Maryland Terrapins at Indiana Hoosiers – NCAAM January 4

Maryland (6-4, 1-3) at Indiana (6-4, 1-2)

  • Time: 5PM PST, 7PM CST and 8PM EST
  • Location: Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall
  • NAT TV: BTN

Series

The Terrapins own an 8-6 lead in the series as they have won three in a row with two victories last season. Maryland defeated Indiana, 77-76, last Jan. 26 as the Terrapins made 15-of-27 triples in the win. Maryland is 6-3 vs. Indiana since the Terps joined the Big Ten in 2014-15.

Vs. The Spread

Maryland is 2-4 ATS in it’s last six games and the total has gone OVER in 13 of the Terps’ last 16 games. The Terrapins are 2-4 in their last six games on the road at Indiana. The Hoosiers are on the opposite end of the number as the total has gone UNDER in six of Indiana’s last nine games. Indiana is 15-5 SU in it’s last 20 games at Assembly Hall and is 9-3 SU when play as a home favorite.

Teams Spread Money Line Total Points
Maryland +4.5 (-103) +180 O 136.5 (-105)
Indiana -4.5 (-117) -210 U 136.5 (-115)

Last Time Out

Maryland knocked off No. 6 Wisconsin on Dec. 28 in posting it’s first win over a Top 10 team Since 2016. Maryland shot 64 percent from the field in the second half in making 11 of their last 12 field goals, but then fell at Michigan, 84-73 on New Year’s Eve. Donta Scott lead the Terps with 19 points while Eric Ayala netted 16. A 13-0 Wolverines run midway through the second half was the difference.

Indiana picked up it’s first Big Ten win over Dec. 30 as the Hoosiers shaded Penn State, 87-85, in overtime. Trayce Jackson-Davis led five Hoosiers in double figures with 21 points in 37 minutes. The Hoosiers shot 57.1 percent from the floor.

Shell Shots

Maryland Terrapins LogoCoach Mark Turgeon’s rotation became shorter as Darryl Moresell is expected to miss up to two weeks with a facial fracture. The Terps don’t have a deep bench so now freshman Hakim Hart is likely to step in and start on a wing while Moresell is out.

Eric Ayala continues to lead Maryland in scoring (14.7 ppg) and Donta Scott is putting up numbers as a stretch four as he shoots 51.9 percent (14-of-27) from three and he is second in scoring at 12.9 percent. Indiana coach Archie Miller is concerned about Maryland’s ability to play a 5-out offense, find the shooter or find the land for the dribble-drive to create easy scoring opportunities.

Hoosier Hysteria

Indiana Hoosiers LogoThe Hoosiers are going to look to get the ball to Trayce Jackson-Davis and allow him to try to score over Jairius Hamilton and Galin Smith in the pivot where he shoots 53.5 percent from the floor. Armaan Franklin has been stellar in averaging 18.8 points and shooting 54.8 percent from the floor while shooting 60 percent from three over his last six games.

Watch Trey Galloway as an X-factor as he is shooting 38.5 percent from behind the arc while averaging eight triples per game over his last five contests. Depth is a problem for Indiana as well and the Hoosiers also have problems on the boards in checking in with a (-0.9) rebounding margin.

Winner: Indiana 71, Maryland (+4.5) 68
Over-Under: Take OVER 136.5

The Bets
Maryland Terrapins +4.5
-103
OVER 136.5
-105
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