Hoops du Jour
No. 21 Maryland at PSU men
Tipoff: 6 p.m. Bryce Jordan Center
Records: Penn State (12-12, 4-7 Big Ten); Maryland (20-3, 8-2 Big Ten)
Coaches: Patrick Chambers is 84-103 in his sixth season at Penn State and 126-131 in eight seasons overall. Mark Turgeon is 134-62 in six seasons at Maryland and 384-221 in 19 seasons overall.
Radio: ESPN Radio 1430
Probable starters: Penn State — G Shep Garner, 6-1 Jr. (13.0), G Tony Carr, 6-3 Fr. (12.2), F Josh Reaves, 6-4 So. (7.8), F Lamar Stevens, 6-7 Fr. (11.4), F Julian Moore, 6-10 Jr. (2.7). Maryland — C Damonte Dodd, 6-11 Sr. (6.6), F Justin Jackson, 6-7 Fr. (11.3), G Kevin Huerter, 6-7 Fr. (8.8), G Melo Trimble, 6-3 Jr. (17.2), G Anthony Cowan, 6-0 Fr. (10.6).
Notes: Penn State’s Josh Reaves leads the Big Ten in steals with 2.3 per game. … Maryland is second in the Big Ten after falling to No. 18 Purdue this past Saturday. … The Terrapins have three freshmen in their starting lineup. … Junior Melo Trimble is the Terrapins best player and is three points from reaching the 1,500 point career mark. Trimble is also on the Wooden Award Watch List. … Freshman Justin Jackson is inconsistent, but can put up huge numbers for the Terps, exemplified by a 28-point performance against Minnesota a few weeks ago. He also leads the Terps with 6.2 rebounds per game.
Mirror Prediction: Penn State 72, Maryland 70
Comment: Just like the Lions, the Terrapins are capable of inconsistency. The Lions have nothing to lose after falling to Rutgers, which is dangerous for the visiting team. Expect either Stevens or Carr to be tasked with shutting down Trimble. If Trimble can be limited and Watkins can offensively produce in the paint, this game will favor the Lions on a last second shot. The Terrapins are favored by three.
Mirror prediction record: 18-6
— Paddy Cotter