Rutgers Scarlet Knights (4-0) at Maryland Terrapins (4-1)
College Basketball: Monday, December 14, 2020 at 6:00 pm (Xfinity Center)
The Line: Maryland Terrapins -2 -- Over/Under: 140 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights and the Maryland Terrapins meet Monday in college basketball action from Xfinity Center College Park.
Rutgers is off to a nice start this season at 4-0. The Scarlet Knights have beaten Sacred Heart, Fairleigh Dickinson, Hofstra and Syracuse in succession so far. As for Maryland, they’re 4-1 so far. The Terrapins won their first four games but lost on Wednesday to Clemson in their last outing. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
Rutgers is playing solid basketball so far, bagging each of their wins by double-digits. The Knights opened with an 86-63 win over Sacred Heart, then took out Fairleigh Dickinson 96-75 and Hofstra 70-56. On Tuesday in their last game, Rutgers beat a tricky Syracuse team 79-69.
In the win over the Orange, Rutgers’ leading scorer was Ron Harper Jr. with 26 points, seven rebounds and two assists. Montes Mathis added 19 points, seven rebounds and three assists as well. Jacob Young (18 points 10 assists) and Myles Johnson (11 points; 12 rebounds) each notched double-doubles as well.
Over on the Maryland side, they opened up with four straight victories to start the year. Those came 85-67 over Old Dominion, 82-52 over Navy, 79-61 over Mount St. Mary’s and 90-57 over Saint Peter’s. On Wednesday in their last game however, the Terrapins fell 67-51 to Clemson.
In the loss to Clemson, Maryland’s only double-digit scorer was Donta Scott with 11 points and six rebounds. Hakim Hart added nine points with two boards, and Galin Smith had eight points with two boards. Darryl Morsell chipped in with four points, six rebounds and two assists.
Maryland is 4-1 ATS in their last five home games and 9-3 ATS in their last 12 Monday games. The Terrapins are 5-2-2 ATS in the last seven after an ATS loss and the over is 9-2 in the last 11 overall.
Meanwhile, Rutgers is 18-3 ATS in their last 21 Monday games and 15-5-2 ATS in their last 22 after an ATS win. The over is 5-1 in the Knights’ last six overall and 7-3 in their last 10 Monday games.
PICK: I’m sticking with Rutgers. Maryland started out the year great but hit a wall against Clemson in their last outing. The Terrapins were outscored 38-15 in the first half, notching 15 turnovers and shooting 40.0 percent from the field. The Scarlet Knights haven’t really been challenged yet this year, and have scored 70 or more in each outing. This one should be a pretty interesting matchup (and something of a trap game for Rutgers) but I think the Knights can stay in rhythm late and bag a cover/win.