Kansas vs. Maryland - 3/24/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Maryland Terrapins (27-8) at Kansas Jayhawks (32-4)
College Basketball: Thursday, March 24, 2016 at 9:40 pm (KFC Yum! Center)
The Line: Kansas Jayhawks -6.5 -- Over/Under: 147 See the Latest Odds
The Maryland Terrapins and Kansas Jayhawks will face off at the KFC Yum! Center this Thursday night in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.
The 5-seed Maryland Terrapins held off the 12-seed South Dakota State Jackrabbits, 79-74, on Friday and used a big 2nd half to defeat the upset-minded 13-seed Hawaii Rainbows, 73-60, on Sunday to advance in the NCAA Tournament. On the season, Maryland has been led by Melo Trimble (14.8 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 5.0 apg, 1.2 spg), Diamond Stone (12.7 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.6 spg), and Robert Carter (12.4 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.3 bpg). Offensively, Maryland is averaging 76.1 ppg on 48.8% shooting from the field and 36.7% shooting from beyond the arc. The Terrapins average 7.5 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.08. Defensively, Maryland is holding their opponents to an average of 66.3 ppg on 40.5% shooting. The Terrapins have a rebound margin of 3.1 and a turnover margin of -1.7.
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The top-seeded Kansas Jayhawks had little trouble advancing to this game after they defeated the 16-seed Austin Peay Governors, 105-79, on Friday and the 9-seed Connecticut Huskies, 73-61, on Sunday. On the season, Kansas has been led by Perry Ellis (16.9 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.3 apg), Wayne Selden Jr. (13.6 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 2.5 apg), and Frank Mason III (12.8 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 4.6 apg, 1.3 spg). Offensively, Kansas is averaging 82.0 ppg on 49.6% shooting from the field and 42.3% shooting from beyond the arc. The Jayhawks average 8.2 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.28. Defensively, Kansas is holding their opponents to an average of 67.9 ppg on 39.7% shooting. The Jayhawks have a rebound margin of 5.3 and a turnover margin of 0.7.
The Terrapins are 19-7 ATS in their last 26 neutral site games however, just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 NCAA Tournament games. The Jayhawks are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 neutral site games and 13-3 ATS in their last 16 games overall.
Both Maryland and Kansas can put up points on the board however, Maryland at times have been a bit inconsistent on the offensive end as shown by their 5.6% (1-18) shooting from beyond the arc in their win against Hawaii. Maryland certainly has the talent to be able to competitive with most teams remaining in the NCAA Tournament however, Kansas seems to be playing well on both sides and as Maryland can have issues turning over the ball, I think the Jayhawks will be able to cover this spread. Take Kansas to cover.