Overall the Richard Pitino era at Minnesota has been a lot of sizzle but not much steak. In his first five seasons on the job the Golden Gophers have made the Big Dance just one time. It follows that this has become the most important season of Pitino’s tenure at Minnesota. So too has this been a critical season for Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon. Following three straight NCAA Tournament appearances the Terps missed out last year. But Maryland has shown significant betting on college basketball improvement and should get their ticket punched later this month.
Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Maryland Terrapins
Date and Time: Friday, March 8, 2019, 6:30 p.m. Eastern
Location: Xfinity Center, College Park, Maryland
NCAA Betting Online Odds at SBG:
|Minnesota U||+7 (-110)||135 (-110)|
|Maryland||-7 (-110)||135 (-110)|
Minnesota vs. Maryland TV Coverage: FS1
Minnesota Golden Gophers
Late on Minnesota has dropped four of their last seven games to the line with six of their last seven going under the total. Pitino’s team is considered marginal to make the Big Dance. National metrics are indicative of a mediocre program. As an example, Minnesota ranks just 212th for scoring offense and 106th for points allowed. The Golden Gophers are 18-11 straight up, 14-15 against the spread, and 12-16-1 under the total.
By contrast Maryland is in good form heading into tournament time. The Terps have gotten the money in five of their last eight games with three of their last four going over the total. Owing to that is a record of 21-9 straight up, 15-14-1 against the spread and 15-15 on totals. Maryland ranks 205th in the nation for scoring offense but an impressive 34th for points allowed.
Important Names on Court
Forward Bruno has been a major asset for the Terrapins. Maryland’s power forward is averaging 14.1 points and 10.5 rebounds per game. Additionally, guard Anthony Cowan Jr is averaging 15.7 points per game. Counter to that is Minnesota guard Amir Coffey’s 15.2 points per outing.
Stats to Consider
Minnesota has been in the black as a recent Betting on college basketball road dog. To show, the Golden Gophers have covered four of their last six games getting points on the road. Along the same lines Maryland has been a highly effective home chalk. To illuminate the Terps have paid in seven of their last ten laying points at Xfinity Center. Eight of their last 11 in that role have gone over the total.
Team vs. Team
Maryland has provided reliable online wagering value in their series with Minnesota. For example, the Terrapins have gotten the money in six of their last eight games against the Golden Gophers. Three of the last four in this series have gone over the total. Further, the Terps have covered three of their last four home matchups with Minnesota. Two of the last three in this matchup at Xfinity Center have stayed under the number.
Matchup to Watch
On the whole Maryland’s home value and performance against Minnesota is a Betting on college basketball matchup advantage. By reason of recent performance do the Terps also gain more appeal.
Minnesota vs. Maryland NCAA games Betting Odds Picks
In sum, Maryland should continue their momentum to March Madness!
Minnesota vs. Maryland NCAA Betting Online Pick: Maryland Terrapins
Minnesota vs. Maryland NCAA Betting Online Score Prediction: Maryland 78, Minnesota 67
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