Michigan State Spartans vs Maryland Terrapins Prediction, 2/28/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Michigan State Spartans vs Maryland Terrapins
Date: Sunday, February 28, 2021
Location: XFINITY Center in College Park, MD
Odds/Point Spread: Michigan State (+3)
The Maryland Terrapins (14-10) play the Michigan State Spartans (13-9) at XFINITY Center on Sunday. The spread on this matchup has Maryland as 3-point favorites. The over/under has been set at 135.
Michigan State heads into this one with a win-loss mark of 13-9 on the campaign. They currently have an average of 71.3 pts per game (184th in Division 1) while connecting on 43.2% from the field. The Spartans are hitting 33.3% on shots beyond the perimeter (152 of 456) and 73.6% from the free throw line. As a team, Michigan State is pulling down 38.0 boards per game and has accumulated 375 dimes this year, which has them ranked 18th in the nation in terms of passing. They are losing possession via turnover 13.5 times per contest and as a unit they are committing 19.9 fouls on a nightly basis. On the defensive end, the Spartans are able to force 10.9 turnovers per contest and they draw 17.7 fouls. They concede 31.4% on 3-pointers and they are 218th in the country in PPG allowed (71.5). The Spartans are giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 42.6% (551 of 1,293) and they surrender 34.4 rebounds per contest as a unit. They currently rank 262nd in D-1 in giving up assists to their opponents with 300 surrendered for the year.
The Michigan State Spartans stepped onto the hardwood against the Ohio State Buckeyes and earned the victory with a final of 71-67 in their last game. Michigan State ended the game having earned a 48.0% FG percentage (24 of 50) and made 4 out of their 15 shots from beyond the arc. When they shot from the free throw line, the Spartans made 19 of their 25 tries for a percentage of 76.0%. In relation to hauling in boards, they compiled a total of 30 with 6 of them being of the offensive variety. They also doled out 19 assists for the contest in addition to forcing the opposition into 9 turnovers and getting 4 steals. With regard to defense, Michigan State allowed 44.2% from the floor on 23 out of 52 shooting. Ohio State recorded 14 dimes and had 9 steals in the game. In addition, Ohio State snagged 26 rebounds (7 offensive, 19 defensive) and earned 2 rejections. Ohio State finished the game shooting 73.9% at the charity stripe by making 17 of 23 attempts. They also made 4 of 0 shots from 3-point land.
Aaron Henry is someone who came through for this game. He ended up finishing with 18 points on 7 out of 11 shooting. He saw the court for 33 minutes and also pulled down 4 rebounds. Henry ended up shooting 63.6% from the field and also earned 4 assists. One more player that was a major contributor in this game for the Spartans was Gabe Brown. He grabbed 5 rebounds in his 32 min on the basketball court. He finished shooting 66.7% from the field for the game by connecting on 4-of-6 (11 points). Overall, Brown earned 1 assist.
Maryland has a win-loss mark of 14-10 for the campaign. Maryland has totaled 1,672 pts this year (69.7 per game) and they collect 33.8 rebounds per contest. The Terrapins are responsible for committing 14.8 personal fouls every game and they connect on 69.3% from the free throw line. When it comes to offense, the Terrapins are hitting on 45.8% from the field, which ranks 89th in college basketball. They are dishing out assists 13.4 times per game (156th in D-1) and they turn it over 11.1 times per game. The Terrapins defensively are ranked 54th in college basketball in PPG given up with 65.3. The Maryland defense surrenders 34.0% on 3-point shots (192 of 565) and their opponents are knocking down 71.5% of their shots from the free throw line. They allow 11.8 assists and 33.3 boards every game, which ranks 91st and 109th in college hoops. They are able to force 11.1 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 41.2% from the field (68th in the country).
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Maryland Terrapins got the victory with a final of 68-59 when they faced the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. The Terrapins snagged 24 defensive boards and 6 offensive boards totaling 30 in the matchup. They coughed up the ball 11 times, while earning 9 steals for the game. The Scarlet Knights were called for 22 fouls in this game which got the Terrapins to the charity stripe for a total of 28 attempts. They were able to knock down 18 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 64.3%. In terms of shots from distance, Maryland converted 6 of their 20 tries (30.0%). At the conclusion of this game, the Terrapins shot 22 for 47 from the field which had them sitting at 46.8%. The Terrapins allowed the Scarlet Knights to bury 21 out of their 55 tries from the field which had them at 38.2% for the matchup. They shot 22.7% from beyond the perimeter by shooting 5 of 22 and walked away from this one shooting 12 of 14 at the charity stripe (85.7%). In the matter of team rebounding, Maryland allowed Rutgers to get 30 in all (7 offensive).
Eric Ayala was important for the Terrapins in this game. He converted 5 of 12 for the contest giving him a field goal percentage of 41.7%, and accounted for 3 rebounds. Ayala recorded 14 points in his 39 minutes on the court and had 2 assists in this matchup. An additional guy that ended being a contributor for Maryland was Aaron Wiggins. He walked away with 1 assist in 33 minutes played, and he shot 5 of 10 from the floor. Wiggins ended the game having shot 50.0% from the field in addition to totaling 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Maryland (-3)
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