Penn State will try to put back-to-back tough losses behind them when No. 21 Maryland comes to Bryce Jordan Center on Tuesday night.
The Nittany Lions lost Feb. 1 in triple overtime at Indiana, and followed that up with a home loss to last-place Rutgers on Saturday. Penn State (12-12, 4-7 Big Ten) has lost three conference games by three points or less and a fourth in triple overtime. After getting to 3-2 in league play with wins against Michigan State and Minnesota, the Nittany Lions have lost five of their past six contests.
Maryland (20-3, 8-2 Big Ten) blew a late lead in a 73-72 loss on Saturday to Purdue that kept the Terps from keeping pace with Wisconsin atop the Big Ten standings.
These two teams have met three times since Maryland joined the Big Ten. The Terps have rallied in the second half to beat the Nittany Lions each time.
Maryland at Penn State: game time, details
Time: 6 p.m. ET tip-off
Date: Tuesday, Feb. 7
Location: Bryce Jordan Center, State College, Pa.
The line: Maryland is favored by 3 points.
Which TV channel station is Penn State basketball vs. Maryland on?
The game will be broadcast on Big Ten Network.
How can I watch Penn State basketball vs. Maryland online?
How can I listen to Penn State basketball vs. Maryland the radio?
For Maryland: The game can be heard on the Maryland Sports Radio Network, including flagship stations ESPN 980 AM in Washington, D.C. and 105.7-FM in Baltimore.
Who is calling the Penn State basketball vs. Maryland game?
Tom Werme will call the game on Big Ten Network with analyst Bob Wenzel. Steve Jones and Dick Jerardi will handle the call for Penn State radio. Johnny Holiday and Chris Knoche are calling the game for Maryland radio.
Three keys to Penn State basketball vs. Maryland
Stay in front of Melo
Melo Trimble not only leads the Terps in scoring at 17.2 points per game, but he’s also the biggest reason why Maryland has had a great record in close games the past three seasons. If the game is tight near the end, bet on the ball being in Trimble’s hands. He’s great at getting in the lane and to the free-throw line, where he shoots 83.5 percent.
Indiana and Rutgers both dominated Penn State on the boards. The Nittany Lions have been outrebounded 95-62 in the past two games. Indiana outscored Penn State 66-40 in the paint. Rutgers held a 17-4 advantage in second-chance points. Maryland’s Damonte Dodd (6-foot-11, 250 pounds) and Michael Cekovsky (7-1, 250) are going to pose a significant challenge up front.
A better start
Shep Garner made 5 of 7 shots in the first half against Rutgers. The rest of the Nittany Lions were 2 of 19. Rutgers only led by six at the break, but it was clearly a missed opportunity for Penn State. While the Nittany Lions stormed back with a 21-10 run to close the game, the poor shooting in the first half from everyone but Garner was a big problem.