Maryland eyeing deep run in Big Ten tournament

February 28, 2018 | WNST Staff


NEW YORK, N.Y. — Eighth-seeded Maryland (19-12, 8-10) will take on ninth-seeded Wisconsin (14-17, 7-11) on Thursday, March 1 at noon when both teams open play at the 2018 Big Ten Tournament at Madison Square Garden. The game will be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network.

• Maryland captured a 68-63 win over Wisconsin at the XFINITY Center in the team’s only previous meeting this season on February 4. Anthony Cowan Jr. scored 23 points and Kevin Huerter added 19 in the victory, while Maryland now holds a 3-2 edge in the head-to-head series since the Terps joined the Big Ten in 2014-15.

• Maryland is 2-3 all-time at the Big Ten Tournament, and will play in Thursday’s slate of games for the first time since joining the conference.

• Maryland is 12-6 all-time at Madison Square Garden. The first game was a Maryland win over Boston College, 88-63, on March 11, 1958 in the NCAA East Regional First Round – the first-ever tournament appearance in school history. The last time the Terps visited MSG, Maryland captured a 76-66 win over Connecticut on December 8, 2015.

• Maryland has won its past three games played in New York City under head coach Mark Turgeon, which included two wins during the 2016-17 season when Maryland captured the Barclay’s Classic Tournament title on November 26.

• Sophomore guards Anthony Cowan Jr. and Kevin Huerter, in addition to freshman center/forward Bruno Fernando earned All-Big Ten honors as announced by the conference offices on February 26. Cowan Jr. was named a Third Team All-Big Ten selection while also being named to the five-player Big Ten All-Defensive Team, Huerter was named an All-Big Ten Honorable Mention selection and Fernando was named to the All-Big Ten Freshmen Team.

• Cowan Jr. ranks tied for 10th in the Big Ten in scoring (15.7 P/G), third in assists per game (5.2), tied for third in steals per game (1.5), first in free throws made (159) and third in free throw percentage (84.6%) while leading Maryland in each category. He finished the regular season first in the conference and second in the country in total minutes played (1,146), and was Maryland’s leading scorer in 17 different games including nine Big Ten contests.

• Huerter has finished in double figures in 25 consecutive games this season, dating back to his career-high 23-point performance at Syracuse on November 27. It is currently the second longest active streak in the Big Ten.

• Fernando had a breakout first-year campaign on the court for the Terrapins, averaging 10.2 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game for the Terps, He was twice named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week, and his 6.4 rebounds per game and 58.5 shooting percentage leads all Big Ten freshmen, while his 1.2 blocks per game ranked third among all first year players in the conference.