Maryland Terrapins (7-1) vs Purdue Boilermakers (5-3)Date : 12/06/2018
Time : 7:00 pm EST
Location : MacKay Center, West Lafayette, Indiana
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Maryland Terrapins vs Purdue Boilermakers
In a Big Ten matchup on Thursday night, the 23rd ranked Maryland Terrapins will travel to MacKay Center in West Lafayette, Indiana, to battle the Purdue Boilermakers at 7 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Maryland comes into this matchup winners of three of their last four games, overall, as they picked up a win over the Penn State Nittany Lions in their last outing by a 66-59 score as they pulled away late in the second half thanks to 19 points by Lamar Stephens.
On the other hand, the Purdue Boilermakers come into this game losses of their last two games as they fell to the Michigan Wolverines in their last time out in suffering the 76-57 road loss as Purdue shot 35% from the field while only having two double-digit scores on the night with Carsen Edwards leading with 19 points along with six rebounds.
Maryland Terrapins's Latest Performance :
As stated, Maryland comes into this game winners of three of their last four games, overall, as they illustrated a stellar defensive display versus the Nittany Lions in their last outing as they limited them to a tad under 40% shooting for the night while permitting only 5-21 3-pointers on the night. Rasir Bolton chipped in 15 points for the Nittany Lions while Stevens and Josh Reeves chipped in 17 points on the night also in the loss for Penn State.
On the offensive in for Maryland, they had a another stellar shooting night from the floor in shooting 48%, however, were only 28% from 3 point range while having 17 turnovers on the night. Nonetheless, the Terrapins outrebounded Penn State by a 35-25 margin en route to the victory. Aside from a five-point loss to Virginia, to which they atoned for with their win versus Penn State, the Terrapins have been an outstanding team thus far in the season and will look to continue their success within the conference by taking on a Purdue team that began the season on a winning note, yet have fallen on hard times lately.
Purdue Boilermakers's Latest Performance :
The Boilermakers have had a rough go of it lately as they have lost three of their last five, overall, after suffering the loss to the Michigan Wolverines. As stated, there were only two double-digit scores for the night for the Boilermakers with Edwards having 19 along with Ryan Cline going 7-21 from the field on the night with 15 points in the loss. On the defensive end, Purdue allowed Michigan to shoot 47% from the floor while the Wolverines nailed 13 three-pointers on the night as they were led by Jordan Poole, who had 19 points while also going 5-5 from 3-point range. John Test also went 2 – 2 from long-range while ending with 17 points for Michigan in the conference win.
In all, Purdue has lost its way on both sides of the ball lately as they have not been able to maintain the right consistency in which to string together some wins. Nonetheless, they look to turn the tide versus a Maryland team that is not only averaging a tad over 80 points per game while shooting 50% from the floor, but are allowing opponents to shoot only 39% from the field on a nightly basis.
How Maryland Terrapins & Purdue Boilermakers Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Maryland is 5 – 3 ATS while the OU is 3 – 5
Purdue is 3 – 5 ATS while the OU is 3 – 5
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
This will be an interesting matchup in that Purdue will return home after a rough stretch of road games to where they went 0 – 2. Despite the losses, the Boilermakers will certainly come out focused in which to pick up a much-needed victory in this contest. On the other hand, the Terrapins will be coming to town and will be looking to build from their momentum of beating up on the Penn State Nittany Lions in their last matchup. As stated, the Terrapins have played well on both sides of the ball this year and will seek to continue this versus and often struggling offensive team for Purdue.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Maryland Terrapins
My reason for the pick :
I will back Maryland in this instance as they are not only the better team in this contest, but, will certainly assert themselves towards the end of the game as they will pull away and obtain a hard-fought victory on Thursday night. And while both teams come into this game ranked in the top 25, Maryland has been the much more consistent team, overall, which allows me to believe that they will indeed control the pace of this game throughout en route to a victory.
Totals Selection: Pick: Over
My reason for the prediction :
Despite scoring only 66 points in their last outing, I happen to believe that Maryland, by virtue of picking up a win., will resume their winning ways versus the Purdue Boilermakers on Thursday night. In other words, the offense for the Terrapins will be clicking once again versus a defense in Purdue that continues to be solid on the year, yet has hit upon a rough patch as of late. The offense for Purdue, on the other hand, will also struggle versus a Maryland team that only allows teams to shoot 43% on a nightly basis as the score will certainly balloon at some point in this matchup in favor of the road team.
Betting trends for Maryland Terrapins:
- Under is 11-3 in Terrapins last 14 vs. Big Ten.
Under is 15-6 in Terrapins last 21 overall.
The Terrapins are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall.
Betting trends for Purdue Boilermakers:
- The Boilermakers are 4-11 ATS in their last 15 home games.
The Boilermakers are 7-18-2 ATS in their last 27 vs. Big Ten.
Over is 23-9 in Boilermakers last 32 Thu. games