The No. 9 Maryland Terrapins (23-7, 13-6 Big 10) and No. 25 Michigan Wolverines (19-11, 10-9 Big 10) will battle at Xfinity Center to bring the regular season to a close. The game’s Over/Under (O/U) opened at 139 points with Maryland set as a 3.5-point favorite. Tip-off is scheduled for 12 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 8, 2020.
Michigan Wolverines vs. Maryland Terrapins ATS Preview
In the Wolverines’ last contest, they had no trouble getting past the Nebraska Cornhuskers, 82-58. Isaiah Livers led Michigan in scoring with 18 points on 7-for-18 shooting. The Wolverines forced 22 turnovers and held the Cornhuskers to an effective field goal percentage of 0.397 (below their season average of 0.477).
The Terrapins are hoping for a better outcome after their 78-67 loss to the Rutgers Scarlet Knights in their last matchup. With 16 points and 10 rebounds, Maryland’s Jalen Smith had a good game. Rutgers made seven of their 16 three pointers (43.8 percent). Maryland, meanwhile, was just 6-32 (18.8 percent).
Maryland should be expected to protect the ball well in this contest. Maryland ranks 54th in the NCAA at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 17.0 percent), while Michigan forces the 21st-fewest turnovers (16.2 percent). Furthermore, the Wolverines rank 50th in effective field goal percentage (0.528), while the Terrapins rank 37th in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.459).
This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams, after the Wolverines won both matchups last season. In the last matchup, Michigan won 69-62. The Wolverines played a nearly flawless game. They had a free throw rate of 0.228 and an absurdly low turnover percentage of 5.9. The Terrapins recorded marks of 0.103 and 12.6, respectively, for those same stats.
Michigan Wolverines vs. Maryland Terrapins Prediction
Pick: SU Winner – Michigan, ATS Winner – Michigan, O/U – Under
Maryland averages 38.6 rebounds per game, which ranks 42nd in the NCAA. Michigan ranks 173rd in rebounds allowed per game (35.5).
The Terrapins have been outscored by an average of 4.0 points in their last five games. On the season, Maryland has defeated opponents by an average of 7.1 points.
During their last five games, the Wolverines have scored an average of 70.0 points per game (5.2 below their season average) and allowed an average of 66.2 points per game (1.6 below their season average).