Nebraska at Maryland - 2/16/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

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Maryland Terrapins (11-10) vs Nebraska Cornhuskers (5-12)

Game Info: Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Xfinity Center)

Betting Odds: Maryland Terrapins -9 -- Over/Under: 135.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Nebraska Cornhuskers continue their three-game Mid-Atlantic road trip as they stop in College Park (Md.) for a pair of games against the Maryland Terrapins. This series marks Maryland's first matchup against an opponent on back-to-back nights since 1949. While Nebraska sits at the bottom of the Big Ten standings, Maryland desperately needs to earn a sweep in this mini-series to keep any hopes that they may have of making the NCAA Tournament alive. The Terrapins has won three of the last four meetings between the programs and leads the all-time series 7-3.

Nebraska (5-12, 1-9 Big Ten) got off the snide in Big Ten play by eking out a 62-61 victory over Penn State in Happy Valley, ending a nine-game losing streak as well as earning its first road victory in six games, as Teddy Allen’s bucket with 12 seconds left gave the Cornhuskers the victory. The Huskers, who went through an eight-minute scoreless stretch late in the game, shot 48.2% from the field and 36.8% from beyond the arc while holding PSU to just 32.3% from the field along with 29% from long-distance. Allen had 14 points as well as six rebounds, and Kobe Webster chipped in 13 points along with four caroms.

Allen, who has scored in double-figures in each of his last three games while shooting 45.4% from the field and 50% (5-10) from the 3-point line, leads the Huskers with 16.6 points along with 5.0 rebounds, 2.0 3-pointers, and 1.5 steals. Trey McGowens continues to struggle from the field -- missing 20 of his last 29 shots -- although he adds 11.0 points, 4.2 caroms, 2.0 assists, and 1.5 steals. Dalano Banton (10.8 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 3.7 apg) and Lat Mayen (8.5 ppg, 4.8 rpg) who has upped his production to 12 points and five rebounds over the last six games.

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Nebraska averages 70.5 points on 41% shooting from the field, 31.4% from the 3-point line, and 63.2% from the charity stripe. The Cornhuskers have a -1.9 rebound margin and a +0.2 turnover differential. The Cornhuskers allow 72.7 points on 41.1% shooting from the field, 30.95 from the 3-point line, and force 13.9 turnovers.

Nebraska is 7-13 ATS in its last 20 games. Nebraska is 5-1 ATS in its last six games versus Maryland. The under is 5-0 in the Cornhuskers’ last five road games.

Maryland (11-10, 5-9) wraps up its four-game homestand with the two games against Nebraska. Maryland may have to win out to have any hope of “going dancing." UM, which has lost four of its last seven games, has a net ranking of 36 -- up two spots from the previous release. The Terrapins snapped a two-game losing streak with a 72-59 victory over Minnesota on Sunday as the Terps turned in its best offensive effort in conference play, shooting 53% from the field and topping the 70-point mark for the first time since Jan. 15. Aaron Wiggins led four players in double-figures with 17 points.

Maryland is just 8-5 at home this year. Eric Ayala, who has connected on 11 of his last 23 3-point shots, leads three Terps in double figures with 14.2 points along with 3.6 rebounds, 1.9 treys, and 2.2 dimes. Wiggins (12.7 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 2.8 apg) has produced 17.0 points, 3.0 3-pointers, 5.0 rebounds, and 4.0 assists over the last two games. Donta Scott (12.2 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 1.7 3-pointers) grabbed 11 boards versus Minnesota for his fourth double-figure rebound game. Darryl Morsell (8.6 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.8 apg), who needs just eight points to reach the 1,000 point mark, and Hakim Hart (8.0 ppg, 3.2 rpg) are the other top contributors.

Maryland averages 69.6 points on 45.7% shooting from the field, 35.4% from the field, and 69.3% from the free-throw line. UM has a -0.1 rebound margin and a -0.2 turnover differential. The Terrapins allow 66 points on 41.6% shooting from the field, 34.1% from the 3-point line, and force 11.0 turnovers.

Maryland is 1-4 ATS in its last five games and 1-7 ATS in its previous eight home contests. The under is 5-1 in the Terps last six games. The under is 5-1 in the Terrapins last six contests versus the Cornhuskers.

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Daniel’s Pick Maryland Terrapins -9

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