The No. 8 Maryland Terrapins (21-12) are looking to move on to the second round of the NCAA Tournament when they meet the No. 9 West Virginia Mountaineers (19-14) on Thursday. This 8-9 matchup in the South Region bracket is scheduled for 12:15 PM.
The Mountaineers are currently moderate 2.5-point favorites against the Terrapins. The over/under is 137 points for the game.
West Virginia vs. Maryland Odds
Point Spread for West Virginia vs. Maryland
The spread for this matchup is set at 2.5 points, with sportsbooks listing West Virginia as the favorite.
West Virginia vs. Maryland Moneyline
As for the moneyline, West Virginia has -148 odds to pick up the win, while Maryland is listed at +126 to claim victory.
Finally, the total for the game is set at 137 points.
Game Time and How to Watch
- Game Day: Thursday, March 16, 2023
- Game Time: 12:15 PM ET
- TV Channel: CBS
- Location: Birmingham, Alabama
- Arena: Legacy Arena at BJCC
West Virginia vs. Maryland Betting Trends
In West Virginia’s 33 games this season, it has 17 wins against the spread. The Mountaineers have been favorites in 18 games this season and have come away with the win 15 times (83.3%) in those contests. West Virginia’s games this year have hit the over 21 times in 33 opportunities (63.6%).
Maryland is 20-12-1 against the spread this year. The Terrapins have compiled a 1-9 record in games they were the underdog on the moneyline (winning 10% of those games). Maryland’s games this season have gone over the point total 11 times in 33 opportunities (33.3%).
West Virginia vs. Maryland Key Players to Watch
Erik Stevenson paces his squad in points per contest (15.5), and also averages 3.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists. Defensively, he posts 1 steal and 0.2 blocked shots. Tre Mitchell leads his team in rebounds per game (5.5), and also puts up 11.6 points and 1.8 assists. Defensively, he delivers 0.8 steals and 0.6 blocked shots. Kedrian Johnson paces the Mountaineers at 3.2 assists per game, while also putting up 2.3 rebounds and 11.2 points. Joe Toussaint is averaging 9.5 points, 2.7 assists and 2.8 rebounds per contest.
Julian Reese tops the Terrapins in rebounding (7.3 per game), and puts up 11.2 points and 1 assists. He also averages 0.8 steals and 1.2 blocked shots. The Terrapins get 11.5 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game from Donta Scott. Hakim Hart is posting 11.5 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.5 assists per contest, making 48.2% of his shots from the floor and 33.9% from 3-point range, with 1.2 triples per contest.
What you need to know about the West Virginia Mountaineers
With 76.3 points per game on offense, the Mountaineers rank 70th in college basketball. On defense, they allow 71 points per contest, which ranks 207th in college basketball. West Virginia ranks 193rd in the country with 31.5 rebounds per game so far this season. Meanwhile, it ranks 59th with 29.1 rebounds allowed per contest.
West Virginia is 192nd in the country with 7.3 threes per game this year. Meanwhile, it ranks 150th with a 34.8% shooting percentage from downtown. The Mountaineers rank 82nd in the nation with 6.5 threes allowed per game this season. Meanwhile, they rank 201st with a 34.1% shooting percentage allowed from beyond the arc.
The Mountaineers have a 6-4 record against the spread while finishing 5-5 overall in their past 10 contests. In its past 10 contests, West Virginia has gone over the total six times. In its last 10 games, West Virginia has been putting up 73.4 points per contest, an average that’s a little lower than the 76.3 it has scored over the course of the 2022-23 season. West Virginia’s points-allowed average over its past 10 games (75.5) is 4.5 more points per game than the team is allowing over the entire season (71).
What you need to know about the Maryland Terrapins
The Terrapins are 202nd in the country in points scored (70.4 per game) and 25th-best in points conceded (63.2). On the boards, Maryland is 211th in the nation in rebounds (31.3 per game). It is 64th in rebounds allowed (29.2 per game).
In 2022-23, Maryland is 239th in the nation in 3-point makes (6.8 per game) and 241st in 3-point percentage (33%). The Terrapins are the 14th-best squad in college basketball in 3-pointers conceded (5.5 per game) and 76th in 3-point percentage defensively (32.1%).
The Terrapins have a 5-5 record against the spread while going 5-5 overall over their last 10 contests. In its past 10 games, Maryland has hit the over four times. Over its previous 10 games, Maryland is averaging 68.5 points per contest, compared to its season average of 70.4. The Terrapins have performed worse defensively over their previous 10 games, giving up 64.6 points per contest, 1.4 more points their than season average of 63.2.
West Virginia vs. Maryland Prediction & Pick
Our prediction to win this game is West Virginia, and we expect that Maryland will cover the spread (West Virginia -2.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going over the posted total of 137 points.
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