The Maryland men’s basketball team will host Nebraska on Tuesday and Wednesday next week, the school announced Thursday night. The Terps were previously scheduled to play the Cornhuskers on Jan. 16, but Nebraska postponed that game because of coronavirus cases in its program.

With the pair of games next week, Maryland will be on track to finish the season with 20 conference games as planned, despite the schedule disruptions the Big Ten has navigated this season because of the pandemic. This is the first time the conference has opted to have a team play an opponent on back-to-back days, but it could become a solution for other teams still working to make up postponed games. Maryland hasn’t played the same opponent on back-to-back nights since January 1949 at Miami.

Maryland (10-10, 4-9 Big Ten) was already scheduled to play at Nebraska on Wednesday, but now they will host the Cornhuskers in College Park. Nebraska (4-11, 0-8) will play at Penn State on Sunday, so logistically, the adjustment makes sense and will allow the Cornhuskers to stay on the East Coast.

Nebraska had to postpone five straight games last month. The Cornhuskers, who returned to play Saturday, have relied on quick turnarounds between matchups in the hopes of making up their lost games. The Cornhuskers are now scheduled to play eight games in 15 days. Both games at Maryland will begin at 7 p.m. and be broadcast on the Big Ten Network.

The schedule adjustment gives Maryland the chance to win three games next week. The Terps face Minnesota at Xfinity Center on Sunday, with only a one-day layoff before the pair of games against the struggling Cornhuskers. Maryland defeated the Golden Gophers, 63-49, when the teams played in Minneapolis last month.

Even though Maryland has won four games against ranked teams, including three on the road, the Terps still need to improve their conference record. Home wins over Nebraska would not do much to help Maryland’s tournament résumé, but over the course of just a few days, the Terps could significantly improve their 4-9 Big Ten record.

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