Fighting Illini vs. Terrapins Prediction
The 13th-ranked Maryland Terrapins had their seven-game winning streak snapped earlier this week at the sixth-ranked Michigan State Spartans. Can Maryland find its winning formula again today at home versus the Illinois Fighting Illini?
Saturday, January 26, 2019
Madison Square Garden at 12PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Terrapins are a 9.5-point favorite on the spread line. The over-under is set at 145.5 points. As of Saturday morning, 71 percent of public bets are pouring in on host Maryland. Check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for the latest info.
Illini fall at home to Badgers
Illinois dropped a 72-60 home decision Wednesday night against Wisconsin to fall to 5-14 overall and 1-7 in the Big Ten Conference. The Fighting Illini only trailed by two at halftime before being outscored 40-30 in the second half. Giorgi Bezhanishvili led Illinois with 20 points on 8-of-14 shooting plus 4-of-9 at the free throw line. He also pulled down eight rebounds. Aaron Jordan added 10 points plus seven rebounds and two steals. The Illini shot 22-of-62 from the floor, 4-of-21 from 3-point distance and 12-of-22 at the free throw line.
Terrapins outclassed by MSU
Maryland could not hang with Michigan State Tuesday night en route to a 69-55 loss. The Terrapins (16-4, 7-2) trailed 31-20 at halftime and could not climb back after the break. Maryland shot 21-of-61 from the field, 9-of-26 from 3-point range and 4-of-7 from the free throw line. Aaron Wiggins led the Terrapins with 15 points on 5-of-13 shooting including 5-of-9 on 3-pointers. Bruno Fernando tallied 12 points, 13 rebounds, four assists and two blocked shots. Darryl Morsell added 10 points in 20 minutes.
College Basketball Betting Trends
The Fighting Illini are 3-12-1 ATS in their last 16 Saturday games. Illinois is 5-11 ATS in its last 16 games overall.
The Terrapins are 32-15-4 ATS in their last 51 Saturday games. Maryland is 8-3-1 ATS in its last 12 games following a straight up loss.
With this game in a neutral environment and an early start, that hurts Illinois here as it's the same as an 11AM start time if it were a home game. Maryland might have lost its last contest, but it was to an elite team and now has a chance to continue what was a strong stretch of play for the entirety of this month. I'm going to say Maryland wins by double digits here to start a new winning streak.
NCAA DAILY PREDICTION: MARYLAND TERRAPINS -9.5