The No. 7 Maryland Terrapins (21-4, 11-3 Big 10) will attempt to lengthen their eight-game winning streak against the stumbling Northwestern Wildcats (6-18, 1-13 Big 10) at Xfinity Center. Action starts at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday, February 18, 2020.
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The last time the Wildcats played, they fell to the No. 13 Penn State Nittany Lions, 77-61. With 12 points on 6-for-7 shooting, Pete Nance was Northwestern’s high scorer. Penn State out-rebounded Northwestern. The Nittany Lions had more offensive rebounds (13 vs. five), defensive rebounds (29 vs. 25) and total rebounds (42 vs. 30).
The Terrapins will look to maintain momentum after topping the Michigan State Spartans in their last contest, 67-60. Maryland was lifted by Jalen Smith, who finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Maryland dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had a free throw rate of 0.214 (matching their season average) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 22.9 (below their season average of 32.1). For those same stats, Michigan State had marks of 0.182 and 20.6, respectively.
These two schools have already met once this season. The Terrapins won 77-66. The Terrapins played a nearly perfect game. They had a phenomenally low turnover percentage of 8.2 and an absurd free throw rate of 0.481. For those same stats, the Wildcats recorded marks of 19.5 and 0.229, respectively. Smith recorded a double-double with 25 points and 11 rebounds.
Half-court execution will be of utmost importance when two of the nation’s slowest-paced teams clash. Maryland ranks 272nd in possessions per game (67.4) and Northwestern is 313th (66.4). Additionally, the Wildcats rank 287th in offensive efficiency (97.7), while the Terrapins rank 21st in defensive efficiency (91.6).
Northwestern at Maryland Betting Prediction
College Basketball Prediction: SU Winner – Maryland, ATS Winner – Maryland, O/U – Over
The Terrapins rank 28th in blocks per game (4.6) while the Wildcats rank 135th (2.8).
Maryland ranks 230th in steals per game (4.8) while Northwestern ranks 247th (4.0).
Maryland ranks 32nd in rebounds per game (39.2) while Northwestern ranks 236th (33.4).
The Terrapins average 24.2 three pointers per game, which ranks 79th in the country. The Wildcats rank 239th in three pointers allowed per game (24.0).
Maryland ranks 135th in assists allowed per game (12.6) while Northwestern ranks 251st (15.7).
The Terrapins’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 6.6, down from 9.4 for the season.
During their last five games, the Wildcats have scored an average of 59.2 points per game (5.6 below their season average) and allowed an average of 74.6 points per game (5.6 above their season average).