After their loss to Iowa on Monday, Maryland has another tough road test in store for them as they'll face Illinois on Thursday night. The Fighting Illini currently hold a 10-3 (3-0) record, with losses to Cincinnati and Marquette in mid-November pushing them out of the AP Poll after starting the season ranked #11. Their best win so far came on the road against Iowa in early December, with other notable victories over Kansas State and Notre Dame.
As a team, they're much better than their ranking (or lack thereof), and KenPom puts them as the second-best team in the conference behind Purdue. Maryland's big men will have their hands full with Kofi Cockburn, who leads the Fighting Illini in points, rebounds, and blocks per game.
- Maryland: #58 (#79 AdjO, #58 AdjD; #182 AdjT)
- Illinois: #11 (#10 AdjO, #26 AdjD; #158 AdjT)