Illinois Fighting Illini (5-13) vs Maryland Terrapins (16-4)Date : 01/26/2019
Time : 12:00 pm EST
Location : xfinity Center, College Park, Maryland
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Illinois Fighting Illini vs Maryland Terrapins
The Illinois Fighting Illini will visit the Xfinity Center in College Park, Maryland, in which to battle the 16th ranked Maryland Terrapins in an all-important Big Ten showdown on Saturday afternoon at 12 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Maryland halted a seven-game losing streak in their last outing as they fell to the Michigan State Spartans on the road in their last outing as they could only muster 20-points at the conclusion of the first half while also going down by 11 points at the break en route to a loss where they shot just 36% from the floor in addition to allowing the Spartans to shoot 47%, overall.
On the other hand, the Fighting Illini could not extend the momentum of picking up a victory over the Minnesota Golden Gophers in their prior outing as they fell to the Iowa Hawkeyes on the road as an awful defense for Illinois allowed the Hawkeyes to shoot 68% from the field while shooting 71% from three-point range as the team was able to convert on a 15 3-pointers on the night as Joe Wieskamp led the offensive charge for Iowa with 24 points in the victory.
Illinois Fighting Illini's Latest Performance :
Illinois simply continues to rack up the losses on a nightly basis as they are losers of two straight games along with dropping seven of their last 10 outings, overall, as they now reside just one slot from the cellar of the Big Ten division, currently occupied by the Penn State Nittany Lions. And while they were able to keep their matchup with Wisconsin relatively tight throughout the first half, the Badgers proceeded to pull away from a Fighting Illini offense that looked lifeless in the second half while ending the game shooting just 31% from the floor along with 19% from three-point range.
On the other hand, the defense was non-existent in both halves as Wisconsin was able to shoot 50% or better from both the field as well as from three-point range in the win as Nate Reuvers along with D’Mitrik Trice led the team with 22 and 16 points, respectively, as the former also pulled down 10 rebounds in the win for the Badgers. On the other hand, Giorgi Bezhanishvili led Illinois with 20 points while pulling down eight rebounds in the contest while Aaron Jordan was the only other double-digit scorer for the Fighting Illini with 10 points along with seven rebounds as the Fighting Illini lost their third home game in four outings.
Illinois has not been met with much success away from home recently either as they are winless in their last three road games and will be matched up versus a Maryland team that has simply been outstanding at Xfinity Arena lately as well as throughout the season. One should certainly look for the Illinois offense, which averages 42% shooting from the floor per outing, to struggle a bit throughout the course as Maryland has certainly been able to lock down opponents in 2018-19.
Maryland Terrapins 's Latest Performance :
And while the defense for the Terrapins certainly brought their A-game in their contest versus the Michigan State Spartans, the offense for the Terrapins, which has impressed throughout the season, was simply not consistent enough in which to keep this game competitive as they posted just 55 points for the game on a dismal 34% shooting performance. And while Maryland was able to connect on 9 three pointers compared to just four for Michigan State. And while also slightly outrebounding the Spartans, their offensive flow was not where it should have been throughout the contest as they also committed 12 turnovers throughout the duration en route to the defeat.
Anthony Cowan, who has been the tip of their success recently as well as throughout the season, ended the game shooting 3-12 from the perimeter while ending with seven points along with dishing out five assists for Maryland in addition to Bruno Fernando, picked up yet another Double-Double on the season , his 2nd straight in fourth in five games, overall, as he chipped in 13 points while pulling down 12 rebounds.
And while the Maryland defense allowed just 69 points to the Spartans, Michigan State shot 47% from the floor while also possessing five double-digit scorers on the night led by Cassius Winston along with Kenny Goins with 14 points each, with Goins powering in yet another Double-Double on the season with 12 rebounds.
Maryland will certainly be looking forward to going back home, where there are winners of five of their last six games, overall, in which to face an Illinois team that continues to stick it up on both sides of the floor this season. In fact, their defeat to the Wisconsin Badgers in their last outing they failed to reach 70 points in four of their last six games, total.
How Illinois Fighting Illini & Maryland Terrapins Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Illinois is 7 – 11 ATS while the OU is 10 – 8
Maryland is 10 – 9 – 1 ATS while the OU is 10 – 10
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
Look for this matchup to be one that is very exciting as the Maryland Terrapins will be looking to shake off the remnants from there potentially deflating loss to the Michigan State Spartans in which to pick up the victory over a struggling Illinois Fighting Illini team at home. As stated, Illinois has been atrocious on the road as their offense has only averaged 67 points in their last three road outings, overall. Nonetheless, as pointed out, Maryland has been very dominant on their home court recently as well as throughout the season and will certainly look to continue this versus an Illinois offense that has struggles mightily with inconsistency.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Maryland Terrapins
My reason for the pick :
I will back Maryland in this contest as they happen to be the much better team at this point in the season. Again, Illinois has not been able to put the ball in the basket lately as well as throughout the season and will find it difficult in which to find any type of headway, or consistency, versus a Maryland team that has prided themselves on the defensive end of the floor all season. In all, look for the Terrapins to push the pace early and often in this contest as they will pull away from an awful Fighting Illini squad while picking up a convincing, blowout victory in the meantime.
Totals Selection: Pick: Over
My reason for the prediction :
The over has been the play in five of the last six games at home for the Maryland Terrapins while it has also been the result in three of the last four games, overall, for the Fighting Illini, primarily due to their willingness to give up points at inopportune times throughout a contest. Nonetheless, I expect the over to be the strong playing this matchup as I certainly see Maryland getting back on track on the offensive end as they will pick up a blowout victory in the end.
Betting trends for Illinois Fighting Illini:
- The Fighting Illini up 4-6 against the spread in last 10 games
- The over is 6-4 in Fighting Illini his last 10 games
Betting trends for Maryland Terrapins :
- The Terrapins are 4-2 against the spread in last 6 games
- The under is 3-1 in Terrapins last 4 games