The Terps righted the ship earlier this week with a convincing 20 point win at lowly Rutgers. Today, the Terps have the chance to consolidate their gains with a win over a mightier foe, Michigan State.
The Spartans will be fighting for their Tournament chances but the Terps have much at stake too. Maryland needs to win in order to secure a double bye in the Big Ten Tournament and they need to gather momentum as they prepare for the postseason.
A loss and it will feel a bit like back to the drawing board. Against Rutgers, Maryland brought the defensive intensity. That was sorely missing in the Minnesota and Iowa losses. A win against the Spartans and those defeats will feel like a distant memory.
Miles Bridges and the rest of Michigan State are tenacious rebounders and they will make the Terps earn everything. Don't expect an easy win. This will be a grind until the end.