But first, the Terps , At this point, the Wolverines have clinched at least a double-bye in the Big Ten Tournament, meaning they'll be a top-four seed and won't have to play until the quarterfinals.
But there's still much to play for, starting Sunday in College Park. More: Michigan basketball's freshmen may hold key to depth, longevity in March Michigan vs. Fernando Bruno Fernando 6-foot, has been an outstanding big man in league play all season, as he's currently averaging a double-double at When these two teams met in Ann Arbor last month, Michigan's Jon Teske did a great job of staying out of early foul trouble against a player who can be a load inside.
Teske and the rest of Michigan's bigs, which should include Colin Castleton all pounds of him will have their hands full again.
Teske was just 1 of 7 from 3-point range in the win over Maryland last month. If he forces Fernando to chase outside, things could open up offensively for Michigan. Castleton hasn't shown it in a game yet, but he can shoot, too.
That battle should be something to watch. Turnover time Michigan jumped all over Maryland at Crisler earlier this season when it forced the Terps into 13 first-half turnovers. Ball security has been an issue for Maryland and it was again earlier this week when Penn State turned the Terps over 17 times in a very surprising blowout upset in Happy Valley.
Anthony Cowan, Maryland's point guard and leading scorer, has had trouble taking care of the ball of late. He's had 19 turnovers in his last five games.
Michigan's playing this one on the road and will be in front of what should be a keyed-up crowd. Teams generally take better care of the ball at home.
But if Maryland's loose with the basketball again, look for Michigan to pounce. More: Michigan basketball updates injury status of Charles Matthews Depth and rotation John Beilein wasn't sure Friday if Charles Matthews ankle would be able to play this weekend after missing Thursday's win over Nebraska with an ankle injury.
If he's not, Michigan's new-look freshmen depth and starting lineup will get a serious test at Maryland.
Matthews had 14 points in the win over the Terps last month.
If he can't go, Castleton will have to give quality minutes as the Wolverines will lose their ability to play Isaiah Livers who would start for Matthews at the four-spot Castleton and freshman guard David DeJulius appear to be in the rotation now, though Beilein admits they're still learning.
This will be an opportunity for them to show what they've got in a hostile environment ahead of the regular-season finale at Michigan State.
As a way to kickoff the legal practice period, then-Maryland basketball coach Lefty Driesell had his players — and Maryland students — run around the Maryland Stadium track at the stroke of midnight on October 15, When Maryland basketball coach Mark Turgeon resurrected the Midnight Mile last season, it was part of several festivities the program planned with Maryland Madness Fan Fest inside the Xfinity Center as the headlining event.
If those two can continue to give Michigan minutes, everything should improve. Prediction If Matthews plays and is full-go, then Michigan should be in a great position to get a win here.
But he's a question mark. Maryland, meanwhile, is coming off a humiliating day at Penn State earlier this week. This isn't senior night for the Terps, but Maryland hasn't lost a home game in Big Ten play this season. Michigan, meanwhile, hasn't won a league road game against a team with a winning conference record.