Game Preview: Maryland vs Purdue

Courtesy of PurdueSports.com

The third ranked Purdue Boilermakers will enter Wednesday night’s game against Maryland on a school record 17 game winning streak. The Terrapins have lost five of their last seven games.  Wednesday will be the second meeting between the Boilermakers and the Terrapins. Purdue won the December 1st match up at Maryland 80-75.  

Maryland’s likely starters

  1. Anthony Cowan (So.)
  2. Kevin Huerter (So.)
  3. Darryl Morsell (Fr.)
  4. Dion Wiley (Fr.)
  5. Michal Cekovsky (Sr.)

Purdue’s likely starters

  1. PJ Thompson (Sr.)
  2. Carsen Edwards (So.)
  3. Dakota Mathias (Sr.)
  4. Vincent Edwards (Sr.)
  5. Isaac Haas (Sr.)

Youth vs. Experience

Maryland will likely start four underclassmen.  The Terps are a young, skilled, and very talented squad. Maryland’s youth can lead to turnovers and wasted possessions. According to Yahoo Sports, Maryland enters the game 267th nationally in turnovers. The Boilermakers counter with a starting squad which consists of four upperclassmen.  For most of the season, those seniors have repeated the mantra, “Purdue won’t beat Purdue.”  The Boilermakers will value basketball and make their free throws, especially late in the game.

What’s Your Poison?

In Purdue’s previous two games, opposing coaches John Beilein and Archie Miller have elected to play Isaac Haas straight up in order to cover the three point shot.  In Michigan’s case the Boilers were still able to generate good looks from beyond the arc to the tune of 11 made threes, and Isaac Haas poured in 24 points.  Against Indiana, Isaac Haas scored nearly at will on the smaller Hoosier defenders, but the three point shot was not falling.  Maryland is going to have to make a choice about how to limit Purdue’s offense.  The Boilermaker defense can be exploited off the dribble. Purdue will have to limit’s Anthony Cowan’s drives to the  basket and run Kevin Huerter off the three point line.

Eye of the Tiger

Wednesday night will be Rocky night at Mackey Arena.  Fans who bring a canned good to the game will receive a poster of Rocky themed Purdue players.  This Purdue team seems to have that ‘eye of the tiger’ mentality.  They are always engaged and always fighting regardless of the score.

Location:  Mackey Arena, West Lafayette, Indiana

Time:  8:30 p.m.

TV:  BTN

About Nick Weicht 11 Articles
I'm Nick Weicht. I cover Purdue sports for Blue HQ Media I am a 2002 graduate of Purdue University with a BA in English Education. For the past 16 years I've taught English primarily to high school students. I spent two wonderful years in Colorado enjoying the sunshine and outdoor sports. I've always had a passion for sports growing up in a die hard Purdue basketball family. I came to love the Chicago Cubs at an early age, so November 2nd/3rd 2016 was the greatest sports moment of my life. I have a wonderful family with whom I share my love of books, the outdoors, and sports.

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