NCAA Basketball Picks for Maryland vs. Pittsburgh

Jeff Grant

Monday, January 6, 2014 12:29 PM UTC

Monday, Jan. 6, 2014 12:29 PM UTC

The Pittsburgh Panthers are outscoring opponents by nearly 18 points per game, as they prepare to host the Maryland Terrapins Monday night. Find out if we believe that this matchup offers sports bettors any value.

Let’s take a closer look at the college basketball odds for this Atlantic Coast Conference matchup at the Petersen Events Center, with the opening tip scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET on ESPNU.

Perfect in conference play

Maryland is off to its first 2-0 ACC start since the 2002-03 campaign, as it comes off a 77-61 victory over the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets as 8.5-point home favorites last Saturday, while going UNDER the betting total of 140. 

The Terrapins entered that affair with five players averaging double figures offensively, with guard/forward Dez Wells scoring 10 or more points in his 11th consecutive contest. 

Over the last two-plus seasons, the program is 4-14 SU and 4-13-1 ATS off a win against a conference rival. 

Impressive start 

Pittsburgh has won three games in a row since suffering its only loss of the season to Cincinnati—capturing all 13 of its victories by an average of 17.9 points. 

The Panthers are averaging 76.7 points per game, with the roster shooting 48.0 percent from the field and an amazing school-record pace of 74.6 percent from the charity stripe. 

College basketball handicappers will find that the team is 9-9 SU and 10-8 ATS in January the last two-plus seasons.

Unable to convert free points

The Terrapins rank 302nd nationally in shooting 65.1 percent from the free throw line, which is important to consider based on the Panthers’ success in that all-important statistical category.   

It’s important to point out that Maryland only scores 19.3 percent of its points from that particular area on the season, while Pittsburgh checks in at 23.0.

Dominant situation

The Panthers have compiled a 38-10 SU record in their last 48 conference home games, but all of those have come against Big East competition, as they prepare to host their first opponent as a member of the ACC

Pittsburgh head coach Jamie Dixon has won all 12 of his meetings against previous ACC schools.



I’m going to recommend that readers back the Panthers with their college basketball picks, as the Terrapins are 0-6 SU and 2-4 ATS as road underdogs of 9.5 to 12 points since the 2011-12 season.

NCAA Basketball Pick:  Pittsburgh Panthers -9

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