Maryland vs. Purdue - 12/1/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Purdue Boilermakers (6-2) at Maryland Terrapins (6-2)
College Basketball: Friday, December 1, 2017 at 7:00 pm (Xfinity Center)
The Line: Maryland Terrapins +2.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Purdue Boilermakers and the Maryland Terrapins kick off the month of December with a Big Ten Conference college basketball matchup on Friday.
The Purdue Boilermakers will look to build some momentum after back-to-back victories, including a 66-57 win over Louisville last time out. Vince Edwards led the team by going 5 of 10 from the field for 15 points while Carsen Edwards and Dakota Mathias each added 13 points and a pair of steals along with a pair of assists to round out the scoring in double figures for Purdue in the win. Edwards went just 2 of 11 from the field but added 9 of 11 makes at the free throw line, while Mathias went 4 of 11, hitting 3 triples. Matt Haarms added 4 points to match his 4 blocks in the winning effort for the Boilermakers. Carsen Edwards leads the team in scoring with 17.4 points per game this season, while Vince Edwards leads the way in rebounding with 8.8 rebounds per game and Mathias is the team’s leading assist man, dishing out 4.4 assists per game this season. As a team, Purdue is scoring 88.9 points per game on 49.8% shooting from the field, 41.3% shooting from behind the arc and 75.3% from the foul line this season.
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The Maryland Terrapins will try to find some consistency after alternating wins and losses in each of their last 4 games, following a 72-70 loss to Syracuse in their last outing. Kevin Huerter led the team with 23 points on 8 of 11 shooting with a 7 for 9 mark from 3-point range, while Bruno Fernando added 13 points on 4 of 5 shooting with a 5 for 7 mark from the foul line along with a pair of steals and 3 blocks. Anthony Cowan added 11 points to round out the scoring in double-digits for the Terps in the losing effort, while Justin Jackson added 8 points with team-highs of 6 rebounds, 5 assists and a pair of steals. Darryl Morsell added 9 points along with 5 assists of his own. Cowan leads the team in scoring with 14.8 points per game while Jackson is the team’s top rebounder with 8.8 boards per game and Huerter is the team’s leading assist man with 3.9 assists per game this season. As a team, Maryland is scoring 77.2 points per game on 50.6% shooting from the field, 38.3% from behind the arc and 74% from the foul line this season.
Purdue is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 conference matchups while the over is 9-2 in their last 11 games overall. Maryland is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 conference matchups and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 home games while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 games overall. Purdue is 0-2-2 ATS in the last 4 meetings between these two teams.
Purdue hasn’t had the best run of luck ATS in the last couple years of this matchup, but they come into this one in way better form than Maryland after posting back-to-back wins over Louisville and a blowout win over Arizona. Plus, Purdue already has a solid road win over Marquette this season. Maryland on the other hand, is just trying to find their footing going into conference play, and I have no doubt that they’ll be a strong team in Big Ten play this season, but as far as Friday goes, I have Purdue getting the job done on the road here.