The Maryland Terrapins (7-3) welcome the Ohio Bobcats (4-3) in a matchup that pits sensational offense against stifling defense. Maryland is a 15.5-point favorite on the opening line, while the games Over/Under (O/U) opened at 146 points. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, December 7, 2017.
Ohio Bobcats at Maryland Terrapins Betting Preview
The last time the Bobcats played, they had no trouble getting past the Coppin State Eagles, 80-37. With 15 points and five rebounds, Kevin Mickle had a good game for Ohio. Ohio played a perfect game. They had an effective field goal percentage of 0.478 (below their season average of 0.530) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 36.4 (above their season average of 19.4). Coppin State recorded marks of 0.238 and 18.4, respectively, for those same stats.
The Terrapins come in on a high note after edging the Illinois Fighting Illini in their last outing, 92-91. With 27 points on 9-for-15 shooting, Anthony Cowan was the top scorer from either team. Maryland dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a free throw rate of 0.237 (below their season average of 0.352) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 30.8 (below their season average of 40.7). For those same stats, Illinois had marks of 0.157 and 21.2, respectively.
This showdown pits one of the NCAA’s top offenses against one of its elite defenses. Maryland ranks 41st in offensive efficiency and Ohio is 56th in defensive efficiency since last season. Also, the Bobcats rank 271st in free throw attempt (FTA) rate (0.220), while the Terrapins rank 10th in opponents FTA rate (0.216).
Of Ohio’s 4 games that accepted bets, four have finished over the projected point total, while 3 of Maryland’s 6 games have finished over the projected point total. The Terrapins come into this game with a sizable advantage in both straight up (SU) and against the spread (ATS) records. They are 7-3 SU and 3-4-1 ATS, while the Bobcats are 4-3 SU and 1-2-1 ATS.
Ohio Bobcats vs. Maryland Terrapins Free Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Maryland, ATS Winner – Ohio, O/U – Over
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Bobcats rank 74th in three pointers attempted per game (23.9) while the Terrapins rank 141st in three pointers allowed per game (19.5).
- Ohio allows the 27th-fewest assists per game (11.1) while Maryland ranks 32nd (11.2).
- Maryland ranks fourth in rebounds allowed per game (33.5) while Ohio ranks 262nd (37.6).
- The Bobcats rank 75th in steals allowed per game (5.6) while the Terrapins rank 273rd (6.8).
- Maryland ranks 25th in blocks per game (4.8) while Ohio ranks 198th (2.8).