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What to know about Wisconsin men's basketball's game at Maryland

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The University of Wisconsin men's basketball team split the season series with Maryland the first three times they were assigned to play twice in the Big Ten Conference regular season.

The Badgers need to avoid the same fate with Wednesday's game being the second between the teams this season to salvage something from a three-day road trip.

UW plays the Terrapins in a quick turnaround after Monday's 66-63 loss at Northwestern, its fourth defeat in the last five games. The Badgers arrived in Maryland in the early morning hours of Tuesday, with no scouting report on Maryland given to the players until later in the day.

It helps, coach Greg Gard said, that they've already faced the Terrapins this season, a 64-59 UW victory to open the Big Ten schedule on Dec. 6.

In 2015-16, 2018-19 and 2020-21, the team that won the first game of the season series lost the second.

Here's what to know about Wednesday's game, both teams' projected starting lineups and three things to watch.

The basics

What: Wisconsin (12-6, 4-4 Big Ten) vs. Maryland (12-7, 3-5)

When: 6 p.m. Wednesday

Where: Xfinity Center, College Park, Maryland

TV: Big Ten Network with Brandon Gaudin and Stephen Bardo

Radio: 1310 AM and 101.5 FM with Matt Lepay and Mike Lucas

Last meeting: The Badgers handed the Terrapins, then ranked 13th, their first loss of the season to open Big Ten play, a 64-59 decision at the Kohl Center on Dec. 6. Chucky Hepburn led UW with 13 points.

Wisconsin

Fast fact: The Badgers are last in the Big Ten in free-throw percentage in conference games at 58.2% (64 of 110).

Coach: Greg Gard, 156-84, in his eighth season at UW

Probable starters

PlayerHeightWeightYearPositionPPG
Steven Crowl7-0245Jr.Center12.7
Connor Essegian6-4185Fr.Guard10.4
Chucky Hepburn6-2205So.Guard12.7
Tyler Wahl6-9225Sr.Forward12.8
Jordan Davis6-4200Jr.Guard6.6

Key rotational players

PlayerHeightWeightYearPositionPPG
Isaac Lindsey6-4185So.Guard1.5
Carter Gilmore6-7225Jr.Forward3.2
Markus Ilver6-8215So.Forward1.9
Kamari McGee6-0180So.Guard0.7

Player to watch: Essegian is 7 of 18 in two games as a starter, with 10 points scored against both Penn State and Northwestern.

Maryland

Fast fact: The Terrapins held No. 1 Purdue to a season low in scoring on Sunday but missed their last seven shots from the field in a 58-55 loss.

Coach: Kevin Willard, 12-7 in his first season at Maryland, 282-217 in his 16th season overall

Probable starters

PlayerHeightWeightYearPositionPPG
Julian Reese6-9230So.Forward10.3
Hakim Hart6-8205Sr.Guard11.5
Jahmir Young6-1185Gr.Guard15.5
Donta Scott6-8230Sr.Forward11.8
Don Carey6-5187Gr.Guard7.2

Key rotational players

PlayerHeightWeightYearPositionPPG
Ian Martinez6-3185Jr.Guard6.1
Jahari Long6-5200Jr.Guard3.0
Patrick Emilien6-7210Gr.Forward2.3
Caelum Swanton-Rodger6-11220Fr.Center0.9

Player to watch: Young, a transfer from Charlotte, is one of 12 active players with at least 1,500 career points, 500 rebounds and 300 assists.

3 things to watch

No Klesmit

Max Klesmit wasn't with the Badgers on the first leg of the multi-city trip, and he missed his first game of the season against Northwestern because of a head injury. Gard said it was "more than likely" that Klesmit wouldn't join the team in Maryland.

"It takes a pretty good defender and experienced defender in terms of college basketball out," Gard said. "You're down one more guy on your bench."

Gard complimented McGee's 6.5 minutes of playing time in place of Hepburn on Monday, particularly on defense. The Badgers outscored the Wildcats by five with McGee on the court.

Big minutes for starters

Monday's game was the first time this season that all five Badgers starters played at least 32 minutes. Four players combined for 26:38 off the bench, just 13% of the playing time.

That's a result of Klesmit's injury and Davis going back into the starting lineup. Davis (37:35) and Essegian (34:53) set career highs for playing time.

Terps tough at home

Maryland has won all three of its Big Ten home games. It's the road games (0-5) that have been problematic for the Terrapins.

They haven't reached 60 points in four of their five road losses and they scored 71, 80 and 64 in home victories against Illinois, Ohio State and Michigan. They're shooting 44% at home in conference games and 38% on the road.

A 4-6 Big Ten home record last season contributed to Maryland finishing 7-13 and tied for 10th place in its final season under coach Danny Manning.

Tyler Wahl - Maryland vs. Wisconsin

Wisconsin forward Tyler Wahl fights for the rebound against Maryland forwards Julian Reese, left, and Donta Scott Dec. 6, 2022 at the Kohl Center.

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