Michigan Wolverines at Maryland Terrapins
Michigan is a lock to make the NCAA Tournament at 12-5 in the Big 10 with an RPI of 22. Maryland is 8-9 in the Big 10 with an RPI of 59. That’s good for fifth in the Big 10, which is not good news for the conference. The Terps have to win this game and probably needs to make the final of the Big 10 tournament to be in the discussion. The Wolverines edged Maryland in their first meeting on Jan. 15, 68-67 from Ann Arbor.
Wolverines take down Iowa
Michigan has won four of their last five games, including defeating Iowa on Feb. 14, 75-59 at home. Duncan Robinson and Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman had 18 points apiece to lead the Wolverines. Big man Moritz Wagner added 14 points, five rebounds and four steals. Iowa did win up shooting 48.1 percent from the floor but they made just 2-of-10 from beyond the arc and committed 15 turnovers. The Wolverines were held to 41.8 percent shooting and 12-of-33 (36.4%) from beyond the arc, but managed to turn the ball over just five times.
Wagner (6-11, 245) leads the Wolverines with 14.6 points per game and 7.3 rebounds on 53.4 percent shooting (40.9% 3pt). Guard Charles Matthews adds 13 points on 49.5 percent shooting with 5.4 rebounds. On the season, Michigan is a very efficient offense, averaging 73.9 points per game on 47.1 percent shooting (36.7% 3pt). they are allowing 63.5 points per game (11th) on 43.8 percent shooting (35.6% 3pt).
Terps finally win a road game
Maryland had lost seven straight road games before finally beating Northwestern, 71-64 on Tuesday night from Evanston. The Terps had some close calls, including the Michigan loss. Against Northwestern, guard Kevin Huerter scored 18 points to lead a Terps team that was down by as much as 11 in the second half. Unfortunately for the Wildcats, protecting leads has not been their forte’ as they were coming off blowing a historical 27-point lead against Michigan State. A 16-2 run by Maryland midway through the second half was the key stretch. Anthony Cowan Jr. and Dion Wiley scored 13 points apiece for the Terps. This was the first road win for Maryland since they defeated Illinois in overtime on Dec. 3.
The Terps shot 51.1 percent from the floor and 5-of-17 (29.4%) from beyond the arc. They held Northwestern to 42 percent from the floor and forced 13 turnovers. Cowan leads the Terps in scoring (15.7ppg), assists (5.1apg) and steals (1.6spg). Freshman center Bruno Fernando leads in rebounds (6.5) and field goal percentage (59.2). Maryland averages 74.1 points per game on 48.3 percent shooting (38.3% 3pt). They allow 66.5 points per game on 40.7 percent shooting (33.5% 3pt).
- 28-11-4 ATS last 43 Saturday games.
- 7-1-1 ATS last 9 home games.
Maryland is 14-2 at home and this is their final regular season game. They need this game desperately, while a loss here doesn’t hurt the Wolverines. The Terps should have won the first game but a lot foul cost them the upset. This game won’t be an upset with the Terps winning in front of a raucous crowd in College Park
Maryland is a team that can score but they were more equipped offensively when they had Justin Jackson. The sophomore forward is out for the year with a shoulder injury. Michigan usually plays zone and that will slow the game down, The Terps are 4-0 Under their last 4 home games and last 4 Saturday games. They are also 8-1 Under their last 9 vs. the Big 10.