ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan faced a stiff challenges early in its Big Ten Conference schedule in Wednesday’s 72-69 win against Penn State.
The Wolverines rallied from a 14-point deficit in the second half and finished the win on a 34-17 run. Michigan kept Penn State’s shooters off-balance, as the Nittany Lions made only five of their final 17 shots. Meanwhile, Michigan had four players score in double figures, led by Zak Irvin and Derrick Walton Jr. with 14 points each.
Despite the win, Michigan coach John Beilein told reporters Friday that he wants his team to find a tougher edge.
“We have to have a mindset, a tough mindset about us that we can get through things,” Beilein said. “We haven’t proved we’re a tough team. We’ve proved we can be tough, at times. But you have to be tough every time.”
Michigan (11-4, 1-1 Big Ten) hosts Maryland (13-2, 1-1) in a Saturday matinee at Crisler Center. The Terrapins are coming off a surprising 67-65 loss to Nebraska, in which the Huskers finished the game on a 16-1 run in College Park, Md. Maryland missed its final nine shots and was scoreless in the final 6 minutes.
Michigan basketball vs. Maryland game time, details
Time: 3:15 p.m. ET
Date: Saturday, Jan. 7
Location: Crisler Center, Ann Arbor, Mich.
The line: Michigan is favored by 7 points.
Which TV channel broadcasts Michigan basketball vs. Maryland?
ESPN2 will broadcast the game.
How can I watch Michigan basketball vs. Maryland online?
ESPN2 will stream the game on WatchESPN.
How can I listen to Michigan basketball vs. Maryland on the radio?
You can listen on Sirius channel 135.
For Maryland basketball, 105.7 FM (WJZ-Baltimore), 980 AM (ESPN-Washington) and 101.9 FM (WLIF-Baltimore) are the primary stations. Click here for other Maryland radio affiliates.
For Michigan basketball, 950 AM (WWJ-Detroit), 102.9 FM (WWWW-Ann Arbor) and 1050 AM (WTKA-Ann Arbor) are the primary stations. Click here for other Michigan radio affiliates.
Who is calling the Michigan basketball vs. Maryland game?
Play-by-play announcer Jason Benetti and analyst Sean Farnham will call the game for ESPN2.
Maryland’s radio crew includes play-by-play announcer Johnny Holliday and analyst Chris Knoche.
Michigan’s radio crew includes play-by-play announcer Matt Shepard and analyst Terry Mills.
Michigan basketball keys to the game
1. Don’t snooze midgame: Part of what felled Michigan in the first half against Penn State was lethargic play, and the Wolverines need to enter the game with intensity and continue it throughout, instead of finding itself in a hole and attempting to dig out of it. Michigan was down by seven points at halftime and by 14 points in the second half before getting stops and a key offensive spark with about 11 minutes left.
2. Claim your territory underneath the basket: Penn State outrebounded Michigan 38-27, including 21-9 in the first half, and allowed Michigan only five offensive rebounds. Penn State created its chances, in particular, off defensive rebounds, and finished with 29 defensive rebounds. Michigan enters Saturday’s game against Maryland fourth in the conference in defensive rebounding (30.9) but 14th (last) in offensive rebounding (31.5).
3. Force the opposition into turnovers: Penn State committed 14 turnovers — seven in each half — but Michigan scored 20 points off turnovers to Penn State’s four. Maryland has committed 212 turnovers this season, but has a turnover margin of zero, having forced 212 opponent turnovers in its first 15 games.