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Maryland Terrapins vs. Illinois Fighting Illini - 12/7/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Illinois Fighting Illini at Maryland Terrapins
Date & Time Saturday December 7, 2019, 5:00 PM (EST)
Location
XFINITY Center
College Park, MD
The Line
EVEN
TV Channel
ESPN2
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Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports

The Illinois Fighting Illini are on the road for a matchup with the 3rd ranked Maryland Terrapins.  The Fighting Illini are (6-2), coming off a 81-79 loss to the Miami (FL) Hurricanes.  The Terrapins are (9-0), after upending the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, 72-51.  

In the Fighting Illini loss to Miami, Illinois was led on offense by Kofi Cockburn.  Cockburn hit on all 8 attempts from the floor, registering 7 of 8 from the line, totaling 23 points.  The Fighting Illini shot 53% from the floor and 35% from deep.  Illinois did not play much defense in the game, as the Hurricanes shot nearly 60% from the floor.  Illinois trailed by as many as 27 points in the game.  

In the Terrapins win over Notre Dame, Maryland was guided in the game by Jalen Smith.  Smith notched a double-double in the win, finishing with 15 points and 16 rebounds.  The Terrapins shot 40% from the floor and 27% from 3-point range.  Maryland out rebounded Notre Dame, 48 to 39.  The Terrapins finished with 18 assists and 7 turnovers en route to the victory.

Recent Betting Trends:

Illinois is 4-1 SU in their last 5 games.

Illinois is 3-17 SU in their last 20 games on the road.

Maryland is 5-1 SU in their last 6 games when playing at home against Illinois.

Maryland is 10-1 ATS in their last 11 games played in December.

Illinois is having no issue scoring this season, as the Fighting Illini are averaging over 87 points per game, which ranks 3rd in the country.  The Terrapins are averaging 80 points per game, which ranks 46th.  This will be the toughest task thus far that Illinois will be faced with.  Maryland is ranked 3rd overall in the country and are giving up just over 61 points per game.  To say that it will be more difficult for Illinois to score, well that is an understatement.  Final prediction, Maryland gets it done at home and covers. 

Pick:
MD
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