Michigan State Spartans vs Maryland Terrapins Prediction, 3/11/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Michigan State Spartans vs Maryland Terrapins
Date: Thursday, March 11, 2021
Location: Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN
Odds/Point Spread: Michigan State (+1.5)
The Michigan State Spartans (15-11) are headed to Lucas Oil Stadium on Thursday where they'll meet the Maryland Terrapins (15-12). Maryland opens this game as 1.5-point favorites. The over/under opens at 131.
Michigan State comes into this one with a record of 15-11 for the season. They have an average of 69.5 points per outing (229th in D-1) while going 42.5% from the floor. The Spartans are hitting 32.2% on three-point attempts (168 of 521) and 72.9% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Michigan State is pulling in 37.6 rebounds per game and is sitting with 418 assists for the year, which is 17th in the country in terms of passing. They are turning it over 12.8 times per contest and as a team they commit 19.7 fouls per game. On the defensive end, the Spartans have forced 10.6 turnovers per game while drawing 17.8 fouls. The Spartans defense is allowing and opponent field goal percentage of 42.6% (641 of 1,503) and they surrender 34.3 boards per contest as a unit. They rank 292nd in the nation in allowing assists to their opponents with 348 relinquished for the year. They relinquish 31.6% on 3-point attempts and they rank 192nd in college basketball in points per game allowed (70.7).
The Michigan State Spartans played the Michigan Wolverines and took home the win by a score of 70-64 in their last contest. Michigan State walked away from the contest with a 44.4% FG percentage (24 of 54) and made 4 out of their 11 3-pointers. At the charity stripe, the Spartans converted 18 of their 23 tries for a percentage of 78.3%. When discussing grabbing rebounds, they collected a total of 36 with 8 of them being on the offensive end. They also dished out 12 dimes in this contest while creating 8 turnovers and having 5 steals. Concerning defense, Michigan State allowed the other team to go 41.7% from the floor on 25 out of 60 shooting. Michigan distributed 17 dimes and had 2 steals for the matchup. Furthurmore, Michigan grabbed 30 boards (9 offensive, 21 defensive) and added 2 rejections. Michigan shot 63.6% from the free throw line by burying 7 of their 11 shots. They also knocked down 7 out of their 22 tries from long range.
Aaron Henry is a player who came through in this matchup. He ended up finishing with 18 points on 6 out of 13 shooting. He was on the court for 37 mins played and also grabbed 5 boards. Henry finished the game shooting 46.2% from the floor and also earned 3 dimes. Another guy that was a factor in this contest for the Spartans was Joshua Langford. He totaled 2 rebounds in his 21 minutes on the court. He shot 60.0% from the floor for this game by shooting 3-of-5 (7 points). When the time ran out, Langford went home without an assist.
Maryland has a mark of 15-12 so far this season. Maryland has totaled 1,861 pts for the year (68.9 per contest) and they average 33.5 boards per game. The Terrapins are committing 14.9 personal fouls every game and they connect on 70.1% from the free throw line. As an offensive unit, the Terrapins are shooting 45.8% from the floor, which ranks 93rd in the country. They are earning an assist 13.3 times per contest (163rd in D-1) and they turn it over 11.2 times per game. The Terrapins on defense are ranked 44th in college basketball in points given up per game with 64.7. They are forcing their opponents into 11.0 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 40.4% from the field (36th in D-1). The Maryland defense allows 33.8% on shots from behind the 3-point line (219 of 648) and opponents are converting on 72.1% of their shots from the free throw line. They surrender 11.8 dimes and 33.4 rebounds per game, which ranks them 86th and 105th in those defensive categories.
For their last game, the Maryland Terrapins walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 66-61 when they faced the Penn State Nittany Lions. The Terrapins recorded 29 defensive boards and 1 offensive boards totaling 30 for the game. They also turned it over 13 times, while getting 5 steals in the matchup. The Nittany Lions committed 16 fouls in this matchup which took the Terrapins to the free throw line for a total of 13 attempts. They were able to convert 7 of the free throws for a rate of 53.8%. With respect to 3-point shots, Maryland converted 8 of 21 tries (38.1%). When the game finished, the Terrapins finished shooting 23 out of 48 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 47.9%. The Terrapins allowed the Nittany Lions to make 19 out of 56 tries from the floor which left them shooting 33.9% in this contest. They finished 34.6% from distance by connecting on 9 of 26 and walked away from this one shooting 19 out of 24 from the free throw line (79.2%). Concerning how they attacked the glass, Maryland allowed Penn State to get 38 in total (10 offensive).
Aaron Wiggins pitched in for the Terrapins in this matchup. He knocked down 6 out of 12 in this matchup for a rate of 50.0%, and added 10 rebounds. Wiggins recorded 15 points in his 37 minutes on the hardwood and had 3 assists for the matchup. Someone else that was pivotal for Maryland was Eric Ayala. He ended up with 3 assists in 33 minutes on the hardwood, and he shot 4 of 8 from the floor. Ayala finished going 50.0% from the floor and also notching 14 points and 7 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Michigan State (+1.5)
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