Northwestern (5-2, 0-0) vs. Maryland (5-3, 0-0)
Xfinity Center, College Park, Maryland; Sunday, 12 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Northwestern and Maryland meet in the first Big Ten game of the season for both teams. In conference play last season, Northwestern finished with six wins and 13 losses, while Maryland won nine games and lost 11.
SENIOR STUDS: Northwestern's Pete Nance, Ryan Young and Ryan Greer have collectively accounted for 45 percent of the team's scoring this season and have scored 53 percent of all Wildcats points over the last five games.
OFFENSIVE THREAT: Boo Buie has made or assisted on 45 percent of all Northwestern field goals over the last three games. The junior guard has accounted for 20 field goals and 17 assists in those games.
ASSIST-TO-FG RATIO: The Wildcats have recently created buckets via assists more often than the Terps. Maryland has an assist on 33 of 71 field goals (46.5 percent) over its past three outings while Northwestern has assists on 53 of 82 field goals (64.6 percent) during its past three games.
DID YOU KNOW: The Northwestern offense has recorded a turnover on only 12.8 percent of its possessions, which is the ninth-lowest rate in the nation. The Maryland defense has forced opposing teams to turn the ball over on just 16.9 percent of all possessions (ranked 296th among Division I teams).
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Big Ten play starts for Northwestern, Maryland