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Ohio State vs Maryland Pick & Preview: Sunday, January 8th Betting Odds
Buckeyes vs Terrapins Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Ohio State Buckeyes at Maryland Terrapins
- Where: College Park at XFINITY Center
- Date: Sunday, January 8th
- Betting Odds: Ohio State -2, OHIOST -132 | MARY +107 O/U 141.0
Ohio State heads into this matchup having played 14 games and have an overall record sitting at 10-4. So far, the Buckeyes have played 4 games on the road, with a record of 2-2. This season, Ohio State has been favored to win in 10 games, sitting with a mark of 9-1. For today’s contest, Ohio State has a betting line set -2 points in their favor.
Ohio State will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Brice Sensabaugh who is averaging 16.29 points per game for the Buckeyes. Sensabaugh is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Buckeyes’ offensive game plan is the play of Justice Sueing who has hit 46.2% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 13.64 points per game.
On offense, Ohio State comes into the game looking to control the pace of play, as they are just 643rd in possessions per game. Even with their preference to slow the game down, the Buckeyes’ are scoring at a rate similar to the NCAA average at 73.8 points per game. So far, 39.7% of their shots have come from beyond the arc, where they have connected at a rate of 37.3%.
The Maryland Terrapins head into today’s game in what will be their 16th game of the season, posting a record of 10-5. Currently, the Terrapins have been the home team 8 times, sitting with a record of 7-1. So far, the Terrapins have been the underdog 5 times, going 1-4 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +2 underdogs on the spread.
Maryland’s leading scorer this season is Jahmir Young, who is averaging 13.93 points per contest. So far, Young has accounted for 19.55% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 4.53 rebounds per game and 3.0 assists. Donta Scott is the second leading scorer for the Terrapins, averaging 12.2 points per game. Between him and Scott, they are accounting for 36.7% 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 they 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.
Free Spread Prediction: Maryland Terrapins +2
After boiling down all the statistics and trends, it is clear why the oddsmakers have placed the Ohio State Buckeyes as the favorites to win. Not only do the Maryland Terrapins have a mediocre record vs the spread at home of late 4-6, but Ohio State also has the statistical edge in 3-pointers made per game and overall field goal percentage. Yet, our model shows that the current odds of -2 in favor of the Buckeyes is too high and there is good value on grabbing Maryland vs the spread. While most bettors will likely be piling on the Ohio State Buckeyes as the favorite, we full good about taking the oppsite side and grabbing Maryland taking the points.