Preview: Maryland seeking third road win of season vs. Nebraska

Maryland (18-8, 9-6) vs. Nebraska (13-14, 6-10)

Where: Pinnacle Bank Arena

When: Sunday, February 19, 2023

TV: FS1 – Kevin Kugler (pxp), Nik Bahe (analyst)

Radio: 105.7 (Baltimore), 980AM (DC)

Spread: UMD -5.5; O/U 134

The highs from Thursday night are now behind the Terrapins as they hit the road, but Maryland will look to maintain its momentum when they face Nebraska in search of their seventh win in eight games. The two teams faced off last month as Maryland pulled off an 82-63 win thanks to 34 combined points from the starting backcourt, marking the largest margin of victory in a Big Ten game since it beat Rutgers 79-59 on Feb. 28, 2017.

Maryland will look to avoid a Sunday hangover and for head coach Kevin Willard, he shifted his attention to the Huskers shortly after the win over Purdue. “We’ve got five games left, man. Phew. We’ve got Nebraska on Sunday. I’m already there,” he said on Thursday night. “We have a meeting here in hopefully five minutes about going over Nebraska. It really is. This league is, [Purdue] is a team that can win a national championship and Zach [Edey] is probably the best player in college basketball. I want to keep this going.”

Maryland has since followed it up with wins over a pair of top-25 teams along with a 35-point drubbing on the road against Minnesota. While the dominant performance against the Gophers was one of several impressive performances as Kevin Willard has watched his team turn the corner to start the new year, Sunday will also give Maryland a chance to pick up its second conference win on the road.

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While the Huskers will look at Sunday as a chance to get back to .500, they’ve also been able to find success over the last two weeks and have won three of their last four and are coming off a ten-point win at Rutgers. Grad transfer guard Keisei Tominaga scored just three points in the last matchup, but has caught fire during the recent stretch averaging 24.5 points on 58.7% shooting. While Nebraska is averaging nearly 75 points per game after turning it around, Maryland will look to bolster its postseason outlook.

Both CBS Sports and Joe Lunardi projected Maryland as a six-seed on Saturday, slightly higher than the average 7.06 seed the Terps are averaging less than one month away from the NCAA Tournament.

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