Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Maryland Terrapins - College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Maryland Terrapins (18-3) at Ohio State Buckeyes (16-5)
College Basketball: Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Value City Arena)
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The Maryland Terrapins will travel to Value City Arena to take on the Ohio State Buckeyes this Thursday night in college basketball action.
The 16th ranked Maryland Terrapins improved to 18-3 (6-2 Big Ten) on the season after defeating the Northwestern Wildcats 68-67 this past Sunday. Maryland forced Northwestern into committing 17 turnovers and came back from an 11 point halftime deficit in the win. Leading the way for the Terrapins was Melo Trimble who had 27 points, 3 assists, and 4 steals. Maryland is ranked 13th in the RPI Standings and has played the 61st ranked SOS. On the season, the Terrapins have been led by Melo Trimble (16.3 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.9 apg, 1.5 spg) and Dez Wells (13.6 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 3.2 apg, 1.4 spg). Offensively, Maryland is averaging 72.5 ppg (ranked 67th) on 44.5% shooting (ranked 114th). The Terrapins average 7.6 three-pointers per game (ranked 65th) and shoot 37.8% from beyond the arc (ranked 48th). Defensively, Maryland is holding their opponents to an average of 63.0 ppg (ranked 97th) on 39.2% shooting (ranked 45th). The Terrapins average 4.4 bpg (ranked 74th) and grab a total of 36.57 total rpg (ranked 89th).
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The Ohio State Buckeyes improved to 16-5 (5-3 Big Ten) after defeating the 23rd ranked Indiana Hoosiers 82-70 this past Sunday. Ohio State shot 62.3% from the field and forced Indiana into committing 15 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Buckeyes was D’Angelo Russell who had a double-double with 22 points, 6 rebounds, and 10 assists. Ohio State is ranked 41st in the RPI Standings and has played the 77th ranked SOS. On the season, the Buckeyes have been led by D’Angelo Russell (19.4 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 5.1 apg, 1.8 spg) and Marc Loving (11.3 ppg, 3.8 rpg). Offensively, Ohio State is averaging 80.0 ppg (ranked 15th) on 50.9% shooting (ranked 3rd). The Buckeyes are average only 11.1 turnovers per game (Ranked 34th) and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.51 (ranked 8th). Defensively, Ohio State is holding their opponents to an average of 61.8 ppg (ranked 71st) on 39.9% shooting (ranked 69th). The Buckeyes average 8.5 spg (Ranked 19th) and have a turnover margin of 5.4 (ranked 4th).
The Terrapins are 13-5 ATS in their last 18 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600 and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games following a ATS loss. The Buckeyes are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 home games however, just 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games vs. the Big Ten.
This will be one of the better games as the night as we get to watch two of the best freshman in the country in Maryland’s Melo Trimble and Ohio State’s D’Angelo Russell. I really like this Maryland team, however, they’ve looked a bit more venerable over the past couple of weeks and really struggled at Illinois and Indiana. Ohio State has a great offensive that can really put up a lot of points and D’Angelo Russell is playing as well as anyone in the country at the moment. I think Ohio State gets another Big Ten win and covers this spread. Take Ohio State to cover.