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Maryland vs. UMBC - 12/29/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

UMBC Retrievers (7-5) at Maryland Terrapins (11-3)

College Basketball: Friday, December 29, 2017 at 8:00 pm (Xfinity Center)

The Line: Maryland Terrapins -20 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: FS-1

The UMBC Terriers meet the Maryland Terrapins in an instate college basketball action.

The UMBC Terriers are generally overlooked because their conference doesn’t get much notoriety. UMBC is out to make a name for themselves after knocking off a respected Northern Kentucky squad 76-75. The Terriers were outshot 48.2%-41.7% but prevailed because of a 16-12 advantage at the charity stripe.

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Maryland vs. UMBC - 12/29/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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UMBC leaned heavily on the explosive scoring of Jairus Lyles who poured in a contest high 31 points with six assists on 9-21 from the floor including a 10-13 effort at the foul line. Joe Sherburne gave the Terriers eleven points, four yanks and three helpers with Jourdan Grant adding ten points and five rebounds. 

The Maryland Terrapins have been on a roll with five consecutive victories following a 75-50 rout of the Fairleigh Dickinson Knights as a 23.5 point home favorite. Maryland jumped to a 23 point lead at the intermission and were never challenged with a huge 48%-23.9% marksmanship edge being decisive.

Darryl Morsell and Anthony Cowan led a balanced Maryland offense with 13 points apiece and a combined ten boards. The trio of Ivan Bender,Jared Nickens and Kevin Huerter scored 12 points each with Huerter hauling in 12 rebounds followed by Bruno Fernando with eleven points and another eight boards.

Over is 10-3 in UMBC last 13 overall and UMBC are 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall. Under is 6-2 in Maryland last 8 non-conference games and over is 6-2 in Maryland last 8 Friday games and under is 6-2 in Maryland last 8 home games.

I know UMBC has to be at their best to cover which is the best this team can expect but I’d want more points to bet them…

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