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Maryland vs. Illinois - 3/3/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Illinois Fighting Illini (13-16) at Maryland Terrapins (23-6)

College Basketball: Thursday, March 3, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Xfinity Center)

The Line: Maryland Terrapins -14.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN

The Illinois Fighting Illini and Maryland Terrapins meet Thursday night at the XFINITY Center.

The Illinois Fighting Illini need a win after losing six of their last nine games. The Illinois Fighting Illini are averaging 72.7 points on 43.1 percent shooting and allowing 74.8 points on 45.9 percent shooting. Malcolm Hill is averaging 18.2 points and 6.6 rebounds while Kendrick Nunn is averaging 16.4 points and 1.7 assists. Jalen Coleman-Lands is grabbing 1.7 rebounds and Michael Finke is dishing one assist. The Illinois Fighting Illini are shooting 36.3 percent from beyond the arc and 73.9 percent from the free throw line. The Fighting Illini are allowing 37.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32 rebounds per game. The Illinois Fighting Illini have lost 10 of their last 13 road games.

Maryland vs. Illinois - 3/3/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Maryland Terrapins look for a win after winning six of their last nine games. The Maryland Terrapins are averaging 75.6 points on 48.7 percent shooting and allowing 65.7 points on 40.5 percent shooting. Melo Trimble is averaging 14.2 points and 5.2 assists while Diamond Stone is averaging 13 points and 5.4 rebounds. Robert Carter is grabbing 6.8 rebounds and Rasheed Sulaimon is dishing 3.3 assists. The Maryland Terrapins are shooting 36 percent from beyond the arc and 76.4 percent from the free throw line. The Terrapins are allowing 31.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36 rebounds per game. The Maryland Terrapins have won 10 of their last 11 home games.

The Fighting Illini are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Thursday games. The Terrapins are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 Thursday games and 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 games overall. 

Maryland has been sleepwalking as of late and hasn't been great against the spread over the last month or so. Meanwhile, Illinois has covered four straight road games and has some talent to keep this game somewhat close. This is more of a fade from the Terps who look very beatable come tournament time. 

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