Maryland basketball resumes Big Ten play against Penn State on Tuesday night at Xfinity Center in College Park, Md. Find the score, time, TV channel, online live stream and live updates below.
The Terps are 12-3 coming into the game, and Penn State is 11-4. This game marks the restart of Big Ten play for both teams as each dove in for a brief two-game conference play stint in December as part of the Big Ten’s new rules.
Maryland vs. Penn State basketball score, live updates
Maryland-Penn State basketball TV channel, live stream info
Location: Xfinity Center, College Park, Md.
Date: January 2, 2018.
Game time: 7 p.m. ET
TV channel: BTN
Online live stream: BTN2go.com
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Maryland and Penn State currently occupy similar spaces in the Big Ten so far this season. Each is in the grey blob that consumes the middle of the conference, behind Michigan State and Purdue but ahead of Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois and Rutgers.
Maryland probably had the advantage by a little. Now, it doesn’t have its best player.
The Terps lost Justin Jackson for the season with a torn labrum five days ago, but this will be their first test without him. Jackson hadn’t been producing at the level Maryland needed him to on the young season, though in hindsight a nagging injury that has now knocked him out for the season likely played a role in that. Jackson, who was projected as a first-round pick in this summer’s NBA draft, had worse averages in points per game, true shooting percentage, assist percentage and turnover percentage so far this season than he did in his freshman campaign.
Penn State looked better than expected at first, but yikes, that loss to Rider.
Pat Chambers had the Nittany Lions relatively taking care of business before Dec. 22. Losses to underwhelming Wisconsin and NC State teams keep looking worse, but their only other loss was to a good Texas A&M team. Then Penn State lost to Rider at home. Rider is No. 144 in the country on KenPom’s analytics rankings, a far cry from NC State at No. 83. Led by sophomores Tony Carr and Lamar Stephens, this Penn State team has still looked better than those in recent years. But a loss like that is cause for concern heading into conference play, and it’s also likely a barrier for the NCAA Tournament selection committee.
For each team, it’s the first game against a similarly-rated team since the two-game conference play stint last month.
Penn State beat Iowa and lost to Wisconsin in December, while Maryland lost to Purdue and beat Illinois. None of that is particularly impressive, save possibly for the Terps’ only losing by 5 against a Purdue team that keeps climbing the rankings. For Maryland, this game is likely a useful measuring stick ahead of a game against No. 1 Michigan State on Thursday.
KenPom’s projection: Maryland 73, Penn State 68
My pick: Penn State 67, Maryland 64