Northwestern Wildcats vs. Maryland Terrapins, Friday, NCAA Basketball Sports Betting, Las Vegas Odds, Picks and Prediction

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NORTHWESTERN WILDCATS MARYLAND TERRAPINS
22-10 March 10, 8:55 PM | Verizon Center 24-7
Northwestern vs Maryland, Betting Lines
When: 8:55 PM ET, Friday, March 10, 2017
Where: Verizon Center, Washington, District of Columbia
TV: 8:55 p.m. ET, Big Ten Network

COLLEGE BASKETBALL – Friday, March 10th – BIG 10 CONFERENCE – QUARTERFINALS – Verizon Center – Washington, DC

Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
523 –Northwestern Wildcats +1½ -105  +105 Ov 134½ -110
524 –Maryland Terrapins -1½ -115  -125 Un 134½ -110

The Northwestern Wildcats and the Maryland Terrapins will both be trying to pick up a win on Friday when they battle at Verizon Center.

ABOUT NORTHWESTERN (22-10): The Wildcats played without Scottie Lindsey (14 points) in the first meeting – the last of four games he missed due to mononucleosis – and the team’s second-leading scorer had averaged only 7.6 points in the five contests after his return before contributing 16 on Thursday. Bryant McIntosh (team-high 14.5 points) was held to nine points on 3-of-13 shooting in the Feb. 15 contest – the only time in 11 contests since Jan. 29 in which he failed to score at least 13. Freshman guard Isiah Brown (6.7 points) has struggled to find his range or much playing time since scoring a career-high 19 points in the first meeting, totaling 20 in 54 minutes over five games on 6-of-21 shooting.

ABOUT MARYLAND (24-7): Trimble (team-high 16.9 points), who has reached double figures in 20 straight games, became the first Terrapin since Greivis Vasquez to earn All-Conference recognition three times when he was one of two unanimous picks on the coaches’ All-Big Ten Team. Second-leading scorer Justin Jackson (10.7 points, team-high 6.2 rebounds) is 22-of-66 over his eight contests after shooting at least 50 percent in each of his previous four, but the 6-7 Canadian freshman reached double figures for only the third time in that stretch with 15 points on Saturday. Anthony Cowan (10.4 points) ranks eighth all-time among Maryland freshmen in single-season assists (116) and is 26-of-28 from the foul line over his last eight games.

Oddsmakers currently have the Terrapins listed as 1½-point favorites versus the Wildcats, while the game’s total is sitting at 134½.

Northwestern may be the sentimental favorite for many in the Big Ten tournament as it inches closer to its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance, but it almost certainly will not gain any benefit from that in its next game. Third-seeded Maryland makes the 15-minute drive from its College Park campus to the Verizon Center in Washington D.C. to meet the sixth-seeded Wildcats in the quarterfinals of the conference event on Friday.

The Wildcats made quick work of Rutgers in second-round action Thursday, going on a 31-0 run in the first half en route to an 83-61 victory as they advanced to the quarterfinals for the first time since 2014. The win further increased the likelihood that Northwestern, which already entered this tournament with a school-record 21 victories, will end the dubious distinction of being one of only five schools – and the lone one from a major conference – never to make the Big Dance. In addition to improving their 8-19 all-time record in the Big Ten tournament, the Wildcats will be looking to avenge a 74-64 setback to the Terrapins on Feb. 15 – one of the losses that contributed to their 3-6 finish to the regular season. Maryland’s Melo Trimble scored a career-high 32 points in that contest and helped the Terrapins wrap up conference play on a high note Saturday as he hit the tiebreaking 3-pointer with 1.1 seconds left in a 63-60 win over Michigan State.

Maryland was a 63-60 winner in its last match at home against Spartans. They failed to cover the -4.5-point spread as favorites.

Northwestern was a 83-61 winner in their most recent outing at home against Scarlet Knights. They covered the -8-point spread as favorites.

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Northwestern:
Team record: 22-10 SU,19-11 ATS
Northwestern is 17-8 SU in its last 25 games
Northwestern is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Maryland

Maryland:
Team record: 24-7 SU,17-12-1 ATS
Maryland is 15-7-1 ATS in its last 23 games
Maryland is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Maryland is 17-6 SU in its last 23 games

COLLEGE HOOPS TIPS

1. The winner will face No. 10 seed Indiana or second-seeded Wisconsin in the semifinals on Saturday.

2. Maryland is 10-3 in games decided by six or fewer points in 2016-17 and 29-8 in such contests over the last three seasons.

3. Northwestern’s 31-0 burst on Thursday was eight points shy of tying the longest scoring run by a team against another Division I opponent.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: Maryland Terrapins will cover the spread at -1½ and the game will go over 134.5 points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com

PREDICTION: Maryland 73, Northwestern 68 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

SMART CHART
NWEST TEAM MARYL
71.8 PTS FOR 74.5
64.8 PTS AGNST 67.7
7.0 DIFF. 6.8
25.8 DEF REBOUNDS 25.4
10.9 OFF REBOUNDS 10.8
43.5 FG% 45.0
75.3 FT% 70.1
7.2 3 POINTERS 8.4
5.0 STEALS 5.3
BETTING TRENDS
NORTHWESTERN
No trends to report
MARYLAND
Maryland is 17-6 SU in its last 23 games
Maryland is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Maryland is 15-7-1 ATS in its last 23 games
Maryland is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Northwestern
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
Northwestern’s Overall Scoring vs Maryland’s Overall Defense 71.8 216 67.7 65
Northwestern’s Away Scoring vs Maryland’s Home Defense 66.1 271 66.3 96
Northwestern’s Road Rebounds vs Maryland’s Home Rebounds Allowed 34.2 206 35.5 228
Maryland’s Overall Scoring vs Northwestern’s Overall Defense 74.5 153 64.8 35
Maryland’s Home Scoring vs Northwestern’s Road Defense 74.2 224 67.4 34
Maryland’s Home Rebounds vs Northwestern’s Road Rebounds Allowed 36.7 179 38.0 273

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