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Sunday Big Ten Preview: Maryland Terrapins at Oklahoma State Cowboys

A preview of Sunday's Big Ten conference action.

Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

The Big Ten will only have one team in action on Sunday.  The team in action will be Maryland going on the road to face a good Oklahoma State team.  The Terps are coming in with a 3 game winning streak and are looking for what would be their biggest win of the season.

With that, here are Sunday's Big Ten games:

Game of the Day

Maryland at Oklahoma State - 2:00 PM ET (ESPNU/WatchESPN)

Whether this game is getting the hype it deserves or not, this is a big time matchup.  These two teams are entering the matchup with a combined 19-2 record, Maryland is ranked at #17, and Oklahoma State is receiving votes in the polls.  Both teams also look good in the advanced stats.  Oklahoma State is the #18 team according to KenPom and Maryland is ranked as the #29 team.  Whether you are looking at the traditional rankings or at other sites, these are two quasi Top 25 teams battling.  In all likelihood, whoever wins will have a pretty valuable resume win.

For Maryland, they are going to need a really good performance to get a win in this one.  On offense, the Terps have performed well this year, but Oklahoma State has a top notch defense too.  The backcourt and especially Melo Trimble will have to play well in this one.  Oklahoma State can force turnovers and they will have to hold onto the ball.  Evan Smotrycz will also have to perform well on the boards as Le'Bryan Nash has been great on the defense boards for the Cowboys.  This could be a key battle that does not get a ton of attention.

When Maryland is on defense, they will have to play well inside.  The Cowboys attempt a good number of shots from outside the arc, but they are just #205 in 3PT percentage.  However, Oklahoma State does have the ability to get inside and are good at getting to the free throw line.  The Cowboys do rotate a lot upfront with Jeffrey Carroll, Michael Cobbins, and Le'Bryan Nash, but they can get it inside all the same.  If Maryland can keep Oklahoma State from having easy looks inside, they have a solid chance in this one.