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Maryland vs Northwestern Basketball Picks 2-28-24

Northwestern Wildcats (19-8) vs. Maryland Terrapins (15-13)
February 28, 2024 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: Maryland Terrapins -3.5; Over/Under: +129.5
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The Northwestern Wildcats will play the Maryland Terrapins in a Big Ten game on Wednesday night at the XFINITY Center in College Park, Maryland. Northwestern has won four of their last five games, while Maryland has lost two of their last three. Let’s take a look at the betting matchup and the Northwestern vs Maryland prediction.

Northwestern Preview

The Northwestern Wildcats are 19-8 (10-6) this season after they defeated Michigan by a score of 76-62 in their last game. Northwestern led 37-34 at halftime and they held Michigan to just 28 second half points in the win. The Wildcats shot 46.9% from the field and made 10 three pointers in the game. Northwestern defeated Indiana by a score of 76-72 in the game prior to Michigan, but lost to Rutgers before that. The Wildcats are scoring 74.4 points per game with 31.5 rebounds per game and 16 assists per game, while allowing 69.3 points against per game this year. Boo Buie is averaging 18.9 points per game, 3.4 rebounds per game, and 5.2 assists per game. Northwestern is shooting 45.8% from the field, 73.4% on free throws, and 39.5% on three pointers this season.

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Maryland Preview

The Maryland Terrapins are 15-13 (7-10) this year after they defeated Rutgers by a score of 63-46 in their last game. Maryland led 30-18 at halftime and was able to get the win, despite being out scored 33-28 in the second half. The Terrapins shot 41.2% from the field and were +13 in rebounding margin in the game. Maryland lost to Wisconsin by a score of 74-70 and Illinois by a score of 85-80 in the two games prior to Rutgers. The Terrapins are scoring 69.6 points per game with 36.6 rebounds per game and 10.8 assists per game, while giving up 64.3 points against per game this season. Jahmir Young is averaging 20.8 points per game, 4.9 rebounds per game, and 4.1 assists per game. Maryland is shooting 41.3% from the field, 71.9% on free throws, and 28.9% on three pointers this year. 

Northwestern vs Maryland Betting Prediction

Northwestern comes into this matchup near the top of the Big Ten standings and they are right in the middle of the battle to finish in the top four. The Wildcats are the much better offensive team in this matchup, but Maryland is one of the best defensive teams in the conference. The Terrapins are only allowing 64.3 points against per game this year and will face a Northwestern team that has had some issues on the road this season. Maryland has played pretty well in each of their last four games, even in the two losses against Wisconsin and Illinois, and I like them at home.

David Racey's Free Pick: Maryland -3.5

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David started writing about sports in 2015, but sports has been his passion for as long as he can remember. David spends most of his free time watching pretty much anything sports related from Baseball to Tennis and everything in between. David likes to analyze statistics and recent results to form an unbiased opinion on whatever game he is breaking down. Follow David on Twitter at @itsyerboi41

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