The Maryland Terrapins (4-0) are off to a hot start and will try to stay unbeaten when they meet the Jackson State Tigers (1-2) at Xfinity Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET on Monday, November 20, 2017.
Jackson State Tigers vs. Maryland Terrapins Odds Preview
The Tigers were beaten by the St. Bonaventure Bonnies in their last outing, 72-58. Jackson States Paris Collins put together a solid game, putting up 10 points and nine rebounds. St. Bonaventure did a great job of making free throws (19-27; 70.4 percent). Jackson State, meanwhile, had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (30.4 vs. 23.5).
In the Terrapins last game, they beat the Bucknell Bison, 80-78. Maryland rallied around Bruno Fernando, who had 14 points and nine rebounds. The Terrapins made 20 of their 25 free throws (80.0 percent) and had an offensive rebounding percentage of 46.7 (above their season average of 38.3).
Half-court execution will be at a premium when a pair of the NCAAs slowest-paced teams face off. Maryland ranks 255th in possessions per game (68.0) and Jackson State is 321st (65.7) since last season. Furthermore, the Tigers, who rank 38th in offensive rebounding percentage (34.1 percent), will face off against the Terrapins, who rank 251st in defensive rebounding percentage (69.3 percent).
The Tigers have had a middling 15-20 straight up (SU) record since last season, but are just 0-3 against the spread (ATS). Jackson State games have had a tendency to finish over the projected point total since last season (66.7 percent).
The Terrapins, meanwhile, are 28-8 SU and 18-14-1 ATS since last season. A little over half of Marylands games have finished under the O/U total over that same period.
Jackson State Tigers vs. Maryland Terrapins Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Maryland, ATS Winner – Jackson State, O/U – Over
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Tigers rank 25th in three pointers allowed per game (18.1) while the Terrapins rank 71st (19.5).
- Maryland ranks 36th in blocks per game (4.8) while Jackson State ranks 229th (2.6).
- The Terrapins rank 125th in assists per game (14.2) while the Tigers rank 294th (11.3).
- Jackson State ranks 40th in steals allowed per game (5.2) while Maryland ranks 158th (6.2).