Fresh off one of the biggest wins in program history, a 66-59 victory over then-No. 7 Wisconsin in Madison on Sunday, the Northwestern Wildcats (19-6, 8-4 Big Ten) host the No. 23 Maryland Terrapins (21-4, 9-3 Big Ten) on Wednesday night at Welsh-Ryan Arena.
Without Scottie Lindsey, who is still out with mono, Northwestern had lost two games in a row before taking on the Badgers. With the win, the Wildcats’ first over a ranked team this season, last week’s dreadful home loss to Illinois was completely forgotten.
But, the going doesn’t get easier for Northwestern, as Maryland is led by star junior point guard Melo Trimble along with a deep cast of supporting characters. The Terrapins had their own bad loss a week ago, falling to Penn State in State College, but bounced back on Saturday with a win over Ohio State.
True freshmen Anthony Cowan, Kevin Huerter and Justin Jackson (the three-point shooter, not ball-carrier) all play major roles for Mark Turgeon’s team, which also features a trio of 6-foot-9 or taller forwards — Damonte Dodd, Michal Cekovsky and Ivan Bender — who will make life difficult for Dererk Pardon down low.
Maryland won both meetings between the Terps and Wildcats in the 2015-16 season, the second of which — in College Park — went to overtime. Two seasons ago, Maryland edged by Northwestern 68-67 on a last-second putback by Dez Wells.
Game time: 6:00 p.m. CT
TV Channel: BTN
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Radio: 720 WGN, WNUR 89.3, Sirius 84, XM 195
Betting line: Northwestern -2