Cats on Verge of First NCAA Tourney Bid
The Maryland Terrapins and the Northwestern Wildcats will square of on Wednesday when they meet at Welsh-Ryan Arena. The game is set for a 7 pm EST tip-off and will be televised by the Big Ten Network.
An NCAA tournament invitation is tantalizingly close for Northwestern. They could further cement its post-season aspirations by beating Maryland or at least playing them to a very close game.
It's also a very most important week of the season for the Terps. They have Wisconsin coming up on Sunday in Madison, and if they lose to both teams they could seriously hurt their chances to make the Dance.
Oddsmakers opened the Wildcats as -3-point favorites versus the Terrapins, while the game's total opened at 137.
Northwestern was a 66-59 winner in its last match on the road against the Wisconsin Badgers. They covered the +11.5-point spread as underdogs. It was a signature victory for Northwestern. They entered that game on a two-game losing streak. They were also without leading scorer Scottie Lindsey for the third straight game. Bryant McIntosh stepped up with a game-high 25 points plus seven assists. The Wildcat defense repeatedly double-teamed and held Badger big man Ethan Happ to 9 points.
In their last action, Maryland was a 86-77 winner at home against the Ohio State Buckeyes. They covered the -7.5-point spread as favorites. Maryland is coming off its best offensive outing since late December with last Sunday's 86-77 victory over Ohio State . Four Terrapins score in double figures including a game-high 19 from Anthony Cowan.
Betting Odds Trends
|Maryland is 8-1-1 ATS in its last 10 games|
|Maryland is 21-4 SU in its last 25 games|
|Maryland is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road|
|Maryland is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games on the road|
|The total has gone OVER in 5 of Maryland's last 7 games on the road|
|The total has gone UNDER in 13 of Maryland's last 19 games on the road|
|NWestern is 7-2 ATS in its last 9 games|
|NWestern is 16-4 SU in its last 20 games|
|The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Northwestern's last 5 games|
|Northwestern is 18-3 SU in its last 21 games at home|
|The total has gone UNDER in 5 of the Cats last 5 games at home|
Maryland at Wisconsin Sunday, February 19
Northwestern home to Rutgers Saturday, February 18
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