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Rutgers vs Maryland 1/5/23 College Basketball Picks, Predictions, Odds

Maryland Terrapins (10-4) vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights (10-4)
January 5, 2023 6:30 pm EDT
The Line: Rutgers Scarlet Knights -5.5 / Maryland Terrapins +5.5; Over/Under: +129.5
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The Maryland Terrapins and the Rutgers Scarlet Knights meet in college basketball action from the Jersey Mike’s Arena on Thursday night.

The Maryland Terrapins will try to bounce back from an 81-46 beatdown loss at the hands of Michigan in their last game. Jahmir Young leads the Terps in scoring with 14 PPG with 4.6 RPG and Julian Reese has 10.2 PPG along with a team-high 6.8 RPG to lead the Terrapins in rebounding up to this point in the year. Hakim Hart has 12.6 PPG with 5.1 RPG and Donta Scott has 12.6 PPG along with 6.2 RPG to cap off the group of double-digit scorers for Maryland up to this point in the year. As a team, Maryland is averaging 72.8 PPG on 45% shooting from the field, 30.8% from three and 70.5% from the foul line this season.

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights will look to build on their 65-64 road win over Purdue last time out. Clifford Omoruyi leads Rutgers with a team-high 14.8 PPG and 9.8 RPG to lead the Scarlet Knights in scoring and on the glass this season. Cam Spencer has 12.9 PPG with a team-high 3.6 APG to lead Rutgers in assists while Aundre Hyatt has 10.5 PPG with 4.6 RPG. Caleb McConnell has 10.1 PPG with 5.3 RPG to cap off the trio of double-digit scorers for Rutgers up to this point in the year. As a team, Rutgers is averaging 72.5 PPG on 44.2% shooting from the field, 31.3% from three and 72.8% from the foul line this season.

Maryland is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a loss by 20+ points and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games while the under is 7-1 in their last 8 games overall. Rutgers is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 home games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600.

I get the case to be made for Maryland here as this is a talented Terps team, but the problem I have with Maryland is that this isn’t the first time we’ve seen Maryland get beat up already this season, after getting their teeth kicked in by UCLA at home. Rutgers is obviously coming off of the solid win over Purdue on the road, but while some may clamor for a letdown, I think it gives Rutgers confidence going back home, to a place Rutgers has played their best basketball and air-tight defense. I think Maryland’s in some trouble here too. Give me Rutgers.

Chris Ruffolo's Free Pick: Rutgers -5.5

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