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7th-ranked Maryland Terrapins hosts a senior-laden Rhode Island Rams squad in a big non-conference matchup on Saturday. This is the first meeting between the programs since Maryland defeated Rhode Island in the championship game of the Cancun Challenge during the 2015-2016 season. The Terrapins have won the last three games in series overall and hold a 3-1 edge in the all-time series.
Rams looking to pull upsetRhode Island won its seventh straight season opener by taking care of visiting LIU 76-65 on Tuesday. Only six of the Rams’ 10 players that saw action scored, but five of the players reached double figures and their starters combined for 60 points. While Rhode Island trailed LIU for just 20 seconds, the Rams weren’t able to create any separation until the beginning of the second half where they went on a 15-5 run to push their lead to 51-33. LIU cut Rhode Island’s lead to eight with 4:48 to go. But a jumper by Jeff Dowtin pushed the lead back to double digits, and the Rams’ defense was able to keep the Blackbirds at bay down the stretch. Fatts Russell had an outstanding game and led the way with 18 points along with seven rebounds, four assists, and three steals. Cyril Langeville registered a double-double with 16 points and 15 rebounds while Tyrese Martin and Dowtin chipped in with 13 points apiece. Jacob Toppin added 13 points along with seven caroms off the bench.
Fatts Russell is up to his old tricks! pic.twitter.com/SumnU3r973— Rhody MBB (@RhodyMBB) November 6, 2019
Rhode Island struggled shooting the ball as the Rams made 38.6% (27 of 70) of its shots from the field, 34.6% (nine of 26) from beyond the arc, and 76.5% (13 of 17) from the free-throw line. Defensively, the Rams limited the Blackbirds to 32.4% shooting from the field and 29.5% from long distance. They outrebounded LIU 53-40 and won the turnover battle 12-10.
Jalen Smith is goodMaryland used a 26-17 run over the last 10 minutes of the first half to break open a close game in its 95-75 season-opening victory over Holy Cross on Tuesday. There were an incredible 13 lead changes and six ties in the first 10 minutes of action. Leading 25-22, the Terrapins scored 10 of the next 14 points to extend its lead to nine points with seven minutes remaining. They took a 51-39 advantage into halftime. Holy Cross whittled the lead down to seven in the first few minutes of the second half. But Maryland answered by going on a 16-4 run to push its lead to 68-49 as Jalen Smith and Eric Ayala, who finished the game with 12 points, each had six points during the span while Anthony Cowan chipped in four.
Smith was outstanding in the game, recording a double-double with 16 points, 11 caroms (four offensive), and three blocks in 25 minutes. 6-5 guard Darryl Morsell also was very good as he finished with 15 points, five caroms, and four assists along with three steals. Cowan added 12 points as well as five rebounds while Aaron Wiggins chipped in nine points, five boards, and three blocks. Freshman Donta Scott had nine points -- on four of six shooting -- and six rebounds in his college debut. Maryland shot 48.7% (37 of-76) from the field but just 18.5% ( 5-for- 27) 3-pointers and 66.7% (16 of 24) from the charity stripe. Meanwhile, Holy Cross shot a respectable 44.8% (30 of 67) from the field but only 25.9% (7 for 27) from beyond the arc. The Crusaders also attempted just five free throws. Maryland won the rebound (47-33) and turnover battles (14-8).
The following trends are courtesy of Covers.com:
- Terrapins are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
- Terrapins are 10-27-1 ATS in their last 38 games following a straight up win of more than 20 points.
- Terrapins are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games.
- Terrapins are 1-5-2 ATS in their last 8 vs. Atlantic 10.
- Rams are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up win.
- Rams are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
- Rams are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
I like Maryland to win this game, but I think 11 points is just too many to give up. Both teams are very experienced and have their top returning players from last year -- Cowan and Dowtin. Two important matchups to watch are Smith versus Langeville and the battle of the backcourt as each team is guard-heavy. Maryland has the size and overall talent advantage.
Prediction: Rhode Island +11
Full-Game Total Pick
Expect this game to be played at a neck-breaking speed. With guard play being so important in this matchup, there could be some easy baskets scored in transition. The over has hit in four of the Rams last five games against a Big Ten opponent. The over has also hit in five of the Terrapins' last six non-conference contests.
Prediction: Over 144.5