Maryland vs Alabama Prediction - Basketball Picks 3/18/23

Alabama Crimson Tide (30-5) vs Maryland Terrapins (22-12)

Game Info: Saturday, March 18, 2023 at 9:40 pm (Legacy Arena)

Betting Odds: Alabama Crimson Tide -8.5 -- Over/Under: 143.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Alabama Crimson Tide will play the Maryland Terrapins in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in the South Region at Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama.

Alabama Preview

The Alabama Crimson Tide are 30-5 (16-2) this season after they defeated Texas A&M-CC by a score of 96-75 in the first round. Alabama shot 47.1% from the field and made 15 three pointers in the win. The Alabama Crimson Tide are averaging 82.6 points per game, 68.7 points against per game, 44.5 rebounds per game, and 15.4 assists per game. Brandon Miller has led the Crimson Tide this season with 19.1 points per game, 8.2 rebounds per game, and 2.1 assists per game. Alabama is shooting 44.6% from the field, 72.6% on free throws, and 33.8% on three pointers this year.

Maryland Preview

The Maryland Terrapins are 22-12 (11-9) this season after they defeated West Virginia by a score of 67-65 in the first round. Maryland shot 51.1% from the field and was -6 in rebounding margin in the win. The Maryland Terrapins are averaging 70.3 points per game, 63.2 points against per game, 33.6 rebounds per game, and 11.5 assists per game. Jahmir Young has led the Terrapins this season with 15.9 points per game, 4.7 rebounds per game, and 3.1 assists per game. Maryland is shooting 44.9% from the field, 73.9% on free throws, and 33% on three pointers this year.

Trends

Maryland is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 neutral site games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games. The under is 4-0-1 in Maryland’s last 5 games. Alabama is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 NCAA Tournament games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games following a win. The under is 4-1 in Alabama’s last 5 games. 

Pick

Alabama comes into this game on a four game winning streak and shot the ball very well in their first round win. Maryland has lost three of their last five games, but was able to sneak past West Virginia in the first round. Maryland didn’t finish the regular season very well and I think they are going to have a ton of issues in this game. Maryland doesn’t have the offense to hang with a team like Alabama, so I like the Crimson Tide in this game. 

David’s Pick Alabama -8.5

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