Opponent: Minnesota (14-6, 3-4 Big Ten)
Location: Xfinity Center, College Park, Maryland
Tipoff date/time: Thursday, Jan. 18, 8:30 p.m. EST
Last game: Maryland lost to Michigan 68-67, Minnesota beat Penn State 95-84
Last meeting: Minnesota beat Maryland 89-75 on Feb. 22, 2017
TV: FS1 — Tim Brando (play-by-play) and Len Elmore (analyst)
Streaming: Fox Sports Go
Radio: Maryland Sports Radio Network (105.7 FM Baltimore and ESPN 980 AM Washington, D.C.) — Johnny Holliday (play-by-play) and Chris Knoche and Walt Williams (analysts)
Student radio: WMUC Sports — Alex Flum and Megan Smedley
Spread: Maryland -7.5 (via Odds Shark)
Kenpom prediction: Maryland wins, 79-72
What to watch for the Terps: Perimeter defense
For the fourth straight game, we're focusing on three-point defense for Maryland. At one point during the second half on Monday, Michigan made eight consecutive attempts from beyond the arc. Overall, the Terps have allowed their past three opponents to shoot 39-of-76 from deep. That's not a recipe for success in the Big Ten, even against a Minnesota team that doesn't rely as much on threes.
What to watch for the Golden Gophers: Rebounding
Minnesota has dominated on the glass this year — Richard Pitino's squad ranks second in the Big Ten with 41.5 rebounds per game. The bulk of that production has come from Jordan Murphy, who leads all Power Five players with 12.1 boards per game (UNC Wilmington's Devontae Cacok is at 12.9). In Monday's overtime win over Penn State, Murphy snagged 19 rebounds in 43 minutes. Maryland's Bruno Fernando and Michal Cekovsky will have their work cut out for them on Thursday.