Maryland vs Michigan Pick: Friday, March 12th
Maryland vs Michigan Pick – Friday, March 12th: Maryland had won five straight and was playing good basketball before closing out the regular season in disappointing fashion, losing 60-55 at Northwestern as 4.5 point favorites and then following that up with a 66-61 loss at home to Penn State as 6 point favorites. They showed everyone that they could turn it back on in the first game of the Big Ten tournament dispatching Michigan State 68-57. The final score was not an indication of Maryland’s dominance. They were up 19 with 7 minutes left. Eric Ayala scored 21 points, Aaron Wiggins added 19. Now can they carry it over against a Michigan team that defeated them 84-73 at home and 87-63 in Ann Arbour? Maryland won despite shooting just 38.2% from the field and 30% from three. They play clean in control basketball and only turned the ball over 11 times – right at their season average. They will have to shoot the ball better than that against Michigan.
Michigan closed out the regular season poorly, losing two of three. In their loss to Illinois at home on March 2nd, they shot just 34.7% and were beaten on the glass 42-26. Their loss five days later to Michigan St, they shot only 41.7% and were again beaten on the boards 38-32. This dominant frontcourt has not looked so dominant lately. And maybe more concerning was Senior guard Eli Brooks hurt his left ankle early in the game at the Breslin Center and did not return. He is listed as questionable to play here. Brooks averages 8.7 points per game, with 2.9 assists, he hits 94.1% from the stripe and 36.4% from three. The Wolverines will go as far as their frontcourt of Hunter Dickson, Isaiah Livers, and Franz Wagner will take them. They all average over 13 points per game and 6 boards. The Wolverines do everything well. They shoot 48.8% from the field, 38.6% from three, and 76.5% from the line.
Maryland vs Michigan Odds
|Where/When||Lucas Oil Stadium | 11:30 AM ET|