Maryland vs. Wisconsin Pick
Can No. 11 Wisconsin get back on track today when it hosts No. 23 Maryland at 1PM ET in a battle of two of the top teams in the Big Ten?
According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, Wisconsin is favored at home today, as the Badgers are getting odds of -6 points against Maryland. The over/under total for the game is listed at 130 points. These two have yet to meet this season. Wisconsin has won three of the last five, with the winning team covering the spread in all five games.
Wisconsin is on a surprising two-game losing streak to fall to 21-5 on the season and 10-3 in the Big Ten. The Badgers are now ½ game back of Purdue for first in the Big Ten, as is Maryland. Wisconsin has failed to cover the spread in its last four games and is just 11-12 against the spread on the season. Wisconsin is a great defensive team, allowing just 60.5 points per game this season. At home, the Badgers are giving up just 55.8 per game. Offensively, Wisconsin averages 73.2 points per game this season. Bronson Koenig missed this week’s loss to Michigan due to a calf injury and he is questionable for today’s game as well. He averages 13.4 points per game this season. Ethan Happ is the team leader with 14.5 points and 9.1 rebounds per contest.
Since suffering a two-game losing streak of its own, the Terps have won two straight to get to 22-4 on the season and 10-3 in the Big Ten. Maryland is 8-1-1 against the spread in its last 10 games and 14-7-3 ATS on the season. The Terrapins are averaging 74.8 points per game on offense this season while allowing 67.6. When on the road, the Terps give up 70 points per contest. Melo Trimble has been leading the team with 17.2 points per game while Justin Jackson is adding 11 points and 6.3 rebounds per game.
Wisconsin is a team you would expect to bounce back and I think it could today, but Maryland has been a tough team all season, especially as an underdog. The Terrapins are an impressive 9-0-1 against the spread as an underdog in the 2016-17 season. Their poorest performances have come as big favorites. Look for them to step up again today on the road.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL DAILY PREDICTION: MARYLAND +6