Maryland vs. Penn State Preview: Who Wins This ACC/Big Ten Battle?

Chris LeydenCorrespondent IINovember 30, 2010

NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 18:  Head coach Gary Williams of the Maryland Terrapins watches on in the closing minute against the Pittsburgh Panthers during the 2k Sports Classic at Madison Square Garden on November 18, 2010 in New York, New York.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
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As part of the ACC/Big Ten challenge this year, the Maryland Terrapins will head to University Park to take on the Penn State Nittany Lions. Both of these teams have a player who can put points up in bunches, but those scorers are not surrounded by as much talent.

For the Terps that talented player is Jordan Williams. The 6'10", 260 lb big man is averaging a double-double so far this year at 17.4 ppg and 11.9 rpg. Penn State really lacks a big man down low who can slow down Williams, so as long as he stays out of foul trouble—something he has struggled to do at times this season—he should have a big game.

Penn State's main scorer is Talor Battle. Battle is averaging 18.3 points per game and has also shot the three-ball with great success. The Terps have struggled against other guards so far this season (think Andrew Goudelock of College of Charleston) and against good three-point shooting teams (think Illinois), so they will need to slow down Battle if they want to win big.

If this game was in College Park, Penn State would stand no chance. But because the Terps have to travel up to Happy Valley, strange things could happen. Penn State has managed to start the season off 5-1 but has played no one who should be around when the field of 68 is announced in March.

I think Maryland has this one and wins by 14, 78-64.

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