COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Maryland (17-11, 6-9) returns to the XFINITY Center Saturday to play Rutgers (13-15, 3-12) at 8:00 pm. The game will be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network.
• Maryland (17-11, 6-9) returns to the XFINITY Center Saturday to play Rutgers (13-15, 3-12) at 8:00 pm.
• Maryland leads the all-time series 8-3, and has won all five meetings since both teams joined the Big Ten in 2014-15. The Terps cruised to a 79-59 road victory last season when the teams squared off in Piscataway, N.J. on February 28, 2017 and knocked off the Scarlet Knights 67-55 at home when they met earlier that year on January 24.
• Former Maryland basketball players Melo Trimble and Jake Layman will return to College Park Saturday to attend Maryland’s matchup against Rutgers. The Terrapin basketball alums will step away from their professional careers in the midst of NBA All-Star weekend to take in a game at the XFINITY Center.
• The Terps have been a force at home this season, holding a 14-2 overall record and 5-2 record against conference opponents at the XFINITY Center. Maryland averages nearly three points more per game (77.8) and holds opponents to over five points less per game (61.8) in games played in College Park compared to the team’s season average. Maryland has lost just seven home games over the past four years under head coach Mark Turgeon.
• Freshman Bruno Fernando turned in one of his best games as a Terp against Nebraska on February 13, tying his career high with 21 points, while posting nine rebounds and a career-high five assists. Fernando has led the Terps rebounding since the loss of Justin Jackson earlier this season, averaging 6.2 boards per game along with 9.9 points.
• Senior Jared Nickens has helped bolster the Maryland offense over the past six games, averaging 8.8 points per game while shooting 14-of-28 (50%) from three. Nickens passed former teammate Melo Trimble (177) for career three pointers made at Maryland with the 178th of his career against Nebraska (2/13).
• Sophomore Kevin Huerter has again cracked Maryland’s top-20 in season three-pointers with 68 threes made in 28 games played. Huerter’s freshman total of 65 ranks eighth all-time in Maryland history, and the Clifton Park, N.Y. native is on pace to finish in the top-five all-time in season three pointers. Huerter’s 68 three pointers this season currently ranks fifth in the conference.
• Freshman Bruno Fernando’s 34 blocks are the seventh most by a freshman in Maryland history. Fernando finished with three blocks against Northwestern on February 10, his seventh game this season recording three blocks.
2017-18 maryland basketball gameday
• Fans are reminded that the Maryland Athletics Clear Bag Policy is in effect for all Maryland home games for the 2017-18 season. For more information, please click here.
• For further information on gameday at the XFINITY Center, please reference the XFINITY Center A-Z guide.