Expect a defensive battle when the seventh-ranked Maryland Terrapins (22-4, 12-3 Big 10) take on the 25th-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes (17-9, 7-8 Big 10) at Value City Arena. Action starts at 4 p.m. ET on Sunday, February 23, 2020.
Maryland Terrapins vs. Ohio State Buckeyes Betting Odds
In their last outing, the Buckeyes lost to the 20th-ranked Iowa Hawkeyes, 85-76, while the Terrapins beat the Northwestern Wildcats, 76-67.
Maryland dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had a superb free throw rate of 0.295 (above their season average of 0.283) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 31.6 (below their season average of 31.8). For those same stats, Northwestern was 0.095 and 19.4, respectively. Ohio State, on the other hand, had an offensive rebounding percentage of 36.8 (above their season average of 30.8). E.J. Liddell played a key role for Ohio State with 17 points and eight rebounds. Maryland, meanwhile, rallied around Jalen Smith, who had 22 points and 19 rebounds.
In their first matchup this year, Anthony Cowan Jr. led the Terrapins to a 67-55 win. He scored a game-high 20 points. Maryland’s free throw rate was their biggest advantage over Ohio State. The Terrapins had a rate of 0.370, while the Buckeyes posted a mark of 0.119.
The game should be a matchup of strength against strength as the high-octane offense of Ohio State takes on the top-notch defense of Maryland. The Buckeyes rank 57th in offensive efficiency, while the Terrapins are 23rd in defensive efficiency.
Maryland Terrapins at Ohio State Buckeyes Free Pick
Pick: SU Winner – Maryland, ATS Winner – Maryland, O/U – Under
- Ohio State ranks 28th in assists allowed per game (10.5) while Maryland ranks 136th (12.5).
- The Buckeyes average 3.5 blocks per game, which ranks 84th in the country. The Terrapins rank 138th in blocks allowed per game (3.7).
- Ohio State ranks 16th in steals allowed per game (4.9) while Maryland ranks 63rd (5.7).
- The Buckeyes rank 40th in rebounds allowed per game (31.7) while the Terrapins rank 116th (34.3).
- Maryland averages 24.5 three pointers per game, which ranks 74th in the country. Ohio State ranks 149th in three pointers allowed per game (21.7).
- During their last five games, the Buckeyes have scored an average of 66.8 points per game (4.9 below their season average) and allowed an average of 66.2 points per game (3.9 above their season average).
- The Terrapins’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 6.4, down from 9.3 for the season.