No. 4 Maryland Men's Basketball vs Penn State Prediction, Preview

Andy Kwong

Date & Time: Tuesday, December 10, 2019, 7PM EST

Location: Bryce Jordan Center, University Park, Pennsylvania

TV Channel. ESPN2

Maryland men's basketball (10-0) will be tested in their second conference matchup of the season against Penn State (7-2) Tuesday night.

Last week, the Terrapins overcame a 14-point deficit by halftime to beat the Illinois Fighting Illini in a thrilling 59-58 win. 

As for Penn State, they struggled mightily against now No. 3 Ohio State and lost 106-74.

Out of the 14 teams in the Big Ten, only Nebraska has a losing record. This conference continues to be one of the best in the nation and this matchup should be challenging for both sides.

The Terrapins will be looking to improve to 11-0 for the first time since the 1972-73 season, and extend their conference record to 2-0. Maryland currently has a 14-10 all-time record against Penn State.

Getting to know the opponent

HC Pat Chambers

Chambers is currently having his best season as Penn State's head coach. Their 7-2 start on the season is the best in his tenure. In his nine years as the coach of the Nittany Lions, he has a record of 134-142. He has failed to take his team to the NCAA tournament during that time.

F Lamar Stevens

The senior forward from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania leads the team in points, averaging 16.8 points per game. He makes good use of his big frame (6-foot-8 225 pounds), as he is second on the team averaging 7.3 rebounds. 

G Myreon Jones

Myreon Jones has to the most dangerous sharp shooter on Penn State's roster. His average of 13.1 points trails only Stevens but there is more to his stats that people should know about. He is almost automatic from the free throw line, making 18-of-21 of his attempts. He is the most dangerous player from behind the arc, converting 40.8 percent of his 3-point shots. 

F Mike Watkins

Watkins is enjoying the best season of his career, as he is one of the premier defenders in college basketball. The senior forward has converted a good 58 percent of his shots. He also leads the team averaging 9.2 rebounds per game. If this is impressive, check out his blocks. His 3.8 blocks per game is the fourth-best average in college basketball and his 34 blocks is the fifth-most. 

G Jamari Wheeler

He might be a bench player but he leads the team with 20 steals. The junior guard has been improving every season since his freshman year and is a player to watch in the upcoming matchup.

Strengths

The Nittany Lions are averaging an impressive 9.7 steals and 5.9 blocks per game. Their work on the defense is arguably the best in college basketball.

Weakness

Though Watkins leads the team in rebounds, they do have a size disadvantage as Penn State has zero players on the roster that are at least 6-foot-10 or taller. Maryland owns five.

Prediction

Expect a slow start for Maryland as they normally do to open a game. Illinois was a much bigger challenge than people initially thought and Penn State should be no different. Mark Turgeon and his Terrapins need to get more contribution from the bench if they want to avoid another close game. Maryland is still expected to win this one.

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