Maryland vs. Rutgers Pick
Can Maryland get back on track tonight when it hits the road to face Rutgers at 6:30PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, Maryland is favored on the road, as the Terrapins are getting odds of -6 points against Rutgers. The over/under total for the game is listed at 135 points. Maryland has won all four Big Ten meetings with Rutgers, including a 67-55 win at home on Jan. 24. The Terps have covered the spread in the last three meetings as well.
Maryland has lost three straight coming into tonight, including back-to-back losses at home. The Terrapins are 22-7 on the season and 10-6 in the Big Ten. They have fallen to 14-10-3 against the spread after these last three games as well. Maryland is averaging 74.1 points per game on offense while allowing 69.1 on defense. The numbers don’t differ much on the road. Melo Trimble is averaging 17.1 points and 3.6 assists per game to lead the team while Justin Jackson and Anthony Cowan are each scoring over 10 points per contest.
Rutgers has lost five straight coming into today to fall to 13-16 on the season and 2-14 in the Big Ten. The Scarlet Knights have covered in their last two games to move to 11-11-1 against the spread on the season. Rutgers is averaging 65.3 points per game on offense while allowing 67.1 on defense. At home, the Knights put up 69.5 on offense while allowing just 64.5 on defense. Corey Sanders is averaging 13.1 points per game to lead the team while Nigel Johnson and Deshawn Freeman also score in double figures.
Maryland has been struggling but giving up just 5 points at Rutgers seems too little. The Knights are only 3-5-1 against the spread on the season and face a Maryland team that has gone 9-2-1 against the spread on the road. Maryland did have a slip up at Penn State a while back, but still has consistently won on the road against poor teams. I expect the same today.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL DAILY PREDICTION: MARYLAND -6