Maryland Terrapins (5-2) at Purdue Boilermakers (6-3)
College Basketball: Friday, December 25, 2020 at 2:30 pm (Mackey Arena)
The Line: Purdue Boilermakers -5.5 -- Over/Under: 137.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Maryland Terrapins and the Purdue Boilermakers meet in Big Ten college basketball action from Mackey Arena on Friday afternoon.
The Maryland Terrapins will look to build off of an 84-71 win over La Salle last time out to improve to 6-2 on the year. Eric Ayala led the Terps with 23 points including a 13 of 15 mark from the foul line along with 3 assists while Aaron Wiggins added 15 points on 7 of 16 shooting and a team-high 9 rebounds. Hakim Hart added 13 points with 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals while Donta Scott added 11 points on 5 of 8 shooting with 7 rebounds and 3 assists and Jairus Hamilton added 10 points on 4 of 6 shooting with a pair of threes to cap off the scoring in double figures for Maryland in the win. Ayala leads the Terrapins in scoring with an average of 14.6 points per game while Scott leads the Terps on the glass with 7.1 rebounds per game and Wiggins leads Maryland in assists with 3.1 assists per game this season. As a team, Maryland is averaging 75.9 points on 48.8% shooting from the field, 34.9% from behind the 3-point line and 71.7% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 64.1 points on 41.2% shooting from the field and 35.1% from 3-point range this season.
The Purdue Boilermakers will be looking to bounce back after a 70-55 loss to Iowa last time out. Trevion Williams led the Boilers with 14 points on 7 of 14 shooting with a team-high 9 rebounds and 3 blocks while Brandon Newman chipped in 11 points with 3 threes and 8 rebounds as the only other double-digit scorer for Purdue in the losing effort. Eric Hunter Jr. also chipped in 4 points with a team-high 5 assists in the defeat. Williams leads Purdue in scoring and rebounding with an average of 13.8 points and 9.7 rebounds per game while Hunter Jr. leads the Boilermakers in assists with 4 assists per game this season. As a team, Purdue is averaging 73.4 points on 46.6% shooting from the field, 38% from behind the arc and 70.5% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 65.6 points on 41.3% shooting from the field and 30.2% from 3-point range this season.
Maryland is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 road games while the over is 5-2 in their last 7 games following a win. Purdue is 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 0-5-1 ATS in their last 6 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 12-4 in their last 16 home games. The under is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings between these two teams.
I know both of these teams have shown their ability to score into the 70s for much of the season, but this total still feels way high when the last four meetings have all finished under the number, the last three of which haven’t gone past 126 points. I think we could be in for another defensive struggle here, so I lean towards the under as my free pick for this game, but my stronger play is on the side and I have that available as a premium pick that you can find here.