Ohio State vs. Maryland Pick
Can No. 21 Maryland stop the bleeding and hand Ohio State loss today when the two meet up at 4PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, Maryland is favored at home, as the Terrapins are getting odds of -7.5 points against Ohio State. The over/under total for the game is listed at 140 points. Maryland has won and covered the spread in three straight over Ohio State, including a 77-71 road win on Jan. 31.
Maryland has had its first two-game losing streak in Big Ten play, falling to Purdue and Penn State in the last week. The Terps are now 20-4 on the season and 8-3 in the Big Ten. Maryland is 12-7-3 against the spread on the season, but just 4-6-2 ATS at home. Maryland is averaging 74.3 points per game on offense this season while allowing 67.4 on defense. While their defensive average improves to 64 at home, their offensive average actually slips to 72.3. Melo Trimble is leading the team with 16.9 points per game while Justin Jackson is adding 11.4 points and 6.3 rebounds per game.
Ohio State has won two straight, beating Michigan and Rutgers, to improve to 15-10 on the season and 5-7 in the Big Ten. The Buckeyes are only 9-14 against the spread this season, including a 3-6 mark on the road. Ohio State is averaging 73 points per game on offense while giving up 68.4 on defense. On the road, Ohio State scores just 69 per game and allows 73.8 on defense. JaQuan Lyle is dealing with a family emergency and will miss today’s game. He is averaging 11.4 points and 5 assists per game this season. Jae’Sean Tate is the team leader with 14.1 points and 6.1 rebounds per contest.
While Ohio State is without a top player, Maryland is playing shaky right now and the Terps haven’t been a dominant team at home. They allow opponents to hang around and that has led to a poor record against the spread at home. Ohio State should still be playing with some momentum thanks to two straight wins. I see the Buckeyes keeping this one interesting.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL DAILY PREDICTION: OHIO STATE +7.5