Big 10 foes will collide when the Maryland Terrapins (6-2) go head-to-head with the Purdue Boilermakers (6-2) at Xfinity Center. Purdue is a 2-point favorite on the opening line, while the games Over/Under (O/U) opened at 144 points. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET on Friday, December 1, 2017.
Purdue Boilermakers at Maryland Terrapins ATS Preview
The Boilermakers were victorious over the No. 17 Louisville Cardinals in their last matchup, 66-57. With 13 points, Purdue’s Dakota Mathias played well. Purdue played a nearly perfect game. They had an absurd free throw rate of 0.404 (above their season average of 0.294) and a turnover percentage of 13.4 (better than their season average of 15.2). Louisville put up marks of 0.175 and 16.8, respectively, for those same stats.
In the Terrapins last game, they were beaten by the Syracuse Orange, 72-70. Kevin Huerter was the games leading scorer with 23 points on 8-for-11 shooting. Syracuse had a much better turnover percentage (15.3 vs. 23.1). Maryland, on the other hand, had a better free throw rate (0.255 vs. 0.206).
Dating back to last season, a focal point for the Maryland offense has been to get to and convert from the free throw line. The Terrapins rank 36th in free throw attempt (FTA) rate (0.292), but Purdue has been among the best in the nation at keeping opponents away from the charity stripe (ranking third by yielding a FTA rate of 0.161). Additionally, the Boilermakers 14th-ranked offense (effective field goal percentage of 0.561) will face off against the Terrapins 25th-ranked defense (effective field goal percentage allowed of 0.461).
In terms of the O/U total, these teams are complete opposites. Games including Purdue have finished over 57.1 percent of the time, while 75.0 percent of Maryland games have finished under. Both teams have phenomenal straight up (SU) records (6-2 for Purdue; 6-2 for Maryland), but the Boilermakers have the advantage against the spread (ATS). Purdue is 5-2 ATS, while the Terrapins are 3-2-1.
The Boilermakers won the sole contest against the Terrapins last season, 73-72. The Boilermakers played a nearly perfect game. They had an offensive rebounding percentage of 26.8 and an effective field goal percentage of 0.452. For those same stats, the Terrapins had marks of 19.4 and 0.431, respectively.
Purdue Boilermakers vs. Maryland Terrapins Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Purdue, ATS Winner – Purdue, O/U – Over
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Terrapins rank 119th in three pointers attempted per game (22.2) while the Boilermakers rank 153rd in three pointers allowed per game (21.1).
- Purdue ranks 226th in steals per game (5.5) while Maryland ranks 237th (5.3).
- Maryland ranks 29th in blocks per game (4.9) while Purdue ranks 170th (3.1).
- The Boilermakers rank second in assists per game (18.3) while the Terrapins rank 118th (14.4).
- Purdue ranks 26th in rebounds allowed per game (31.7) while Maryland ranks 87th (33.7).