Last Updated: 2017-12-07
The Maryland Terrapins (7-3) and their phenomenal offense will be 15.5-point favorites when they welcome the Ohio Bobcats (4-3) and their stifling defense. The game’s Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 146 points and it gets underway at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, December 7, 2017.
Ohio Bobcats vs. Maryland Terrapins Betting Odds
Both teams were triumphant in their last game. The Terrapins barely escaped the Illinois Fighting Illini 92-91, while the Bobcats won big over the Coppin State Eagles 80-37.
Ohio dominated every stat category in the game. They had an effective field goal percentage of 0.478 (below their season average of 0.530) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 36.4 (above their season average of 19.4). Coppin State put up marks of 0.238 and 18.4, respectively, for those same stats. The Terrapins, on the other hand, knocked down 14 of their 19 free throws (73.7 percent) and held the Fighting Illini to an offensive rebounding percentage of 21.2 (below their season average of 36.4). Anthony Cowan played well for Maryland with 27 points and six assists. Ohio, meanwhile, was led by Kevin Mickle, who contributed 15 points and five rebounds.
The game should be a matchup of strength against strength as the high-powered offense of Maryland takes on the stingy defense of Ohio. Since the 2016-17 season, the Terrapins rank 41st in offensive efficiency, while the Bobcats are 56th in defensive efficiency. Furthermore, the Bobcats, who rank 271st in free throw attempt (FTA) rate (0.220), will face off against the Terrapins, who rank 10th in opponents’ FTA rate (0.216).
Of the Bobcats’ 4 games that accepted bets, four have finished over the projected point total. Ohio holds records of 4-3 straight up (SU) and 1-2-1 against the spread (ATS).
Vegas is extremely precise when setting the O/U total of Terrapins games, with an even split between overs and unders. Moreover, Maryland is 7-3 SU and 3-4-1 ATS.
Ohio Bobcats vs. Maryland Terrapins Free Pick
Predictions: SU Winner – Maryland, ATS Winner – Ohio, O/U – Over
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
Maryland ranks fourth in rebounds allowed per game (33.5) while Ohio ranks 262nd (37.6).
The Bobcats average 23.9 three pointers per game, which ranks 74th in the NCAA. The Terrapins rank 141st in three pointers allowed per game (19.5).
Ohio is 27th in the NCAA with 11.1 assists allowed per game while Maryland is 32nd with 11.2 assists allowed per game.
The Bobcats rank 75th in steals allowed per game (5.6) while the Terrapins rank 273rd (6.8).
Maryland ranks 25th in blocks per game (4.8) while Ohio ranks 198th (2.8).