The non-conference portion of the Maryland basketball schedule concludes home against the University of Maryland, Baltimore County Retrievers.
New Year’s Day is a few days away, and Maryland Basketball (11-3, 1-1 Big Ten) has a prime-time matchup against the UMBC Retrievers (8-5, 0-0 American East) Friday night.
The Terps took care of business against the Fairleigh Dickinson Knights 75-50 and look to have a repeat performance before they get in the thick of Big Ten play.
Maryland and UMBC haven’t played one another since Dec. 23, 2002, and in 13 meetings between the two teams, Maryland has dominated, winning all 13 games.
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Maryland basketball head coach Mark Turgeon is looking for career win No. 400 and No. 150 as Maryland’s head coach. Can the Retrievers pull off the upset or will the Terps cruise to victory?
Kevin Huerter finished with a double-double (12 points, 15 rebounds) against the Knights, the Thursday before Christmas. He was two assists away from a triple-double with eight in that game. Maryland’s defense was the story, however, as they went on a 24-0 run. The great defense they played allowed their offense to flourish.
Defense is going to have to be a top priority for the Terps basketball if they want to avoid an upset. The Retrievers have four players who shoot over 40 percent from the three-point line (guards Jairus Lyles and K.J. Maura; Forwards Arkel Lamar and Joe Sherburne).
The Terps will need to be wary of Lyles on both ends of the floor because he is a scorer (21.8 PPG) and averages two steals per game.
Maryland basketball vs. UMBC game time is 8 p.m. EST and can be found live on Fox Sports One (FS1).
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After this matchup, the Terps stay home to play the Penn State Nittany Lions Jan. 2 at 7 p.m. EST on the Big Ten Network.