Maryland Terrapins vs Purdue Boilermakers Prediction, 12/25/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Maryland Terrapins vs Purdue Boilermakers
Date: Friday, December 25, 2020
Location: Mackey Arena in West Lafayette, IN
Odds/Point Spread: Maryland (+5)
Mackey Arena is the venue where and the Purdue Boilermakers (6-3) will play the Maryland Terrapins (5-2) on Friday. Maryland opens this matchup as 5-point underdogs. The total is set at 136.
Maryland enters this contest with a record of 5-2 so far this season. The Terrapins are connecting on 34.9% on shots from 3-point land (51 of 146) and 71.7% from the free throw line. They currently have an average of 75.9 pts per contest (131st in the country) while shooting 48.8% from the field. They turn it over 11.1 times per contest and as a group are committing 14.9 fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Maryland is snagging 37.3 rebounds per game and has tallied 103 dimes this year, which is 125th in the country in terms of passing. On the defensive end of the court, the Terrapins are forcing 11.6 turnovers per contest and they draw 19.1 fouls. They currently rank 152nd in college basketball in allowing assists with 78 relinquished so far this season. The Terrapins defense is allowing a shooting percentage of 41.2% (169 of 410) and they surrender 31.1 boards per contest as a group. They are relinquishing 35.1% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they rank 71st in D-1 in points per game allowed (64.1).
The Maryland Terrapins took the court against the La Salle Explorers and went home with a win by a final score of 84-71 in their last game. Maryland ended the contest with a 46.2% FG percentage (30 out of 65) and knocked down 7 out of their 28 shots from beyond the perimeter. At the charity stripe, the Terrapins converted 17 of their 24 shots for a percentage of 70.8%. When talking about pulling down boards, they earned 38 with 13 of them being of the offensive variety. They also doled out 14 assists in this matchup as well as having 7 steals and 2 blocks. In relation to defense, Maryland allowed their opponent to shoot 46.2% from the floor on 30 of 65 shooting. La Salle earned 13 dimes and had 3 steals for the matchup. Additionally, the Explorers snagged 35 rebounds (8 offensive, 27 defensive) and earned 2 rejections. La Salle finished 63.6% from the charity stripe by knocking down 7 of their 11 tries. They made 14 out of their 29 shots from beyond the arc.
Eric Ayala is one guy who was pivotal in this game. He ended up finishing with 23 points on 4 of 11 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 35 mins and collected 5 rebounds. Ayala ended up going 36.4% from the field and distributed 3 dimes. An additional guy that had an impact in this game for the Terrapins was Aaron Wiggins. He collected 9 boards and also tallied 2 dimes. He finished 43.8% from the field in the game by going 7-of-16 (15 points). In all, Wiggins saw the court for 35 min.
Purdue has a mark of 6-3 for the year. As an offensive team, the Boilermakers are hitting on 46.6% from the field, which has them ranked 118th in college hoops. Purdue has accounted for 652 pts so far this year (72.4 per contest) and they average 36.9 boards per contest. They are earning an assist 17.4 times per contest (40th in Division 1) and they turn it over 14.2 times per contest. The Boilermakers have committed 17.6 fouls every game and they shoot 70.5% from the free throw line. The Boilermakers are ranked 98th in college hoops in PPG allowed with 65.6. They are able to force 12.8 TO's every game and have let teams shoot 41.3% from the field (139th in D-1). The Purdue defense concedes 30.2% on 3-point attempts (74 of 245) and their opposition knocks down 72.4% of their foul shots. They have relinquished 15.3 dimes and 28.4 boards per game, which is ranked 280th and 14th in Division 1.
In their last game, the Purdue Boilermakers took a loss by a score of 70-55 against the Iowa Hawkeyes. The Boilermakers collected 24 defensive rebounds and 8 offensive rebounds totaling 32 in the game. They also blocked 3 attempts while getting 6 steals for the game. The Hawkeyes earned 10 personal fouls for the game which got the Boilermakers to the charity stripe for a total of 3 tries. They were able to make 1 of the free throw tries for a rate of 33.3%. When talking about shooting from distance, Purdue buried 8 of 25 tries (32.0%). At the conclusion of this game, the Boilermakers walked away from this one shooting 23 for 58 from the field which had them sitting at 39.7%. The Boilermakers permitted the Hawkeyes to convert 24 out of 56 attempts from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 42.9% for the game. They wrapped up this game 35.3% from three-point range by shooting 12 of 34 and finished the game at 10 out of 14 from the free throw line (71.4%). In the matter of how they cleaned up the glass, Purdue allowed Iowa to snag 34 in total (9 on the offensive glass).
Trevion Williams saw a lot of time on the hardwood for the Boilermakers for this game. He made 7 out of 14 for the matchup for a field goal percentage of 50.0%, which had him finishing with 14 points. Williams snagged 9 rebounds in his 29 mins played and tallied 2 dimes for the contest. One more player that was pivotal for Purdue was Brandon Newman. He finished with 11 points in his 25 minutes played by way of 4 out of 11 shooting in this matchup. Newman ended up shooting 36.4% from the floor as well as earning 2 assists and 8 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Purdue (-5)
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