Illinois Fighting Illini vs. Maryland Terrapins, Tuesday, NCAA College Basketball Betting, Odds, Picks and Prediction

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ILLINOIS FIGHTING ILLINI MARYLAND TERRAPINS
10-3 December 27, 5:00 PM | Xfinity Center 12-1

When: 5:00 PM ET, Tuesday, December 27, 2016
Where: Xfinity Center, College Park, Maryland
TV: 5 p.m. ET, ESPN2

Team Spread Money Line Total
Illinois +3 -110 +140 138 -110
Maryland -3 -110 -160 138 -110

The Illinois Fighting Illini and the Maryland Terrapins will both be trying to pick up a win on Tuesday when they battle at Xfinity Center.

ABOUT ILLINOIS (10-3): In addition to Missouri, the Illini also took down BYU, North Carolina State and VCU during their streak and have drained 41.1 percent from behind the 3-point arc in that span. Malcolm Hill leads the team in scoring (18.4) and is second in rebounding (6.3) while fellow senior guard Tracy Abrams (11.9 points, 53.5 percent from the field) has also been a major factor. Senior center Maverick Morgan (9.0 points, 60.3 percent from the floor) boasts consecutive double-doubles; “He’s been a beast,” Hill told reporters.

ABOUT MARYLAND (12-1): Trimble is the only Terrapin averaging better than 11 points, posting 17.9 per contest after recording his sixth and seventh games of 20 or more the last two outings. Freshmen Justin Jackson (10.8 points, 6.0 rebounds) and Anthony Cowan (averaging 14 points the last two games) have been productive along with 7-1 junior Michal Cekovsky, who has scored 12.3 per contest the last four. Maryland is expecting to get guard Dion Wiley (wrist) back in the lineup for the Big Ten opener while 6-11 Damonte Dodd (knee) is day-to-day.

bovada-logo-top-book currently has the Terrapins listed as 3½-point favorites versus the Fighting Illini, while the game’s total is sitting at 138 according to MyBookie-White logo -70x40.

Two teams enjoying long winning streaks look to get their Big Ten Conference season off to a strong start when Illinois visits Maryland on Tuesday night. The Fighting Illini have won six consecutive games – their longest streak in more than two years – while Maryland boasts five straight victories, which began with an impressive 71-70 triumph against Oklahoma State.

The Terrapins, who also own one-point wins over Georgetown and Kansas State this season, will try to open Big Ten play with a victory for the third straight campaign. “We just have to have the mindset to keep doing what we’re doing,” Maryland junior guard Melo Trimble told reporters. “The Big Ten’s different. We know every game is not going to be easy. Every team is going to give their best shot. … Practice has to be better, and the way we approach the games has to be better.” Illinois is averaging almost 80 points and 50 percent shooting during its win streak, which was capped by a 75-66 triumph against rival Missouri on Dec. 21. “I’m proud of our guys,” Illini coach John Groce told the media after the victory. “They showed some poise. We had some quality possessions down the stretch.”

Last time out for Maryland, they were a 88-72 winner as they battled 49ers at home. They covered in the match as a -12-point favorite.

Illinois won its last outing, a 75-66 result against Tigers on December 21. They covered in that game as a -7-point favorite.

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Illinois:
Team record: 10-3 SU,7-5 ATS
Current Streak: won 6 straight games.
Illinois is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
Illinois is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Illinois’s last 6 games

Maryland:
Team record: 12-1 SU,6-6 ATS
Current Streak: won 5 straight games.
Maryland is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Maryland is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Maryland’s last 6 games

Next up:
Illinois home to Ohio State Sunday, January 1
Maryland home to Nebraska Sunday, January 1

COLLEGE HOOPS UPDATES
1. The Terrapins are 26-10 in their first two seasons in the Big Ten while the Illini is coming off a 5-13 campaign.

2. Illinois sophomore F Leron Black averages 11.7 points a team-high 6.7 rebounds, but has scored just four points combined the last two games.

3. Trimble has drained 434 free throws in his career – five away from tying Greivis Vasquez for fourth all-time at Maryland.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: Maryland Terrapins will cover the spread at -3 and the game will go over 138 points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com
PREDICTION: Maryland 76, Illinois 68 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

SMART CHART
ILL TEAM MARYL
79.8 PTS FOR 76.2
70.3 PTS AGNST 65.2
9.5 DIFF. 11.0
27.4 DEF REBOUNDS 25.8
10.2 OFF REBOUNDS 11.7
47.8 FG% 43.9
70.2 FT% 72.1
8.3 3 POINTERS 8.1
5.1 STEALS 5.2
INJURIES
ILLINOIS
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
No Injuries to report.
MARYLAND
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
No Injuries to report.
BETTING TRENDS
ILLINOIS
Illinois is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Illinois is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Illinois’s last 7 games on the road
Illinois is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Maryland
Illinois is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Maryland
MARYLAND
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Maryland’s last 6 games
Maryland is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Maryland is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Maryland’s last 6 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Maryland’s last 7 games when playing Illinois
Maryland is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Illinois
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
Illinois’s Overall Scoring vs Maryland’s Overall Defense 79.9 67 65.2 59
Illinois’s Away Scoring vs Maryland’s Home Defense 57.0 330 62.8 87
Illinois’s Road Rebounds vs Maryland’s Home Rebounds Allowed 40.0 21 33.7 161
Maryland’s Overall Scoring vs Illinois’s Overall Defense 76.2 135 70.3 153
Maryland’s Home Scoring vs Illinois’s Road Defense 75.2 240 89.0 338
Maryland’s Home Rebounds vs Illinois’s Road Rebounds Allowed 37.0 227 44.0 336
POWER STATS
SHOOTING PERCENTAGE
TEAM OFF DEF DIFF
ILL 47.8 41.5 6.4
MARYL 43.9 40.0 3.9
REBOUNDING
TEAM OFF DEF TOTAL
ILL 10.2 27.4 37.6
MARYL 11.7 25.8 37.5
ASSIST/TURNOVER RATIO
TEAM ASSISTS TURNOVERS RATIO
ILL 14.0 14.0 1.0
MARYL 13.2 14.0 0.9

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