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Maryland Terrapins vs. Purdue Boilermaker

Maryland Terrapins (7-1) at Purdue Boilermakers (5-3)

College Basketball: Thursday, December 6, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Mackey Arena)

Line and Odds: Purdue Boilermakers -8 — Over/Under: 147

FREE NCAA Basketball Prediction Purdue vs. Maryland

Maryland Takes Down Penn State

The #23 Maryland Terrapins bounced back from their first loss of the season with a overwhelming 66-59 home win over Penn State in a game that had the Terps as 6.5 favorites. Maryland’s lone loss was to Virginia on November 28, and otherwise they’ve eaten Delaware, Navy, NC State, Hofstra, Mt. St. Mary’s, Marshall, and Penn state. In the Penn State matchup, Maryland was able to sink 48.9% of their field goals, while holding Penn State to a 39.7 clip. Maryland’s leading scorer Anthony Cowan Jr. played well in the victory, amounting 15 points on 5 for 10 shooting. The junior guard has shot at least 50% in four out of his last five games, and he is currently posting 16.4 PPG on a 47% field goal efficiency. Maryland has moved up to #23 in the AP Top 25 rankings.They were competitive in a 76-71 loss to #4 Virginia in their lone defeat of the season. The Terrapins are averaging a solid 80.8 points on the season, ranking them 71st overall. They are playing terrific defense, holding opponents to 66.4 points, pegging them 71st in the country.

Purdue Losses Back-to-Back Games

The Boilermakers will attempt to get back in the win column after a two game slide. They opened Big Ten play with a rough 76-57 road loss to Michigan in their latest action in a game that had Michigan favored by 5.5 points. The Boilermakers only converted on 35% of their field goals, while Michigan was able to sink 13 three’s. Purdue’s leading scorer Carsen Edwards only went 7 for 21 from the field, although he still managed to finish with 19 points. The junior guard is having a tremendous season, reaching at least 20 points in six of eight games on the season, and he is up to 24.4 PPG on 43% shooting. Purdue dropped out of the AP Top 25 rankings due to their loss to Michigan, and Ken Pomeroy has them placed at 14th in the country in his rankings. They feature a perfect 3-0 record on their home court, and they are currently averaging 80.1 points per game on the season, placing them 82nd overall. The Boilermakers are holding opponents to 68 points, positioning them 102nd in the country.

Cover The Spread NCAA Basketball Betting Trends 

Maryland 

4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games

3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall

1-4 ATS in their last five following a straight-up win

Purdue

4-9-1 ATS in their last 14 following an ATS loss

7-16-1 ATS in their last 24 overall

7-18-2 ATS in their last 27 versus the Big Ten

FREE Expert NCAA Basketball Pick

Purdue might give the Terrapins some trouble, however, Purdue have scored very well in every game outside of the Wolverines loss and pushed FSU to the edge. I’m a little shocked Purdue is such a heave favorite, I don’t see Maryland losing by much.

Maryland +8

 

Carli
Carli
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