Georgia Tech D Will Sting, While Minnesota & Maryland May Fall Flat

Jay Pryce

Sunday, February 19, 2017 2:58 PM UTC

Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017 2:58 PM UTC

Our college basketball betting blog for Sunday offers a few angles to consider if wagering the Big Ten and ACC games today, including Maryland at Wisconsin, Michigan at Minnesota, and Syracuse at Georgia Tech.

Maryland Flat Following Big Night For Melo Trimble

No. 23 Maryland has secured an outright win in each of its six road games as an underdog this season, last beating Northwestern 74-64 as 2-point pups on Wednesday. Junior guard Melo Trimble notched 32 points in the win, only the 11th player in school history to register 30 points or more at least three times in his career. It also marked the 29th time Trimble has sunk 20 points or greater in a game. Will the big performance carry over against No. 11 Wisconsin and lift Maryland at the Kohl Center? History shows this could be an ominous sign.

Since joining the Big Ten, the Terps are 1-5 SU and 0-6 ATS when taking to the road in conference play following a 20-point or better performance from Trimble, including their lone away defeat this season at Penn State. Overall, Maryland is tipping off a -0.6 favorite in this situation, scoring just 64.0 points per game. It has stayed under its team total in each by 6.2 points per game. The Terps have more options on offense this season, but a troubling trend nonetheless.

 Minnesota Goes Missing in Close Encounters

Whether it’s bad coaching, market inflation, poor homecourt advantage, bad luck, or some other factors, Minnesota often stumbles in conference play at Williams Arena in expected close contests. Tipping off against a Big Ten foe with a line in between +3 and -3, the Gophers are 5-17 SU and 5-17 ATS in their last 22 contests. Since 2010, they’re winless in this spot, going 0-9 SU and ATS, losing by 8.6 points per game. Michigan, opening as 2-point underdogs for tonight’s clash, is 13-1 SU and 10-3 ATS in the last 14 meetings.

 Yellow Jackets’ D Stings As Home Dog

Since 2009, the UNDER is 26-9 when Georgia Tech goes off a home underdog in ACC play. The Yellow Jackets are catching 2 points against visiting Syracuse this afternoon. Defense has been the difference-maker in this spot. In five attempts this season, it has held every conference opponent (North Carolina, Louisville, Clemson, FSU, and Notre Dame) below their projected team total by an average of 12.9 points per game.  No road chalk has put up more than 65 points at McCamish Pavilion in 2016.

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