Butler Bulldogs (2-0) at Maryland Terrapins (2-0)
|Date & Time||Wednesday November 15, 2017, 8:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Maryland Terrapins -5.5 -- Over/Under:
The Butler Bulldogs and Maryland Terrapins meet Wednesday in college basketball action at the XFINITY Center.
The Butler Bulldogs look to get off to a quick 3-0 start when they take to the road for the first time. The Butler Bulldogs are averaging 83.5 points on 52.1 percent shooting and allowing 69.5 points on 47.5 percent shooting. Kelan Martin is averaging 20 points and 11.5 rebounds while Tyler Wideman is averaging 12 points and one assist. Kamar Baldwin is the third double-digit scorer and Aaron Thompson is dishing 3.5 assists. The Butler Bulldogs are shooting 26.8 percent from beyond the arc and 68.2 percent from the free throw line. The Butler Bulldogs are allowing 54.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32 rebounds per game. The Butler Bulldogs have won six of their last eight road games.
The Maryland Terrapins also look to improve to 3-0 on the season with their second home victory. The Maryland Terrapins are averaging 86 points on 55 percent shooting and allowing 52 points on 35.3 percent shooting. Anthony Cowan is averaging 15.5 points and 7.5 rebounds while Kevin Huerter is averaging 11.5 points and three assists. Justin Jackson is grabbing 10 rebounds and Dion Wiley is dishing one assist. The Maryland Terrapins are shooting 33.3 percent from beyond the arc and 69.5 percent from the free throw line. The Maryland Terrapins are allowing 26.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.5 rebounds per game. The Maryland Terrapins have won 10 of their last 14 home games.
The Bulldogs are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Wednesday games, 13-6-1 ATS in their last 20 vs. Big Ten and 34-16-1 ATS in their last 51 non-conference games. The Terrapins are 7-18-1 ATS in their last 26 Wednesday games, 0-5 ATS in their last 5 home games and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The under is 7-3 in Terrapins last 10 home games and the over is 4-0 in Bulldogs last 4 road games.
Maryland is showing far more depth now that Melo Trimble is no longer around to steal the shots, which could make the Terps a much more consistent and dangerous team than last season. I've also been impressed with the Terps defense even though the comp they've played in two games isn't great. Butler is a proven team that is well coached and probably has the best player on the court in Martin, but I question if the Bulldogs can match Maryland's athleticism and limit the advantage on the glass. I'm going to side with the Terps and the reasonable line at home.