Northwestern takes on No. 7 Maryland on Tuesday night from Xfinity Center in College Park at 8pmET. The Terps have won eight straight games and have moved into first place in the Big 10 with an 11-3 record. The Wildcats are in last place with a 1-13 record.
These teams met on Jan. 21 with the Terps winning 77-66 on the road from Evanston. Maryland has won four straight in this series straight up and against the spread.
Stumbling down the stretchAt least Northwestern has been consistent; consistently bad. While Maryland has won eight straight, they've lost nine straight games. They fell at another Top-10 team on Saturday, losing to Penn State 77-61. After playing two competitive games at Rutgers (77-73ot) and against Purdue (61-58 loss at home), the Wildcats have been crushed by Michigan by 25 at home and to Penn State by 16.
The Wildcats were never really in the game at Penn State, despite shooting 47% from the floor and 52% from the field in the second half. But they also shot just 2-14 from beyond the arc and were pounded on the boards by 12. Boo Buie led Northwestern with 12 points on 5-of-12 shooting. Miller Kopp (6-7, 210) leads the Wildcats with 13.2 points per game on 40.8% shooting (39.8% 3pt).
According to KenPom, Northwestern ranks 126th, 117th in adjusted offensive efficiency and 164th in adjusted defensive efficiency. The Wildcats average just 64.8 points per game (321st) on 41.7% shooting (277th) and 31.7% from long distance. They get outrebounded teams by 3.0 per game.
Cowan helps deliver huge winSenior guard Anthony Cowan was named Big 10 Player of the Week thanks to an impressive performance in the Terps' 67-60 road win over Michigan State on Saturday. He scored the game's final 11 points to help the Terps rally from down seven with three minutes left. Maryland led by as many as 15 points in the first half, by eight at the half and then lost the league when their offense bogged down in the second half. But their 14-0 run with 3:08 left. The Terps shot just 41% from the field and 36% (9-25) from beyond the arc. The difference was at the three-point line, where the Spartans were held to just 4-of-19 from long distance.
“We just gutted it out," said Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon. "This team fights and the games that we’ve won close in the league, the last three or four minutes defensively, we’ve been exceptional.”
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The Terps have won eight straight and it starts on the defensive end, where they allow just 62.2 points per game, 38.5% shooting (19th) and 39.9% from beyond the arc. They also outrebound teams by 4.6 per game.
Maryland is ranked 8th overall by KenPom, 34th in adjusted offensive efficiency and 5th in adjusted defensive efficiency. In the latest Net Rankings, the Terps are 7th overall. Jerry Palm of CBS has the Terps as a No. 2 seed in the South in his latest bracket. Cowan leads the Terps with 16.6 points per game and 4.5 assists, while sophomore forward Jalen "Stix" Smith adds 15.2 points, 10.2 rebounds and 2.3 blocks.
- Road team is 8-2 ATS last 10 in series.
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- 2-5-1 ATS last 8 Tuesday games.