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Maryland vs. North Carolina Central - 12/10/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

North Carolina Central Eagles (6-3) at Maryland Terrapins (8-1)

College Basketball: Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Xfinity Center)

The Line: Maryland Terrapins -11.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: Big Ten Network

The North Carolina Central Eagles and Maryland Terrapins play Wednesday night at the Comcast Center.

The North Carolina Central Eagles have won five straight games and will play their fifth true road game. On the season, NC Central is averaging 55.6 points o n41.5 percent shooting and is allowing 54 points on 37.2 percent shooting. Anthony McDonald leads the Eagles with 13.6 points on 38.5 percent shooting and Jordan Parks is averaging 12.4 points and 6.6 rebounds. Dante Holmes is the third NC Central player averaging double-digit points and Nimrod Hilliard is averaging 6.4 assists per game. The North Carolina Central Eagles are an above-average defensive team that’s allowed 65 or less points in seven straight games and is holding teams to 31.2 percent shooting from deep on the season. The issue with North Carolina Central is the 30.4 rebounds per game, which is one of the worst in the country.

Maryland vs. North Carolina Central - 12/10/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Maryland Terrapins are off to a 8-1 start and looking to prove themselves as an ACC contender. On the season, Maryland is averaging 77.1 points on 48.3 percent shooting and is allowing 62.4 points on 36.9 percent shooting. Melo Trimble leads Maryland with 16.4 points and 2.9 assists while Jake Layman is averaging 15.2 points and 5.7 rebounds. Richaud Pack is shooting 46.7 percent from the field and Damonte Dodd is grabbing five rebounds per game. Even without Dezmine Wells, the Maryland Terrapins are shooting 74 percent from the free throw line and 38.7 percent from beyond the arc. Maryland is an above-average offensive team that’s also holding teams to 29.9 percent shooting from deep and allowing no more than 63 points in six of their nine games.

The Eagles are 3-7-1 ATS in their last 11 games following a S.U. win and 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Terrapins are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record. 

NC Central doesn't have the size or the athletes to hang with Maryland on either end of the court. Maryland should little trouble winning this by double digits. 

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Maryland Terrapins -11.5

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