Opponent: New Mexico Lobos (2-3)
Location: The Arena at Northwest Florida State College, Niceville, Florida
Tipoff time: 4 p.m. EST, Saturday, Nov. 25
Last game: Maryland lost to St. Bonaventure 63-61, New Mexico lost to TCU 69-67
Last meeting: First ever meeting
Radio: 105.7 FM (Baltimore) and ESPN 980 AM (Washington, D.C.) — Chris Knoche (play-by-play), Troy Wainwright (analyst)
Kenpom prediction: Maryland 80-67
What to watch for Maryland: Turnovers
Even the most casual basketball fan can tell you that when a team has more turnovers (20) than made field goals (19), something has gone horribly wrong. That was what happened last night, when Maryland lost to St. Bonaventure. Kenpom currently ranks Maryland as the 323rd worst team in the country when it comes to how often the Terps turn the ball over. Everyone ranked lower than Maryland plays in a mid-major conference, which is not a good sign. This is not exactly groundbreaking analysis here, but Maryland really needs to cut down on the turnovers if they want to be a tournament team this year.
What to watch for New Mexico: Poor defensive rebounding
New Mexico allows an offensive rebound 38.6 percent of the time. They rank 330th in the category, with only 21 teams in the whole country that do a worse job of grabbing the ball after their opponent misses. If Maryland can actually manage to avoid turnovers, they will not necessarily need a good shooting performance given the fact it looks likely there will be no shortage of second chance points available to them.