Maryland vs Villanova Prediction - College Basketball Picks 11/17/23

Villanova Wildcats (2-1) vs Maryland Terrapins (1-2)

Game Info: Friday, November 17, 2023 at 8:30 pm (Finneran Pavilion)

Betting Odds: Villanova Wildcats -5.5 -- Over/Under: 134.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Maryland Terrapins and Villanova Wildcats meet Friday in college basketball action at the Finneran Pavilion. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.

Maryland Terrapins Betting Preview

The Maryland Terrapins look for a big road win to get back to a .500 record. The Maryland Terrapins lost to UAB on Sunday. The Maryland Terrapins are averaging 64 points on 40.5 percent shooting and allowing 61 points on 39.5 percent shooting. Jahmir Young is averaging 14.7 points and 4.3 rebounds, while Julian Reese is averaging 13 points and 7.7 rebounds. DeShawn Harris-Smith is the third double-digit scorer and Donta Scott is grabbing 5 rebounds. The Maryland Terrapins are shooting 22.6 percent from beyond the arc and 69.7 percent from the free throw line. The Maryland Terrapins are allowing 30.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32 rebounds per game.

Villanova Wildcats Betting Preview

The Villanova Wildcats look to build on their 2-1 start after losing to Penn on Monday. The Villanova Wildcats are 2-0 SU at home. The Villanova Wildcats are averaging 81.7 points on 45.3 percent shooting and allowing 65.3 points on 39.3 percent shooting. Justin Moore is averaging 18.7 points and 4 rebounds, while TJ Bamba is averaging 11.3 points and 4.7 rebounds. Tyler Burton is the third double-digit scorer and Jordan Longino is dishing 2 assists. The Villanova Wildcats are shooting 34.7 percent from beyond the arc and 87 percent from the free throw line. The Villanova Wildcats are allowing 34.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.7 rebounds per game.

Randy’s Pick

The Villanova Wildcats aren't as good as they've been in past years, but they're usually at their best at home, and they're off to a fine start defensively this season. The Maryland Terrapins lost to UAB, which isn't a great look heading into this contest, and the offense is shooting under 41 percent from the field through 3 games. I'd need more points to consider Maryland in this spot, especially after its last effort. Give me Villanova and the reasonable chalk. I expect Nova to pull away in the second half. 

Randy’s Pick Villanova Wildcats -5.5

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