This Saturday, the #18 Purdue Boilermakers head east to take on the #4 Maryland Terrapins in Big Ten play.

Bet the Purdue Boilermakers vs Maryland Terrapins Game

Written by on February 5, 2016

This Saturday, the #18 Purdue Boilermakers head east to take on the #4 Maryland Terrapins in Big Ten play. Purdue (19-4) sits in fourth place in the Big Ten, just behind the 20-3 Terrapins, who are in third place in the conference. Let’s take a look at this important matchup in the conference standings — and in the jousting for seedings in the NCAA tournament. For our NCAAB lines, click here.

Bet the Purdue Boilermakers vs Maryland Terrapins Game

Date: February 6, 2016Time: 4:00pm ETVenue: Xfinity CenterTV: FOX Sports

Why should you bet on the Terrapins?

When it comes to tough games, the Maryland Terrapins are becoming one of the surest bets out there. Since the 2014-15 campaign, Maryland is 19-2 when games are decided by fewer than seven points. These are wins that have galvanized the program and given it the stamina to win tough matchups. It’s true that they’ve lost some big road games this year (Michigan State, Michigan and North Carolina), but they are coalescing as one of the toughest teams in the nation. One of those reasons why is the improved play of Diamond Stone. This freshman has been dominant in the big wins that Maryland has had this year — and he’s been reticent in their tough losses. The challenge of being a talented big man — and a freshman — is deciding when you need to take over a game. This started on December 30, when he almost routed Penn State by himself, scoring 39 points and grabbing 12 boards, and he became the face of the Maryland future. In that Michigan loss, he still shined, grabbing 11 boards and scoring 22 points. When Maryland barely beat Nebraska, he was the one who put the team on his back. As he builds confidence, the Terrapins become even scarier.

Why should you take Purdue?

The Boilermakers are coming in off an 89-74 win over Nebraska last Saturday, and if A.J. Hammons has another game this week like his performance against the Cornhuskers, the Boilermakers could roll easily in this one. Hammons put up 32 points, pulled down 11 rebounds, blocked four shots and dished out five assists. Purdue also got big contributions from Rapheal Davis (17 points, six boards) and Isaac Haas (13 points). Caleb Swanigan added six points, 12 boards and five assists. Hammons went 14 for 17 from the field and 4 for 4 from the free throw line. The rest of the Boilermakers emulated his hot shooting hand, making 58.9 percent of their shots from the floor, including going 7 for 12 from behind the arc. Inside, the 7-foot tandem of Hammons and Haas left Nebraska without any interior offense — or defense. Purdue’s reserves haven’t been slouches either, as the Purdue reserves have outscored their counterparts in 21 of the team’s 22 games.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

The Terrapins showed themselves to be fierce defenders of their home floor in their upset win over Iowa, and I look for them to continue that strong home play against Purdue. I’m picking Maryland to win, 79-73.