Maryland (8-5, 0-2) vs. Illinois (10-3, 3-0)
State Farm Center, Champaign, Illinois; Thursday, 7 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Maryland looks for its fourth straight win over Illinois at State Farm Center. Illinois' last win at home against the Terrapins came on Jan. 7, 2015.
LEADING THE CHARGE: Illinois' Kofi Cockburn has averaged 17.3 points and 9.2 rebounds while Alfonso Plummer has put up 16.8 points. For the Terrapins, Eric Ayala has averaged 15.2 points and 4.8 rebounds while Fatts Russell has put up 12.6 points and four rebounds.ACCURATE AYALA: Ayala has connected on 33.7 percent of the 86 3-pointers he's attempted and has made 8 of 19 over the last three games. He's also made 68.5 percent of his free throws this season.
UNDEFEATED WHEN: Illinois is a perfect 7-0 when it holds an opponent to 64 points or fewer. The Fighting Illini are 3-3 when opponents score more than 64 points.
ACCOUNTING FOR ASSISTS: The Illini have recently converted buckets via assists more often than the Terrapins. Illinois has an assist on 59 of 98 field goals (60.2 percent) over its previous three matchups while Maryland has assists on 35 of 80 field goals (43.8 percent) during its past three games.
DID YOU KNOW: Illinois is ranked second among Division I teams with an offensive rebound percentage of 41.5 percent. The Fighting Illini have averaged 14 offensive boards per game.