Michigan State at Maryland: 2/28/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

Michigan State at Maryland: 2/28/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction Photo by Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Maryland Terrapins (14-10) vs Michigan State Spartans (13-9)

Game Info: Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 2:00 pm (Xfinity Center)

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The Michigan State Spartans will travel to the XFINITY Center to take on the Maryland Terrapins this Sunday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The Michigan State Spartans won their 3rd straight game and improved to 13-9 on the season after defeating the 4th ranked Ohio State Buckeyes, 71-67, this past Thursday. Michigan State trailed by a 49-40 margin in the 2nd half, however, the Spartans offense was outstanding down the stretch and Michigan State was able to hold on for the upset victory after taking a 66-63 lead with 1:10 left in regulation. Michigan State shot 48.0% from the field and 26.7% from beyond the arc while Ohio State shot 44.2% from the field and 28.6% from beyond the arc. Michigan State outrebounded Ohio State by a 34-27 margin and forced 12 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Spartans was Aaron Henry who had 18 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, & 3 blocks.

On the season, Michigan State is averaging 71.3 ppg on 43.2% shooting from the field. The Spartans are averaging 6.9 three-pointers per game on 33.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Michigan State has been led by Aaron Henry (15.3 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 3.5 apg, 1.3 spg, 1.4 bpg), Joey Hauser (10.2 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.5 apg), Joshua Langford (9.9 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.9 apg), & Rocket Watts (7.8 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 3.0 apg).

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Defensively, Michigan State is allowing their opponents to average 71.5 ppg on 42.6% shooting from the field. The Spartans are averaging 6.9 three-pointers per game on 33.3% shooting from beyond the arc.

The Maryland Terrapins won their 4th straight game and improved to 14-10 on the season after defeating the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, 68-59, this past Sunday. Maryland was outstanding defensively on the road against Rutgers and had no trouble securing the victory after going into halftime with a 28-20 lead. Maryland shot 46.8% from the field and 30.0% from beyond the arc while Rutgers shot 38.2% from the field and 22.7% from beyond the arc. Maryland and Rutgers each pulled down 32 rebounds while the Terrapins won the turnover battle by a 15-11 margin. Leading the way for the Terrapins was Aaron Wiggins who had a double-double with 13 points, 10 rebounds, 1 assist, & 2 steals.

On the season, Maryland is averaging 69.7 ppg on 45.8% shooting from the field. The Terrapins are averaging 8.1 three-pointers per game on 35.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Maryland has been led by Eric Ayala (14.6 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.1 spg), Aaron Wiggins (13.5 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.0 spg), Donta Scott (11.8 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 1.9 apg), & Darryl Morsell (8.4 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.7 apg).

Defensively, Maryland is holding their opponents to an average of 65.3 ppg on 41.2% shooting from the field. The Terrapins have a rebound margin of 0.6 and are averaging 5.1 spg.

The Spartans are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games following a straight up win and just 5-14 ATS in their last 19 games overall. The terrapins are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Sunday games, however, are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games following a ATS win.

Michigan State is coming into this game with a bunch of momentum after huge home wins against both Illinois & Ohio State, however, this is still a Spartans team that has really struggled this season and currently have just a 3-6 record on the road. Maryland has put together a solid 4 game winning streak largely due to their defense which ranks 52nd in scoring defense & 65th in FG% and as I think the Spartans are going to struggle to find ways to score the basketball, I am taking Maryland to cover this small home spread. Good Luck!

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Brett’s Pick Maryland Terrapins -3

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