Penn State Nittany Lions vs Maryland Terrapins Prediction, 3/7/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Penn State Nittany Lions vs Maryland Terrapins
Date: Sunday, March 7, 2021
Location: XFINITY Center in College Park, MD
Odds/Point Spread: Penn State (+4)
The Penn State Nittany Lions (9-13) go to XFINITY Center on Sunday where they'll take on the Maryland Terrapins (15-11). The line on this contest has Maryland as 4-point favorites. The O/U is set at 136.
Penn State enters this one with a win-loss record of 9-13 for the year. The Nittany Lions are hitting 34.1% on 3-point shots (198 of 581) and 72.6% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 72.9 points per game (144th in Division 1) on 41.0% from the floor. They are losing possession via turnover 11.5 times per game and as a unit are committing 17.9 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Penn State is collecting 36.2 rebounds per game and has 293 assists this year, which has them ranked 172nd in Division 1 in terms of passing. When they are on defense, the Nittany Lions are forcing their opponents into 14.2 turnovers per game and they draw 17.0 personal fouls. They are 260th in the nation in giving up assists to the opposition with 319 relinquished this season. The Nittany Lions are giving up a FG percentage of 46.7% (577 of 1,236) and they relinquish 34.9 rebounds per contest as a group. They concede 33.9% on shots from beyond the arc and they are ranked 267th in D-1 in points per game from their opponents (73.8).
The Penn State Nittany Lions faced off with the Minnesota Golden Gophers and walked away with a win by a score of 84-65 in their last game. Penn State walked away from the game having earned a 45.7% FG percentage (32 out of 70) and converted 10 of their 25 shots from downtown. At the charity stripe, the Nittany Lions converted 10 of 19 tries for a percentage of 52.6%. Concerning hauling in boards, they collected 44 with 16 of them being offensive. They also dished out 19 assists in this matchup as well as forcing the other team into 7 turnovers and earning 5 steals. When it comes to the defense, Penn State allowed 35.6% from the field on 21 of 59 shooting. Minnesota recorded 11 assists and had 5 steals in this game. Furthurmore, Minnesota totaled 29 rebounds (7 offensive, 22 defensive) and got 5 blocks. Minnesota finished shooting 75.0% at the free throw line by making 18 of 24 attempts. They also converted 5 out of their 18 attempts from 3-point land.
Trent Buttrick is someone who was a major contributor for this game. He ended up with 13 points on 4 out of 7 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 14 minutes and also totaled 7 rebounds. Buttrick went 57.1% from the floor but had no assists when the time ran out. Someone else that was a factor in this matchup for the Nittany Lions was John Harrar. He snagged 11 rebounds in 26 min on the hardwood. He finished 66.7% from the floor for the game via 6-of-9 (12 points). When the game finished, Harrar accounted for 2 assists.
Maryland has a win-loss record of 15-11 this year. As an offensive unit, the Terrapins are shooting 45.7% from the floor, which has them ranked 98th in the nation. Maryland has accumulated 1,800 pts for the campaign (69.2 per contest) and they snag 33.6 rebounds per contest. They are getting an assist 13.3 times per contest (163rd in college basketball) and they cough up possession 11.1 times per game. The Terrapins are responsible for committing 14.7 personal fouls per contest and they connect on 70.5% from the charity stripe. The Terrapins on the defensive end are ranked 47th in college basketball in points given up per game with 64.7. They allow 11.8 dimes and 33.2 rebounds every game, which ranks them 92nd and 100th in college hoops. The Maryland defense allows 33.8% on three-point shots (210 of 622) and their opposition makes 71.6% of their shots from the charity stripe. They are able to force 11.0 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 40.7% from the field (45th in college basketball).
When they last stepped on the court, the Maryland Terrapins took a defeat with a final score of 60-55 when they faced the Northwestern Wildcats. The Terrapins were able to pull down 26 defensive boards and 4 offensive boards for a total of 30 for this game. They also turned it over 15 times, while getting 6 steals for this game. The Wildcats committed 12 fouls for this contest which took the Terrapins to the free throw line for 7 tries. They were able to knock down 4 of the free throw tries for a rate of 57.1%. In relation to three-point attempts, Maryland made 9 out of their 26 attempts (34.6%). When all was said and done, the Terrapins walked away from this one shooting 21 for 50 from the field which gave them a percentage of 42.0%. The Terrapins allowed the Wildcats to make 20 of 55 attempts from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 36.4% in this contest. They finished 34.5% from 3-point land by going 10 out of 29 and finished the game at 10 of 11 at the free throw line (90.9%). Concerning attacking the glass, Maryland allowed Northwestern to snag 31 in all (8 offensive).
Aaron Wiggins pitched in for the Terrapins in this contest. He converted 10 out of 15 in the matchup giving him a rate of 66.7%, and totaled 3 rebounds. Wiggins earned 26 points in his 38 mins on the hardwood and accumulated 2 dimes for this game. One more player that was important for Maryland was Darryl Morsell. He ended up walking away with 5 assists in 35 mins played, and he knocked down 6 out of 8 from the floor. Morsell wrapped this one up going 75.0% from the floor as well as totaling 14 points and 8 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Penn State (+4)
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