Five takeaways from Michigan's 69-62 win at Maryland

Michigan guard Jordan Poole stops before passing the ball against Maryland guard Anthony Cowan Jr. during the second half of their Big Ten basketball game at Crisler Center in Ann Arbor on Saturday

Michigan guard Jordan Poole stops before passing the ball against Maryland guard Anthony Cowan Jr. during the second half of their Big Ten basketball game at Crisler Center in Ann Arbor on Saturday

While the Wolverines are playing for the conference championship, Maryland also has a vested interest in the outcome as the Terrapins are still battling Wisconsin for the final bye in the Big Ten tournament.

After a disappointing loss to in-state rival Michigan State last Sunday, Michigan had to stew in the defeat for three days.

MI hits the road to take on a solid Maryland team that entered the week ranked No. 17 in the AP poll.

But they are, and while U-M isn't the favorite to win the Big Ten at this point, needing help from Minnesota or Northwestern to beat Purdue this week, much stranger things have happened.

In the win over the Cornhuskers, Michigan's lead scorer was Jon Teske with 22 points and 10 rebounds.

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He told us: "They are with the squad but we need to assess them this afternoon and tomorrow to see if they are in contention".

The Terrapins lost Sunday at home to then-ninth-ranked MI, 69-62, but it was an uninspiring 78-61 loss earlier in the week at Penn State that likely did them the most harm.

The Wolverines are 11-2 ATS in their last 13 Sunday games and 13-5 ATS in their last 18 road games.

When it comes to the Big Ten title race, MI basketball has zero room for error and when it comes to trying to hold onto their status as a No. 2 seed for the NCAA tournament, another quality win wouldn't hurt.

These two teams last met on February 16, with MI walking away with a 65-52 victory in Ann Arbor. Maryland scored just 18 points in the first half of that one, and though they improved in the second half they couldn't close the gap. I'm going to stick with the Wolverines on the cover here, and it should be a must-watch affair.

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