Maryland Terrapins vs. Illinois Fighting Illini, NCAA Basketball Betting, Las Vegas Odds, Picks and Prediction

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MARYLAND TERRAPINS ILLINOIS FIGHTING ILLINI
15-2 January 14, 6:00 PM | State Farm Center 12-5
When: 6:00 PM ET, Saturday, January 14, 2017
Where: State Farm Center, Champaign, Illinois
TV: 6 p.m. ET, ESPN2
Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
 Maryland Terrapins  +3.5 -110  +150  143.5 -110
 Illinois Fighting Illini  -3.5 -110  -170  143.5 -110
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The fans at State Farm Center will be treated to a game between the Maryland Terrapins and the Illinois Fighting Illini when they take their seats on Saturday.

ABOUT MARYLAND (15-2, 3-1 Big Ten): Trimble averages 17.5 points and led the Terrapins with 18 on Tuesday but did most of his damage from the free-throw line, converting 8-of-10 attempts as Maryland was 18-of-22 from the charity stripe. Senior forward Damonte Dodd recorded a career high-tying six blocked shots against Indiana and is averaging 2.5 rejections. Jackson is second on the team in scoring at 10.8 points and leads Maryland in rebounding (5.9).

ABOUT ILLINOIS (12-5, 2-2): Lucas drove the offense on Wednesday, recording a career-best eight assists. Senior Maverick Morgan finished 8-of-9 from the field for a team-leading 16 points and has reached double figures in six of his last seven contests. The Illini, whose two conference losses (Maryland and Indiana) have come by an average of 20.5 points, made 9-of-14 3-point attempts Wednesday and limited Michigan to just 17 rebounds.

bovada-logo-top-book currently has the Fighting Illini listed as 3.5-point favorites versus the 143.5, while the game’s total is sitting at 143.5 according to MyBookie-White logo -70x40.

Illinois was a 85-69 winner in their most recent outing at home against Wolverines. They covered the +2-point spread as underdogs.

Maryland was a 75-72 winner in its last match at home against Hoosiers. They covered the +2-point spread as underdogs.

Melo Trimble may be one of the better players in the nation, but Maryland hopes the steady play of several freshmen continues when it visits Illinois on Saturday. One of those first-year players, Kevin Huerter, hit a key 3-pointer on Tuesday and assisted on another important basket in the final two minutes of the Terrapins’ 75-72 victory over Indiana.

Maryland starts three freshmen – Huerter, Anthony Cowan and Justin Jackson – and the trio combined for 37 points and 16 rebounds as the team won for the third time in four Big Ten contests. Illinois, which was torched 84-59 by the Terrapins in the conference opener for both teams on Dec. 27, benefited from a changed rotation in Wednesday’s 85-69 home victory over Michigan. Six members of the Fighting Illini finished with double-digit point totals, while freshmen Kipper Nichols and Te’Jon Lucas took advantage of increased playing time to combine for 18 points, nine rebounds and eight assists. Illinois, which shot a season-best 64.2 percent against Michigan, has won eight of its last 10 contests.

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Maryland:
Team record: 15-2 SU,9-7 ATS
Maryland is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
Maryland is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Maryland’s last 6 games

Illinois:
Team record: 12-5 SU,9-7 ATS
Illinois is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
Illinois is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Illinois’s last 5 games

Next up:
Maryland at Iowa Thursday, January 19
Illinois at Purdue Tuesday, January 17

KEY NOTES
1. Maryland is 31-4 all-time when Trimble shoots at least seven free throws.
2. Illinois G Malcolm Hill scored 21 points in the earlier matchup with Maryland, but the rest of the Illini combined to make 15-of-49 shots.
3. Jackson, Cowan and Huerter are averaging a combined 29.6 points and 15 rebounds.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks:  Maryland Terrapins will cover the spread at +3.5 and the game will stay under 143.5 points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com
PREDICTION: Maryland 69, Illinois 63 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

SMART CHART
MARYL TEAM ILL
76.0 PTS FOR 78.6
65.6 PTS AGNST 72.5
10.4 DIFF. 6.1
25.5 DEF REBOUNDS 26.3
11.7 OFF REBOUNDS 10.5
44.5 FG% 47.5
71.5 FT% 71.4
8.2 3 POINTERS 7.8
5.3 STEALS 4.8
INJURIES
MARYLAND
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
No Injuries to report.
ILLINOIS
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
No Injuries to report.
BETTING TRENDS
MARYLAND
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Maryland’s last 14 games on the road
Maryland is 3-5-1 ATS in its last 9 games on the road
ILLINOIS
Illinois is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Illinois’s last 5 games
Illinois is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Illinois’s last 6 games at home
Illinois is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games when playing Maryland
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
Maryland’s Overall Scoring vs Illinois’s Overall Defense 76.0 128 72.5 197
Maryland’s Away Scoring vs Illinois’s Home Defense 80.3 21 68.9 192
Maryland’s Road Rebounds vs Illinois’s Home Rebounds Allowed 37.7 67 30.9 46
Illinois’s Overall Scoring vs Maryland’s Overall Defense 78.7 74 65.7 54
Illinois’s Home Scoring vs Maryland’s Road Defense 81.5 111 75.7 176
Illinois’s Home Rebounds vs Maryland’s Road Rebounds Allowed 37.2 199 32.7 45
POWER STATS
SHOOTING PERCENTAGE
TEAM OFF DEF DIFF
MARYL 44.5 40.5 3.9
ILL 47.5 43.8 3.8
REBOUNDING
TEAM OFF DEF TOTAL
MARYL 11.7 25.5 37.2
ILL 10.5 26.3 36.8
ASSIST/TURNOVER RATIO
TEAM ASSISTS TURNOVERS RATIO
MARYL 12.9 13.6 1.0
ILL 13.5 13.4 1.0

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