The Maryland Terrapins and Michigan State Spartans are set for a Big 10 tilt on Thursday night from the Breslin Center on the campus of Michigan State University. Maryland is 13-3 on the season, and 4th in the Big Ten with their 2-1 start. The Terrapins have won 7 straight games cine they took back to back losses to Syracuse and Purdue back in December. The other two Big Ten wins for Maryland came at Illinois, and at home over Penn State.
The Michigan State Spartans are now the top ranked team in all of College Basketball. The Spartans are 14-1 on the season and 2-0 in Big Ten play. The lone loss for the Spartans this season came against the Duke Blue Devils back in November. Since then, Michigan State has won 13 in a row, including conference wins over Nebraska and Rutgers. The Michigan State Spartans are -8.5 over the Maryland Terrapins in this Big Ten Basketball battle on Thursday night.
The Michigan State Spartans have scored 100+ points in their last four games. The Spartans team offense now ranks 13th in the nation, with just shy of 88 points per game. The Spartans are the most unselfish basketball team in the nation, with 21.7 assists per game. The Spartans like most seasons are also one of the best rebounding teams in the nation, as they are ripping down 44.4 per game.
The defense for Michigan State is 14th in the country allowing under 62 points per game. The top scorer this season for Coach Izzo’s squad has been Miles Bridges. Coming back for this season instead of the NBA Draft, Bridges is scoring 17 points per game, and ripping down just shy of 8 rebounds per game.
Terrapins on the Road
The Maryland Terrapins are looking to pull one of the biggest upsets of the College Basketball season to date. The Terrapins got bad news a few days ago when they found out forward Ivan Bender will miss the remainder of the season with a knee injury. The Terrapins on the offensive side are scoring 77 points per game, and are top 40 in rebounding with nearly 41 per game.
The top scorer for Maryland this season has been Anthony Cowan. Cowan has played in every game this season and is scoring nearly 16 per game. The Terrapins have a trio of guys scoring double digits per game, with Kevin Huerter and Bruno Fernando combining for nearly 25 per game.
Spartans Win Tight Game
The Michigan State Spartans are too big and too talented for Maryland to come into East Lansing and win this game. The Terrapins have a great chance to compete in this game though. Look for the Michigan State Spartans to win the game, but if you are betting on this game – the best bet is the Maryland Terrapins +8.5 over the Michigan State Spartans on Thursday night. Bet on the Maryland Terrapins +8.5 over the Michigan State Spartans in Big Ten Basketball on Thursday.