Maryland Terrapins vs. Tulsa Golden Hurricane Pick-Odds-Prediction 12/29/13
Tulsa Golden Hurricane (4-8) at Maryland Terrapins (7-5)
College Basketball: Sunday, December 29, 2013 at 7:00 pm (Comcast Center)
The Line: Maryland Terrapins -10.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN U
The Tulsa Golden Hurricane heads east Sunday for a non-conference battle with the Maryland Terrapins from College Park at 7PM on ESPNU.
Tulsa enters this contest sitting at 4-8 on the year and most notably struggling at 1-6 on the road. The Golden Hurricane has had some time to prep for this one as they have had a week between games after falling to TCU last week 70-58. Tulsa was solid early in this one as they built a 7 point halftime lead before faltering multiple times in the second half as the Horned Frogs took the lead for good and never looked back. James Woodard and Rashad Smith combined for 27 for Tulsa but no other team members were able to bring anything to the table offensively. Tulsa finished the game 38% from the field and 19% from deep. In addition, they committed 18 turnovers to just 15 team assists.
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Maryland has been stewing for a week as well after being completely outplayed, outhustled and ultimately defeated at home by the Boston University Terriers last Saturday. Maryland was pretty abysmal across the board -- after falling behind by 10 at the half, the Terps took a lead with about 9 minutes to go only to let Boston score on multiple possessions to regain the lead for good. The Terps finished the game 15-27 at the line and missed multiple attempts down the stretch as they attempted to mount a late comeback. Evan Smotrycz had 15 and 13 boards for Maryland and Dez Wells added 18 and 9 but both leading scorers struggled to play consistent ball throughout. Maryland looks to take a step upward Sunday with the potential return of starting point guard Seth Allen who has yet to play this season after breaking his foot prior to the Terps first game.
Some trends to consider -- Tulsa is 6-2-1 against the spread in their last 9 following an ATS loss and Maryland is 12-5 against the spread in their last 17 overall.
Maryland has played extremely inconsistent basketball early on this season and while they are easily the better team between these two, they have made it a point to let lesser foes stick around. I expect Seth Allen to give the team a spark and Dez Wells to have his way against the Tulsa defense as the Terps use a second half run to pull away with the narrow cover at home Sunday night.