Maryland vs Penn State College Hoops Spread Guide

Posted by Daniel Strum on December 29, 2015 in

The best teams are generally judged by College basketball betting fans on how they perform against other good teams, but getting caught up in that way of thinking often leads to losses against teams you should beat. The Maryland Terrapins have done well against lesser opposition this season, and will look to continue that trend when they welcome the Penn State Nittany Lions to the XFINITY Center on Wednesday, December 30. Tip-off is set for 5 PM EST on ESPN2.

Maryland vs Penn State College Hoops Spread Guide

The Terrapins are sure to be a favorite for this one, and they do look like a pretty good straight up bet given how they have performed so far this season. Penn State have yet to play a ranked opponent this season, so it will be interesting to see if they can hang tough in here. The full odds for this one, and all the other NCAA action, will be made available on as soon as they become available, so be sure to check back.

Why bet on the Penn State Nittany Lions

Penn State are coming into this one with a pretty respectable 9-4 record, and are winners in 4 of their last 5 games. Games on the road and at neutral site venues have seen the Nittany Lions go 3-3 this season, so they are not a particularly good straight up bet away from home. This game will be a good indicator of where they are right now, as they are about to embark on a Big 10 conference schedule that looks pretty brutal. A good showing here may give them a little shot in the arm heading into the New Year. Penn State is 6-5-1 ATS and 6-6-0 O/U, and they are averaging 67.3 PPG while giving up 65.5 PPG.

Why bet on the Maryland Terrapins

I started out this piece by talking about how good teams are judged, and if it were down to how they performed against good opponents, the Terrapins (11-1) may be found wanting. Their lone loss on the season came at the hand of a ranked North Carolina team, but if you take that out of the equation, Maryland has been pretty close to flawless. They are winners of 5-straight heading into this one, and are currently ranked #4 in the nation. Unbeaten at home, this is a team that is tough to take down in their own building. Maryland is 5-7-0 ATS and 7-4-1 O/U this season. They are averaging 80.2 PPG, and are giving up 64.3 PPG.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

This should be another relatively comfortable win for the Terrapins on home court, and it really should just be a matter of margin of victory here.

My Prediction: Penn State Nittany Lions 67 Maryland Terrapins 72