Friday, February 12, 2016

#2 Terps Host B1G Battle with Wisconsin Saturday

Courtesy Maryland Athletics

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The No. 2 Maryland men’s basketball team hosts Wisconsin for a Big Ten battle Saturday at 6:30 p.m. at XFINITY Center.

WATCH: ESPN - Bob Wischusen (Play-by-Play), Stephanie White (Analyst)

LISTEN: Terrapin Sports Radio Network - Johnny Holliday (PxP), Chris Knoche (Analyst), Walt Williams (Sideline); SiriusXM Channel 84/84, ESPN 980 AM, 105.7 FM.
SOCIAL: Follow @TerrapinHoops on Twitter for in-game updates

Storylines
• The victory against Bowie State on Tuesday extended the Terps’ home winning streak to 27 consecutive games, which marks a program-high. Maryland won 26 games in a row in College Park from Feb. 10, 1979 to Jan. 10, 1981 before the streak was snapped by a 66-64 loss to Virginia on Jan. 14, 1981. Maryland is tied for the fourth-longest active home winning streak in the nation.

• Senior guard Rasheed Sulaimon has scored in double figures in four his last five games. Sulaimon is averaging 14.4 points per game during the Terps’ current five-game winning streak. He had a game-high 16 points against Bowie State Tuesday.

• Maryland leads the nation with the most wins in NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball with 22. The Terps are one of only three teams to be ranked in the top 10 all-season long (Oklahoma, Kansas). Maryland leads the Big Ten Conference in average attendance (17,837) and also ranks fourth nationally.

• Maryland (22-3) is off to one of its best starts in program history. The Terps went 26-3 to begin the 2001-02 season and 22-3 to start the 1974-75 campaign. The Terps are one of only two teams (USC) in NCAA Division I basketball to have all five starters notch at least one double-double this season. Maryland has tallied 11 double-doubles this season after recording eight in all of 2014-15.

• Maryland sophomore guard Melo Trimble was named to the Late Season Top 20 list for the 2016 John R. Wooden Award on Wednesday. Trimble leads the Terps in scoring (14.4 ppg), assists (5.5 apg), free throw percentage (.872) and steals (31). He has scored 20 or more points in eight game this season, including 23 at then-No. 9 North Carolina and 24 at then-No. 10 Michigan State.

• In conjunction with Black History Month, the University of Maryland is recognizing the 50th Anniversary of the historic Texas Western University vs. the University of Kentucky National Championship basketball game held in Cole Field House on March 19, 1966. Former Texas Western players Orsten Artis, Louis Baudoin, Willie Cager, David Lattin, Nevil Shed and Willie Worsley will be in attendance.


Scouting Wisconsin
• Wisconsin – winners of six straight – defeated Nebraska, 72-61, at home on Wednesday its last time out. Nigel Hayes (20 pts) and Vitto Brown (18 pts) led the Badgers offensively as the team shot 61 percent from beyond the arc.

• Hayes paces Wisconsin with 17.3 points and 3.4 assists per game. Bronson Koenig (13.3 ppg) and Ethan Happ (11.9 ppg) also average double-figure scoring for the Badgers.

• Maryland trails in the all-time series, 5-4, but have won two-straight. Melo Trimble hit a three-pointer with time expiring to lead the Terps to a 63-60 win in Madison on Jan. 9 this season. Trimble finished with a game-high 21 points.