Purdue vs Maryland Preview

Purdue vs Maryland

An early season Big Ten showdown takes place Friday night at the Xfinity Center.

Maryland is 6-2 after its first stretch of non-conference play, and 1-2 in their last three games. The Terps are coming off losses to St. Bonaventure in the Emerald Coast Classic and Syracuse in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, with a win over New Mexico in the Classic’s third-place game sandwiched in between.

Purdue also sits at 6-2, and, like Maryland, went into its early season tournament undefeated. The Boilermakers were 4-0 and ranked No. 18 in the country going into the Bahamas for the Battle 4 Atlantis, before falling to Tennessee in overtime and Western Kentucky on back-to-back nights. They rebounded with a win over Arizona, who went 0-3 in the tournament, to place seventh, and followed that up by beating No. 17 Louisville in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

Against Louisville, Purdue’s big men proved to be the difference. Despite logging only 21 minutes due to early foul trouble, Isaac Haas drew five fouls over a two-plus minute stretch after halftime to spark a 16-3 run, although coach Matt Painter told reporters Monday his 7-2 center suffered an elbow injury that prevented him from being able to make a fist after the game. The Boilermakers other big man Matt Haarms has 25 blocks through eight games which is the eighth-highest total by a freshman in school history—it’s only been eight games.

Maryland is typically the team that walks into a given arena being physically larger, forced to adjust to quicker, smaller lineups that the opposition throws out there. That will not be the case against Purdue.

The key for Maryland will be to get struggling sophomore Justin Jackson (9.1 points, 8.8 rebounds) going. He committed four turnovers for the fourth straight game to increase his Big Ten-leading total to 24, which has contributed to the Terrapins’ issues with turnovers in their two losses (20 versus St. Bonaventure, 18 against Syracuse).

For Purdue, they have two seven-footers but the pair of Edwards’ are what really makes the Boilermakers go. Carson Edwards has stepped up to become the Boilermakers’ leading scorer, going from 10.1 PPG last year to 17.4 PPG this season. Maryland coach gave high praise to Vince Edwards, saying Thursday that Edwards is to Purdue, what Justin Jackson is to the Terps. Painter has decided run more plays for him out of the post, and he’s delivered with 14.1 points and a team-high 8.8 rebounds a game. He’s added 2.6 assists a night, with a .400 three-point percentage.

Prediction

Purdue has stuttered a bit in non-conference play, but they are still one of the best teams in the Big Ten and honestly have too much fire power for the turnover prone Terps.

LINE -2.5 Purdue

Purdue 81 Maryland 73

 

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