Penn State vs. Maryland - 2/14/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Maryland Terrapins (19-5) at Penn State Nittany Lions (15-10)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 14, 2015 at 8:30 pm (Bryce Jordan Center)
The Line: Penn State Nittany Lions 0 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Big Ten Network
The Maryland Terrapins and Penn State Nittany Lions meet Saturday at the Bryce Jordan Center.
The Maryland Terrapins look to bounce back after splitting their last six games. On the season, Maryland is averaging 70.6 points on 43.7 percent shooting and is allowing 63.9 points on 40.2 percent shooting. Melo Trimble is averaging 15.5 points and three assists while Dez Wells is averaging 14.2 points and 4.6 rebounds. Jake Layman is the third double-digit scorer and Richaud Pack is shooting 38.3 percent from the field. The Maryland Terrapins have five players averaging at least 6.3 points, and they’re shooting 74 percent from the line and 37.2 percent from deep. Defensively, Maryland is allowing 31.8 percent shooting from deep and has given up 67 or less points in seven of its last 10 games.
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The Penn State Nittany Lions have split their last six games and look for their first win over a ranked team. On the season, PSU is averaging 67.9 points on 43.1 percent shooting and is allowing 65.5 points on 40.3 percent shooting. D.J. Newbill is averaging 20.7 points and three assists while Brandon Taylor is averaging 10 points and 5.7 rebounds. Shep Garner is dishing 2.4 assists and Geno Thorpe is shooting 40 percent from the field. The Penn State Nittany Lions have five players averaging at least 7.4 points, and they’re shooting 69.7 percent from the line and 32.9 percent from downtown. Defensively, PSU is allowing 32 percent shooting from deep and has given up 66 or less points in six of its last seven games.
The Terrapins are 12-3-1 ATS in their last 16 Saturday games and 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Nittany Lions are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
While Maryland has been brutal ATS lately, the Terps are simply the better team in this matchup. Penn State has yet to prove it can beat above-average comp. Look for the Terps to get the big road win in this toss up matchup.