Northwestern vs. Maryland - 1/21/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Maryland Terrapins (14-4) at Northwestern Wildcats (6-11)
College Basketball: Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Welsh-Ryan Arena)
The Line: Northwestern Wildcats +7 -- Over/Under: 129.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Maryland Terrapins and the Northwestern Wildcats meet in Big Ten conference college basketball action from the Welsh-Ryan Arena on Tuesday night.
The Maryland Terrapins will look to build on a 57-50 win over Purdue in their last outing. Jalen Smith led the Terps with 18 points on 8 of 13 shooting with a pair of threes and 10 rebounds while Donta Scott added 13 points on 5 of 8 shooting with a pair of threes and 6 rebounds. Aaron Wiggins added 12 points to cap off the trio of double-digit scorers for Maryland in the win in addition to adding 7 rebounds and 3 assists. Anthony Cowan Jr. added 5 points with a team-high 7 assists but still leads Maryland in scoring and assists with an average of 15.6 points and 4.2 assists per game while Smith leads the Terrapins in rebounding with 9.4 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Maryland is averaging 71.2 points per game on 41.3% shooting from the field, 30.6% from behind the arc and 72.1% from the foul line this season.
The Northwestern Wildcats will be out to rebound after losing 7 of their last 8 games after a 75-71 loss to Illinois last time out. Robbie Beran led the Wildcats with 17 points on 6 of 14 shooting with 3 threes with 5 rebounds while Miller Kopp added 16 points on 6 of 13 shooting with a pair of threes. Pat Spencer added 14 points with a team-high 5 assists while Ryan Young added 12 points to round out the group of double-digit scorers for Northwestern in the loss. Kopp leads Northwestern in scoring with an average of 13.1 points per game while Young leads the Wildcats in rebounding with 6.6 rebounds per game and Spencer leads Northwestern in assists with 4 helpers per game this season. As a team, Northwestern is averaging 66.8 points per game on 42.2% shooting from the field, 31.8% from behind the arc and 75.2% from the foul line this season.
Maryland is 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 road games and 0-5-1 ATS in their last 6 games against a team with a losing record while the under is 5-0 in their last 5 games overall. Northwestern is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games and 9-20-1 ATS in their last 30 games overall while the under is 27-11-1 in their last 39 games as a home underdog. The road team is 7-2 ATS in the last 9 meetings between these two teams.
I get Maryland being favored as the Terrapins are the better team here by a decent margin. However, the Terrapins also have played down to a lot of lower opposition this season, or when they play well, the Terps just take their foot off of the gas and let teams slide in the backdoor. Northwestern hasn’t been playing well, but the Terrapins are only scoring 61.4 points per game in conference play and are only winning by 1.3 points per game. I think there’s value with the free buckets and Northwestern in this one.