While both Maryland (4-3) and Indiana (5-1) have had an early-season slip-up, they now square off with a chance to pick up a big win in an early-season Big Ten matchup. This game will mark the first conference game for both teams, and each side has plenty to prove at this point.
For Maryland, the Terrapins suffered three consecutive losses following an opening-night victory over Mount St. Mary’s, ultimately finding themselves at 1-3 right out of the gate. They followed that up with a nice bounce-back stretch, winning three consecutive games over UMBC, South Alabama and Rider, but Friday’s date with Indiana will be their biggest test since facing Villanova.
As for Indiana, the Hoosiers are far more likely to get a pass for their early-season loss. They’ve simply gotten the job done in most cases, but the lone exception to that came against the No. 5 Connecticut Huskies. The Hoosiers simply had no answers in the second half for one of the best teams in the country. Indiana is a slight favorite in NCAAB lines.
Maryland vs Indiana Head-to-Head
Maryland and Indiana have met just a total of 21 times, and heading into this matchup, the edge goes to the Hoosiers. Indiana has won 12 of the 21 meetings, including four of the last five dating back to the 2020-21 season.
Maryland vs Indiana Game Information
- Game: Maryland (4-3) vs Indiana (5-1)
- Date/Time: Friday, Dec 1, 7:00 p.m. ET
- Location: Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall, Bloomington, IN
- Maryland vs Indiana Live Stream: TBS.com
Maryland vs Indiana Betting Lines
Maryland vs Indiana Game Prediction
Even with its only loss this season coming against a top-five team in UConn, Indiana enters this matchup with Maryland as a very small three-point favorite. But this game features a ton of question marks and it feels like anyone’s guess how legitimately good both of these teams could prove to be. This will be a nice measuring-stick spot, but with Indiana proving capable of getting the job done against everyone aside from a top-five team, it’s hard not to like the Hoosiers to cover a narrow spread at home.
One key aspect of this matchup is how each team will defend the opponent’s top talent. For Indiana, 7-foot sophomore Kel’el Ware is a nightmare for opposing defenses and has averaged 17.7 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists this season. While 6-foot-9 Julian Reese or 6-foot-8 Donta Scott could be likely candidates to guard him, the Hoosiers could have their hands full with both players as well, along with Jahmir Young, who leads the Terrapins in scoring.
I believe the Hoosiers get a big boost from being at home for this matchup, and think they currently have the potential to be a solid team, which should be put on display on Friday night. I also think we’ll see a strong showing from Indiana forward Malik Reneau, who’s No. 2 on the team in scoring, averaging 15.3 points along with 4.3 rebounds. In turn, Indiana headlines the NCAAB picks today.
Predicted Score: Indiana 72, Maryland 65
Worth Targeting the Total?
To highlight how impressively spot-on oddsmakers appear to be with these lines and over/unders, the projected total on this game is set exactly on the total of the predicted score above — 137. I’m torn on whether it’s more likely that we see the game surprise and clear the over or both teams slow down the pace and step it up defensively.
I’m going to avoid this spot, but if I had to make a selection, I’d lean toward the over here.
College baskteball Pick: Lean Over 137 (-110)
Worth Betting ATS?
I do like the fact that the Hoosiers are only laying three points here. While there are a number of unknowns, one thing that’s certain is that 7-foot center Ware is a matchup nightmare for virtually any team. It’ll be interesting to see how Maryland goes about attempting to slow him down, but he’s in prime position to impact this game in a massive way.
I’m taking Indiana laying the three points.
College baskteball Pick: Indiana Hoosiers -3 (-110)
Questions Of The Day
Which Maryland player will have the most rebounds in the game?
Forward Julian Reese has been far and away the best rebounder on Maryland so far this year, averaging 9.9 boards per game. The next-closest player to him is DeShawn Harris-Smith with 5.1 per game.
Which Maryland player is most likely to get over 5 assists in the Maryland vs Indiana game?
Guard Jahmir Young is not only Maryland’s leading scorer, but he’s been the team’s best passer statistically as well. Young averages 15.9 points along with 4.3 assists per game, and this could be a good spot for him to top five assists, which he’s done three times this season, including in the last game.