Maryland Terrapins at Michigan State Spartans

Maryland Terrapins Preview

The Maryland Terrapins have won seven consecutive games — all in Big Ten play — but the most recent outing was an unexpected close call. Maryland nearly squandered a 14-point lead in the second half, allowing Nebraska to shoot 54.8 percent after halftime before holding on for a 72-70 win.  


The margin of error will be much slimmer in a charged environment at Michigan State on Saturday as ESPN’s “College GameDay” will be in town. Jalen Smith has posted seven consecutive double-doubles, averaging 18.7 points and 12.1 rebounds in that stretch, while Anthony Cowan Jr. is coming off a 13-point, 10-assist effort vs. the Cornhuskers. The Terrapins started the season 0-4 on the road but have won their past three away contests. 

Michigan State Spartans Preview

The Michigan State Spartans dropped out of the AP rankings this week but took a big step back toward the Top 25 with a 70-69 win at No. 22 Illinois on Tuesday, prevailing on Xavier Tillman’s dunk with 6.6 seconds left.  

Tillman (13.6 points, 10.2 rebounds, 2.1 blocks per game) and point guard Cassius Winston (18.3 points, 5.7 assists) are the household names, but freshman guard Rocket Watts is one to watch on an upward trajectory, coming off a career-high, 21-point game against the Illini. He is the team’s third-leading scorer in conference play at 8.7 points as the Spartans brace for a Maryland defense that allows just 38.4 percent shooting.