Maryland Terrapins vs Illinois Fighting Illini Prediction, 1/10/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Maryland Terrapins vs Illinois Fighting Illini
Date: Sunday, January 10, 2021
Location: State Farm Center in Champaign, IL
Odds/Point Spread: Maryland (+11)
The Maryland Terrapins (6-6) go to State Farm Center on Sunday where they'll meet the Illinois Fighting Illini (9-3). Maryland opens this contest as 11-point dogs. The O/U opens at 146.5.
Maryland heads into this matchup with a win-loss mark of 6-6 for the season. The Terrapins are hitting 36.3% on 3-point shots (99 of 273) and 67.8% from the charity stripe. They have an average of 72.2 points per contest (189th in D-1) while going 47.1% from the field. They are turning it over 10.8 times per game and as a unit are committing 15.0 personal fouls every game. As a team, Maryland is snagging 34.3 boards per game and has totaled 168 dimes on the season, which ranks 47th in D-1 in terms of passing the rock. When they are on defense, the Terrapins are able to force 10.9 turnovers per game and they draw 16.7 fouls. They are currently ranked 290th in college basketball in giving up assists with 153 surrendered on the season. The Terrapins defensively are allowing a shooting percentage of 43.9% (307 of 699) and they surrender 33.1 boards per contest as a team. They are relinquishing 35.9% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they are 148th in college hoops in points per game allowed (68.5).
The Maryland Terrapins faced the Iowa Hawkeyes and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 89-67 in their last game. Maryland ended the game having earned a 43.3% field goal percentage (26 out of 60) and buried 12 out of their 35 3-point attempts. At the free throw line, the Terrapins knocked down 3 of their 6 attempts for a rate of 50.0%. When discussing pulling down rebounds, they compiled 28 with 4 of them being offensive. They also recorded 18 dimes for the matchup as well as earning 4 steals and 2 rejections. In relation to defense, Maryland allowed the other team to shoot 43.3% from the field on 26 out of 60 shooting. Iowa earned 22 assists and had 9 steals for this contest. On top of that, the Hawkeyes had 37 rebounds (6 offensive, 31 defensive) and earned 2 blocked shots. Iowa went 66.7% when shooting free throws by making 4 of their 6 tries. They made 13 of 26 attempts from downtown.
Aaron Wiggins is one player who was a major factor for the contest. He recorded 17 points on 7 out of 14 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 30 mins and also pulled down 5 rebounds. Wiggins finished the game shooting 50.0% from the floor and recorded 5 assists. One more player that had an impact in the game for the Terrapins was Donta Scott. He snagged 8 boards and also earned 4 dimes. He finished shooting 33.3% from the field in this game via 5-of-15 (13 points). When the game finished, Scott played 26 min.
Illinois has a win-loss mark of 9-3 on the campaign. The Fighting Illini commit 18.3 personal fouls every game and they connect on 68.8% from the charity stripe. Their rate of earning assists is at 17.7 times per contest (33rd in the nation) and they are losing possession via turnover 13.9 times per contest. Illinois has 1,020 points on the campaign (85.0 per game) and they pull in 41.9 boards per contest. As an offensive team, the Fighting Illini are hitting on 52.4% from the floor, which ranks them 21st in college basketball. The Fighting Illini on defense are ranked 132nd in college basketball in points given up per game with 67.9. The Illinois defense allows 31.0% on three-point shots (77 of 248) and their opponents are converting on 64.9% of their free throw attempts. They have conceded 11.6 assists and 28.7 rebounds on a nightly basis, which ranks them 106th and 11th in those defensive categories. They have forced 11.4 TO's every game and have allowed teams to shoot 40.3% from the field (69th in college basketball).
For their last game, the Illinois Fighting Illini got the victory with a final of 81-56 when they played the Northwestern Wildcats. The Fighting Illini collected 29 defensive rebounds and 9 offensive boards for a total of 38 in the game. They stuffed 4 shots while earning 4 steals for this contest. The Wildcats were called for 16 personal fouls for this contest which took the Fighting Illini to the charity stripe for a total of 21 attempts. They were able to convert 16 of the free throw tries for a rate of 76.2%. In reference to shots from beyond the arc, Illinois made 11 out of their 27 attempts (40.7%). When this game wrapped up, the Fighting Illini shot 27 for 55 from the field which gave them a percentage of 49.1%. The Fighting Illini allowed the Wildcats to bury 18 of 55 attempts from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 32.7% for the game. They finished the game shooting 30.0% from beyond the arc by going 6 out of 20 and finished the contest at 14 out of 18 from the charity stripe (77.8%). When it comes to cleaning the glass, Illinois permitted Northwestern to collect 25 overall (6 on the offensive side).
Kofi Cockburn was important for the Fighting Illini in the matchup. He converted 8 of 9 in the game for a rate of 88.9%, which had him sitting at 18 points. Cockburn grabbed 12 rebounds in his 28 minutes and added 2 assists in the matchup. An additional guy who came through for Illinois was Ayo Dosunmu. He ended up scoring 15 points in his 30 minutes on the hardwood by going 5 of 11 shooting in the game. Dosunmu wrapped this one up going 45.5% from the floor as well as collecting 6 assists and 5 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Maryland (+11)
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