Northwestern Wildcats vs Maryland Terrapins Prediction, 12/5/2021 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Northwestern Wildcats vs Maryland Terrapins
Date: Sunday, December 5, 2021
Location: XFINITY Center in College Park, MD
The Northwestern Wildcats (5-2) are on their way to XFINITY Center on Sunday where they will compete against the Maryland Terrapins (5-3).
The Northwestern Wildcats faced off with Wake Forest and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 77-73 in their last contest. In regard to fouls, the Wildcats ended up with 17 and Wake Forest finished the game with 16 fouls. They buried 10 of 25 attempts from downtown. Wake Forest shot 72.2% from the free throw line by making 13 of 18 attempts. On top of that, Wake Forest grabbed 33 rebounds (3 offensive, 30 defensive), but wasn't able to record a rejection. Wake Forest distributed 14 assists and had 6 steals in this game. In terms of defending, Northwestern let their opponent shoot 45.8% from the floor on 27 of 59 shooting. They also doled out 16 assists for the matchup while forcing the opposition into 10 turnovers and having 8 steals. In the matter of grabbing rebounds, they collected 38 with 13 of them being on the offensive end. When they shot from the free throw line, the Wildcats converted 14 of their 18 tries for a rate of 77.8%. Northwestern ended the game with a 37.7% field goal percentage (26 out of 69) and made 7 of 21 three-point shots.
Pete Nance is a guy who was a factor for this contest. He accounted for 15 points on 6 out of 19 shooting. He was on the court for 29 minutes played and snagged 7 boards. He shot 31.6% from the field and also earned 5 dimes.
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Northwestern will take the court with a record of 5-2 so far this season. They currently have an average of 80.4 points per game (52nd in Division 1) while going 46.4% from the field. The Wildcats are hitting 37.9% on shots from beyond the arc (61 of 161) and 78.3% from the free throw line. As a unit, Northwestern is collecting 37.6 boards per contest and has tallied 137 assists for the year, which is 19th in college hoops in terms of passing. They lose possession via turnover 8.9 times per game and as a group are committing 15.9 personal fouls per game.
On the defensive end, the Wildcats are forcing their opponents into 14.4 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 17.7 personal fouls. They are currently ranked 173rd in college hoops in allowing assists to the opposition with 90 relinquished for the campaign. The Wildcats defensively are allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 39.7% (153 of 385) and they concede 33.3 boards per game as a basketball team. They are surrendering 32.0% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they are ranked 92nd in college hoops in points per game allowed (63.6).
The last time they took the hardwood, the Maryland Terrapins walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 62-58 against Virginia Tech. The Terrapins were able to collect 29 defensive rebounds and 8 offensive boards for a total of 37 for this game. They also turned it over 13 times, while getting 4 steals for the contest. Virginia Tech committed 15 fouls for the game which took the Terrapins to the free throw line for a total of 11 attempts. They were able to convert 11 of those for a clip of 100.0%. In reference to three-point shots, Maryland converted 1 out of 13 attempts (7.7%). When the final whistle blew, the Terrapins finished shooting 23 for 55 from the floor which gave them a rate of 41.8%. The Terrapins allowed Virginia Tech to bury 23 of their 60 tries from the field which had them shooting 38.3% for this game. They finished the game shooting 45.0% from three-point range by shooting 9 of 20 and ended up going 7 of 12 from the free throw line (58.3%). In reference to team rebounding, Maryland permitted Virginia Tech to pull down 29 in total (9 on the offensive glass).
Qudus Wahab ended up being a major contributor for the Terrapins for this contest. He buried 7 of 8 in this game for a rate of 87.5%, and totaled 7 rebounds. He accumulated 18 points in his 25 minutes on the court and had 1 assist for the matchup.
Maryland has a mark of 5-3 on the year. As an offense, the Terrapins are connecting on 42.5% from the field, which ranks them 250th in the country. Maryland has tallied 556 points so far this year (69.5 per game) and they average 39.0 rebounds per game. They are assisting teammates 13.3 times per game (185th in college basketball) and they turn it over 12.6 times per contest. The Terrapins are responsible for committing 14.1 fouls every game and they hit 73.0% from the free throw line.
The Maryland defense gives up 35.6% on three-point shots (69 of 194) and their opponents are knocking down 67.9% of their foul shots. They have conceded 12.3 assists and 34.9 boards per game, which is 166th and 190th in college hoops. The Terrapins defensively are ranked 143rd in college basketball in PPG given up with 66.6. They are forcing their opponents into 11.6 turnovers on a nightly basis and have let teams shoot 40.5% from the floor (115th in college hoops).
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Northwestern
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