Maryland Terrapins vs Alabama Crimson Tide Prediction, 3/22/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Maryland Terrapins vs Alabama Crimson Tide
Date: Monday, March 22, 2021
Location: Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN
Odds/Point Spread: Maryland (+4.5)
The Maryland Terrapins (17-13) go to Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Monday where they'll take on the Alabama Crimson Tide (25-6) in the NCAA Tournament. The line on this game has Alabama as 4.5-point favorites. The over/under is set at 137.
Maryland will play this game with a mark of 17-13 on the season. They lose possession via turnover 11.2 times per game and as a unit they are committing 14.8 personal fouls per game. As a team, Maryland is pulling in 33.1 rebounds per game and has accounted for 398 dimes for the year, which ranks 43rd in college hoops in terms of passing the ball. The Terrapins are shooting 35.7% from downtown (243 of 681) and 70.2% from the charity stripe. They currently have an average of 68.6 pts per contest (248th in D-1) while going 45.7% from the field. On the defensive end, the Terrapins are able to force 11.1 turnovers per game and they draw 17.1 personal fouls. They give up 33.9% on 3-point attempts and they are ranked 45th in the country in PPG allowed (64.6). The Terrapins are allowing a field goal percentage of 40.6% (694 of 1,711) and they concede 33.7 boards per contest as a unit. They are currently ranked 277th in the country in giving up assists to their opponents with 359 surrendered for the year.
The Maryland Terrapins stepped onto the hardwood against the Connecticut Huskies and took home the win by a score of 63-54 in their last game. Maryland ended the contest having earned a 51.2% FG percentage (22 of 43) and converted 9 of 18 3-point attempts. At the free throw line, the Terrapins made 10 of 14 tries for a rate of 71.4%. With respect to pulling down boards, they collected a total of 27 with 3 of them being on the offensive end. They also dished out 13 dimes for the contest while forcing the opposition into 10 turnovers and earning 4 steals. In the matter of the defense, Maryland let their opponent shoot 32.3% from the field on 21 out of 65 shooting. Connecticut totaled 10 dimes and had 6 steals for this game. Additionally, Connecticut snagged 39 rebounds (21 offensive, 18 defensive) and got 5 blocks. Connecticut ended up shooting 41.7% at the free throw line by making 5 of their 12 tries. They converted 7 of their 23 attempts from distance.
Eric Ayala is a guy who was a factor for this game. He notched 23 points on 8 of 14 shooting. He played 34 mins played and collected 5 boards. Ayala ended up shooting 57.1% from the field and dished out 2 dimes. An additional guy that was a major contributor in the game for the Terrapins was Aaron Wiggins. He collected 5 rebounds in his 33 minutes played on the night. He finished the game shooting 55.6% from the floor for the game by shooting 5-of-9 (14 points). When the game finished, Wiggins earned 1 assist.
Alabama has a record of 25-6 this season. In terms of offensive execution, the Crimson Tide are shooting 43.2% from the floor, which ranks 226th in the nation. Alabama has scored 2,455 points so far this year (79.2 per contest) and they pull down 40.5 rebounds per game. They are earning an assist 14.1 times per contest (108th in college basketball) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 14.0 times per game. The Crimson Tide are committing 18.4 fouls per contest and they go 71.4% from the charity stripe. The Crimson Tide defensively are ranked 147th in college hoops in points given up per game with 69.3. They surrender 10.9 assists and 38.5 boards per game, which has them ranked 42nd and 313th in the nation. The Alabama defense allows 28.5% on 3-pointers (185 of 648) and their opponents are making 68.7% of their free throw shots. They are forcing their opponents into 15.8 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 40.4% from the field (32nd in Division 1).
The last time they took the hardwood, the Alabama Crimson Tide got the win with a final of 68-55 against the Iona Gaels. The Crimson Tide were able to corral 27 defensive boards and 10 offensive rebounds for a total of 37 in the game. They coughed up the ball 14 times, while getting 10 steals in the game. The Gaels had 19 fouls for the game which got the Crimson Tide to the charity stripe for a total of 23 tries. They were able to convert 13 of those for a rate of 56.5%. With respect to 3-pointers, Alabama knocked down 5 of 16 tries (31.3%). At the conclusion of this game, the Crimson Tide shot 25 out of 53 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 47.2%. The Crimson Tide allowed the Gaels to knock down 23 of their 59 attempts from the floor which had them shooting 39.0% in the game. They went 21.7% from three-point range by going 5 out of 23 and finished the game at 4 out of 5 from the free throw line (80.0%). Regarding attacking the glass, Alabama permitted Iona to pull down 25 in total (5 on the offensive glass).
Herbert Jones pitched in for the Crimson Tide for the game. He buried 8 out of 15 for the matchup for a field goal percentage of 53.3%, and earned 6 rebounds. Jones earned 20 points in his 39 minutes on the court and had 2 assists for the game. Another guy that ended being a contributor for Alabama was John Petty. He accumulated 1 assist in 31 minutes on the hardwood, and he converted 3 out of 13 from the floor. Petty ended up shooting 23.1% from the floor as well as collecting 10 points and 7 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Maryland (+4.5)
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