The Maryland Terrapins (11-14, 3-11 Big Ten) visit Pinnacle Bank Arena Friday to take on the Nebraska Cornhuskers (7-18, 1-13). Tip-off is scheduled for 9 p.m. ET. Below, we look at the Maryland vs. Nebraska odds and lines, and make our expert college basketball picks, predictions and bets.
The Cornhuskers have the worst record in Big Ten play but cover the spread at the fourth-highest rate in conference games. Nebraska is 8-6 against the spread (ATS) in Big Ten play and has covered in five of its last seven conference games.
The Cornhuskers are also 7-10 straight up (SU) at Pinnacle Bank. They’re coming off a 98-75 loss at Iowa Sunday where they failed to cover as 16.5-point underdogs.
Maryland is 10-15 ATS this season and just 6-8 ATS in Big Ten play. It most recently covered in a 62-61 loss at Purdue as a 17-point underdog. The Terrapins are just 2-5 SU on the road this season.
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Maryland at Nebraska odds, spread and lines
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Money line: Maryland -135 (bet $135 to win $100) | Nebraska +110 (bet $100 to win $110)
Against the spread (ATS): Maryland -1.5 (-120) | Nebraska +1.5 (-105)
Over/Under (O/U): 145.5 (O: -115 | U: -107)
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Maryland at Nebraska odds, lines, picks and predictions
Nebraska 76, Maryland 73
SPRINKLE on NEBRASKA (+110).
Nebraska is much better at home and Maryland is far worse on the road.
The difference between these teams is already slim, and Nebraska clearly feels more comfortable at home when comparing its 7-10 SU record on their home court compared to 0-7 on the road. Nebraska is 10-7 ATS at home.
What Nebraska does best is score as it averages 72.6 points per game behind 6-foot-7 G Bryce McGowens.
Maryland gave up a combined 60 points to Iowa who sports a 6-foot-1 guard and a 6-foot-8 forward. McGowens should be able to find a rhythm at home against a team that sits 239th in opponents’ points per game.
Against the spread
BET on NEBRASKA +1.5 (-105).
For all the reasons above, I like Nebraska here.
“LEAN” to the OVER 145.5 (-115).
Because of both a solid offense and atrocious defense, Nebraska is 16-9 O/U this season.
While Maryland doesn’t defend at a high level, neither does Nebraska. The Cornhuskers are 349th in opponents’ points per game and have gone Over the projected total in seven of their last 10 games.
I expect them to again go over here.
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