The 4th-seeded Maryland Terrapins have been as hot as any March Madness squad as of late and today they face a tough 5-point underdog, the 13th-seeded Valparaiso Crusaders who only dropped 5 games all season.
Matchup: (13) Valparaiso Crusaders vs (4) Maryland Terrapins
Date: Mar. 20, 2015
Start Time: 4:40 p.m. ET
Location: Columbus, Ohio
Stadium: Nationwide Arena
TV Info: TNT
Stream: TNT Overtime
Radio: Valparaiso Vs Maryland
Point Spread: Terrapins -5
Game Total: 124
Valparaiso Projected Starting Lineup:
- G Tevonn Walker, 6-1, Fr., 10.2 ppg, 4.2 rpg
- G E. Victor Nickerson, 6-8, Jr., 6.2 ppg, 2.2 rpg
- G Darien Walker, 6-3, Jr., 10.8 ppg, 4.5 rpg
- F Vashil Fernandez, 6-10, Sr., 6.9 ppg, 5.9 rpg
- F Alec Peters, 6-9, So., 16.7 ppg, 6.8 rpg
- Coach: Bryce Drew (fourth year)
Maryland Projected Starting Lineup:
- G Melo Trimble, 6-2, Fr., 16.1 ppg, 3.7 apg
- G Dez Wells, 6-5, Sr., 15.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg
- G Richaud Pack, 6-3, Sr., 6.2 ppg, 3.4 rpg
- F Jake Layman, 6-8, Jr., 13.1 ppg, 5.9 rpg
- C Damonte Dodd, 6-9, So., 3.8 ppg, 3.8 rpg
- Coach: Mark Turgeon (fourth season)
Valparaiso has won 11 of the last 12 games, posting a 28-5 record this season, 17-11 against the spread, and but they didn’t face a single squad invited to play in March Madness this year. The Crusaders are led by sophomore forward Alec Peters (16.7 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 1.2 APG) and junior guard Darien Walker (10.8 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 1.8 APG) while the team scores 69.8 points per game (104th), shooting 45.9% from the field (69th), recording 13.1 assists per game (139th). The defense allows 58.9 PPG (17TH) and gets 37.7 rebounds per game (33rd).
“Obviously, Maryland is one of the better teams in the country. Obviously we thought they were a three seed, locked in the whole time,” Valparaiso coach Bryce Drew said. “We didn’t anticipate being in the range to play them.”
Maryland lost to Michigan State in the Big Ten tournament semifinals, but they closed the season winning eight of the last nine outings. The Terrapins had a 27-6 record, 13-15-2 against the spread, and they had a 7-5 mark against teams that were invited to the 2015 March Madness tournament. Freshman guard Melo Trimble (16.3 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 3.1APG) and senior forward Dez Wells (15.4 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 0.4 BLKPG) lead Maryland, who averages 69.5 points per game (113th), 10.9 assists per game (290th), shooting 43.8% from the field (162nd). The Terrapins D allows 63.2 points per game (88th) and grabs 35.1 rebounds per game (136th).
“I don’t know much. I know Bryce is the one who made the shot to beat Mississippi way back when. I watched a little bit of [the Horizon League championship game] … I watched like 10 minutes of that game. They looked really good defensively. They have a big guy that can shoot it. They’re 28-5, 13-3 in the league. That’s hard to do in any league, so obviously they’re a heck of a basketball team”, said Maryland coach Mark Turgeon about Valparaiso.
The Crusaders are 21-8-1 ATS in their last 30 Friday games, 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games following an ATS win, 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning SU record, but 0-4 ATS in their last 4 NCAA Tournament games as an underdog.
The Terrapins are 17-8 ATS in their last 25 games following a SU loss, 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Friday games, 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games as a favorite, 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games overall, 13-3 ATS in their last 16 neutral site games, and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games as a favorite of 0.5-6.5 points.