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Take Points with Maryland vs No. 1 Purdue

Big Ten basketball is about to get in the full swing of things, and No. 1 Purdue will face Maryland to get things started. Both schools are already 1-1 in conference play, but Purdue is still the top team in the nation, making them an option for best college basketball bets today.

In the Boilermakers’ last game, they beat Eastern Kentucky 80-53, having no mercy against a lesser opponent and getting an overall team win. The Terrapins also got a big win in their last game, beating Coppin State 75-53.

Take Points with Maryland vs No. 1 Purdue
Take Points with Maryland vs No. 1 Purdue

Purdue vs Maryland Game Information

  • Game: Purdue (12-1) vs. Maryland (9-4)
  • Location: XFINITY Center, College Park, MD
  • Day/Time: Tuesday, January 2, 7:00 p.m. ET
  • Purdue vs Maryland Live Stream: TBS.com

 

Purdue has been one of the best teams in the nation and it has consistently shown that, leading to the No.1 ranking. However, there have been moments of trouble, which could open the door for Maryland to be a possible NCAAB expert pick.

Purdue vs Maryland Odds and Spreads

Purdue vs Maryland Score Prediction

Purdue 72, Maryland 67

  • Terrapins are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
  • Terrapins are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of greater than .600.
  • Terrapins are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games as a home favorite of 0.5-6.5.
  • Under is 5-0 in Terrapins last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
  • Under is 4-0 in Terrapins last 4 vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
  • Under is 4-0 in Boilermakers last 4 games as a road underdog of 7.0-12.5.
  • Under is 4-0 in Boilermakers last 4 games as an underdog of 7.0-12.5.
  • Boilermakers are 1-8 ATS in their last 9 games following a straight up win of more than 20 points.

 

Against the Spread Pick: Maryland +6½ (-110)

It might be hard for Maryland to get a win over Purdue straight up, but for college basketball spreads there is a chance it can cover. A massive reason for that is how good Maryland has been playing recently.

The Terrapins have won five straight games, with solid wins over Penn State and UCLA. On top of that, they have been perfect at home, going undefeated in eight games. That could give Maryland a fighting chance against Purdue in college basketball odds to keep this game close.

To do that, Maryland will need a big game from Jahmir Young. He is the team’s leading scorer at 19.3 points per game and is averaging 4.3 rebounds and 4.1 assists. In the win over UCLA two games ago, Young had a big night with 37 points, seven rebounds and three assists, putting the team on his back.

If Young can put up at least somewhat of a similar game while getting a little extra support from the rest of the roster, Maryland can challenge the No. 1 team in the nation.

Over/Under Pick: Under 141½ -110

Over the last 10 games, Purdue has hit the over seven times, looking like one of the best offenses in the nation. The Boilermakers are averaging 86.8 points per game, the second most in the Big Ten, led by Zach Edey, who is putting up 23.2 points on his own.

That immediately makes most games that Purdue plays a possible over in college basketball lines. However, the recent matchups with Maryalnd paint a different story. The game has only hit the over twice over the last 10 matchups between Purdue and Maryland. Furthermore, three lines over the previous four matchups have been set lower than this game, with all of them hitting the under.

On top of that, if Maryland potentially covers against Purdue, defense will be a big part, making the under an even better betting option.

Player Prop Pick: Jahmir Young Over 19.5 Points -108

It will be because of Young if Maryland can cover the spread in this game. He is the best scorer on the team but is also a decent 3-point shooter, hitting 35.2% on 5.9 attempts. Guards that can hit threes have given Purdue trouble since Edey became a staple of the lineup, which, in theory, can help Young put up more points if he can knock down his shots.

 

 

Questions Of The Day

Who will be the leading scorer for each team?


The leading scorer for Purdue will be Zach Edey. Jahmir Young should lead Maryland in scoring.

Which team will win the first half? Does the early lead hold any significance for the final outcome?


Being at home, Maryland might lead at the end of the first half and the significance is it will help the Terrapins cover.

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