When: 6 p.m. Thursday

Where: XFINITY Center, College Park, Maryland

TV: BTN

Radio: 590 AM Omaha, 107.3 FM Lincoln

Maryland (12-2, 1-1)

C Malina Howard, 6-4, Sr., 4.9

C Brionna Jones, 6-3, Jr., 14.6

G Kristen Confroy, 5-9, So., 7.8

G Chloe Pavlech, 5-9, Sr., 1.9

G S.Walker-Kimbrough, 5-11, Jr., 18.1

Nebraska (9-4, 0-2)

F Jessica Shepard, 6-4, Fr., 19.5

F Rachel Blackburn, 6-3, Fr., 6.1

G Kyndal Clark, 5-7, Sr., 5.5

G Natalie Romeo, 5-7, So., 15.5

G Rachel Theriot, 6-0, Sr., 12.7

Maryland scouting report: The Terrapins lost their first Big Ten game since joining the conference in 2014 when Ohio State’s elite guards knocked them off Saturday. So Nebraska not only gets its toughest matchup of league play, but gets Maryland at a bad time. The Terrapins’ size, quickness and defensive tenacity gave the Huskers fits last year in 75-47 and 59-47 wins over NU, and most of that roster has returned. Maryland leads the Big Ten in rebounding margin (plus-19.7), field goal percentage (50.4), field goal percentage defense (32.7) and scoring defense (54.9 points per game). Shatori Walker-Kimbrough is one of the nation’s most versatile players, and she’s not selfish, taking 12 shots per game. She leads the team in steals and is second in assists and rebounding. Brionna Jones could be just as tough of a matchup. She’s shooting 71.3 percent from the floor and averaging three offensive rebounds per game. Maryland has a deep bench, routinely using 10 players in games. There’s no easy way to play a team that shoots 38.7 percent from 3-point range and doubles that up with stingy defense. Nebraska would do well to stay within 15 points of Maryland.

Nebraska scouting report: The Huskers got some sliver of good news out of an 85-62 loss at Northwestern on Sunday — freshman forward Rachel Blackburn returned to the court. Blackburn didn’t start, but she may get the start at Maryland, which means she’ll be ready to go once NU’s schedule quiets down a bit after Thursday. Blackburn is helpful to the Husker’s cause because of her energy and rebounding prowess. Nebraska also continues to get strong play from guard Natalie Romeo, who’s shooting 43 percent from 3-point range. Romeo also leads the Big Ten in 3-pointers made with 40. Nebraska needs better shooting from guard Rachel Theriot, who has started Big Ten play by making 12 of 39 shots. Jessica Shepard will once again have a tough matchup if she battles Malina Howard and Jones, both of whom can match up against her. Shepard’s defense becomes as important as her offense in matchups like these; Jones can’t score at will.

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