College Basketball Pick: Terps vs Boilermakers
Purdue is at Maryland tonight in a Big 10 Network feature with tipoff scheduled for 6:30 p.m. ET on XFINITY Center court in College Park.
Mark Turgeon’s Terrapins face their toughest stretch of games this 2018-19 campaign in the next week. Maryland begins a squares off against consecutive top-20 ranked teams. Tonight the Terps hosts No. 11 Purdue followed by a road event at No. 7 Michigan and a tilt against No. 17 Iowa.
The Terps haven’t played in nearly a week. They come off a 60-45 victory at Nebraska. The Boilermakers earned a 62-60 victory in the first meeting between the two teams in early December in West Lafayette, Ind., behind 20 points from preseason All-American guard Carsen Edwards.
Edwards is the Big Ten leader in scoring (24.6), which also ranks seventh nationally. The Boilermakers dependency on Edwards is significant as senior guard Ryan Cline is the only other player averaging in double figures scoring (12.7).
The Terrapins point guard Anthony Cowan Jr. is the team scoring (16.2) leader. The coach Turgeon protégé had 18 points and six assists in the first meeting between the Big team teams.
Maryland is an uber difficult matchup for what is considered a smallish Purdue squad. Traditionally the Boilermakers signature personnel included a deep frontcourt of talented bigs. That isn’t the case with this year’s version and with the Terrapins leading the Big Ten in rebounding margin (plus-10.4) and playing in College Park they are the pick in this Big 10 Network affair.
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