COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The No. 17 Maryland men’s basketball team hits the road for its final road game of the regular season as it faces Penn State at the Bryce Jordan Center Wed., Feb. 27, at 6:30 pm on Big Ten Network. The Terps are 5-4 on the road this season, with four of those wins coming by double figures.
• The Terrapins are 14-9 all-time against the Nittany Lions in a series that dates back to 1960, and 5-2 since joining the Big Ten Conference. Maryland defeated Penn State in its Big Ten opener on Dec. 1, 66-59, as Jalen Smith posted 16 points and eight rebounds and Anthony Cowan Jr. added 15 points.
• Junior Anthony Cowan Jr. needs eight points to become just the sixth player in Maryland history to record 1,300 points and 400 assists in a career. He would join an impressive group that includes Greivis Vasquez, John Lucas, Johnny Rhodes, Walt Williams and Melo Trimble.
• Maryland came away with a methodical 72-62 victory over Ohio State Feb. 23, as Anthony Cowan Jr. scored 19 points and Bruno Fernando notched his 18th double-double of the season. Cowan has quickly returned to form over the last two games, averaging 18.0 points and shooting 8 of 14 from 3-pt (.571).
• According to NCAA.com, Maryland has played the 16th toughest schedule in the country and is expected to play the 13th toughest by regular season’s end. The Terrapins have already surpassed their win total from last season despite boasting the third youngest team in the country (351 of 353) according to KenPom.com.
• Sophomore Bruno Fernando has recorded a double-double in nine of his last 10 games after posting 14 points and 10 rebounds against Ohio State. Fernando’s 18 double-doubles on the season are tied for the fifth-most in program history and rank fifth nationally. A 19th double-double would tie Fernando with Buck Williams (1980-81) for fourth-most in program history.
• The Terrapins now rank 13th nationally in field goal percentage defense, holding opponents to 39.2 percent shooting. Maryland has held four of its last five opponents under 37-percent, and ranked 19th overall in adjusted defensive efficiency according to KenPom.com.
• The Terps remain one of the best rebounding teams in the nation, ranking fourth in the country and first in the Big Ten Conference in rebound margin (+9.4). Bruno Fernando ranks second in the conference in rebounds/g (10.6), while Fernando and Jalen Smith combine for nearly six offensive rebounds/g.
• Bruno Fernando was named one of 10 players to the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award list (top center), becoming the first Terp to be named to the list since its inception in 2015. Also on the Naismith Defensive Player of the Year Midseason List, Fernando currently leads the Big Ten Conference (7th nationally) in field goal percentage (.651), ranks second in rebounds/g (10.6) and is fourth in blocks/g (1.9).
• Terp Tendencies: Maryland has won all 21 games it has played when leading with 5:00 to play; Maryland is 14-0 when holding opponents under 40-percent shooting; Maryland is 16-2 when Jalen Smith scores 10+ points.