Maryland vs. Northwestern Pick
Will No. 23 Maryland be able to get back on track when it hits the road to face Northwestern tonight at 7PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, Northwestern is the slight favorite at home, as the Wildcats are getting odds of -2.5 points against Maryland. The over/under total for the game is listed at 139.5 points. Maryland has won four straight meetings with Northwestern, but the two have split at the betting window in those four meetings.
After dropping back-to-back games, Maryland managed an 86-77 win over Ohio State at home this weekend. The Terrapins are 21-4 on the season and 9-3 in the Big Ten. They are 8-1-1 against the spread in their last 10 games to move to 13-7-3 ATS on the season. Maryland is averaging 74.8 points per game on offense this season while allowing 67.8 on defense. Melo Trimble is averaging 16.6 points per game to lead the team while Justin Jackson is adding 11.1 points and 6.4 rebounds per game.
Northwestern is coming off a big 66-59 win at Wisconsin this weekend to improve to 19-6 on the season and 8-4 in the Big Ten. The Wildcats are 15-7 against the spread on the season, including a 7-4 mark at home. Northwestern is averaging 73.5 points per game on offense while allowing 64.4 on defense. When at home, the Wildcats are scoring 77 points per game and allowing 62.3. Scottie Lindsey continues to be out with mono. He was averaging 15.4 points and 4.3 rebounds per game. Bryant McIntosh is now leading the team with 14 points and 5.6 assists per game while Vic Law is adding 13.5 points and 6.1 rebounds per contest.
This game is a tough call because both teams haven’t been playing great, but each are coming off a positive performance. Northwestern had a big win at Wisconsin, but I can see a letdown after such a big win. The Terrapins had an odd showing against Penn State last week, but came back with a nice win over Ohio State. Maryland has been great at the betting window on the road, going 8-1-1 against the spread, and I am going to trust the trends.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL DAILY PREDICTION: MARYLAND +2.5