Maryland Terrapins (15-2 SU, 7-6-2 ATS, 6-9 O/U) at Illinois Fighting Illini (12-5 SU, 7-7-1 ATS, 8-7 O/U)
When and Where: Saturday, Jan. 14, State Farm Center, Champaign, Ill., 6pmET
Line: Illinois -2
Maryland beat Illinois on Dec. 27 from College Park, 84-59. Illinois shot just 35.6 percent from the floor and the Terps made 55.9 percent of their shots. Since then, Illinois has gone 2-1, beating Ohio State and Michigan (86-69) but losing at Indiana (96-80). The Terps bounced back from a rough last-second loss to Nebraska on New Year’s Day to beat Michigan and Indiana (75-72) this past Tuesday.
Terps freshmen impress against Indiana
Maryland edged Indiana on Tuesday in front of a raucous crowd in College Park in a back-and-forth affair. The Terps had to scratch and claw to win this one and were keyed by the play of their three starting freshmen. Freshman guard Kevin Huerter hit a three-pointer with 1:44 left to give the Terps a one-point lead. He then grabbed a defensive rebound and threw an outlet pass to freshman guard Anthony Cowan for a fastbreak layup with 1:12 to go. Junior guard Melo Trimble made two clutch free throws at the end to ice the game. Trimble ended with 18 points, while Cowan added 15. The Terps shot 43.9 percent from the field and turned the ball over just eight times, while forcing 14.
Trimble leads the Terps with 17.5 points per game, while shooting 45.3 percent from the floor. Another freshman Justin Jackson adds 10.8 point per game and a team-leading 5.9 rebounds with 1.0 blocks per game. The Terps average 76 points per game and shoot 44.5 percent from the field. They allow 65.6 points per game and 40.5 percent from the field (31.8% 3pt).
Illinois stomps Michigan
The Illini shot an incredible 64.2 percent from the field and 9-of-14 from beyond the arc, leading to an easy 16-point win over Michigan on Wednesday. Illinois had a 13-point halftime lead and held on in the second half. Michigan didn’t play a poor game as they shot 52.9 percent from the field and 7-14 from the 3-point line. But the Wolverines were dominated on the boards by 12 and got the line just 10 times. Maverick Morgan led the Illini with 16 points on 8-of-9 shooting, while guard Malcolm Hill added 15 points.
Hill has been the anchor for the Illini with 18.6 points per game and 6.1 rebounds on 44.5 percent shooting (39.5% 3pt). Guard Tracy Abrams adds 10.5 points and 47.3 percent shooting (46.2% 3pt). The Illini average 78.6 points per game and 47.5 percent from the field (38.7% 3pt). They allow 72.5 points per game and 43.8 percent from the field.
College Basketball Trends:
- 5-0 ATS last 5 home games.
- 5-1 ATS last 6 Saturday games.
Maryland won big in the first game but that was at home. Illinois is a different team at home as they showed Michigan in their last game. The Illini played one of their worst games of the season from College Park. They’ll bounce back against the young Terps at home with the cover.