Spartans vs. Terrapins Prediction
The 24th-ranked Michigan State Spartans will look to avenge an earlier loss to the ninth-ranked Maryland Terrapins when the two teams meet tonight. Can MSU go on the road and carve out a win?
Saturday, February 29, 2020
XFINITY Center at 8PM ET
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According to oddsmakers, the Terrapins are a 2.5-point favorite on teh spread line. The over-under is set at 138 points. As of Saturday morning, 67 percent of public bets are being placed on host Maryland. Check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for the latest updates.
Big second half lifts Spartans
Michigan State earned a 78-70 home victory Tuesday night over Iowa to improve to 19-9 overall and 11-6 in the Big Ten Conference. Rocket Watts paced the Spartans with 21 points on 9-of-17 shooting including 2-of-7 from 3-point distance plus 1-of-1 at the free throw line. He also pulled down two rebounds. Cassius Winston tallied 20 points, nine assists and five boards. Aaron Henry added 17 points, six caroms and four assists. Michigan State outscored the Hawkeyes 51-37 in the second half after trailing by six at the break.
Morsell lifts Terrapins
Darryl Morsell hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1.9 seconds remaining Wednesday night to send Maryland to a 74-73 victory at Minnesota. The Terrapins outscored the Golden Gophers 43-26 in the second half after trailing by 16 at the break. Jalen Smith led Maryland with 16 points on 5-of-10 shooting including 1-of-3 from 3-point range plus 5-of-6 at the charity stripe. He also registered 12 rebounds and two blocked shots. Aaron Wiggins accounted for 16 points, three boards, three steals, two assists and two blocked shots off the bench. Morsell tallied 13 points and nine caroms. Donta Scott accounted for 11 points and seven rebounds. Anthony Cowan Jr. added 10 points, nine assists, three boards and three steals.
College Basketball Betting Trends
The Spartans are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 road games. Michigan State is 1-6 ATS in its last seven games overall.
The favorite is 4-9-1 ATS in the last 14 meetings. The Terrapins are 39-17-4 ATS in their last 60 Saturday games.
The Terrapins and Spartans played one of the weirder college basketball games of the season two weeks ago in East Lansing when the latter rallied back to take a seven-point lead, only to give up the game's final 14 points in a 67-60 defeat. Look for a more focused effort down the stretch out of MSU today, but ultimately I don't see it being enough as Maryland has not lost at home all season and I don't see an inconsistent Michigan State team being the right squad to bet on to snap that streak. It's not March yet for one more day, so there is still time to bet against the Spartans.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL DAILY PREDICTION: MARYLAND TERRAPINS -2.5