Friday, February 5, 2016

#4 Terps Battle #18 Purdue Saturday

Courtesy Maryland Athletics
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The No. 4/3 Maryland men’s basketball team begins a three-game homestand when it welcomes No. 18/16 Purdue on Saturday at XFINITY Center at 4PM EST.

WATCH: ESPN - Bob Wischusen (Play-by-Play), Dan Dakich (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; Westwood One - Brandon Gaudin (PxP), Kelly Tripucka (Analyst)
SOCIAL: Follow @TerrapinHoops on Twitter for in-game updates


Storylines
• Freshman Diamond Stone had 16 points, 10 rebounds and a season-high eight blocks, and Maryland held off Nebraska 70-65 on Wednesday night. Melo Trimble had 14 of his 20 points in the second half as the Terrapins remained a half-game behind conference co-leaders Indiana and Iowa. Trimble now has eight games with 20 or more points this season.

• Maryland boasted a season-high blocked shots at Nebraska. Stone’s eight blocks were the most for a Terrapin since Ekene Ibekwe vs Mount St. Mary’s in 2006.

• The Terps racked up another close victory at Nebraska on Wednesday and continue to lead the nation in games decided by six points or less. Maryland is 19-2 in such games since the 2014-15 campaign.

• With the win at Nebraska Wednesday, Mark Turgeon now has won 20 or more games in 10 of his last 13 seasons.

• Maryland leads the Big Ten Conference in average attendance (17,827) and also ranks fourth nationally. The Terps boast a 25-game winning streak in the friendly confines of the XFINITY Center. The Terps are 5-4 all-time, including a 3-1 mark at home, against No. 18-ranked opponents. The Terps are 79-89 all-time against ranked-teams at home.

• The Terps jumped four spots to No. 4 in this week’s Associated Press Top 25 Poll. Maryland sits at No. 3 in the USA Today poll, marking the 29th straight week Maryland has been in the rankings.



Scouting Purdue
• Purdue has won two in a row, dropping Minnesota, 68-64, and Nebraska, 89-74.

• Reigning Big Ten Player of the Week A.J. Hammons scored 32 points vs. Nebraska his last time out and leads the Boliermakers with 14.3 points per game. Vince Edwards (10.5 ppg) and Isaac Haas (10.2 ppg) also average double-figures while Caleb Swanigan posts 9.0 rebounds per game.

• Maryland won the lone meeting between the two programs last season, 69-60, in West Lafayette.