Maryland vs Purdue College Hoops

Bet on Maryland vs Purdue College Hoops Lines

Written by on February 26, 2016

The #20 Purdue Boilermakers host the #10 Maryland Terrapins on Saturday afternoon in Big Ten basketball action. Purdue (21-7) is in eighth place in the Big Ten after their loss at Indiana last Saturday, 77-73. Maryland (23-5) is in second place in the Big Ten after knocking off Michigan on Sunday, 86-82. Get more details about the NCAAB online betting spread for this game.

Bet on Maryland Terrapins vs Purdue Boilermakers College Hoops Lines

When: Saturday, February 27, 2016, 4:00 PM ETWhere: Mackey Arena, West Lafayette, INTV: ESPNRadio: Purdue Sports NetworkLive Stream: Watch ESPNNCAAB Odds: TBA 
 

Why should you bet on the Boilermakers?

There are few teams in the country that have the same collection of height inside that Purdue has. They feature two 7-footers (Isaac Haas and A.J. Hammons), while 6-9 power forward Caleb Swanigan is a vaunted presence in the middle as well. While the 39 points that these three put up against Indiana was not enough in their loss, the Purdue inside game should wreak havoc on Maryland as well. The key for Purdue will be avoiding turnovers. The Hoosiers deflected the ball 57 times on Purdue offensive possessions, and they scored 20 points off turnovers. Better ball management and a focus on getting the ball inside should lead Purdue to a “W.” There’s also the fact that Maryland was awful in their last road game, falling to lowly Minnesota.

Why should you put your money on Maryland?

After losing to Wisconsin and Minnesota last week, Maryland looked like they were in a real tailspin. Beating Michigan, though, was an important step. The margin of victory was only four points, but this was a game where Maryland had to fight for every point along the way. Even though Michigan is unranked, they are a tough team, led by Mark Donnal and Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman. The challenge will be whether Maryland can bottle up enough momentum to get a road win in a gym that will be hostile. I view Maryland as an underdog in this one, but I’d take them if I could get five or six points.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

I like Purdue to come home and dominate the interior game against Maryland. I see the Boilermakers winning this one, 77-72.