Terps Resume Conference Play vs. Penn State

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January 2, 2018 || XFINITY Center || 7:00 pm 

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Maryland (12-3, 1-1) resumes Big Ten competition Tuesday when the Terps host Penn State (11-4, 1-1) at the XFINITY Center at 7:00 pm. The game will be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network.  


• Maryland holds a 12-8 edge in the all-time series between the two schools, and is 3-1 vs. the Nittany Lions since joining the Big Ten. Penn State captured its first win the head-to-head series since 1990 last year when the Nittany Lions ended Maryland’s then-unbeaten road record on Feb. 7, 70-64.  

Mark Turgeon announced last week that Justin Jackson (torn labrum) and Ivan Bender (torn meniscus) will miss the remainder of the 2017-18 season due to injury. Jackson was a preseason All-Big selection and Naismith Trophy Watch List honoree, while Bender played in all 15 games with seven starts prior to going down. In addition, junior Andrew Terrell will be sidelined 4-6 weeks with an ankle injury.

Mark Turgeon won his 400th career game as a head coach and 150th game at the helm for Maryland on Dec. 29, as the Terps secured a 66-45 victory over UMBC. Turgeon began his head coaching career at Jacksonville State in 1998, where he won 25 games, before winning 128 games at Wichita State (2000-07) and 97 games at Texas A&M (2007-2011). 

Jared Nickens has now moved into 10th in Maryland history in career three-pointers with 160 as a Terp. Nickens passed Maryland great Walt Williams (154) against Catholic on Dec. 12, and now sits 16 three pointers away from tying Drew Nicholas (176) for ninth. Nickens currently ranks third in the Big Ten in three-point field percentage (53.3%) on 24-of-45 shooting.    

Kevin Huerter has moved into the top-20 all-time in career three pointers made, as the sophomore now has 104 career threes as a Terp. The mark moves him into 19th all-time at Maryland, and the Clifton Park, N.Y. native is primed to climb further up the all-time list throughout Big Ten play.  

• Maryland is currently shooting 49.1% from the floor this season, which ranks third in the Big Ten and 33rd in the country. The Terps are also third in the conference in three-point field percentage (39.5%) connecting on 124 of 314 attempts. 

• Maryland has out-rebounded 14 of its 15 opponents this season, averaging 40.4 rebounds per game. Maryland’s rebounding margin of +10.5 ranks fifth in the nation (as of 12/31), while the Terps are holding opponents to 37.3% shooting (8th in the nation).


• On January 2nd during the first half of the Men’s Basketball game against Penn State, members of the JOY cheerleading team alongside the Maryland cheer team will be performing. JOY Cheerleading gives individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities the opportunity to perform in different events. 

• Head Coach Mark Turgeon and his wife Ann teamed up with the organization, which helps to raise awareness of the needs and special accomplishments of individuals with Down syndrome. The Tribute 21 Fund helps to raise money to support different non-profit organizations in the DC Metro area that support individuals with Down syndrome and their families. The focus is to enhance life opportunities through scholarships, inclusion programs, social and athletic activities, and community outreach.  

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