Postseason NIT - Maryland Terrapins vs Denver Pioneers Preview
Denver Pioneers vs Maryland Terrapins Odds
The college hoops wagering menu features a clash between Maryland and Denver on Thursday, with the host Terrapins trying to win and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.
The Pioneers will look to vanquish their hosts on Thursday, as they are 16-12-1 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Terrapins are 15-12-1 ATS. Denver is 16-11 against the total, while Maryland is 14-12 versus the number.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Terrapins - Pioneers odds would favor the Terrapins if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Maryland is rated No. 29 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Denver is at No. 150. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 74-72 win for the Pioneers.
How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Maryland has the nation's No. 73-rated offensive output, at 71.7 PPG. The visiting Pioneers defense ranks No. 8 allowing on average 55.7 PPG. The Terrapins FG% has averaged 46.5% so far, less than the Pioneers marksmen have achieved on the year, 48.3% per game.
Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Denver owns the country's No. 3-rated mark, allowing 57.4 points per game on the highway. Maryland, on the other hand, rates No. 63 in scoring at home.
Denver was a 61-57 winner in their most recent outing at home against Ohio. They failed to cover the 8.5-point spread as favorites. The Pioneers grabbed a 61-57 win over the Bobcats on Tuesday, behind a 15-point effort from Brett Olson at Magness Arena.
In their last action, Maryland was an 86-70 winner at home against Niagara. They covered the 10-point spread as favorites. Maryland got 15 points from Nick Faust en route to an 86-70 victory over Niagara on Tuesday at Comcast Center.