Connecticut vs. Maryland - 12/8/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Maryland Terrapins (7-1) at Connecticut Huskies (5-2)
College Basketball: Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at 9:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)
The Line: Connecticut Huskies +1.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Maryland Terrapins and Connecticut Huskies square off Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden.
The Maryland Terrapins look for an impressive win to improve to 8-1 on the year. The Maryland Terrapins are averaging 80 points on 54.5 percent shooting and allowing 65.1 points on 42 percent shooting. Melo Trimble is averaging 14.4 points and 5.8 assists while Robert Carter is averaging 13.6 points and 6.6 rebounds. Rasheed Sulaimon is dishing 3.4 assists and Jake Layman is grabbing 5.4 rebounds. The Maryland Terrapins are shooting 39.6 percent from beyond the arc and 75.8 percent from the free throw line. Maryland has scored 80 or more points in four straight games and is averaging 13 turnovers. The Maryland Terrapins have won 14 of their last 15 regular season games.
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The Connecticut Huskies look for statement victory after a rocky 5-2 start to the season. The Connecticut Huskies are averaging 81.4 points on 48.7 percent shooting and allowing 63 points on 36.1 percent shooting. Rodney Purvis is averaging 14.1 points and 2.9 assists while Daniel Hamilton is averaging 12.6 points and 9.4 rebounds. Sterling Gibbs is dishing three assists and Shonn Miller is grabbing five rebounds. The Connecticut Huskies are shooting 34.9 percent from beyond the arc and 74.6 percent from the free throw line. UConn is blocking seven shots per game and has five players averaging at least 8.1 points. The Connecticut Huskies have won 10 of their last 16 regular season games.
The Terrapins are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up win and 14-6 ATS in their last 20 neutral site games. The Huskies are 41-19-1 ATS in their last 61 neutral site games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Big Ten.
Despite losses, UConn proved it can compete against top tier teams in Syracuse and Gonzaga. A game at MSG is also pretty much a home contest for the Huskies, as they have a long success rate and a huge following in the New York area. Look for UConn to win outright.