Minnesota and Maryland will be televised on FS1.
Location: Xfinity Center in College Park, Md.
Maryland remained relevant in that conversation with a 77-66 win, a welcome bounce-back after Monday's gut-wrenching loss at MI. I mean they had to beat MI at Michigan.
"When he plays really well I think as a team we play really well, defensively and offensively", Huerter said.
"The great thing for is we've got an unbelievably hard schedule, which gives us an opportunity to beat teams that will be in the tournament", Turgeon said. Maryland's players stared at the floor in silence for a good 20 minutes in the locker room after.
The Maryland Terrapins (14-6) have lost their last two games including a 68-67 loss to MI in which Anthony Cowan scored 24 points in 8 of 15 shooting from the field and 4 of 6 from the free throw line.
Believe it or not, Minnesota (14-7, 3-5) was in the same position in the Big Ten standings a year ago - and actually dropped to 3-6 - before rattling off eight wins in a row late in the season. Coach [Mark Turgeon]. a couple weeks into the season, he didn't know if we were a tournament team. "We just have to keep getting better".
The Minnesota Golden Gophers (14-6) just snapped their three-game losing streak after a 95-84 win over Penn State in which Nate Mason scored 25 points in 9 of 18 shooting from the field and 3 of 5 from the free throw line. It was crucial for the sophomore to do so, both given how slow he started in the loss to MI and because of the putrid offensive performance his team put forth in the early going Thursday. Now at.500 in the conference after beating a depleted Minnesota squad, Maryland can regroup during a stretch in which it plays just one game over the next nine days.
With 3:29 to go in the first half, Maryland held a 29-21 lead after a Sean Obi layup. But Cekovsky also gave Maryland much-needed rim protection against Murphy, altering shots and forcing the Gophers' big man to earn his 19 points on 17 shots.
"Ceko is playing the best basketball of his career, which is great".
Fernando went back to the bench after committing an offensive foul on Murphy just 59 seconds into the second half. Michal Cekovsky delivered 10 of his 17 points during an 18-2 run that gave the Terrapins a 50-34 lead against the tired Golden Gophers, who could not summon the energy to make a comeback.
Cowan's first field goal came, a three-pointer from the left corner, came with 11:31 left to make it 53-36. Then he did it again on the next possession from the same spot.
"We just weren't making shots", Pitino said. That is the kind of production Huerter knows his team is capable of, and must continue, to make a run over the final 10 games.
"We weren't happy with how we ended the half", sophomore guard Kevin Huerter said. "Every single game, we're taking a step in the right direction".