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Northwestern-Maryland Gamethread

This is the biggest game of the Chris Collins era.

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Off to its best start in the NCAA Tournament-era, Northwestern (13-1, 1-0 Big Ten) hosts No. 4 Maryland (12-1, 1-0 Big Ten) on Saturday in what is certainly the program's biggest game since Chris Collins took over as head coach prior to the 2014-15 season.

The Wildcats are coming off a come-from-behind victory over Nebraska in Lincoln that saw Northwestern overcome a 12-point second-half deficit. It also served as the Big Ten's introduction to Wildcat freshman center Dererk Pardon, who, playing in just his second game after burning his redshirt in the aftermath of Alex Olah's foot injury, notched 28 points and 12 boards in his Big Ten debut.

Maryland earned its first Big Ten win in similar fashion this week as they hosted Penn State. The Terrapins found themselves down 13 with just over six minutes left in the game, but came back behind the stellar play of their freshman center Diamond Stone. Like Pardon, Stone came off the bench to have a monster day, scoring 39 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. Pardon, along with senior big man Joey van Zegeren. will have a lot to deal with as Maryland plays a host of talented big men along with Stone.

A win over highly ranked Maryland, would enhance the already growing chatter about Northwestern earning its first ever NCAA Tournament bid this season.

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