Maryland vs. Purdue - 1/18/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Purdue Boilermakers (10-7) at Maryland Terrapins (13-4)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 2:00 pm (Xfinity Center)
The Line: Maryland Terrapins -5 -- Over/Under: 123 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Purdue Boilermakers and the Maryland Terrapins meet in Big Ten conference college basketball action from the Xfinity Center on Saturday afternoon.
The Purdue Boilermakers will look to build on a 71-42 beatdown of Michigan State in their last outing. Trevion Williams led Purdue with 16 points on 7 of 14 shooting with team-highs of 7 rebounds and 4 assists while Evan Boudreaux added 11 points with 3 threes, 5 rebounds and a pair of steals. Sasha Stefanovic and Eric Hunter Jr. each had 10 points with Stefanovic adding a team-high 4 assists while Hunter Jr. chipped in 3 assists and a pair of steals. Nojel Eastern had 9 points and 7 rebounds of his own as well in the victory. Williams leads the Boilermakers in scoring and rebounding with an average of 11.4 points and 7.8 rebounds per game while Hunter Jr. leads Purdue in assists with 3 assists per game this season. As a team, Purdue is averaging 68.9 points per game on 41.7% shooting from the field, 33.3% from behind the arc and 65.4% from the foul line this season.
The Maryland Terrapins will look to rebound from back-to-back losses after a 56-54 loss to Wisconsin in their last outing. Jalen Smith led the Terps with 18 points on 7 of 11 shooting with a pair of threes and a team-high 7 rebounds while Anthony Cowan Jr. chipped in 16 points on 6 of 14 shooting with a pair of threes and a team-high 3 assists. Aaron Wiggins added 13 points on 4 of 8 shooting with 3 threes to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Maryland in the losing effort while Donta Scott added 7 rebounds as well in the defeat. Cowan Jr. leads Maryland in scoring and assists with an average of 16.2 points and 4 assists per game while Jalen Smith leads the Terrapins in rebounding with 9.4 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Maryland is averaging 72.1 points per game on 41.3% shooting from the field, 30.7% from behind the arc and 72.1% from the foul line this season.
Purdue is 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 road games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a win while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record. Maryland is 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall and 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 games following a loss while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record. The underdog is 3-1-2 ATS in the last 6 meetings between these two teams.
Part of me wants to take a shot with Purdue here as the Boilermakers have shown that they can be stout defensively, especially after stifling Michigan State last time out. However, a lot of Purdue’s success along those lines have come at home, and defending home floor has been a theme in conference play for the Big Ten this season. It also doesn’t help Purdue that they’re only averaging 59 points per game on the road and are being outscored by 7.6 points per game while Maryland is averaging 76.5 points and allowing just 58.7 points at home, a difference of 17.8 points per game this season. I just think this is a game where Maryland wakes up, so I’ll back the Terrapins at home in this one.