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March Madness - Maryland Terrapins Battle vs Valparaiso Crusaders Highlights College Basketball Odds Menu

Valparaiso Crusaders


Maryland Terrapins
Friday, March 20, 2015 4:40 PM ET
Nationwide Arena

Two teams making some pretty good cash as of late meet when Maryland and Valparaiso play in the Midwest Region on Friday afternoon in Columbus.

The Terrapins just had an eight-game winning streak snapped, and have won six in a row against the spread; the Crusaders have won 10 of their last 11 games SU, and five of their last seven ATS.

Importantly for Madness bettors, Maryland won 10 straight first round games (just 6-4 ATS) and is 4-0 vs 13 seeds since 1996 (3-1 ATS). Bovada had the Terps favored by 5 points earlier this week.

Maryland won its last seven in a row to secure second place in the Big Ten, then beat Indiana in its conference tournament opener, before falling to Michigan State in the semifinals Saturday 62-58. The Terps started this season 14-2, with wins over Big 12 Tournament champion Iowa State, Oklahoma State and Michigan State, later beat the Spartans again and upset Big Ten dual champion Wisconsin. So Maryland is Dancing for the first time since 2010.


Valparaiso won the Horizon League's regular-season title at 13-3, then won the conference tournament, beating second-seeded Green Bay in the championship game last Tuesday 54-44. So the Crusaders are Dancing for the second time in the last three seasons. Valpo didn't play one game against a team that made the NCAA Tournament this season; perhaps that's how it went 17-10 ATS.

Valparaiso Crusaders vs Maryland Terrapins Odds and Stats.

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The 27-6 and 13-15-2 ATS Maryland Terrapins will face the 27-5 Valparaiso Crusaders, who own a 17-11 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Maryland Terrapins are 12-15 on the OVER/UNDER so far this season while the Valparaiso Crusaders are 9-12.

This college basketball game matches up the No. 134 (Maryland) and the No. 85 (Valparaiso) teams in the league, according to our current NCAA basketball power rankings.

How Valparaiso Crusaders vs Maryland Terrapins Stats Matchup

The game also pits Maryland's No. 80-ranked offense, averaging 69.48 PPG, against a Crusaders defense that ranks No. 13 at 58.94 PPG. The Terrapins field goal percentage has averaged 43.77% so far, less than the Crusaders marksmen have achieved on the year, 45.64% per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

David Skara scored 12 points leading the Crusaders to a 54-44 victory over Wisc-Green Bay at Athletics-Recreation Center on Tuesday.

Maryland suffered a 62-58 loss against Michigan State on Saturday, getting 22 points from Melo Trimble in a losing effort at United Center.

Maryland vs Valpo betting trends:

Valpo played seven straight UNDERs to end the season

Maryland 5-0-1 ATS to end the season

Maryland 18-1 SU as favorites this season

Maryland won 10 straight first round games (just 6-4 ATS)

Maryland 4-0 vs 13 seeds since 1996 (3-1 ATS)