Michigan State at Maryland: 3/11/21 College Basketball Picks and Predictions
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Maryland Terrapins (15-12) vs Michigan State Spartans (15-11)
Game Info: Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 11:30 am (Lucas Oil Stadium)
Betting Odds: Maryland Terrapins -1.5 -- Over/Under: 131 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Michigan State Spartans and Maryland Terrapins face off on Thursday in a college basketball showdown at Lucas Oil Stadium.
These two teams faced off once so far this year and it was Maryland that was able to come away with the 73-55 victory.
The Michigan State Spartans come into this game with a 15-11 record overall but they are coming off their biggest win of the season. In the last game against Michigan, the defense found success and that led to the 70-64 victory. Michigan State on the season is averaging 69.5 points per game while their defense is giving up 70.7 points per game. Michigan State is shooting 42.5 percent from the field and 32.2 percent from behind the three point line. Michigan State still might be considered on the bubble, so every win they can pick up in the Big Ten tournament will be helpful. Forward Aaron Henry has been the best player for Michigan State averaging 15.5 points while shooting 44.8 percent from the field and 28.4 percent from behind the three point line.
On the other side of this matchup is the Maryland Terrapins who sit with a15-12 record overall but they have had a couple of bad losses in a row. Two games ago against Northwestern they were defeated by five points after scoring only 55 points. In the last game against Penn State, they were defeated 66-61. Maryland on the season is averaging 67.7 points per game while their defense is giving up 65 points per game. Maryland is shooting 45.2 percent from the field and 35.2 percent from behind the three point line. Guard Eric Ayala has been the best player for Maryland averaging 14.5 points while shooting 43.8 percent from the field.
The under is 7-1-1 in Michigan State’s last nine neutral site games. Michigan State is 34-16-1 against the spread in their last 51 games played on Thursday. The under is 8-2 in the last ten meetings played between Michigan State and Maryland.
Michigan State knows how bad they need this game, and they are going to have a whole lot of confidence heading into this game. Look for Michigan State’s defense to be strong, and that will lead to the Spartans covering this spread.