Maryland vs. Rutgers - 3/3/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Maryland vs. Rutgers - 3/3/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Maryland Terrapins (23-6) at Rutgers Scarlet Knights (18-11)

College Basketball: Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Louis Brown Athletic Center)

The Line: Rutgers Scarlet Knights -1.5 -- Over/Under: 131.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Maryland Terrapins (23-6, 13-5 CONF) and the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (18-11, 9-9 CONF) will meet on Tuesday, March 3rd for a Big Ten Conference matchup at the Rutgers Athletic Center in Piscataway, NJ. The game will be played at 7:00 PM eastern time. 

Maryland is coming off a 78-66 home loss to Michigan State in their last game. Maryland has won three of their last five games overall, but have lost two of their last three. Maryland is currently ranked #9 in the country. Rutgers is coming off a 65-64 road loss to Penn State in their last game. Rutgers has now lost three in a row and four of their last five overall.

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Maryland scores 71.6 points per game on 41.7 percent field goal shooting this season. Maryland’s leading scorer is G Anthony Cowan Jr., who scores 16.1 points per game. The leading rebounder for Maryland is F Jalen Smith, who earns 10.5 rebounds per game. Maryland allows 63.8 points per game to the opposition, therefore they have a +7.8 scoring differential so far this season. Maryland also earns 38.6 rebounds, 13.2 assists, 4.3 blocks, and 4.7 steals per game as a team. 

Rutgers scores 69.6 points per game on 44.5 percent field goal shooting this season. Rutgers’ leading scorer is G Ron Harper Jr., who scores 12.1 points per game. The leading rebounder for Rutgers is C Myles Johnson, who earns 8.0 rebounds per game. Rutgers allows 62.3 points per game to the opposition, thus they have a +7.3 scoring differential so far this season. Rutgers also earns 40.0 rebounds, 12.7 assists, 4.6 blocks, and 6.7 steals per game as a team. 

Maryland is 14-14-1 against the spread this season and 4-5-1 against the spread in their last ten games. Maryland is also 5-4-1 against the spread on the road so far this season. Rutgers is 17-10-1 against the spread this season and 4-6 against the spread in their last ten games. Rutgers is also 11-5-1 against the spread at home so far this season.

I will take Maryland as the road dog in this spot, as even though Rutgers should give them a good battle, I see this as a bounce-back statement game for Maryland, who could certainly use a road win. 

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Ronald’s Pick Maryland +1.5

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