The Wisconsin Badgers head on the road for a Wednesday night date against the Jekyll and Hyde Maryland Terrapins. That’s the best way to describe Maryland, who can be hot and cold on the court. For a team looking to go on a deep run in the NCAA Tournament as a bottom seed, Maryland might be better off being hot and cold. If they get hot at the right time, then you never know what can happen.
First, though, Maryland has to do enough to get into the tournament in March. At 9-7 going into Wednesday, Maryland doesn’t have much time to waste. They don’t have to perfect down the stretch, but they’re stuck on a bubble right now, competing against a lot of other teams in the same spot as them currently.
A win over the Badgers would serve them well moving forward. It wouldn’t be the first win over Wisconsin this season. Maryland went to Madison and upset Wisconsin by a score of 70-64 on December 28. It was an impressive effort by Maryland to score the win on the road. However, following that win, Maryland spun out of control and lost three in a row.
Wisconsin, Indiana, and Iowa were able to handle Maryland with relative ease. The Maryland team we saw against Wisconsin, wasn’t present in those three games. Since losing against Iowa on January 7, Maryland has gone 3-1, with a win over Minnesota in their most recent outing, 63-49. That was a very impressive win over a Minnesota team that was unstoppable at home up to that point.
Maryland made Minnesota look bad in that spot, as the Golden Gophers looked frustrated over an aggressive Terrapins defensive effort. That’s exactly my point with this Maryland team. They can look like a Big Ten contender one game, and then flop in the next instance. Sweeping Wisconsin would be awfully impressive, but expect a better prepared Badgers team this time around. Head below for our free Wisconsin vs. Maryland pick on January 27, 2021.
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Wisconsin goes into Maryland with a record of 12-4 after a 74-62 loss against Ohio State Saturday. The Badgers slipped from No. 10 to No. 14 in the country with the loss. It was a rare bad spot for the Badgers at home, as Wisconsin was unable to get their offense on track. Aleem Ford was the only player on the Badgers to score at least 13 points. This was after a 60-54 win over the Rutgers Scarlet Knights and 68-52 over the Northwestern Wildcats.
Their usually reliable defense wasn’t present against Ohio State, either. Despite allowing 74 points against the Buckeyes, the Badgers are 22nd in the NCAA with 62.2 points against per contest. The 70-64 loss against Maryland was the first time the Terrapins scored a minimum of 70 points against in ten meetings. After losing against Maryland earlier in the season, and a less than ideal performance in their most recent outing versus Ohio State, I’m confident that Wisconsin is going to come out with a little more fire on Wednesday night.
Conversely, Maryland might be feeling just a bit too comfortable after beating Wisconsin, along with their upset as a 5.5-point underdog against Minnesota. The Terrapins haven’t been kind to their backers at home this season. They’ve gone 0-4 ATS in their previous four games in College Park. Maryland has been up and down this season, and I’m betting on this being a down game for them on Wednesday.