Maryland Terrapins at Wisconsin Badgers
Maryland Terrapins Preview
The Maryland Terrapins have one of the best point guards in the country in Anthony Cowan Jr., but that hasn’t prevented some recent struggles on offense. Maryland cobbled together just 49 points in an 18-point loss at Iowa on Friday — “We stunk,” coach Mark Turgeon said — and scraped together 48 in a close loss at Seton Hall on Dec. 19.
Cowan leads the team with an average of 16.2 points per game, with Jalen Smith nearly posting a double-double (13.3 points, 9.4 rebounds), which helps the Terps outrebound foes by 7.1 per game. Maryland is 0-3 in road games, though, also falling at Penn State.
Wisconsin Badgers Preview
The Wisconsin Badgers are 5-1 since Ohio State transfer Micah Potter became eligible in mid-December, posting road wins at Tennessee, Ohio State and Penn State, the last two being ranked teams. Potter, a 6-foot-10 junior, is averaging 9.5 points and 6.5 rebounds in only 15.2 minutes per game, and he went for 24 and 13 in a 58-49 victory over the Nittany Lions on Saturday.
He’s not the only hot player offensively for Wisconsin, which likes to slow tempo to a crawl. Sophomore guard Kobe King is second in scoring (10.9 ppg), and he had 21 in a one-point setback to Illinois last Wednesday, the only loss since Potter joined the lineup.