Maryland Terrapins vs Rutgers Scarlet Knights Prediction, 2/21/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Maryland Terrapins vs Rutgers Scarlet Knights
Date: Sunday, February 21, 2021
Location: Rutgers Athletic Center in Piscataway, NJ
Odds/Point Spread: Maryland (+4)
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights (12-8) play the Maryland Terrapins (13-10) at Rutgers Athletic Center on Sunday. Rutgers opens this matchup as 4-point favorites. The over/under has been set at 130.5.
Maryland heads into this contest with a mark of 13-10 this season. They are losing possession via turnover 11.1 times per contest and as a group they commit 14.8 personal fouls per contest. As a unit, Maryland is snagging 33.9 boards per contest and has racked up 309 dimes so far this year, which has them ranked 47th in the country in terms of passing. The Terrapins are connecting on 35.4% on shots from downtown (189 of 534) and 69.7% from the charity stripe. They have an average of 69.7 points per contest (228th in the nation) while hitting 45.7% from the floor. On the defensive end, the Terrapins are able to force 11.0 turnovers every game while drawing 17.2 fouls. They are currently ranked 267th in Division 1 in allowing assists with 274 relinquished so far this year. The Terrapins are allowing a shooting percentage of 41.3% (541 of 1,310) and they concede 33.3 rebounds per game as a squad. They are surrendering 34.4% from 3-point land and they are 63rd in college basketball in PPG allowed (65.6).
The Maryland Terrapins faced the Nebraska Cornhuskers and went home with a win by a final score of 79-71 in their last game. Maryland ended the contest having earned a 47.5% field goal percentage (29 of 61) and knocked down 13 out of their 33 3-pointers. From the free throw line, the Terrapins converted 8 of 12 shots for a rate of 66.7%. Concerning grabbing rebounds, they collected a total of 30 with 7 of them being of the offensive variety. They also dished out 18 assists for this contest while getting 8 steals and 4 blocks. When discussing defending, Maryland allowed the other team to shoot 47.5% from the field on 29 of 61 shooting. Nebraska recorded 12 assists and had 2 steals in this game. Additionally, the Cornhuskers pulled down 30 rebounds (4 offensive, 26 defensive) and got 4 blocked shots. Nebraska finished shooting 83.3% when shooting free throws by making 10 of 12 tries. They converted 13 out of their 28 attempts from three-point range.
Eric Ayala is someone who was a major contributor in this game. He left the arena with 24 points on 8 out of 15 shooting. He was on the court for 33 mins and also collected 7 rebounds. Ayala finished the contest at 53.3% from the field and earned 2 assists. One more player that was a major contributor in the game for the Terrapins was Aaron Wiggins. He snagged 5 rebounds and also earned 3 dimes. He ended up shooting 50.0% from the field in this game by connecting on 9-of-18 (22 points). When this game wrapped up, Wiggins played 32 min.
Rutgers has a mark of 12-8 this season. The Scarlet Knights are committing 17.2 personal fouls every game and they shoot 61.6% from the charity stripe. Their rate of earning assists is at 14.2 times per contest (112th in the country) and they are turning it over 10.8 times per contest. Rutgers has 1,429 points on the campaign (71.5 per contest) and they grab 35.9 rebounds per game. On the offensive side of the ball, the Scarlet Knights are shooting 45.8% from the field, which ranks them 94th in Division 1. The Scarlet Knights on the defensive end are ranked 117th in college hoops in points per game surrendered with 68.1. They relinquish 13.3 assists and 35.9 rebounds on a nightly basis, which has them ranked 197th and 230th in college hoops. The Rutgers defense gives up 33.1% on 3-point shots (136 of 411) and their opposition knocks down 72.1% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have forced 13.2 TO's every game and have allowed teams to shoot 41.9% from the field (115th in D-1).
The last time they took the hardwood, the Rutgers Scarlet Knights took a loss by a final score of 71-64 when they played the Michigan Wolverines. The Scarlet Knights corralled 19 defensive boards and 7 offensive rebounds for a total of 26 for the contest. They also rejected 7 shots while recording 4 steals in this game. The Wolverines had 17 fouls in this matchup which took the Scarlet Knights to the charity stripe for a total of 18 attempts. They were able to make 11 of the free throw tries for a rate of 61.1%. With regard to 3-point attempts, Rutgers knocked down 3 out of 12 attempts (25.0%). When all was said and done, the Scarlet Knights ended up shooting 25 out of 62 from the field which had them at 40.3%. The Scarlet Knights allowed the Wolverines to convert 24 of their 52 tries from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 46.2% for the matchup. They finished shooting 40.0% from distance by going 6 of 15 and ended up going 17 out of 23 from the charity stripe (73.9%). Concerning cleaning up the glass, Rutgers allowed Michigan to collect 35 in total (5 on the offensive side).
Myles Johnson was important for the Scarlet Knights for this game. He knocked down 5 out of 7 for the contest for a field goal rate of 71.4%, which had him finishing with 13 points. Johnson collected 3 boards in his 24 minutes and tallied 2 assists for the contest. One more player that was pivotal for Rutgers was Ron Harper. He was able to score 12 points in 30 minutes on the court by going 3 out of 10 from the floor for the matchup. Harper ended the game having shot 30.0% from the floor in addition to earning 2 dimes and 4 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Maryland (+4)
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