Penn State at Maryland: 3/7/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction
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Maryland Terrapins (15-11) vs Penn State Nittany Lions (9-13)
Game Info: Sunday, March 7, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Xfinity Center)
Betting Odds: Maryland Terrapins -5.5 -- Over/Under: 136 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Penn State Nittany Lions will travel to the XFINITY Center to take on the Maryland Terrapins this Sunday night in College Basketball action.
The Penn State Nittany Lions improved to 9-13 on the season after defeating the Minnesota Golden Gophers, 84-65, this past Wednesday night. Penn State dominated Minnesota on both ends of the court and had no trouble picking up the victory after going into halftime with a 46-28 lead. Penn State shot 45.7% from the field and 40.0% from beyond the arc while Minnesota shot 35.6% from the field and 27.8% from beyond the arc. Penn State outrebounded Minnesota by a 48-33 margin and committed just 7 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Nittany Lions was John Harrar who had a double-double with 12 points, 11 rebounds, & 2 assists.
On the season, Penn State is averaging 72.9 ppg on 41.0% shooting from the field. The Nittany Lions are averaging 9.0 three-pointers per game on 34.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Penn State has been led by Myreon Jones (15.5 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.3 spg), Izaiah Brockington (13.0 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 1.8 apg), Seth Lundy (9.4 ppg, 3.8 rpg), & Jamari Wheeler (6.4 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 3.6 apg, 1.9 spg).
Defensively, Penn State is allowing their opponents to average 73.8 ppg on 46.7% shooting from the field. The Nittany Lions have a rebound margin of 1.3 and a turnover margin of 2.7.
The Maryland Terrapins had their 5-game winning streak snapped a dropped to 15-11 on the season after being defeated by the Northwestern Wildcats, 60-55, this past Wednesday night. Maryland struggled offensively on the road against Northwestern and allowed the Wildcats to pull away late after Northwestern closed out the final 2:32 of regulation on a 6-0 run. Maryland shot 42.0% from the field and 34.6% from beyond the arc while Northwestern shot 36.4% from the field and 34.5% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Terrapins was Aaron Wiggins who had 26 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, & 3 steals.
On the season, Maryland is averaging 69.2 ppg on 45.7% shooting from the field. The Terrapins are averaging 8.2 three-pointers per game on 35.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Maryland has been led by Eric Ayala (14.5 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.1 spg), Aaron Wiggins (13.9 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.1 spg), Donta Scott (11.3 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 2.0 apg), & Darryl Morsell (8.8 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.8 apg).
Defensively, Maryland is holding their opponents to an average of 64.7 ppg on 40.7% shooting from the field. The Terrapins have a rebound margin of 0.4 and a turnover margin of -0.1.
The Nittany Lions are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record, however, are just 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS win. The Terrapins are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Sunday games, however, are just 3-8 ATS in their last 11 home games.
Maryland dropped a tough game at Northwestern, however, the Terrapins have been playing some great basketball as of late and have played themselves into consideration for the NCAA Tournament with recent victories against Purdue, Rutgers, & Michigan State. Penn State picked up a nice win against Minnesota, however, the Nittany Lions have lost 5 of their last 7 games and have struggled on both ends of the court this season as they come into this game ranked just 303rd in FG%, 261st in scoring defense, & 298th in defensive FG%. Penn State is just 2-8 on the road this season and between the fact that Maryland is going to want to end their regular season with a strong victory to boost their chances for an at-large bid and that the Terrapins have won their last 4 home games, I think the play here is to take Maryland to cover this mid-range spread. Good Luck!