Maryland Terrapins (6-6) at Illinois Fighting Illini (9-3)
College Basketball: Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 8:00 pm (State Farm Center)
The Line: Illinois Fighting Illini -10.5 -- Over/Under: 146.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Maryland Terrapins and the Illinois Fighting Illini meet in college basketball action from State Farm Arena on Sunday night.
The Maryland Terrapins will look to bounce back from their 3rd straight loss after an 89-67 loss to Iowa last time out. Eric Ayala leads the Terps in scoring with 14 PPG to go along with 3 RPG while Donta Scott is 2nd in scoring and tops in rebounding with 12.9 PPG and 7.3 RPG and Aaron Wiggins has 11.9 PPG to go along with 5.2 RPG and a team-high 3.3 APG to finish off the trio of double-digit scorers for Maryland heading into Sunday’s matchup with the Illini. As a team, Maryland is averaging 72.2 PPG on 47.1% shooting from the field, 36.3% from 3-point range and 67.8% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 68.9 PPG on 43.9% shooting from the field and 35.9% from 3-point range this season.
The Illinois Fighting Illini will look to add to their 9-3 mark on the year after an 81-56 beatdown of Northwestern in a game that saw the Illini down by 15 at the half before outscoring Northwestern 53-13 in the second half. Ayo Dosunmu leads the Illinoi in scoring and assists with 22.3 PPG and 5.1 APG to go along with 6.8 RPG while Kofi Cockburn has 17 PPG to sit 2nd in scoring for Illinois while leading the Illini in rebounding with 10.1 RPG as the pair of double-digit scorers for Illinois heading into Sunday’s matchup with the Terrapins. Andre Curbelo has 9.4 PPG with 4.8 APG and Adam Miller and Trent Frazier each have 9+ PPG for the Illini as well coming into this one. As a team, Illinois is averaging 85 PPG on 52.4% shooting from the field, 41.7% from behind the arc and 68.8% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 67.9 PPG on 40.3% shooting from the field and 31% from 3-point range this season.
Maryland is 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a loss while the over is 8-3 in their last 11 road games. Illinois is 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 home games and 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games overall while the under is 3-1-1 in their last 5 home games against a team with a losing road record.
This line’s moved a bit since opening, but I’m not sure it’s enough to sway me here. You could make a case that a letdown is possible for Illinois after putting such a hurt on Northwestern last time out, but the Terrapins just haven’t been much of anything to write home about. It’s a fair bit to lay, but I’ll lean towards Illinois laying the points in this one.