Maryland vs. Penn State - 12/1/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Penn State Nittany Lions (4-2) at Maryland Terrapins (6-1)
College Basketball: Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 5:00 pm (Xfinity Center)
The Line: Maryland Terrapins -5.5 -- Over/Under: 142 See the Latest Odds
The Penn State Nittany Lions and Maryland Terrapins meet Saturday in college basketball action at the XFINITY Center.
The Penn State Nittany Lions look for a big victory after splitting their last four games. The Penn State Nittany Lions are averaging 71.5 points on 42.5 percent shooting and allowing 64.2 points on 42 percent shooting. Lamar Stevens is averaging 23 points and 8.7 rebounds while Josh Reaves is averaging 10.8 points and 3.3 assists. Rasir Bolton is the third double-digit scorer and Myles Dread is dishing 1.3 assists. The Penn State Nittany Lions are shooting 32.1 percent from beyond the arc and 70.4 percent from the free throw line. The Penn State Nittany Lions are allowing 27.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34 rebounds per game. The Penn State Nittany Lions have split their last six road games.
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The Maryland Terrapins look for another victory to build on their solid 6-1 record. The Maryland Terrapins are averaging 82.9 points on 50.6 percent shooting and allowing 67.4 points on 39.7 percent shooting. Anthony Cowan is averaging 16.6 points and 4.6 assists while Bruno Fernando is averaging 15.9 points and 9.6 rebounds. Jalen Smith is the third double-digit scorer and Darryl Morsell is grabbing 4.1 rebounds. The Maryland Terrapins are shooting 32.2 percent from beyond the arc and 68.6 percent from the free throw line. The Maryland Terrapins are allowing 31 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 39.1 rebounds per game. The Maryland Terrapins have won five of their last six home games.
The Nittany Lions are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Saturday games, 10-3 ATS in their last 13 road games and 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games overall. The Terrapins are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 Saturday games, 1-8 ATS in their last 9 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The road team is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings. The under is 5-0 in Nittany Lions last 5 overall. The under is 14-6 in Terrapins last 20 overall.
The Penn State Nittany Lions are a scrappy bunch that may not play pretty, but competes at a high level and covers a lot of numbers. The Maryland Terrapins are just 2-5 ATS this season, but they're the more talented team here, have been incredibly balanced and shots seem to fall at a high clip at home. While capable of controlling the tempo, I question if Penn State has the horses offensively to survive in Maryland. I'll eat the reasonable chalk.