Maryland at Northwestern: 1/12/22 College Basketball Picks and Predictions

Maryland at Northwestern: 1/12/22 College Basketball Picks and Predictions Photo by Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

Northwestern Wildcats (8-5) vs Maryland Terrapins (8-7)

Game Info: Wednesday, January 12, 2022 at 9:00 pm (Welsh-Ryan Arena)

Betting Odds: Northwestern Wildcats -4.5 -- Over/Under: 142.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Maryland Terrapins and Northwestern Wildcats face off on Wednesday in a college basketball showdown at the Welsh-Ryan Arena. When these two teams faced off on December 5th it was Northwestern that won 67-61. The Wildcats outscored the Terrapins by three points in each of the two halves to come away with the victory. 

Maryland comes into this game with an 8-7 record overall and they have gone 5-10 against the spread. In the last game against Wisconsin, Maryland was competitive most of the game, but they couldn’t make the winning plays late and were defeated by a point. Maryland is averaging 70.1 points while their defense is giving up 67.7 points per game. Erik Ayala has been the top player for Maryland averaging 15.5 points while shooting 39.9 percent from the field and 36.4 percent from behind the three point line.

On the other side of this matchup is the Northwestern Wildcats who sit with an 8-5 record and they have gone 5-7 against the spread. In the last game against Ohio State Northwestern managed 87 points, but the defense gave up 95 points. The Wildcats gave up 51 points in the first half in that game. Northwestern is averaging 78 points while their defense is giving up 65.4 points per game. Peter Nance is having a big season and isn’t getting enough attention for what he has done. Nance is averaging 16.2 points while shooting 50.9 percent from the field.

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Maryland is 0-6 against the spread in their last six games played on Wednesday. The Wildcats are 0-4 against the spread in their last 4 games against a team with a winning straight up record. THe over is 3-0-1 in Maryland’s last four games. The over is 3-0-1 in Terrapins last 4 games as a road underdog.

The trends point towards the over and there will be plenty of scoring in this game. Northwestern’s offense has been strong as of late and there is going to be no shortage of scoring in this game. Look for a fast paced game and for the over to cash with ease.

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The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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