a lot of size led by Williams and Matt Haarms (7-3, 250), but guard play can be shaky.
Road woes continueMaryland played just one true road game in non-conference play and lost to a decimated Seton Hall team by four. (52-48). They also have losses at Iowa (67-49), Penn State (76-69) and most recently, Wisconsin (56-54) on Tuesday. In the Badgers' loss, the Terps had a one-point lead with 13 seconds left but junior forward Daryl Morsell's inbounds pass to Anthony Cowan Jr. was deflected by Brad Davison and hit Morsell, who was standing out of bounds. Davison then nailed a baseline three-pointer to give the Badgers the win. The Terps had a chance to tie or win the game on the next possession, but Cowan's three-pointer was off.
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Jalen Smith led the Terps with 18 points and nine boards, while Cowan (16.2ppg) added 16 points. The Terps shot just 40% from the field, but they outrebounded the Badgers by 12. They let that game slip away.
KenPom has the Terps at No. 13 with the 41st ranked adjusted offensive efficiency and 7th adjusted defensive efficiency. Defense is Maryland's strength as they allow just 61.4 points per game (28th) on 37.6% shooting (17th) and 31.5% three-point shooting. But offense has been erratic at best. They shoot just 41.3% from the field (295th) and 30.7% from beyond the arc (290th).
- 1-4-1 ATS last 6 road games.
- 0-4 ATS last 4 after a SU win.
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- 37-17-4 ATS last 58 Saturday games.