Maryland vs. Michigan State - 1/17/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Michigan State Spartans (12-5) at Maryland Terrapins (16-2)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 4:00 pm (Xfinity Center)
The Line: Maryland Terrapins -2.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Michigan State Spartans and Maryland Terrapins play Saturday at the Comcast Center.
The Michigan State Spartans have won four of their last six games and play their fourth true road game. On the season, MSU is averaging 74.7 points on 48.2 percent shooting and is allowing 61.1 points on 37.8 percent shooting. Travis Trice is averaging 14.3 points and 6.1 assists while Denzel Valentine is averaging 14.2 points and 5.9 rebounds. Branden Dawson is the third player averaging double-digit points and Matt Costello is grabbing 5.9 rebounds. The Michigan State Spartans are one of the better offensive teams in the country, which includes 64.6 percent shooting from the line and 41.3 percent from downtown. Defensively, Michigan State is allowing 28.5 percent shooting from deep and has given up 61 or less points in six of its last nine games.
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The Maryland Terrapins are off to a 15-2 start and look for their fifth conference win. On the season, Maryland is averaging 72.8 points on 44.4 percent shooting and is allowing 61.6 points on 37.3 percent shooting. Melo Trimble is averaging 15.7 points and three assists while Jake Layman is averaging 14.3 points and 6.7 rebounds. Dez Wells is the third player averaging double-digit points and Richaud Pack is grabbing 4.2 rebounds. The Maryland Terrapins have been getting it done with a defense that’s allowing 28.3 percent shooting from downtown and has allowed 66 or less points in 10 straight games. Offensively, Maryland is shooting 73.7 percent from the line and 36.1 percent from deep. Maryland is 11-1 SU on its home court.
The Spartans are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 vs. Big Ten and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games. The Terrapins are 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 home games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS loss. The underdog is 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
Maryland is simply a tough team to beat at home, and Michigan State is hard to trust with its inconsistent ways. Look for the Terps to pull out a close one in front of its home crowd.