The Terrapins look to stay hot against Nebraska
The Maryland Terrapins face off against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at home, in hopes of winning back to back conference games. The Terrapins are coming off of what could possibly be considered their best game of the season on Wednesday and hope to keep the momentum going. Now sitting at 13-7, the Terps revived some of their faithful after a promising second half at Purdue, followed up by a promising win against Wisconsin.
In the game against Wisconsin, the Terrapins did exactly what they needed to do. They were able to dominate and win the paint, they played some of their best defense of the year, they shot 43% from three as well as 56% from the field, and most importantly they controlled the tempo of the game. After the game, guard Jahmir Young was asked what he felt was the most deciding factor of the game and he alluded to the tempo that Maryland had. Having the defense of Wisconsin on their heels all day is what Maryland did, and as a Maryland fan that performance was one that was very enjoyable to watch.
Later today the Terps are met by Big Ten opponent Nebraska, still home inside of the Xfinity Center. Nebraska, sitting at 10-11, is coming off a blowout loss against Northwestern, and is in the midst of a two game skid. Nebraska is led by guard Keisei Tominaga, as well as Forward Derrick Walker. If the Terps can do their best to take them out of the game by locking them down defensively, they should see a lot of success in exchange.
The Terps on Wednesday saw a lot of what they have seen most of the year, Jahmir Young taking charge and leading this team offensively. Young, coming off a 22 point performance was a real promising site as he struggled against Purdue. Today, the Terps will look to him again to facilitate and create the offensive game plan. All of the Terps shined on Wednesday, we saw another very promising performance from Julian Reese, as well as Dontae Scott, who had a double double. Hakim Hart dropped 13 points himself. Today, the Terps should look to do exactly what they were able to on Wednesday.
As long as the Terps control the tempo of the game from the beginning, they should see themselves finding a lot of success against a struggling Nebraska team. It was good to see the Terps dominate in the paint, especially Dontae Scott coming away with 11 rebounds and if they can show a similar paint dominance today, once again they should see a lot of success. The Terrapins tip off today at 4:30 on Big Ten Network, Go Terps!