Who: No. 10 Maryland (23-5, 11-4 Big Ten) at No. 20 Purdue (21-7, 9-6)
When: Saturday, 4 p.m.
Where: Mackey Arena, West Lafayette, Ind.
TV: ESPN – Dave O’Brien (Play-by-Play), Dick Vitale (Analyst), Allison Williams (Sideline)
DMV radio: WTEM (980 AM), WJZ (105.7 FM)
Satellite radio: Sirius Channel 84, XM Channel 84
Coaches: Maryland — Mark Turgeon (fifth season, 110-55); Purdue — Matt Painter (11th season, 233-132)
Will Jake Layman continue his tear? The senior forward is playing with as much confidence as he ever has, and it began nearly a month ago when he began to play more aggressively on the offensive end in practice. That was a critical step in his increased production, Turgeon said Friday. Layman has scored in double figures in each of his last three games, including a 16 point performance (5-of-6 shooting) against Michigan last Sunday. He’s 6-of-9 from beyond the arc in those three contests and has continued to blossom on the defensive end, recording six blocks and four steals over that stretch. “I just think he’s really comfortable in his own skin right now, so he’s playing at a high level. He’s making almost all the right decisions,” Turgeon said. “He’s making himself a weapon.”
Can Maryland clean up the turnovers? The Terrapins have committed 59 turnovers in the past four games alone, including 18 against Michigan in last weekend’s win. Turgeon met with each player individually to review film of the offensive mistakes this week, and he made his players run the stairs at Xfinity Center for each turnover during practice. “Some of the turnovers have been ridiculous, to be honest with you. Traveling with no one guarding you, just losing the ball,” he said. “Really the worst part of our turnovers is that they’ve led to layups. Sometimes, you just throw it in the stands and it looks bad. But at least you get to set your defense.”
Will Melo Trimble break out offensively? The sophomore point guard has endured the worst shooting slump of his career in recent weeks, and although he went just 3-of-10 in the win over Michigan, he was more concerned with the seven turnovers he committed. Speaking with reporters on Friday, Trimble said that the turnovers (18 in last three games) have bothered him and that he hasn’t been getting his hips as low as he usually does when shooting. He added that he has been able to recuperate physically and mentally ahead of Saturday’s game in West Lafayette. “I’ve been well rested, getting treatment and also getting shots up,” said Trimble, who has played 35 minutes or more in each of his last nine league games. “I like staying in the game for a long time, but as far as my physical standpoint, it’s been tough. I’ve just had to get more treatment.”
146: Assists for Trimble this season, the most by a Maryland player since Greivis Vasquez had 208 in 2009-10.
20-3: Maryland’s record in games decided by six points or less over the past two seasons.
13.2: Purdue’s average scoring margin, which ranks third in the Big Ten.
Junior Robert Carter Jr. on the stretch run: “We have an opportunity to play our best basketball at this point.”
Painter on Trimble, via News-Sentinel.com: “He’s struggled shooting lately … but he’s a guy who can string together five to six games where he shoots it well. He’s a guy we have to be aware of at all times. You have to try your best not to let him get transition opportunities, and not get angles.”