Take Maryland -12.5 at Home With Your NCAA Basketball Picks Against Princeton

Joe Catalano

Saturday, December 19, 2015 5:25 PM GMT

The Maryland Terrapins have had a rather difficult schedule thus far, but have managed to navigate to a 9-1 mark. Tonight, they face the Princeton Tigers. Who will be our NCAA basketball pick?

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NCAA Basketball Pick: Maryland -12.5 
Best Line Offered: at Heritage

 

Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. EST tonight at the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore, Maryland. At 5Dimes, the Terrapins are a 12.5 point betting favorite on the NCAA basketball odds and the total for the game is listed at 142.

 

Stopping Henry Caruso
This is a very favorable matchup for a Terrapins team that is well -rounded and loaded with talent. Princeton is pretty much of a one man show and it will be very easy for the Maryland defense to key in on junior forward, Henry Caruso, Aside from have the distinction of being born in the same town as New England Patriots star Tom Brady, Caruso is an Ivy League beast that has the ability to pour in buckets at the drop of a hat. 

He leads the Tigers at 18.5 points and 8 rebounds per game while shooting a sizzling 50% from 3-point land. The problem for Caruso is that he's not playing Harvard or Yale; this is the Maryland Terrapins with superstar Melo Trimble.

Caruso has been on fire as of late. In his last 2 games, he's averaging 26.5 points and 10.5 rebounds. Look for Maryland double teams to keep this stud in check. Caruso could go off for 20 points or more, but he's simply not enough to deal with Maryland as the Princeton defense possesses just 6 steals and 3 blocks for the entire season. 12.5 points certainly doesn't seem like a lot for Maryland to lay. That said, Princeton is currently the top team in the Ivy League and will look to set the standard of excellence for their respective conference.

 

Spreading the Ball Around
Superstar Melo Trimble's numbers would be even greater, but he has freshman sensation, Diamond Stone (10.7 points, 4.5 rebounds), Robert Carter (12.5 points, 6.7 rebounds) and Duke transfer, Rasheed Sulaimon (10.5 points, 3.8 assists) to think about. While I'm still waiting for Sulaimon to face Duke, the team that kicked him off the squad, Trimble has led his Terps off to a fast start, playing both ends of the court and making sure that everyone gets touches.

 

Melo Trimble
For the season, Trimble is averaging 15.8 points, 5.3 assists, and 1.5 steals per game. He's also a very efficient player, shooting 53.4% from the field and 40.5% from beyond the arc.

If the game is close, Trimble is a sure thing at the foul line and that will come in handy when the Terrapins play the tougher teams in the nation.

In his last 2 games, Trimble is averaging 21.5 points and is coming off of a 4 for 4 shooting performance from 3-point range in a victory over MD-E Shore. Look for Trimble to play well here as the Tigers defense hasn't dealt with someone on his level.

Maryland's one weakness is their rebounding as they're averaging 33 rebounds per game. That will certainly come back to bite them, but not in this matchup. Take the Terps as the NCAA basketball pick and lay the points against a gamed Princeton squad.