The Maryland Terrapins and North Carolina Tar Heels played a low-scoring affair in their first meeting, but things will likely change as they close out their regular season series Wednesday night.
Let’s take a closer look at the betting line for this Atlantic Coast Conference affair at the Comcast Center, with the opening tip scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET on ESPN.
Getting hot at the right time
North Carolina has won 11 of 14 games since starting ACC play 0-2 in early January, as it comes off an impressive 79-58 victory over the Florida State Seminoles as 14-point home favorites Sunday.
The Tar heels are 14-4 straight up (SU) and 7-10-1 against the spread (ATS) in March the last two-plus seasons, with the UNDER going 9-8 in that situation.
Maryland has alternated wins and losses over its last seven games, as it earned a 67-57 triumph over the Wake Forest Demon Deacons as two-point road favorites last Saturday, while going UNDER the posted total of 136.5.
The Terrapins are 1-6 SU and 0-6-1 ATS off a win against a conference rival, which is important to consider when making your college basketball picks, considering the line is a pick’ em in the betting market.
College basketball handicappers may have a hard time avoiding the Tar Heels at the betting window, considering they’ve gone 5-0 SU and 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings in this series.
On Jan. 19, North Carolina captured a 62-52 victory over Maryland as 5.5-point home NCAAB odds favorites, while going UNDER the posted total of 147.
From a situational standpoint, it’s very important to monitor the odds movement in this matchup, as I’ll be basing my entire selection on the closing line.
Maryland is 2-0 SUATS as home underdogs of three points or less the last two-plus seasons, with the OVER cashing in both of those contests.
On the other end, North Carolina is 4-0 SU and 3-1 ATS as road favorites within the same point range, while going above the betting total in all four games.
I’m going to recommend that readers play the total as one of their college basketball picks this Wednesday night, but I suggest waiting it out to see if a lower number becomes available in the market.
The OVER is 18-5 in the last 23 meetings in this series.
College Basketball Pick: Over 145.5 at BetOnline