Ohio State Buckeyes vs Maryland Terrapins Prediction, 2/8/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Ohio State Buckeyes vs Maryland Terrapins
Date: Monday, February 8, 2021
Location: XFINITY Center in College Park, MD
Odds/Point Spread: Ohio State (-4)
XFINITY Center is the site where and the Maryland Terrapins (10-9) will take on the Ohio State Buckeyes (15-4) on Monday. Maryland opens this matchup as 4-point dogs. The total has been set at 138.
Ohio State comes into this matchup with a win-loss mark of 15-4 on the season. The Buckeyes are shooting 35.0% on shots from downtown (155 of 443) and 76.3% from the free throw line. They have an average of 77.7 points per outing (56th in D-1) while connecting on 45.6% from the floor. They turn it over 10.3 times per game and as a unit are committing 17.7 fouls per game. As a team, Ohio State is pulling down 37.6 rebounds per contest and has 242 assists on the season, which is 108th in the country in terms of passing the rock. Defensively, the Buckeyes are forcing their opponents into 10.5 turnovers per contest while drawing 20.0 fouls. They surrender 33.4% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they rank 137th in Division 1 in PPG allowed (68.6). The Buckeyes defense is allowing a FG percentage of 41.4% (457 of 1,104) and they surrender 33.1 rebounds per contest as a unit. They are 257th in the nation in giving up assists to the opposition with 239 conceded for the year.
The Ohio State Buckeyes played the Iowa Hawkeyes and took home the win by a score of 89-85 in their last game. Ohio State finished with a 47.7% field goal percentage (31 of 65) and made 14 of their 32 3-point shots. From the charity stripe, the Buckeyes made 13 of their 19 tries for a rate of 68.4%. When it comes to hauling in rebounds, they earned 42 with 11 of them being on the offensive end. They also recorded 20 assists in the matchup while earning 4 steals and 4 blocks. In the matter of defense, Ohio State let their opponent shoot 47.7% from the field on 31 of 65 shooting. Iowa earned 20 assists and had 4 steals in this matchup. In addition, the Hawkeyes pulled down 35 rebounds (11 offensive, 24 defensive) and had 4 blocked shots. Iowa finished the game at 64.7% at the free throw line by knocking down 11 of their 17 attempts. They also converted 14 of 32 tries from beyond the perimeter.
Kyle Young is a guy who was important for the matchup. He left the arena with 16 points on 5 out of 6 shooting. He played for 32 mins and also grabbed 6 boards. Young walked away from this one shooting 83.3% from the field but finished the game without an assist. Someone else that was a major factor in this matchup for the Buckeyes was E.J. Liddell. He had 7 rebounds and had 3 dimes. He finished shooting 41.7% from the floor in the matchup by shooting 5-of-12 (16 points). Overall, Liddell saw the court for 27 minutes.
Maryland has a win-loss record of 10-9 so far this season. Maryland has accumulated 1,324 points on the year (69.7 per contest) and they grab 33.4 boards per contest. The Terrapins have committed 15.2 personal fouls every game while shooting 68.2% from the free throw line. When it comes to offensive execution, the Terrapins are shooting 45.7% from the field, which ranks them 100th in the nation. They are assisting teammates 13.4 times per contest (166th in college hoops) and they are turning it over 11.2 times per game. The Terrapins on the defensive end are ranked 71st in college basketball in PPG given up with 66.1. They have given up 12.2 dimes and 33.8 boards on a nightly basis, which is ranked 124th and 116th in the nation. The Maryland defense concedes 34.2% on shots from behind the 3-point line (148 of 433) and their opponents are knocking down 70.4% of their free throw shots. They are forcing their opponents into 11.3 turnovers on a nightly basis and have let teams shoot 41.9% from the floor (113th in the country).
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Maryland Terrapins went home defeated by a final of 55-50 when they faced the Penn State Nittany Lions. The Terrapins were able to snag 20 defensive boards and 5 offensive boards for a total of 25 in the game. They also stuffed 7 tries while recording 6 steals in this game. The Nittany Lions had 16 fouls in this contest which got the Terrapins to the charity stripe for 16 attempts. They were able to make 13 of the free throws for a rate of 81.3%. Regarding shots from downtown, Maryland converted 3 out of 17 tries (17.6%). When the game finished, the Terrapins shot 17 out of 48 from the field which gave them a rate of 35.4%. The Terrapins allowed the Nittany Lions to convert 17 out of 54 attempts from the field which had them shooting 31.5% for the contest. They shot 21.7% from beyond the perimeter by going 5 of 23 and finished the contest at 16 out of 18 at the free throw line (88.9%). With respect to cleaning up the glass, Maryland permitted Penn State to collect 37 overall (9 offensive).
Eric Ayala was important for the Terrapins for the contest. He made 6 out of 11 for this game for a field goal rate of 54.5%, which earned him 23 points. Ayala grabbed 3 rebounds in his 37 mins and had 2 assists for this game. Someone else who came through for Maryland was Donta Scott. He totaled 9 points in his 30 minutes on the hardwood by going 3 out of 7 shooting in this matchup. Scott ended up shooting 42.9% from the floor and also collecting 2 dimes and 4 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Ohio State (-4)
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