Wisconsin V Maryland Betting Odds, Free Pick & How To WatchJosh Bailey
The Wisconsin Badgers can clinch the Big Ten title with a win over Maryland tonight.
Can the 14th-ranked and Big Ten rookie Maryland Terrapins use a three game winning streak and four days of rest to hold off the visiting 5th-ranked Wisconsin Badgers? The game is scheduled to tip off at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN, with streaming available on WatchESPN.
Second-place teams Maryland, Michigan State and Purdue need an unlikely collapse in Madison by the Badgers in order to prevent Wisconsin from being the Big Ten champs.
“This stretch right here — seriously, if you look at anybody else’s last four games — this is quite the stretch, I’m sure,” Wisconsin head-coach Bo Ryan said Monday on a teleconference. “But our players right now, we’re just concentrating on the next one.”
Wisconsin has won the last two matchups with Maryland, the most recent coming in November 2009.
A Closer Look At The Wisconsin V Maryland Betting Odds, My Free Pick & TV Info
Matchup: (5) Wisconsin Badgers at (14) Maryland Terrapins
Date: Feb. 24, 2015
Start Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
Location: College Park, Maryland
Stadium: XFINITY Center
TV Info: ESPN
Radio: Wisconsin Vs Maryland
Point Spread: Wisconsin Badgers – 6
Wisconsin Will Cover the Spread If
Wisconsin’s starting five are all contributing offensively.
The Badgers haven’t battled Maryland since 2009. Going back to that game is meaningless, but studying the Badgers’ latest, a 63 to 53 win over Minnesota, could yield some clues as to how Wisconsin might be able to cover against the spread versus Maryland.
In the game against Minnesota, Player of the Year candidate Frank Kaminsky scored 21 points while Bronson Koenig scored 17. The other 3 Wisconsin starters failed to score in double-figures. When this happens, it is difficult for Wisconsin to cover the spread.
— Wisconsin Basketball (@BadgerMBB) February 22, 2015
For example, versus Penn State on Feb. 18, only Kaminsky and Sam Dekker scored in double figures and Wisconsin beat the Nittany Lions 55 to 47 as a -11 point road favorite. Contrast those two games with the 68 to 49, -14 point cover, victory over Illinois on Feb. 15 and the pattern is obvious. In the victory over Illinois, Hayes, Kaminsky, Dekker and Koenig all scored in double figures. When everybody contributes offensively, Wisconsin covers the spread.
Maryland Will Cover the Spread If
The Terrapins’ defensive pressure disrupts Wisconsin’s offense.
Maryland is at its best when it is providing defensive pressure that puts an opponent out of its offensive rhythm. This occurs more often than not. The Terrapins defense yields 64.3 points per game from 40.4% shooting from the field. Maryland’s three-point shooting defense is better than its field goal percentage defense.
— Maryland Basketball (@TerrapinHoops) February 20, 2015
The Terps allow only 32% from behind the arc. Three-point defense will be important to Maryland’s chances at covering the spread because Wisconsin shoots 35% from behind the arc. Maryland will also have to shut down Kaminsky in the paint since he’s shooting 54.6% from the field while the Badgers, overall, shoot 48% from the field. If Maryland can hold Wisconsin to their averages allowed and not let Wisconsin approach their offensive averages, they should be able to cover the spread in this matchup.