Maryland has not won a Big Ten Tournament game since 2016. They would have to wait until 2020 to break that streak. Nebraska came into this game with the energy of the Rutgers win to beat Maryland 69-61.
Eight players suited up, seven saw the floor. All of those Huskers made some sort of an impact on the court. Whether it was scoring, rebounding, or just posing a presence against this #5 ranked Terrapins squad. Maryland was bigger, stronger, and more athletic but you would not have known it from the game. The Huskers came out and wanted it more.
That game started out competitive enough. Both teams took awhile to score but matched each other through the first few minutes of the game. Then, the Huskers went on a scoring run with roughly 7 minutes left in the first half that would lead them through the rest of the afternoon.
Maryland would try to come back before the end of the half but the momentum was still with the Husker as they lead 32 to 20 at half. A huge lead for any team, let alone the #13 squad over the #5.
Like the beginning of the game, both teams took awhile to get any scoring done in the second half. But again, Nebraska kept the momentum. Maryland, still flat, just could not catch up to the depleted Husker squad. There would still be scoring droughts for Nebraska and Maryland did get it to within 6 points at one point. Unlike past games, these were short lived and Nebraska could make the shots to keep this game in their hands.
Nebraska was lead by a huge performance by James Palmer Jr. The senior guard ended the game with 24 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists. He was followed by Glynn Watson Jr. who had 19 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 assists. Isaiah Roby ended with 15 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 blocked shots.
The Huskers will play #4 Wisconsin tomorrow at roughly around 1:00pm CST.
"I packed till Sunday." -- @HuskerHoops Glynn Watson, after Nebraska beat Maryland— Eric Olson (@ericolson64) March 14, 2019
NEBRASKETBALL STOMPS ON MARYLANDS CHEST AND WE WILL SEE YOU— Jack Mitchell (@JackMitchellLNK) March 14, 2019
TOMORROW NIGHT pic.twitter.com/oEXZhrV4Jh
Also, coach Miles made it into the locker room without a problem.