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Virginia Tech HokiesMaryland Terrapins
Jan 28, 2:30 PM | Comcast Center

Virginia Tech Hokies vs Maryland Terrapins Odds

12-8TEAM RECORD12-7

The Virginia Tech Hokies will look to pick up a win while covering the spread when they take on the Terrapins in Maryland at Comcast Center on Saturday in college basketball action.

The Terrapins sport records of 12-7 and 5-9-1 ATS heading into this battle, while the Hokies have 12-8 and 7-9 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 6-8-1 for the Terrapins and 5-11 for the Hokies.

View Virginia Tech vs Maryland Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
On the opening NCAAB line for this matchup, Maryland sat as 2.5-point underdogs.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Terrapins at No. 200 and the Hokies at No. 39 heading into this contest. Handicapping models at Odds Shark project a 73-66 result in favor of the Hokies.

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How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Maryland has the nation's No. 173-rated offensive output, at 68.3 PPG. The visiting Hokies defense ranks No. 41 allowing on average 60.6 PPG. The Terrapins FG% has averaged 43.3% so far, more than the Hokies marksmen have achieved on the year, 43.2% per game.

Defensively, Virginia Tech features the nation's No. 14-rated defense on the road, allowing 59.5 points per game. Maryland, meanwhile, comes in at No. 210 nationally in scoring at home.

Virginia Tech was a 70-68 loser in their most recent outing at home against BYU. They failed to cover the 2.5-point spread as favorites. Virginia Tech suffered a 70-68 loss against BYU on Wednesday, getting 14 points from Dorenzo Hudson in a losing effort at Cassell Coliseum.

Maryland was a 74-61 loser in their most recent outing at home against Duke. They failed to cover the 10.5-point spread as underdogs. The Terrapins endured a 74-61 loss at the hands of the Blue Devils on Wednesday, despite a 16-point effort from Terrell Stoglin at Comcast Center.

Virginia Tech Hokies Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Duke are 6-4
After a loss are 5-5

Maryland Terrapins Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 8-2
Before playing Miami are 5-5
After playing Duke are 9-1
After a loss are 6-4

A few Hokies at Terrapins trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Virginia Tech's last 8 games on the road
Maryland is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Maryland's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Maryland's last 5 games at home
Maryland is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games

Next up:
Virginia Tech home to Duke, Thursday, February 2
Maryland at Miami, Wednesday, February 1

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