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After starting Big Ten play with an 84-59 win over Illinois, the 13-1 Maryland Terrapins look to ring in the New Year with a win over the 7-6 Nebraska Cornhuskers.
Maryland, who had four double-digit scorers, played arguably their best 40 minutes of the season during their wire-to-wire win over the Illini.
Like the Terps, Nebraska is also coming off what may have been their best win of the season. The Huskers beat No. 16 Indiana 87-83 led by 26 points from sophomore guard Glynn Watson Jr.
“It definitely gets your guys’ attention,” said Terps Head Coach Mark Turgeon. “Indiana has beaten Kansas, beaten North Carolina and then Nebraska goes in and beats them and plays terrific. It has definitely got all our attention and Nebraska has always been a handful for us anyways. We’ll have to be ready to go.”
When the Terps and Cornhuskers square off at Xfinity Sunday at noon, they may have to be ready without big men Damonte Dodd and Michal Cekovsky.
“Where we are today, [Cekovsky] has got an ankle, foot injury,” coach Turgeon said. “Really certain he’s not gonna play. He’ll be reevaluated by the doctor next Wednesday and have a better timeframe for his injury. “
Unlike Cekovsky, Dodd is making more significant strides in his recovery, according to Turgeon.
“He is truly day-to-day now. Whether he plays Sunday, I don’t know but he is making progress.”
Despite these injuries, Turgeon said it is unlikely that freshman Joshua Tomaic will be taken off his redshirt to play.
“I think we have enough players where we can get by,” Turgeon said. “We have nine players, guys know multiple positions.”
One of those is Dion Wiley, who is finally regaining confidence after missing last season with a knee injury.
“He was out a long time and it has probably taken longer than any of us want it to take but he’s getting more confident … he has really given us another scorer and I think he’s a really good passer too. He hasn’t been able to show that in the games yet, he shows that in practice so hopefully that’ll be the next step progression wise in the games.”
Injuries aside, the Terps are still 7-point favorites in the game and will look to continue their six-game win streak in the new year.
Edited by Maggie Gottlieb.
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