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Michigan State vs Maryland 3/6/22 College Basketball Picks, Predictions, Odds

Maryland Terrapins (15-15) vs. Michigan State Spartans (19-11)
March 6, 2022 4:30 pm EDT
The Line: Michigan State Spartans -7 / Maryland Terrapins +7; Over/Under: 143.5
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The Maryland Terrapins will travel to the Breslin Center to take on the Michigan State Spartans this Sunday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The Maryland Terrapins won their 2nd straight game and improved to 15-15 on the season after defeating the Minnesota Golden Gophers, 84-73, this past Wednesday. Maryland was outstanding on the offensive end against Minnesota and was able to hold off Minnesota after taking a 61-48 lead with 10:29 left in regulation. Maryland shot 51.7% from the field & 31.6% from beyond the arc while allowing Minnesota to shoot 39.4% from the field & 39.3% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Terrapins was Hakim Hart who had 19 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 block, & 2 steals.

On the season, Maryland is averaging 71.0 ppg on 43.6% shooting from the field. The Terrapins are averaging 6.8 three-pointers per game on 32.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Maryland has been led by Fatts Russell (14.9 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 3.6 apg, 1.3 spg), Eric Ayala (14.4 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 2.1 apg), Donta Scott (12.5 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 1.1 apg), & Hakim Hart (10.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.5 spg).

Defensively, Maryland is allowing their opponents to average 70.3 ppg on 42.9% shooting from the field. The Terrapins have a rebound margin of 0.8 and a turnover margin of -1.1.

The Michigan State Spartans lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 19-11 on the season after being defeated by the 23rd ranked Ohio State Buckeyes, 80-69, this past Thursday. Michigan State struggled defensively against Ohio State and could not fight back after going into halftime trailing by a 43-33 margin. Michigan State shot 45.3% from the field & 50.0% from beyond the arc while allowing Ohio State to shoot 54.7% from the field & 45.0% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Spartans was Gabe Brown who had 13 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, & 1 steal.

On the season, Michigan State is averaging 72.0 ppg on 45.5% shooting from the field. The Spartans are averaging 7.3 three-pointers per game on 38.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Michigan State has been led by Gabe Brown (11.5 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 1.2 apg), Max Christie (9.4 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.4 apg), Malik Hall (9.4 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 1.1 apg), & Tyson Walker (8.1 ppg, 1.4 rpg, 4.3 apg, 1.1 spg).

Defensively, Michigan State is allowing their opponents to average 68.3 ppg on 41.8% shooting from the field. The Spartans have a rebound margin of 4.5 and a turnover margin of -2.7.

The Terrapins are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games & 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. Michigan State. The Spartans are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games & 7-7 ATS in their last 14 home games.

Maryland is coming off impressive back-to-back wins vs. Ohio State & Minnesota, however, this is a team that has been below average on both ends of the court, ranking just 175th in scoring offense & 208th in scoring defense, and have just a 3-6 record on the road. Michigan State has lost 5 of their last 6 games, however, the Spartans have been solid at home this season, posting a 11-3 record at home and have been decent on the offensive end, ranking 95th in FG% & 12th in 3P-FG%. Michigan State defeated Maryland by a 65-63 margin on the road earlier this season and as I think they finish their regular season strong to lock up their NCAA bid, I’m taking the Spartans to win this one by double-digits and cover this spread. Good Luck!

Brett Nault's Free Pick:
Michigan State Spartans -7

Brett Nault

Brett has been involved with sports his entire life, whether playing them or betting on them, and loves using his education in data analytics to break down all matchups to get you a competitive edge. Follow Brett Nault on Twitter @BrettCU05
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