Pittsburgh Panthers vs. Maryland Terrapins Point Spread Pick
Point spread: Pittsburgh -3.5
The No. 20 Pittsburgh Panthers will look to remain near the top of the ACC standings with a victory over the Maryland Terrapins this Saturday night at the Comcast Center. Tip-off for this conference tilt is slated for 6 p.m. (ET) and the game will broadcast nationally on ESPN2.
Panthers vs. Terrapins Game Overview
The Panthers followed-up a tough 59-54 loss to No. 2 Syracuse as 4.5-point road underdogs by crushing Clemson 76-43 this past Tuesday as 11-point home favorites. They are now 17-2 straight-up on the year with a 5-1 record in conference play. Pittsburgh is 4-1-1 against the spread in the ACC, but overall it is a costly 6-9-1 ATS. The total has gone OVER in four of its last five games.
Lamar Patterson remains Pittsburgh's top scoring threat with 17.4 points a game while shooting 50.9 percent from the field and 44.3 percent from 3-point range. Talib Zanna is chipping in another 13.4 points and pulling down a team-high 7.9 rebounds. Overall, the Panthers are scoring 76 points a game and shooting 48.7 percent from the floor. Defensively, they are holding opponents to an average of 59.2 points a game.
Maryland's 65-56 loss to NC State this past Monday as a one-point road underdog was its third setback in its last four games to fall to 3-3 SU in the ACC and 11-8 SU overall. One of those losses was a 79-59 beatdown at the hands of Pitt as an 8.5-point underdog on the road. The Terrapins are also 1-3 ATS during this slide and 8-7 ATS overall. The total has stayed UNDER in three of their last five games, but it went OVER the closing 135.5-point line against the Panthers.
In that first meeting against Pitt, Seth Allen led the Terps with 18 points, but Dez Allen remains the team's leading scorer with an average of 14.3 points a game. Evan Smotrycz is the leading rebounder with 6.8 and Allen leads in assists with 3.3. Maryland is averaging 72 points a game, but it has struggled at times shooting the ball with a 42.9 field goal percentage. It should match up well against the Panthers under the boards with an average of 39.5 rebounds. Each team posted 36 rebounds the first time they met.
Pittsburgh at Maryland Betting Trends
The Panthers are 1-3-1 ATS in their last five road games and 2-7-1 ATS in their last 10 games following a SU win. The total has gone OVER in eight of their last 11 games following a SU win.
The Terrapins are 5-1 ATS in their last six home games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 conference games. The total has gone OVER in 35 of their last 51 games following a SU loss.
Prior to Pitt's victory earlier this season, it beat Maryland 79-70 back in 2010 as a 7.5-point home favorite. The total went OVER in that game as well with a closing line of 147.
Point Spread Pick
Other than the loss to Syracuse, the Panthers have been cruising through their new conference so far. Unfortunately, it is very easy to take your eyes off the road when playing a team you have recently beaten by 20 points. Pitt still comes away with the SU victory, but bank on Maryland making the Panthers earn the win this time around.