Illinois vs. Maryland - 12/3/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Maryland Terrapins (6-3) at Illinois Fighting Illini (6-2)
College Basketball: Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 8:00 pm (State Farm Center)
The Line: Illinois Fighting Illini +2.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Maryland Terrapins and Illinois Fighting Illini meet Sunday in college basketball action at the State Farm Center.
The Maryland Terrapins could use a big road victory here after losing three of their last four games. The Maryland Terrapins are averaging 77 points on 48.5 percent shooting and allowing 63.6 points on 38.5 percent shooting. Anthony Cowan is averaging 15.3 points and 4.8 rebounds while Kevin Huerter is averaging 13 points and 3.7 assists. Bruno Fernando is the third double-digit scorer and Justin Jackson is grabbing 8.7 rebounds. The Maryland Terrapins are shooting 37.9 percent from beyond the arc and 74.8 percent from the free throw line. The Maryland Terrapins are allowing 30.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.8 rebounds per game. The Maryland Terrapins have won seven of their last 10 road games.
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The Illinois Fighting Illini could also use a win here to snap a two-game losing streak. The Illinois Fighting Illini are averaging 82.7 points on 43.9 percent shooting and allowing 71.6 points on 42.2 percent shooting. Leron Black is averaging 14.3 points and two assists while Aaron Jordan is averaging 12.6 points and four rebounds. Michael Finke is the third double-digit scorer and Kipper Nichols is grabbing 5.1 rebounds. The Illinois Fighting Illini are shooting 31.4 percent from beyond the arc and 77.9 percent from the free throw line. The Illinois Fighting Illini are allowing 37 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.3 rebounds per game. The Illinois Fighting Illini have won 10 straight home games.
The Terrapins are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 road games, 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Sunday games and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 vs. Big Ten. The Fighting Illini are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 home games, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS win and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. Big Ten. The Terrapins are 7-2 ATS in the last 9 meetings.
Maryland has been the more impressive team out of the gate and is coming off back-to-back tough losses that could have easily been victories. Illinois is coming off back-to-back road losses, but this is a squad that's very comfortable at home where its won 10 straight and is averaging almost 88 points per game. Playing at home matters in conference play, and Illinois has the scoring depth to win this game outright. I'll take the free bucket here.