Undefeated No. 13 Maryland faces a tough road test at Wisconsin

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Undefeated Maryland will face another major test when the No. 13 Terrapins visit defensive-minded Wisconsin on Tuesday for a Big Ten game at the Kohl Center in Madison.

Maryland (8-0, 1-0 Big Ten) beat Illinois No. 16 71-66 on Friday, and the terps were rewarded by voters this week, moving up nine spots. Wisconsin (6-2, 0-0) beat Marquette State 80-77 in overtime on Saturday.

Maryland’s overall score is 8-0 for the first time since the 2019-20 season when the Turps won the Big Ten championship.

Jameer Young scored a season-high 24 points and Hakim Hart added 17 points in Maryland’s win over Illinois. The Turps also made it to the free-throw line with 14 of 18 and the Illini 7 of 8. Maryland made 127 free throws this season, 10 more than rivals attempted.

“Obviously we still have a long way to go,” said Maryland freshman coach Kevin Willard. “But I think everyone got an idea of ​​how hard these guys worked, what kind of attitude they had and what this program is not only about now, but also about what it will be about in the future. So it’s really cool to be 8-0.”

Donta Scott leads Maryland in scoring with 15.4 ppg, Young averages 15.1, Hart 13.8, and Julian Reese 12.6 ppg and a team-best 7.8 rpg. The turps, who shoot 49 percent from the floor this season, lead the opposition by 19.8 points per game.

The Badgers have won their last two games against Maryland, including 70–69 last season, trailing Tyler Wahl, who scored 21 points. Wisconsin has won seven of the last 10 games against the Turps, and eight or fewer points have been decided in the last eight games.

Wisconsin’s last five games have been decided by five points or less. The Badgers lost to No. 9 Kansas 69-68 in overtime at Battle 4 Atlantis and lost at home 78-75 to Wake Forest.

Wisconsin led Marquette by 11, half behind Chucky Hepburn, who had 16 points before halftime. But Hepburn left in the opening seconds of the second half with a lower body injury before returning with just under seven minutes to go.

The Badgers struggled without Hepburn on the court.

“A point guard in every conference is what’s missing,” Wisconsin coach Greg Gard said. “It’s not just his game, but how he affects everyone else’s game. He’s used to playing with these guys, they’re used to him on the court.”

Val leads the Badgers with 14.5 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. After an early-season slump, Hepburn scored 59 points in her last three games, shooting 21 of 41 shots, including 14 of 23 from three-point range.

Freshman Connor Essegian has come off the bench in double figures in each of Wisconsin’s last five games.

Wisconsin allows you to score 59.9 points per game. The Badgers lose to Garda 68-8 when they are 60 points or less, including going 5-0 this season.

–Field level media



Source: sports.yahoo.com