In their final home game of the season, the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (18-11, 9-9 Big 10) host the No. 9 Maryland Terrapins (23-6, 13-5 Big 10) at Louis Brown Athletic Center. The game is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, March 3, 2020.
Maryland Terrapins at Rutgers Scarlet Knights ATS Prediction
In the Terrapins’ last contest, they were defeated by the No. 24 Michigan State Spartans, 78-66. Michigan State’s 33.3 offensive rebounding percentage was their largest strength over Maryland, who had a mark of 26.5. The Spartans’ mark was above their season average of 32.7, while the Terrapins’ was below their season average of 32.0. Jalen Smith was the game’s leading scorer with 20 points on 6-for-10 shooting.
The Scarlet Knights lost a close one to the No. 16 Penn State Nittany Lions in their last outing, 65-64. Penn State’s 0.250 free throw rate was their largest advantage over Rutgers, who had a rate of 0.094. The Nittany Lions’ mark was above their season average of 0.220, while the Scarlet Knights’ was below their season average of 0.193. With 13 points on 5-for-9 shooting, Jacob Young was Rutgers’ leading scorer.
This will be the second game of the season between these two squads. In the first, Smith recorded 14 points, 15 rebounds and six blocks and the Terrapins beat the Scarlet Knights 56-51. Maryland did a fantastic job of converting from the free throw line (12-15; 80.0 percent). Rutgers, on the other hand, had a better turnover percentage (11.7 vs. 15.6).
This contest figures to be low-scoring as two of the country’s top defenses clash. Rutgers ranks 20th in defensive efficiency (92.5) and Maryland is 49th (94.6).
Maryland vs. Rutgers Free Pick
Prediction: ATS Winner – Rutgers, O/U – Under
Maryland ranks 64th in three pointers attempted per game (24.6) while Rutgers ranks 270th (17.8).
The Scarlet Knights rank 110th in steals per game (6.7) while the Terrapins rank 236th (4.7).
Rutgers ranks 28th in blocks per game (4.6) while Maryland ranks 137th in blocks allowed per game (3.6).
The Scarlet Knights rank 18th in rebounds per game (40.0) while the Terrapins rank 121st in rebounds allowed per game (34.4).
The Terrapins have been outscored by an average of 0.4 points in their last five games. For the season, Maryland has defeated opponents by an average of 7.8 points.
During their last five games, the Scarlet Knights have scored an average of 65.0 points per game (4.6 below their season average) and allowed an average of 66.6 points per game (4.3 above their season average).