Nebraska Cornhuskers (11-2) at Maryland Terrapins (10-3)
|Date & Time||Wednesday January 2, 2019, 6:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Maryland Terrapins +2 -- Over/Under: 141.5
The Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Maryland Terrapins meet in college basketball action from the Xfinity Center on Wednesday night.
The Nebraska Cornhuskers will look to stay hot after winning 4 in a row following a 79-38 rout of subdivision Southwest Minnesota State in their last outing. James Palmer Jr. and Glynn Watson Jr. tied for the team-high with 16 points, with Watson Jr. shooting 6 of 13 with 4 threes, 4 steals and 4 assists while Palmer Jr. added 6 rebounds and a team-high 5 assists. Isaac Copeland Jr. added 12 points and Thomas Allen chipped in 10 points to round out the foursome of double-digit scorers for Nebraska in the win, while Tanner Borchardt added 4 points and a team-high 9 rebounds. Palmer Jr. leads Nebraska in scoring with 19.6 points per game while Watson Jr. leads the Cornhuskers in assists with 4.1 assists per game and Isaiah Roby leads Nebraska on the glass with 6 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Nebraska is averaging 80.2 points per game on 47.4% shooting from the field, 37.5% from behind the arc and 73.3% from the foul line this season. The Cornhuskers are also tough defensively, giving up the 7th-fewest points per game in D-I, giving up just 57.8 points per game while sitting 10th in the nation in field goal percentage against, allowing opponents to shoot just 37.4% from the field, and 4th in the country defending the long ball, allowing opponents to shoot just 25.4% from 3-point range this season.
The Maryland Terrapins come into this game looking to build on a 78-64 win over Radford in their last outing. Bruno Fernando led the Terps with 19 points on 6 of 7 shooting with a 7 of 9 mark from the foul line and 12 rebounds for the double-double. Eric Ayala added 14 points and Darryl Morsell came right behind with 13 points while Anthony Cowan chipped in 10 points and a team-high 5 assists to finish off the group of double-digit scorers for Maryland in the winning effort. Ricky Lindo Jr. added 8 points and 10 boards of his own in the victory as well for the Terrapins. Cowan leads Maryland with an average of 16.5 points and 4.5 assists per game while Fernando leads the Terrapins on the glass with 9.6 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Maryland is averaging 77.5 points per game on 48.2% shooting from the field, 33.8% from behind the arc and 71.9% from the foul line this season.
Nebraska is 10-3 ATS in their last 13 road games and 16-5 ATS in their last 21 conference games while the under is 5-0 in their last 5 games after allowing less than 50 points in their previous game. Maryland is 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 games following a win.
Maryland has started to play better at home, so getting a free bucket with the Terrapins is tempting. However, Nebraska has been one of the most underrated and consistent teams in the country and has had no issues going on the road in tough environments to get the job done so I’ll lay the bucket with Nebraska here.