Maryland Terrapins at Nebraska Cornhuskers
Maryland (60 RPI) and Nebraska (55 RPI) are trying to get in the NCAA Tournament mix because they need more quality wins. For Maryland, this would be a solid road win for that is 1-7 on the road. Nebraska is 13-1 at home and has won two of three games. The Cornhuskers have won five straight including a 67-55 win over Rutgers on Saturday. These teams last met last season at College Park on New Year’s Day 2017 with Nebraska winning by two.
Terps blow out Northwestern at home
Maryland jumped out to a fast start against Northwestern and held on to the lead in the second half, to win, 73-57 on Saturday at home. They led by as much as 21 points in the second half facing a team that just upset then No. 20 Michigan on Tuesday. Kevin Huerter led the Terps with 22 points, five assists and three steals. Sophomore guard Anthony Cowan added 16 points, seven rebounds and five assists in 40 minutes. Freshman Darryl Morsell chipped in with 14 points and nine rebounds. The Terps shot 52.9 percent from the field and 9-of-21 from beyond the arc (10-11 FT). They held the Wildcats to 33.3 percent from the field and forced 13 turnovers.
Cowan leads the Terps in scoring (16.2ppg), assists (5.0) and steals (1.5). Freshman center Bruno Fernando leads in rebounds (6.1rpg), field goal percentage (56.3%) and blocks (1.3bpg). On the season, Maryland averages 75 points per game and 48.1 percent from the field (39.1% 3pt). They allow 67.1 points per game on 40.6 percent shooting (33.7% 3pt).
Defense leads Huskers over Scarlet Knights
Nebraska has beaten Rutgers twice, Minnesota and Wisconsin in their five-game streak. But they also defeated Michigan by 20 on Jan. 18 to give them that much-needed “big” win. In their 11-point victory over Rutgers, James Plamer Jr. led the Cornhuskers with 15 points, five rebounds and four assists on 5-of-12 shooting. Glynn Watson Jr. added 11 points and four rebounds. The Huskers led 20-4 with less than eight minutes left in cruised to a win to improve their conference record to 10-4. They shot 45.5 percent from the floor and just 3-of-15 from beyond the arc (20%). But their defense was outstanding, holding the Scarlet Knights to 34.8 percent shooting from the field and 2-of-14 from beyond the arc.
Palmer Jr. leads the Cornhuskers with 17.6 points per game on 45 percent shooting. Isaac Copeland adds 13 points and 6.1 rebounds per game on 48.5 percent shooting. On the season, Nebraska averages 73.7 points per game on 43.6 percent shooting (35.3% 3pt). They allow 69 points per game on 41.9 percent shooting (31.6% 3pt).
- 12-1 ATS last 13 vs. Big Ten.
- 8-1 ATS last 9 home games.
- 19-7 ATS last 26 overall.
It’s tough to go with Maryland due to their terrible road record. Nebraska is playing well and they rank 32nd in the nation in 3-point defense, which is important because the Terps like to shoot the three. Go with the home team.