Iowa vs. Maryland Free Pick
NEW YORK, NY (ATS Consultants)– After upsetting No. 1 Alabama in the quarterfinals, Maryland will look to spring another upset tonight versus Iowa when the two teams clash in the NIT Semifinal at 9:00PM ET.
ODDS: Oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv have installed Iowa as a 3.5-point favorite over Maryland, while the over/under total is currently sitting at 135.5 points. The Hawkeyes are 24-12 overall on the year while the Terps are 25-12 this season.
LINE MOVEMENT: The Hawkeyes opened as 2-point favorites but their odds have been bet up to 3.5 at most sports books. The total, meanwhile, opened at 135 and has been bet up to 135.5 at most online and Vegas sports books.
PUBLIC BETTING: Of the wagers placed on tonight’s game, 57% of college basketball public bettors currently favor Maryland. This information is subject to change, however, so make sure you click on the link provided for the most up-to-date public betting numbers.
NCAA FREE PICK: Take Maryland. According to the latest college basketball trends, Iowa is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Atlantic Coast. Maryland is 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS win, 7-0 ATS in their last 7 games overall, 5-0 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games, 5-1 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games and is 8-3-1 ATS in their last 12 vs. Big Ten.
#2 Maryland (25-12 SU, 17-12-1 ATS) beat #1 Alabama on the road, 58-57, getting 3 on March 26. They've won five of their last six. #1 Iowa (24-12 SU, 23-9 ATS) is coming off winning three straight and has won six of the last seven. They beat Virginia, 75 64 on March 27, getting 3.5. The Terps shoot 46.6 percent from the floor and 33.9 percent from the three-point line. They allow teams to average 63.8 points, and shoot 38.4 percent from the field. Sophomore center Alex Len (7-1, 250) will be a lottery pick if he comes out. The big man from Lithuania averages 11.8 points, 7.8 rebounds and nearly two blocks per game. He'll have an advantage over freshman Adam Woodbury (7-1, 235), who averages 4.9 points and 4.8 rebounds in the Big 10. Iowa wins with defense because they shoot just 42.4 percent from the field and 30.9 percent from beyond the arc. The key matchup on the perimeter will be either Dez Wells (6-5, 215) or Nick Faust (6-6, 190) defending junior guard Roy-Devyn Marble (6-6, 194), who leads the way with 15.1 points per game along with 105 assists (41 percent from the field). Aaron White (6-8, 218) is the second-leading scorer with 12.9 points and leads in rebounds with 6.1 per game. Maryland is deep enough that they can survive the loss of freshman backup guard Seth Allen (7.6ppg) and still go eight or nine deep. Maryland also has size off the bench led by Charles Mitchell (6-8, 260), Shaquille Cleare (6-10, 260) and senior James Padgett (6-7, 235). The Terps win this one outright.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL FREE PICK: MARYLAND TERPS +3.5