Fresh off its second straight win over the ACC after beating Georgia Tech, the USC Upstate men’s basketball team turns its attention to the Big Ten as the Spartans travel to College Park, Md., to take on No. 19/20 Maryland Saturday at 11 a.m. from the XFINITY Center.
Upstate, which enters play ranked 21st in the College Insider Mid-Major Top 25 poll, is attempting to defeat its first AP Top 25 opponent in Division I school history. The Spartans are 0-2 all-time against AP Top 25 ranked teams.
Upstate enters play riding a three-game winning streak following its 59-54 win over the Yellow Jackets Dec. 6. Senior Ty Greene scored 16 points and had three steals en route to earning Atlantic Sun Player of the Week honors for the second time in his career. The Knoxville, Tenn., native is first in the conference in both scoring (16.4 ppg) and steals (2.2 spg).
Junior forward ShunQuez Stephens scored a career-high 13 points to go along with six rebounds against Georgia Tech, while sophomore Josh Cuthbertson hit a career-best four three-pointers to finish with 12 points.
Overall, Upstate held its fourth straight opponent to fewer than 60 points and is limiting opponents to just 55.2 points per game. The Spartans enter Saturday atop the conference standings while ranking 17th in the nation in fewest points allowed.
Maryland improved to 9-1 Wednesday night following its 67-56 win over North Carolina Central. The Terrapins only loss came in a 76-65 home setback Dec. 3 to No. 5/6 Virginia.
Freshman guard Melo Trimble paces Maryland with 16.0 points per game, 3.0 assists per game and a .432 three-point field goal percentage. Junior forward Jake Layman is second on the team with 15.2 points per game and first with 5.4 rebounds per game.
USC Upstate and Maryland will meet on the hardwood for the first time in school history when the two teams tipoff Saturday. Upstate is 0-4 all-time against schools from the Big Ten and has not faced a team from the conference since 2011.