Michigan State vs. Maryland - 3/14/15 Big Ten Semifinal Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Maryland at Michigan State Spartans (21-10)
College Basketball: Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 3:30 pm (United Center)
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The Maryland Terrapins and Michigan State Spartans meet Saturday in the Big Ten semifinal.
The Maryland Terrapins look to build on their eight-game winning streak. On the season, Maryland is averaging 69.7 points on 43.8 percent shooting and is allowing 63.1 points on 39.6 percent shooting. Melo Trimble is averaging 16.1 points and 3.1 assists while Dez Wells is averaging 15.3 points and 5.3 rebounds. Jake Layman is the third double-digit scorer and Richaud Pack is dishing 1.2 assists. The Maryland Terrapins have four players averaging at least 6.2 points, and they’re shooting 75.7 percent from the line and 37 percent from deep. Defensively, Maryland is allowing 31.4 percent shooting from deep and has given up 61 or less points in four of its last five games.
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The Michigan State Spartans are coming off a big Friday win over Ohio State. On the season, MSU is averaging 72.2 points on 47.1 percent shooting and is allowing 62.9 points on 39.7 percent shooting. Travis Trice is averaging 14.8 points and 5.4 assists while Denzel Valentine is averaging 14.5 points and 6.1 rebounds. Branden Dawson is the third double-digit scorer and Bryn Forbes is shooting 45.4 percent. The Michigan State Spartans have four players averaging at least nine points, and they’re shooting 62.7 percent from the line and 39 percent from deep. Defensively, MSU is allowing 31.1 percent shooting from deep and has given up 67 or more points in seven of its last 10 games.
The Spartans are 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 neutral site games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a S.U. win. The Terrapins are 12-3 ATS in their last 15 neutral site games and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The underdog is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings.
Michigan State is just built for tournament games and is far better coached. Look for Michigan State to get the W and the cover of the small number.