When: 9:15 p.m. Where: Welsh-Ryan Arena, Evanston, Ill.
TV: ESPN2. Radio: WTEM (980 AM)
Find the shooting touch: Maryland leads the ACC in blocked shots and rebounding margin, but the Terrapins are tied for 10th in three-point shooting at 31 percent. Northwestern will dare them to shoot from the outside in a 1-3-1 half-court trap. Logan Aronhalt went 4 for 4 against Georgia Southern and should be counted on again as a zone-breaker, but the Terps will need more than the Albany transfer to get hot, meaning perimeter threats like Seth Allen, Nick Faust and Jake Layman.
Rotate on defense: Northwestern uses its Princeton offense to hunt layups and open three-point shots with back screens, sharp cuts and motion principles. While the Terps have improved defensively, they struggled to defend a hot-shooting Lafayette team on the perimeter. Rotating well and helping each other will drastically cut down on Northwestern’s open looks.
Withstand the road: This marks Maryland’s only true road test during non-conference play. (The Terps played Kentucky in Brooklyn and will face George Mason at Verizon Center on Sunday.) Coach Mark Turgeon spoke about maturity and poise, the two intangibles necessary to succeed on the road. How will this young Maryland team fare in hostile territory?
— Alex Prewitt