After three straight easy wins over the last week and a half at Thompson-Boling Arena, Tennessee faces its first of two consecutive major tests Sunday against No. 13 Maryland.
The Vols and Terrapins face off in the third of four games at the Hall of Fame Invitational in Brooklyn.
Tennessee enters the matchup winners of seven straight games following its loss against Colorado in Nashville last month. The Vols have used elite defense, balanced offense and the emergence of freshman Julian Phillips to overcome injuries and win the Battle 4 Atlantis in The Bahamas.
Maryland has been an overachiever in head coach Kevin Willard’s first season. Let’s take a look at the Terps ahead of the top 15 matchup.
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Maryland enters the game No. 13 in the AP Poll and No. 20 in KenPom. Terrapins won the first eight games of the Willard era before narrowly falling at Wisconsin Tuesday night. Maryland has quality wins over Saint Louis, Miami and Illinois.
The Big 10 opponents has been balanced on both ends of the court ranking 18th in adjusted offensive efficiency and 32nd in adjusted defensive efficiency.
Maryland excels scoring from two-point range, ranking 20th nationally with a 57% two-point percentage. The Terrapins are efficient scoring inside the three-point arc in large part due to the prowess of front court duo Donta Scott and Julian Reese.
The 6-foot-8 Scott is averaging 14.7 points and 6.4 rebounds per game while the 6-foot-9 Reese is averaging 12.3 points on 76% shooting from the field while also tallying 7.6 rebounds per game.
Senior guard Jahmir Young leads the Terrapins in scoring averaging 14.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and three assists per game.
Tip-off at Barclays Center is at 4:30 p.m. ET Sunday. Jason Benetti and Jim Jackson are on the call for FOX Sports 1.