Maryland Vs. Michigan Predictions – NCAA College Basketball Picks | Betting Odds
Maryland Terrapins vs. Michigan Wolverines Predictions
It took Michigan over two months to record their first loss of the season, but they have now dropped three in less than a month and two losses in 11 days. When the Wolverines host the Maryland Terrapins on Saturday, they better bring their A game or the losing streak could get bigger. Just when we thought the Wolverines put things back in order by beating Wisconsin by nine points last weekend while covering as 7-point favorites, they drop the next one against Penn State. Michigan was a 7-point favorite on the road against the Nittany Lions. They were upset 75-69 on Tuesday Night.
What once was a solid defense in the first two months of the season, it’s not there anymore. In the losses against Iowa and Penn State, they have allowed an average of 74.5 points per game. That’s almost 17 points more than their every night average. Maryland had a rough time three weeks ago, losing three of four outings, but has bounced back with two straight wins against Nebraska and Purdue. They have covered the spread in three of their last four games, including in the games against the Cornhuskers and the Boilermakers. Both times they won straight up despite being underdogs.
The Terrapins will enter a difficult two-game stretch in the next week. After facing Michigan, they will take on Iowa. Both games are on the road, and most likely they will enter the Arenas as dogs. What made Michigan almost unbeatable at the start of the year what their willingness and discipline to play defense. That approach seems to be long gone. The Wolverines are still a good defense, but not great enough to scare any opponent.
Michigan, in particular, will have a thought time against the Terrapins. Maryland is one of the best rebounding teams in the nation, and they are a scrappy side that fights for the loose balls. The Terrapins are playing outstanding basketball in their last two games, unlike Michigan. I still have the Wolverines winning this game, but Maryland should get the cover. What’s the play? Take Maryland with the points.
Money line: -7
Game Total: 129
Date: Saturday, February 16, 2019
Game Time: 12:00 PM ET
Venue: Crisler Center, Ann Arbor, MI
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