The No. 19 Ohio State Buckeyes (18-7, 11-5 Big Ten) visit the Maryland Terrapins (13-15, 5-12) Sunday afternoon. The contest at Xfinity Center in College Park, Md., is slated to tip-off at 4 p.m. ET. Below, we look at the Ohio State vs. Maryland odds and lines, and make our expert college basketball picks, predictions and bets.
Ohio State is fresh off a key 86-83 win at Illinois Thursday. The Buckeyes survived 12 Illini triples by getting to the line 32 times in the top-20 tussle in Champagne, Ill.
Both OSU and Maryland rank in the circuit’s top four in free-throw frequency. Ohio State has gotten to the stripe 21.8 times per game in going 4-1 over its last five games.
The Terrapins lost 82-67 in Columbus, Ohio, Feb. 6, and have lost three in a row SU and ATS against OSU. Maryland lost 74-64 at Indiana Thursday and has dropped six of its last eight games.
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Ohio State at Maryland odds, spread and lines
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Money line: Ohio State -205 (bet $205 to win $100) | Maryland +165 (bet $100 to win $165)
Against the spread (ATS): Ohio State -4.5 (-107) | Maryland +4.5 (-115)
Over/Under (O/U): 141.5 (O: -115 | U: -107)
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Ohio State at Maryland odds, lines, picks and predictions
Ohio State 71, Maryland 66
Ohio State is much the better shooting team — inside and outside the arc — and the Buckeyes have recently shot well on the road. Figure their Feb. 9 loss at Rutgers as a wake-up call for this trip against similar Maryland.
However, this price tag is too much: PASS.
Against the spread
The Buckeyes are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Terrapins are 4-10-2 ATS in their last 16 games as home underdogs.
OSU’s defense has trended toward sharper performances since the Rutgers loss. BACK THE BUCKEYES -4.5 (-107).
Free throws, transition buckets, and put-backs won’t color much of this one between two teams at the slower end of the pace continuum.
TAKE THE UNDER 141.5 (-107).
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