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Maryland vs. Minnesota - 3/8/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Minnesota at Maryland
Date & Time Friday March 8, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location
XFINITY Center
College Park, Maryland
The Line
The Line: Maryland -7.5 -- Over/Under: 135.5
TV Channel
FS1
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The Minnesota Golden Gophers and Maryland Terrapins meet Friday in college basketball action at the XFINITY Center.

The Minnesota Golden Gophers could use a win after losing six of their last nine games. The Minnesota Golden Gophers are averaging 71.5 points on 43.8 percent shooting and allowing 68.7 points on 43.2 percent shooting. Amir Coffey is averaging 15.8 points and 3.1 assists while Jordan Murphy is averaging 14.5 points and 11.7 rebounds. Daniel Oturu is the third double-digit scorer and Gabe Kalscheur is grabbing 1.9 rebounds. The Minnesota Golden Gophers are shooting 32.3 percent from beyond the arc and 67.8 percent from the free throw line. The Minnesota Golden Gophers are allowing 34.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.8 rebounds per game. The Minnesota Golden Gophers have lost five of their last six road games.

The Maryland Terrapins look for a win after splitting their last 12 games. The Maryland Terrapins are averaging 71.8 points on 45.8 percent shooting and allowing 65.1 points on 39.6 percent shooting. Anthony Cowan Jr. is averaging 15.7 points and 4.3 assists while Bruno Fernando is averaging 14.1 points and 10.5 rebounds. Jalen Smith is the third double-digit scorer and Aaron Wiggins is grabbing 3.4 rebounds. The Maryland Terrapins are shooting 35.5 percent from beyond the arc and 74.3 percent from the free throw line. The Maryland Terrapins are allowing 31.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.1 rebounds per game. The Maryland Terrapins have won seven of their last eight home games.

The Golden Gophers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win and 6-15 ATS in their last 21 games following a ATS win. The Terrapins are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games following a ATS loss and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games following a straight up loss. The Golden Gophers are 2-6 ATS in the last 8 meetings and the underdog is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The over is 8-3 in Terrapins last 11 home games. The under is 7-2 in Golden Gophers last 9 overall.

The Maryland Terrapins blasted Minnesota on the road earlier this season and has been the more trustworthy team. However, Minnesota is a very talented team that has shown flashes of putting it together, which includes a recent win over Purdue. Minnesota has also been competitive despite its results, as four of its last seven losses have been decided by four or less points. This is the time of year where teams are fighting for seeding in conference tournaments and hoping to make a statement to the tournament committee. The Golden Gophers seem to be one of those teams not ready to give up. I'll take a shot with the points.

Pick:
Minnesota +7.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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