#22 Indiana Hoosiers (12-3) @ Maryland Terrapins (13-3)
NCAA BB: Friday, January 11, 2019 at 7:00 pm ET (Xfinity Center)
Line: Maryland -6
Free NCAA BB Pick Maryland Terrapins Vs. Indiana Hoosiers
Maryland hosts Indiana in a battle of the 3rd and 4th place teams in the Big Ten, respectively. The winner will stay within 1 game in the loss column of Michigan State and Michigan. Both Michigan schools are undefeated in conference play at 5-0 so far this season.
Maryland is playing with a definite chip on its shoulder. In their last 3 games, they beat then-ranked Nebraska at home and won road games at Rutgers and at Minnesota. You might say beating Rutgers and Minnesota isn’t impressive. You can ask 16th ranked Ohio State how easy it is to win at Rutgers. As far as winning at Minnesota, let me give you some perspective. If the 17th ranked Houston Cougars played at Minnesota tonight, the game would be a pickem (EVEN), give or take 1 point. Not only did Maryland win at Rutgers and Minnesota, but they won those games by 14 and 15 points.
Not being ranked gives Maryland a little extra motivation. I’m not saying they definitely deserve to be ranked. Their non-conference schedule was relatively weak. The chances they did have to grab a solid win outside of the Big Ten were thwarted by Virginia (lost by 5) and Seton Hall (lost by 4).
#22 Indiana travels to College Park on the heels of an 11-point road loss at Michigan. Their only other losses so far are at Arkansas and at Duke. Indiana’s best win was a 23-point smashing of Marquette. They also have wins over Northwestern, Penn State, Louisville, Butler, and Illinois. Those 5 teams are far from elite teams this season, but if you sleep on any of them they will beat you.
The Hoosiers face a tough stretch. 5 of their next 7 games are on the road. Winning at Maryland would be a huge win. Only 4th ranked Virginia has managed to do so this season. Can Indiana match the energy level of Maryland?
Cover The Spread 365 Betting Trends
7-2 ATS in its last 9 games
4-2 ATS in its last 6 home games
6-1 SU in its last 7 games
5-11-1 ATS in its last 17 road games
4-8 ATS in its last 12 games
7-18 SU in its last 25 road games
Free NCAA BB Pick Indiana Hoosiers Vs. Maryland Terrapins
A ranked Indiana team should be able to cover +6 against an unranked Maryland team, not? That’s what every square bettor out there is thinking. It’s the wrong side. In its last 3 games, Maryland has beaten a likely NCAA Tournament team in Nebraska and then trounced Rutgers and Minnesota in difficult road environments. They most likely feel they deserve to be ranked. The notion is at least debatable. Now a ranked Hoosiers squad comes strutting into town. What do you suppose Maryland’s motivation and energy levels are at compared to Indiana? The answer is at least a notch higher. In Anthony Cowan and Bruno Fernando, we trust. Take Turgeon and the Terrapins tonight, Tommy!
Pick: Maryland -6