Marshall Thundering Herd (4-0) vs Maryland Terrapins (5-0)Date : 11/23/2018
Time : 6:00 pm EST
Location : xfinity Center, College Park, Maryland
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Marshall Thundering Herd vs Maryland Terrapins
The Marshall Thundering Herd will travel to the Xfinity Center in College Park, Maryland, to take on the Maryland Terrapins on Friday night at 6 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The Thundering Herd are coming off their fourth straight win along with their second straight victory to where they put up 90 or more points in a 95 – 71 win over the North Carolina A&T Aggies on November 19th. Leading scorer John Elmore led the team with 18 points along with five rebounds and five assists in the win for Marshall as the Thundering Herd shot 48% from the floor in the victory.
The Maryland Terrapins also scored over 90 points in their last win as well as they were able to pick up a 92-77 win over the Mount Saint Mary’s Mountaineers in their last time out as the Terrapins took a 19 point lead into the half while cruising to victory in the second behind 21 points along with seven rebounds for Bruno Fernando.
Marshall Thundering Herd 's Latest Performance :
Marshall has scored 90 or more points in three of their first four games of their 2018 campaign. On the other hand, they have also covered the spread in three of their first four games of the season behind a strong offensive effort led by Jon Elmore who averages 23 points per game for the Thundering Herd while also leading the team in assists with six per game. Elmore was the leading scorer in their last outing versus the Aggies of North Carolina A&T as he put up 18 points, five rebounds, along with five assist in the win while CJ Burks went 6 for 10 for the night finishing with 15 points.
The defense for the Thundering Herd held the Aggies to only 43% shooting from the field while A&T connected on only five of 17 3-point attempts for the night. In all, the win was a team effort on behalf of the Thundering Herd which have played well on both sides of the ball this far in the season. Nonetheless, they will come up against a Maryland squad in this matchup that is currently shooting 48% from the field per outing while allowing their opponents only 38% shooting per contest.
Maryland Terrapins 's Latest Performance :
For the year, Maryland is undefeated, as stated, and are averaging 81 points per game while allowing opponents to score an average of 66 points per outing. Bruno Fernando leads the team in scoring in averaging 16 points per game along with eight rebounds and has proven to be a valuable commodity to Maryland’s success early on in the season. He certainly rose to the occasion in the last matchup for the Terrapins as he put up 21 points for the night while going 10-12 in the win. Jaylon Smith also ended the game with 16 points and 10 rebounds for Maryland as they shot a whopping 62% from the field for the night while outrebounding the Mountaineers by a 38-18 margin.
And while the Terrapins have certainly been able to pick up wins early on, they are only one in four against the spread in their last five games, overall. They will certainly want to ensure that they shore up defensive vulnerabilities versus a Marshall team that is ranked 9th in the nation in scoring with 94 points per game.
How Marshall Thundering Herd & Maryland Terrapins Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Marshall is3 – 1 ATS while d OU is3 – 1
Maryland is1 – 4 ATS while the OU 1 – 4
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
This will be a tough contest for both teams as Maryland will certainly find out much about themselves after battling an offensive-minded team in the Marshall Thundering Herd. On the other hand, the Thundering Herd will find that the Terrapins are also a team to be reckoned with and are a definite step up in competition from the teams that they have faced early on. With that being the case, look for this to be a very competitive, back-and-forth affair to where momentum will swing early and often.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Marshall Thundering Herd
My reason for the pick :
While I happen to have respect for Maryland and what they have been able to accomplish thus far in the season, I have to look at their record against the spread this season in deciding to back the Marshall Thundering Herd in this matchup. As stated, the Terrapins are one and four against the spread this year against subpar competition. With that being the case, this essentially means that Maryland, despite being undefeated on the season, is continuing to allow teams to stay in games. They certainly cannot afford to do this versus a Marshall team that is red hot on offense at the moment and will certainly illustrate this on Friday night as they will come up with critical baskets throughout the game in which to pick up the victory.
Totals Selection: Pick: Over
My reason for the prediction :
I will pick the over in this matchup as I have stated that this game will certainly be a back-and-forth affair to where the school board with light up early and often do to both offenses having a solid night. As stated, the Thundering Herd are averaging over 90 points per game while Maryland is putting up over 80 points per outing. Expect this to be a fast-paced, up-and-down affair to where both teams will attempt to gain an advantage throughout.
Betting trends for Marshall Thundering Herd :
- Thundering Herd is 3 – 1 ATS in last 4 games
- The under is 4-1 in thundering herd’s last 5 games
Betting trends for Maryland Terrapins :
- The Terrapins are 1-6 ATS in last 7 games
- The Terrapins are 0 – 6 ATS in last 6 on games
- The under is 4-1 in Terrapins last 5 games