Michigan State vs. Maryland - 12/30/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Maryland Terrapins (12-1) at Michigan State Spartans (9-4)
College Basketball: Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at 5:00 pm (Breslin Center)
The Line: Michigan State Spartans -3.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Maryland Terrapins and Michigan State Spartans play Tuesday afternoon at the Breslin Center.
The Maryland Terrapins have won five straight games and will play their second true road contest. On the season, Maryland is averaging 74.8 points on 47.5 percent shooting and is allowing 61.2 points on 37.5 percent shooting. Melo Trimble is averaging 15.8 points and 3.1 assists while Jake Layman is averaging 15.8 points and 6.2 rebounds. Dez Wells is the third double-digit scorer and Richaud Pack is grabbing 4.7 rebounds. The Maryland Terrapins are one of the top offensive teams in the country, as they have three players averaging 15 points and are shooting 74.5 percent from the free throw line and 37.8 percent from downtown. Defensively, Maryland is forcing 11.3 turnovers per game and allowing teams to shoot 29.1 percent from deep.
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The Michigan State Spartans have won four of their last seven games and are playing for the first time in eight days. On the season, Michigan State is averaging 75 points on 49.3 percent shooting and is allowing 60.2 points on 37.8 percent shooting. Denzel Valentine is averaging 14.5 points and 5.5 rebounds while Travis Trice is averaging 12.9 points and 5.9 assists. Bryn Forbes is shooting 49.4 percent from the field and Matt Costello is grabbing 6.4 rebounds. The Michigan State Spartans remain solid offensively with four double-digit scorers while they’re shooting 63.2 percent from the line and 42 percent from deep as a team. Defensively, MSU is forcing 11.7 turnovers per game and allowing 28.8 percent shooting from deep. Branden Dawson is questionable for this game with a wrist injury.
The Terrapins are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Tuesday games. The Spartans are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 home games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The underdog is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings.
Michigan State has been so up-and-down that its a tough team to figure out. However, the Spartans usually play their best when the game is bigger. I look for MSU to take advantage of the rest and come out with a big win at home.