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Maryland vs Rutgers Pick & Preview: Thursday, January 5th Betting Odds

Terrapins vs Scarlet Knights Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Maryland Terrapins at Rutgers Scarlet Knights
  • Where: Piscataway at Jersey Mike’s Arena
  • Date: Thursday, January 5th
  • Betting Odds: Maryland +6, MARY +212 | RUTGER -271 O/U 130.5

Terrapins Preview:

Maryland will take the floor against the Scarlet Knights with an overall record of 10-4. On the road, the Terrapins will be playing their 6th game of the season, having gone 3-3. So far, the Terrapins have been the underdog 4 times, going 1-3 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +6 underdogs on the spread.

Maryland’s leading scorer this season is Jahmir Young who is averaging 14.0 points per contest. So far, Young has accounted for 19.23% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 4.57 rebounds per game and 3.0 assists. Donta Scott is the second leading scorer for the Terrapins, averaging 12.64 points per game. Between him and Scott, they are accounting for 36.6% of the team’s scoring.

Offensive production has been hard to come by for Maryland this season, as they are currently ranked 207th in college basketball at 70.9 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that that have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Terrapins’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 32.6%, placing them 339th in the NCAA.

Scarlet Knights Preview:

Heading into today’s matchup vs Maryland, the Rutgers Scarlet Knights will be taking the floor for the 15th time this season and have an overall record of 10-4. So far this season, Rutgers has played 10 games at home, sitting with a record of 9-1. The Scarlet Knights’ are sitting with a betting line that is -6 points in their favor. For the season, Rutgers has been favored to win in 10 games, sitting with a mark of 8-2.

Clifford Omoruyi comes into today’s game as the Scarlet Knights’ leading scorer at 14.79 points per contest. Not only has Omoruyi been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Rutgers’ top rebounder at 9.79 boards per contest. Behind Omoruyi, the team has benefited from the strong play of Cam Spencer who is second on the team in scoring at 12.86 points per game. Overall, he has hit 50.0% of his shots and is adding 2.43 boards per game.

Offensive production has been hard to come by for Rutgers this season, as they are currently ranked 302nd in college basketball at 67.9 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that that have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Scarlet Knights’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 33.6%, placing them 278th in the NCAA.

Free Spread Prediction: Rutgers Scarlet Knights -6

Heading into this matchup, our NCAA betting model has identified this game as a profitable opportunity and recommends taking the Rutgers Scarlet Knights to pick up the win and cover the spread as -6 point betting favorites. Although Rutgers as a team is just 196th in overall shooting percentage, we see their offense putting together a strong performance against the Terrapins’ defense. In addition, the Scarlet Knights have made bettors money who have taken them to cover at home, as they are 5-4-1 (last 10). At -6 we see there being plenty of value in grabbing the Scarlet Knights to come out on top and cover.

 


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