Maryland Terrapins vs. Miami Hurricanes Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/29/14
Miami Hurricanes (10-9) at Maryland Terrapins (11-9)
College Basketball: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 9:00 pm (Comcast Center)
The Line: Maryland Terrapins -5.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN Full Court
The Miami Hurricanes travel to Maryland to play the Terps on Wednesday night.
Miami dropped to 10-9, 2-5 ACC after losing at home to Syracuse 64-52 on Saturday. The Hurricanes shot 39.1% from the field and an impressive 52.9% from three-point range against the tough Syracuse zone. Syracuse meanwhile shot 44.7% from the field against Miami’s own zone defense. Davon Reed scored 16 points for the Hurricanes, while Rion Brown finished with 13 points and a team-high 8 rebounds. On the year, Brown averages a team-high 13.4 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. Miami is averaging only 61 points per game while shooting an awful 41.7% from the field. The Hurricanes are not a great rebounding squad and they don’t distribute the ball well on the offensive end of the floor. Miami has lost five of their first seven games in conference play so far. The Hurricanes will head out on the road where they are 4-3 this season.
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The Maryland Terps dropped to 11-9, 3-4 ACC after losing at home to Pittsburgh 83-79 on Saturday. The Terps shot 48.1% from the field and only 23.5% from long-distance. Maryland reached the free-throw line 30 times and made 76.7% of their attempts. Dez Wells finished with a team-high 19 points and 4 steals in the loss. Evan Smotrycz finished with 10 points and a team-high 7 rebounds for the Terps. On the season, Wells leads the Terps with 14.6 points per game, while Jake Layman averages a second-best 12.5 points per contest. Smotrycz is averaging 11.3 points per game and a team-high 6.8 rebounds. Maryland averages 72.4 points per game while shooting only 43.2% from the field. The Terps are one of the best rebounding teams in the conference, pulling down 38.9 boards per game. Maryland has lost four out of their last five games and will look to get a win at home before heading out on the road for back-to-back conference games.
Miami has struggled in conference play so far this year and it will be tough for them to win against a hungry Maryland squad at home. Maryland has some good talent but they can’t seem to put it all together consistently this season. The Terps played well against Pittsburgh in their last game and I think that will carry over to a win and a cover on Wednesday.