Add Indiana Over Maryland with your College Basketball Picks

Jeff Grant

Thursday, January 22, 2015 2:59 PM GMT

Indiana has enjoyed a magnificent home-court advantage in recent years, which provides it betting value against Maryland Thursday night. Check inside our college basketball odds & pick.

Great Start
Maryland’s 5-1 start in Big Ten Conference play is its best since the school captured six of its first seven games to begin the 2002-03 campaign as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference.

The Terrapins received huge performances by junior forward Jake Layman in securing victories over Rutgers and Michigan State last week, as he averaged 17.5 points and 12.5 rebounds in earning Big Ten Player of the Week honors.

Freshman guard Melo Trimble has also played an important role through 19 games, as he’s averaging a team-high 16.1 points and knocked down a career-high six three-pointers last time out.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the squad is 9-16 SU and 12-12 ATS when playing on the road.

 

Climbing the Latter 
Indiana has entered the national rankings for the first time since the conclusion of 2012-13 campaign, which is important to consider when making your NCAA basketball picks, as it has relied heavily on its strong shooting in putting together a 14-4 SU and 9-8 ATS record.

The Hoosiers lead the conference in knocking down 8.7 three-pointers per game, while they’ve also managed to connect on 81.5 percent of their attempts from the charity stripe in the last five minutes of play.

Sophomore forward Troy Williams has provided head coach Tom Crean an inside presence on the offensive end recently, as he’s averaged 17.0 points and 8.3 rebounds in his last three affairs.

Since the start of the 2012-13 campaign, the team is 26-18 SU and 21-22-1 ATS in conference play.

 

Defending All Areas
The Terrapins enter with the Big Ten’s top defense in allowing opponents to shoot just 37.7 percent from the floor, including 27.9 percent from beyond the arc.

Maryland held Michigan State to a season-low 59 points last Saturday, while it has had seven different players lead the squad in rebounding this year.

 

Time to Assemble 
The Hoosiers have compiled a dominating 60-8 SU record at Assembly Hall since the start of the 2011-12 season—ranking just behind the Ohio State Buckeyes (64) in terms of home victories by conference members over that time period.

Indiana is knocking down 50.3 percent of its shots in Bloomington, including a solid 40.4 percent from the 3-point area.

 

Prediction
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Hoosiers as one of their ATS basketball picks, as they’ve gone 3-0 ATS in games with a betting line of +3 to -3 on college basketball odds this season.

Free College Basketball Pick: Indiana Hoosiers -1 at 5Dimes