Maryland Terrapins vs. Pittsburgh Panthers Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/25/14
Pittsburgh Panthers (17-2) at Maryland Terrapins (11-8)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 6:00 pm (Comcast Center)
The Line: Maryland Terrapins +3.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Pittsburgh Panthers travel to Maryland to play the Terps on Saturday evening.
Pittsburgh improved to 17-2, 5-1 ACC after beating Clemson 76-43 on Tuesday night. The Panthers shot 56.3% from the field, while holding Clemson to just 32% from the field and 21% from three-point range. Talib Zanna scored 22 points, connecting on 9 of 10 shots for the Panthers, who bounced back after a crushing loss to the Orange last weekend. Lamar Patterson scored 13 points and grabbed 6 rebounds to become the 19th Pittsburgh player to top 1,000 points and 500 rebounds in his career. On the year, Patterson leads the team in scoring, averaging 17.4 points per game, while also averaging a team-high 4.6 assists per contest. Zanna averages 13.4 points and a team-high 7.9 rebounds per game. Pittsburgh is averaging 76 points per game while shooting 48.7% from the field this season. The Panthers are one of the best teams in the country at distributing the basketball, dishing out 17.2 assists per game. Pittsburgh has won seven of their past eight games. The Panthers will hit the road for the fourth time this year; Pittsburgh is 2-1 on the road this season.
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The Maryland Terps dropped to 11-8, 3-3 ACC after losing at NC State 65-56 on Monday night. The Terps shot only 31.4% from the field and 31.8% from three-point range in the loss. Dez Wells and Evan Smotrycz each scored 10 points for Maryland, which shot only 38% from the free-throw line on Monday. Charles Mitchell added 8 points and a team-high 18 rebounds. On the season, Wells leads the team in scoring with 14.3 points per game. Jake Layman is averaging 12.2 points per game, while Mitchell averages a team-high 6.9 rebounds per game. The Terps are scoring 72 points per game on average this season while shooting a mediocre 42.9% from the field as a team. Maryland is one of the best rebounding teams in the ACC, averaging 39.5 boards per game. The Terps have lost three of their last five games in conference play and will now be home for back-to-back games. Maryland has already lost two games at home this season.
Pittsburgh is one of the best teams in the ACC, if not the best once the season comes to an end. The Panthers played well on the road against Syracuse last weekend and I expect them to play well at Maryland. The Terps played good against Notre Dame at home last weekend, but I think they will have their hands full in this one. I think Patterson and company will take care of business on the road in this one.