NCAA Basketball Picks: Maryland Terrapins vs. Pittsburgh Panthers

Maryland Terrapins vs. Pittsburgh Panthers
Monday, 1/6/14, 7:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Pittsburgh -10
Current Betting Line:  Pittsburgh -9.5
Opening Total:  N/A
Current Total:  N/A
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The Pittsburgh Panthers are 15-6-1 ATS in their last 22 Monday games
The Pittsburgh Panthers are 15-6-1 ATS in their last 22 Monday games

Maryland has won three games in a row, including a 77-61 victory over the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets as 8.5-point home favorites last time out, while going UNDER the betting total of 140.  The Terrapins have now started an ACC campaign with a 2-0 record for the first time since the 2002-03 campaign, which is important to consider when making your NCAA basketball picks.  The team entered its last affair with five players averaging double figures, with Dez Wells leading the way in scoring 10-plus points for a 11th consecutive contest.  Maryland is 0-6 SU and 2-4 ATS as road underdogs the last two-plus seasons.

The Terrapins will need to try and be more aggressive on the offensive end to pull off the upset, as they rank 236th in the country in terms of getting to the free throw line in comparison to field goal attempts.  Maryland is also connecting on just 65.1 percent of its tries from the charity stripe—ranking 302nd nationally in that all-important category when it comes to conference play down the stretch.

Pittsburgh is prepared to play its first-ever ACC home game, as it returns home after picking up a convincing 74-62 road win over the NC State Wolfpack last Saturday.  The Panthers have won all 13 of their games by nine or more points, which can’t be ignored when looking over the NCAA basketball odds page.  Offensively, the team is averaging 76.7 points per game, as it converts 48 percent of its shots.  On the other side of the basketball, the school has held 13 of 14 opponents to 70 or fewer points.  Pittsburgh is 6-3 SU and 4-5 ATS as home favorites of 9.5 to 12 points since the start of the 2011-12 campaign.

The Panthers have three probable starters averaging in double figures, with senior forward Lamar Patterson leading the charge at 17.2 points a contest.  Pittsburgh head coach Jamie Dixon owns a 12-0 SU record against previous ACC teams, while the program has won 38 of its last 48 home games against conference foes—previously against Big East competition.

Sports bettors will likely back the Panthers due to their 15-6-1 ATS mark in their last 22 Monday games.

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