Belmont at Maryland
|Date & Time||Thursday March 21, 2019, 3:10 PM (EDT)|
VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena
Maryland Terrapins -3 -- Over/Under: 147
The 11-seed Belmont Bruins and 6-seed Maryland Terrapins will square off at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena this Thursday afternoon in the 1st round of the NCAA Tournament.
The 11-seed Belmont Bruins (27-5; 16-2) were one of the last teams to make it into the NCAA Tournament, however, the Bruins took advantage of the opportunity after defeating the Temple Owls by an 81-70 margin in their First Four match-up on Tuesday. Belmont was impressive on both ends of the floor agianst the Owls and was able to pull away late after taking a 71-59 lead with just 3:12 left in regulation. Belmont shot 52.8% from the field while holding Temple to just 39.4% shooting from the field and 31.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Bruins was Kevin McClain who had 29 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 assists.
On the season, Belmont is averaging 87.2 ppg on 50.0% shooting from the field. The Bruins are averaging 10.4 three-pointers per game on 37.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Belmont has been led by Dylan Windler (20.8 ppg, 10.8 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.5 spg), Kevin McClain (16.7 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 4.0 apg, 1.2 spg), Nick Muszynski (14.9 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2.7 apg), and Grayson Murphy (9.8 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 6.6 apg, 1.7 spg).
Defensively, Belmont is allowing their opponents to average of 73.8 ppg on 42.4% shooting from the field. The Bruins have a rebound margin of 3.5 and a turnover margin of 0.8.
The 6-seed Maryland Terrapins finished their regular season with an overall record of 22-10, while finishing Big Ten play with a solid 13-7 record. Maryland had a strong start to the season as they raced out to a 16-3 overall record and although they struggled a bit down the stretch, the Terrapins had solid victories this season against Indiana, Purdue, Iowa, and Wisconsin. Maryland earned the 5-seed in the Big-10 Men’s Championship, however, didn’t make much noise in the tournament after being upset by the 13-seed Nebraska Cornhuskers, 69-61, in the 2nd round.
On the season, Maryland is averaging 71.3 ppg on 45.4% shooting from the field. The Terrapins are averaging 7.3 three-pointers per game on 35.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Maryland has been led by Anthony Cowan Jr. (16.0 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 4.3 apg), Bruno Fernando (13.7 ppg, 10.4 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.9 bpg), Jalen Smith (11.4 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 1.1 bpg), and Eric Ayala (8.5 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.2 apg).
Defensively, Maryland is holding their opponents to an average of 65.1 ppg on 39.7% shooting from the field. The Terrapins have a rebound margin of 8.6 and a turnover margin of -3.7.
The Bruins are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record and 12-3-1 ATS in their last 16 games overall. The Terrapins are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games following a ATS loss, however, are just 2-6 ATS in their last 8 neutral site games.
Belmont has one of the best offenses in the country as they rank 2nd in scoring offense & 4th in FG% and although Maryland is a talented team, the Terrapins haven’t been great away from home this season as they posted just a 6-5 record in away games and 1-2 record on neutral-court games. It seems like the whole world is on Belmont in this game and although that scares me a bit, however, as I think the Bruins have enough offense to do damage against the Maryland’s defense, I’m taking the Bruins and the points in this one. Good Luck!