LSU vs. Maryland - 3/23/19 NCAA March Madness Second Round Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Maryland at LSU
Saturday, March 23, 2019 at 11:10 AM (VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena)
LSU Tigers -2.5 -- O/U: 147
The Maryland Terrapins and the LSU Tigers meet in an NCAA tournament second round matchup from the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena on Saturday.
The Maryland Terrapins come into the second round after surviving in a 79-77 win over Belmont in their first round matchup. Jalen Smith led the Terrapins with 19 points on 8 of 9 shooting with 12 rebounds for the double-double while Darryl Morsell came right behind with 18 points. Bruno Fernando had 14 points with 13 rebounds and 4 assists for a double-double of his own while Eric Ayala added 12 points to round out the group of double-digit scorers for Maryland in the win. Anthony Cowan Jr. added 9 points with a team-high 6 assists. Cowan Jr. leads Maryland in scoring and assists with 15.8 points and 4.4 assists per game while Fernando leads the Terrapins in rebounding by averaging a double-double per game with 13.7 points as well as a team-high 10.5 rebounds per game. As a team, Maryland is averaging 71.6 points per game on 45.3% shooting from the field, 35.1% from behind the arc and 74.5% from the foul line this season.
The LSU Tigers had to endure a nailbiter but got through their first round matchup against Yale, defeating the Bulldogs by a final score of 79-74. Skylar Mays led the Tigers with 19 points while Tremont Waters came right behind in 2nd with 15 points along with a team-high 7 assists. Naz Reid added 14 points with 10 rebounds for the double-double while Kavell Bigby-Williams had 10 points with 10 rebounds of his own as well as 4 blocks for a 2nd LSU double-double. Waters leads LSU in scoring and assists with 15.1 points and 5.9 assists per game while Reid leads the Tigers in rebounding with 7.1 rebounds per game this season. As a team, LSU is averaging 81.4 points per game on 46.2% shooting from the field, 32.3% from behind the 3-point line and 75.4% from the foul line this season.
Maryland is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 1-7 ATS in their last 8 NCAA tournament games while the under is 7-1 in their last 8 games against the SEC. LSU is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games against the Big Ten and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 neutral site games.
Maryland really had to battle against Belmont and got the job done and the Terrapins will have an advantage inside with the likes of Fernando and Smith. However, LSU has had success against the Big Ten in recent years and appear to have their eyes set on the task at hand, so since the line isn’t too crazy, I’ll lay the points with LSU here.