Maryland vs. Penn State - 2/4/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Penn State Nittany Lions (14-8) at Maryland Terrapins (18-4)
College Basketball: Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 8:30 pm (Xfinity Center)
The Line: Maryland Terrapins -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Big Ten Network
The Penn State Nittany Lions and Maryland Terrapins meet Wednesday at the XFINITY Center.
The Penn State Nittany Lions have split their last four games and play their second ranked team. On the season, PSU is averaging 69.5 points on 43.8 percent shooting and is allowing 66.2 points on 40.4 percent shooting. D.J. Newbill is averaging 21.5 points and three assists while Shep Garner is averaging 9.5 points and 2.4 assists. Ross Travis is grabbing 6.5 rebounds and Geno Thorpe is shooting 40.2 percent from the field. The Penn State Nittany Lions have five players averaging at least 7.4 points, and they’re shooting 70.4 percent from the line and 32.6 percent from deep. Defensively, PSU is allowing 33.3 percent shooting from deep and has given up 66 or less points in four straight games. Brandon Taylor is questionable with a knee injury.
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The Maryland Terrapins have won four of their last six games and are chasing a Big Ten crown. On the season, Maryland is averaging 71.8 points on 43.8 percent shooting and is allowing 63.8 points on 39.6 percent shooting. Melo Trimble is averaging 15.7 points and 2.8 assists while Jake Layman is averaging 14.1 points and 6.8 rebounds. Dez Wells is the third player averaging double-digit points and Richaud Pack is grabbing 3.6 rebounds. The Maryland Terrapins have seven players averaging at least 5.1 points, and they’re shooting 74.5 percent from the line and 37.6 percent from deep. Defensively, Maryland is allowing 31.2 percent shooting from deep and has given up 67 or less points in 12 of its last 14 games.
The Nittany Lions are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Terrapins are 44-21-1 ATS in their last 66 games following a S.U. loss and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
Penn State has improved its play recently but hasn't done well against comp that is far better on both sides of the ball. Maryland is just too good, especially on the offensive end for the Nittany Lions to hang. Look for Maryland to beat up PSU and win by double digits.