Maryland Terrapins (8-7) vs. Northwestern Wildcats (8-5)
January 12, 2022 9:00 pm EDT
The Line: Northwestern Wildcats -3.5 / Maryland Terrapins +3.5; Over/Under: 143.5
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The Maryland Terrapins will travel to Welsh-Ryan Arena to take on the Northwestern Wildcats this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.
The Maryland Terrapins lost their 3rd straight game and dropped to 8-7 on the season after being defeated by the 23rd ranked Wisconsin Badgers, 70-69, this past Sunday. Maryland was able to fight back from an early 21-point deficit to make it a competitive game in the 2nd half, however, the Terrapins could not pull off the victory after a pair of Brad Davison FT’s gave Wisconsin a 4-point lead with just :13 seconds left in regulation. Maryland shot 45.5% from the field & 41.2% from beyond the arc while allowing Wisconsin to shoot 44.6% from the field & 25.0% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Terrapins was Eric Ayala who had 19 points, 5 rebounds, & 1 assist.
On the season, Maryland is averaging 70.1 ppg on 43.0% shooting from the field. The Terrapins are averaging 6.1 three-pointers per game on 31.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Maryland has been led by Eric Ayala (15.5 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 2.2 apg), Fatts Russell (12.5 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 3.9 apg), Donta Scott (11.6 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 1.0 apg), & Hakim Hart (9.7 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.7 spg).
Defensively, Maryland is allowing their opponents to average 67.7 ppg on 40.8% shooting from the field. The Terrapins have a rebound margin of 3.1 and a turnover margin of -1.9.
The Northwestern Wildcats lost their 3rd straight game and dropped to 8-5 on the season after being defeated by the 13th ranked Ohio State Buckeyes, 95-87, this past Sunday. Northwestern struggled defensively against Ohio State and could not fight all the way back after going into halftime trailing by a 51-39 margin. Northwestern shot 47.1% from the field & 41.7% from beyond the arc while allowing Ohio State to shoot 56.9% from the field & 44.0% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Wildcats as Ty Berry who had 23 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, & 2 steals.
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On the season, Northwestern is holding their opponents to an average of 65.4 ppg on 38.9% shooting from the field. The Wildcats have a rebound margin of 2.5 and a turnover margin of 5.5. Offensively, Northwestern has been led by Pete Nance (16.2 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.7 bpg), Boo Buie (14.9 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 5.9 apg), Chase Audige (11.8 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.8 apg, 2.0 spg), & Ryan Young (9.8 ppg, 4.3 rpg).
Defensively, Northwestern is allowing their opponents to average 65.4 ppg on 38.9% shooting from the field. The Wildcats have a rebound margin of 2.5 and a turnover margin of 5.5.
The Terrapins are 5-11 ATS in their last 16 games overall and 0-6 ATS in their last 6 Wednesday games. The Wildcats are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games following a ATS loss, however, are just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games.
Maryland has been led by their defense which ranks 155th in scoring defense & 89th in defensive FG%, however, the offense has struggled a bit and come into this game ranked just 155th in scoring defense & 241st in FG%. Northwestern has been solid on both sides of the ball and come into this game ranked 59th in scoring offense, 100th in scoring defense, 24th in defensive FG%, & 13th in turnover margin.
Northwestern has already beaten Maryland on the road by a 67-61 margin this season and between the fact that I think the Wildcats defense will give the Terrapins trouble and that Maryland is 0-2 on the road this season, I think Northwestern does enough to cover this small home spread. Good Luck!