Friday is always the worst night of college basketball because of a light schedule, but Mybookie Sportsbook bettors are treated to a rare ranked matchup this Friday as No. 21 Maryland visits No. 24 Wisconsin in a Big Ten matchup.
How to Bet Maryland at Wisconsin NCAAB Lines & Game Info
- When: Friday, 9 PM ET
- Where: Kohl Center
- TV: Fox Sports 1
- Live Stream: Fox Sports Go
- NCAAB Lines: Wisconsin Badgers -5 (Total 131)
Last scheduled meeting, with Maryland Terrapins leading 1-0. It won at home on Jan. 14 64-60. Anthony Cowan Jr. hit a key 3-pointer with 44 seconds left, and the Terps survived after blowing a 21-point lead in the second half. Maryland led 38-17 with 17:47 remaining before the Badgers roared back to take a 60-59 lead with 2:01 to go. Cowan turned it around with his jumper, and the Terps held on after Wisconsin’s Nate Reuvers missed two 3-pointers in the final 33 seconds. Maryland made only five baskets after intermission and two over the final 17 minutes. At the free throw line, the Terps were 24 for 29 compared 3 for 6 for the Badgers.
Why Bet on Maryland?
The Terps are off a fairly easily 70-52 win over Northwestern. Bruno Fernando had 22 points and 10 rebounds, freshman Jalen Smith scored 14 points and No. 21 Maryland ended a two-game skid. The Terrapins (17-5, 8-3 Big Ten) expanded 11-point halftime lead to 53-30 with 10 minutes left and coasted to the finish.
It was the third straight double-double and 13th of the season for Fernando, a 6-foot-10 sophomore who helped Maryland finish with a 44-28 rebounding advantage. Fernando is one of 10 players in program history to record at least 13 double-doubles in a season (Joe Smith and Tom McMillen did it multiple times).
Fernando currently leads the Big Ten Conference (4th nationally) in double-doubles (13) and ranks second in rebounds/g (10.3) and blocks/g (2.0). He also ranks sixth nationally (1st B1G) in FG Pct. (.665). The Terps remain one of the best rebounding teams in the nation, ranking third in the country in rebound margin (+10.3).
Maryland’s stifling defense held the Wildcats to just 31-percent shooting. It was the worst shooting percentage for a conference opponent since the Terps held Nebraska to 30.5-percent shooting on March 8, 2015.
The Terrapins are looking for their third ranked win of the season, which would match the most in a season since 2014-15. Maryland previously defeated #24 Nebraska and #22 Indiana earlier this year in consecutive home games.
Maryland has won two of its last three meetings against Wisconsin, and holds a 4-3 advantage in the series since joining the Big Ten in 2014-15. This marks Maryland’s third trip to the Kohl Center since joining the Big Ten Conference, with its lone win coming in the 2015-16 season.
- Total Score: 74.95
- Field Goal Percentage: 46.91
- Three-Point Percentage: 36.94
- Free Throw Percentage: 75.57
- Total Rebounds: 39.50
- Total Score: 65.64
- Field Goal Percentage: 40.63
- Three-Point Percentage: 32.20
- Free Throw Percentage: 71.91
- Total Rebounds: 29.18
Why Bet on Wisconsin?
The Badgers beat Nebraska 61-52 on Tuesday. Brad Davison scored 10 of his 13 points in the second half. UW (15-6, 7-3 Big Ten) won their fourth straight game, frittering away a big first-half lead before pulling away in the second. Davison scored 10 points during an 18-4 run that turned Wisconsin’s 40-37 deficit into a 55-44 lead with 4 1/2 minutes left. Ethan Happ and Nate Reuvers scored 10 points apiece for Wisconsin.</p?
The Badgers are ranked ninth in defensive efficiency according to KenPom.com. UW is allowing 62.0 points per game and ranks sixth in the NCAA with just 9.9 turnovers per contest. Wisconsin is 8-4 against the KenPom Top 100 with four Quadrant 1 wins. UW has played the ninth-toughest schedule in the NCAA (per KenPom.com).
Wisconsin leads the B1G and ranks 10th in the NCAA, shooting 39.9 percent from 3-point range. The Badgers are on pace for their best 3-point mark since shooting 42.6 percent from deep in 1991-92. Sophomores D’Mitrik Trice (45.7%), Davison (43.4%) and Nate Reuvers (40.0%) rank 3rd, 5th and 15th in the Big Ten in 3FG%, respectively.
The No. 1 player in Ken Pomeroy’s Player of the Year rankings, Happ is trying to become the NCAA’s first player to average 17 ppg, 10 rpg and 5 apg in over 20 years. Happ ranks among the Big Ten’s top 3 in scoring (18.9 ppg), rebounds (10.4 rpg) and assists (5.2 apg). Happ is the only player in the NCAA with 2 triple-doubles this season is 1 of only 5 major conference players in the last 10 years to post multiple triple-doubles in a season.
Since taking over as head coach in Dec. of 2015, Greg Gard has led the Badgers to 12 wins over teams ranked in the AP Top 25. That is tied for the 3rd-highest total among Big Ten teams.
- Total Score: 72.24
- Field Goal Percentage: 47.78
- Three-Point Percentage: 39.86
- Free Throw Percentage: 66.45
- Total Rebounds: 34.67
- Total Score: 61.52
- Field Goal Percentage: 39.28
- Three-Point Percentage: 31.21
- Free Throw Percentage: 64.88
- Total Rebounds: 34.14
Maryland at Wisconsin NCAAB Betting Trends
- Under is 6-0-1 in the last 7 meetings
- Maryland is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
- Maryland is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games on the road
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Maryland’s last 6 games on the road
- Wisconsin is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games at home
- Wisconsin is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games at home
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Wisconsin’s last 6 games at home
Expert NCAAB Betting Prediction for Maryland at Wisconsin
Badgers win by 8 or so.