West Virginia vs Maryland March Madness Against the Point Spread Prediction

West Virginia vs Maryland March Madness Against the Point Spread Prediction

West Virginia vs Maryland March Madness Against the Point Spread Prediction

The 4th-seeded Maryland Terrapins take on the 5th-seeded West Virginia Mountaineers in the round of 32 on Sunday in the Midwest Region in a tilt with the March Madness oddsmakers setting the point spread at an even pick ’em.

A Closer Look At The West Virginia Mountaineers vs Maryland Terps March Madness Against the Point Spread Prediction

Matchup: (5) West Virginia Mountaineers vs (4) Maryland Terrapins
Date: Mar. 22, 2015 
Start Time: 8:40 p.m. ET 
Location: Columbus, Ohio
Stadium: Nationwide Arena
TV Info: TNT
Stream: TNT Overtime
Radio: West Virginia Vs  Maryland
Point Spread: pk
Game Total: 138

West Virginia Will Beat Maryland if

The Mountaineers can play better defensively than they did versus Buffalo.

It was almost like West Virginia was begging the Bobby Hurley coached Buffalo Bulls to knock them out of the NCAA Tournament. West Virginia gave Buffalo an untold number of chances to beat them. But there was no quit in the Mountaineers, in particular forward Devin Williams, and West Virginia beat Buffalo 68 to 62 and face Maryland in the second round.

The problem that West Virginia might have is if they play the same bad defense against Maryland that they played against Buffalo. West Virginia, who allows teams on average to shoot 46% from the field against them, allowed Hurley’s Bulls to shoot 45.5% from the field and a ridiculous 37.5% from the three point line. If they give up those percentages to Maryland, this game could be over before the first half.

West Virginia March Madness Starting Lineup:

  • G Juwan Staten, 6-1, Sr., 14.5 ppg, 4.6 apg
  • G Gary Browne, 6-1, Sr., 7.0 ppg, 1.8 rpg
  • G Daxter Miles Jr., 6-3, Fr., 7.2 ppg, 2.3 rpg
  • F Devin Williams, 6-9, So., 11.1 ppg, 8.2 rpg
  • F Jonathan Holton, 6-7, Jr., 7.8 ppg, 6.0 rpg
  • Coach: Bob Huggins (8th season)

Maryland Will Beat Virginia If

Maryland shoots the ball enough.

Maryland beat Valparaiso 65 to 62 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Things become somewhat tougher for the Terrapins on Sunday, though, because they play a team in West Virginia who is big on taking a lot of shots during a game.

Maryland shot 46.3% from the field versus the Crusaders. Offensively, they looked great, but why then did they only beat Valparaiso by 3 points?  The problem for Maryland is that they simply didn’t take enough shots from the field. Valparaiso took 55 shots from the field. Maryland took only 41. Valparaiso took 26 shots from three. Maryland took 22. Sure, it looks like they were efficient because the Terps were good on so many of their shots, but they were in serious danger of losing the game against Valparaiso because they just didn’t shoot enough. On Sunday, Maryland plays a team that is likely to push the pace. Melo Trimble, the Terps’ best player, is more than capable of running with West Virginia. If Maryland hopes to cover the spread, they better let Trimble lead the team to a lot of easy baskets in transition.

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)

March Madness Against the Point Spread Prediction – Maryland Terrapins 79, West Virginia Mountaineers 70