Expect a defensive struggle when the No. 17 Maryland Terrapins (13-3, 3-2 Big 10) and Wisconsin Badgers (10-6, 3-2 Big 10) square off at Kohl Center. Action gets underway at 9 p.m. ET on Tuesday, January 14, 2020, and it can be seen on ESPN2.
Maryland Terrapins vs. Wisconsin Badgers ATS Preview
In the Terrapins’ last contest, they lost big to the Iowa Hawkeyes, 67-49. With 13 points on 5-for-7 shooting, Jalen Smith led Maryland in scoring. Iowa had an offensive rebounding percentage of 39.5 (above their season average of 34.0). Maryland, on the other hand, had a better free throw rate (0.212 vs. 0.197).
The Badgers hope to maintain momentum after topping the No. 20 Penn State Nittany Lions in their last game, 58-49. Wisconsin received a boost from Micah Potter, who was the game’s leading scorer with 24 points on 9-for-14 shooting. Wisconsin dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had an offensive rebounding percentage of 25.0 (below their season average of 26.7) and an effective field goal percentage of 0.455 (below their season average of 0.509). For those same stats, Penn State was 16.2 and 0.375, respectively.
Wisconsin appears to have the edge on the defensive side of the ball. The Badgers currently rank 96th in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.464), while Maryland is 296th in effective field goal percentage (0.474). Additionally, the Terrapins rank 34th in offensive rebounding percentage (34.6 percent), while the Badgers rank 32nd in defensive rebounding percentage (76.6 percent).
This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams, after splitting two games last season. In the last matchup, the Badgers won 69-61. The Badgers played a nearly flawless game. They had a solid free throw rate of 0.286 and a ridiculously low turnover percentage of 6.3. For those same stats, the Terrapins were 0.054 and 16.8, respectively.
Maryland Terrapins vs. Wisconsin Badgers Prediction
College Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Wisconsin, ATS Winner – Maryland, O/U – Over
The Badgers rank 31st in assists allowed per game (10.3) while the Terrapins rank 109th (12.3).
Wisconsin ranks 22nd in steals allowed per game (5.2) while Maryland ranks 83rd (6.3).
Wisconsin ranks 23rd in three pointers allowed per game (17.9) while Maryland ranks 203rd (23.7).
The Terrapins rank 12th in rebounds per game (41.5) while the Badgers rank 181st (34.6).
Wisconsin ranks 44th in blocks allowed per game (2.8) while Maryland ranks 130th (4.1).
The Badgers’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 12.0, up from 7.7 for the season.
During their last five games, the Terrapins have scored an average of 64.6 points per game (8.6 below their season average) and allowed an average of 60.6 points per game (1.1 below their season average).