No. 21 Rutgers (4-0) at Maryland (4-1)
The Terrapins have an 11-4 lead in this series as the series started in 1940. Maryland is 6-1 in College Park with the lone loss coming in 1941. In the Big Ten era, the Terps hold an 8-1 lead as the Scarlet Knights took a 78-67 win in the final home game for Rutgers last season.
Vs. the Spread:
The Scarlet Knights are 1-6 SU in their last seven games on the road, but 6-0 SU in their last six games. The total is OVER in five of Rutgers’ last six games and the total has been OVER in nine of Maryland’s last 11 games.
|Teams||Spread||Money Line||Total Points|
|Rutgers Scarlet Knights||+2 (-103)||+122||O 137 (-105)|
|Maryland Terrapins||-2 (-117)||-142||U 137 (-115)|
Last Time Out:
Rutgers handed Syracuse it’s first loss of the season, 79-69, in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge. Ron Harper, Jr., led RU with 26 points as Jacob Young checked in with his first career double-double with 18 points and 10 assists. He also added five steals. Trailing 65-64 with 4:51 to play, Harper capped a 9-0 run that gave Rutgers the lead for good at 73-65 with 2:02 remaining.
The Terps suffered a tough 67-51 loss to Clemson which took place in the Challenge as well. With the losses of Jalen Smith and the impactful seniors of last season, Maryland is left looking for leaders on it’s roster and the in experience in that area showed. Darryl Morsell and Aaron Wiggins are likely candidates to step into those roles.
Coach Steve Pikiell has a veteran roster that will play a key role in the Scarlet Knights being a sleeper in the tough Big Ten. Jacob Young, Montez Mathis, and Ron Harper, Jr., are going to form a type of a Big Three attack that will perform with consistency every evening. The trio averages 54.6 of the Scarlet Knights’ points as they have taken around 67 percent of Rutgers’ field goal attempts. Geo Baker is likely out due to an injured ankle. Piekell’s touch on the Rutgers program has manifested itself in a major way as last year’s 20-win regular season was the first since 1982-83 and the Scarlet Knights were ranked for the first time in 41 years.
Fear The Turtle:
Although Darryl Morsell is averaging 8.2 points per game, he is capable of joining Eric Ayala as a scoring leader for coach Mark Turgeon. Maryland has won 17 consecutive games when Morsell hits double figures. Hakim Hart and Donta Scott are a pair of athletic small forwards who can create matchup problems. Hart had a career-high 32 points in the terrapins’ win over St. Peter’s while Scott is 8-of-13 from beyond the arc and had a career-high 12 boards as well vs. the Peacocks. Scott was the ’19-20 Sixth Man of the Year in the Big Ten. Alabama transfer Galin Smith also brings a veteran presence to the paint.
Winner: Rutgers (+2) 74, Maryland 71
O/U: OVER 137