Illinois Illini at Maryland Terrapins College Basketball Odds & Free PickJosh Bailey
The number ten Maryland Terrapins (23-6, 11-5 Big Ten) host the Illinois Illini (13-16, 5-11 Big Ten) on Wednesday night, March 3. The game takes place at the XFINITY Center in College Park, Maryland. Tip-off is at 7:00 pm ET.
Maryland has gone 1 and 3 straight up in its last 4. The Terrapins go into this game after losing 79 to 83 to Purdue on Feb. 27. Illinois has lost 4 out of its last 6 games. The Illini go into this matchup after beating Minnesota 84 to 71 on Feb. 28.
A Closer Look at How To Bet the Illinois Illini at Maryland Terrapins College Basketball Odds & My Free Pick
The college basketball betting odds favor Maryland by 14.5-points to beat Illinois. The Illini are 12-12-3 against the spread this season and a stellar 6 and 2 ATS record on the road. Maryland has gone 12-15-1 ATS overall this season. The Terps are 6 and 9 ATS in home games.
What: Illinois Illini (13-16) at No. 10 Maryland Terrapins (23-6)
When: Thursday, March 3, 2016
Start Time: 7:00 PM ET
Where: College Park, Maryland
Stadium: XFINITY Center
Spread: Terps -14.5
Stream: Watch ESPN
Listen: Illinois vs Maryland
Bet The Illinois Illini Because…
Illinois showed the ability to score a lot of points in their last game against Minnesota. The Illini shot 57% from the field. They made 28 out of 49 shots from the field versus the Minnesota Golden Gophers. The Illini also shot 45.5% from three. Illinois made 10 out of 22 three-point shots. The Illini usually only shoot 43% from the field and 36% from three. If Illinois has their offense going, which means that they’ll be able to keep up with Maryland’s excellent scorers, they could keep it close on Wednesday night.
Bet The No. 10 Maryland Terrapins Because…
Maryland can overpower Illinois a number of different ways. The Terps backcourt of Melo Trimble and Rasheed Sulaimon both average in double-figures. Both guys can score 20 to 30 on any given night. If Trimble and Sulaimon have an off day, the front court of Diamond Stone, Jake Layman and Robert Carter can easily carry the Terps. Maryland averages 76 points per game off of 49% shooting from the field. The Terps allow 40% shooting from the field and less than 32% shooting from three on average.
Expert Free Pick & Final Score Prediction
Maryland is loaded. Stone, Layman, Sulaimon and Trimble all have NBA type talent. The problem with Maryland is that they tend to play down to their competition. That’s why the Terps have gone a horrible 1-4-1 against the spread in their last 6 games.
But Illinois isn’t a very good team. In order for Illinois to stay close to the high-flying Maryland Terrapins, they’re going to have to produce the type of offensive game that they produced against Minnesota. Minnesota allows an average of 45% from the field, 37% from three and 74 points per game on defense.
Maryland’s defense can be much tougher when the players have their heads in the game. They should definitely have their heads in the game on March 3. I like Maryland to blow out Illinois.