Tuesday’s Big 10 Tips

Two Big Ten games featuring a trio of nationally ranked teams highlight Tuesday night’s college basketball betting board.

The early start sends the Rutgers Scarlet Knights on the road to College Park to face the No. 9 Maryland Terrapins. Later Tuesday night, the No. 22 Penn State Nittany Lions square off against the No. 16 Michigan State Spartans in East Lansing.

Rutgers Scarlet Knights at No. 9 Maryland Terrapins
(FOX Sports 1, 7 p.m. ET)

Opening Odds: >Maryland -7.5, Total 131.5
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Betting Matchup

The Scarlet Knights slipped to 7-4 straight-up and 9-2 against the spread in Big Ten play with Saturday’s 69-63 road loss to Michigan as slight two-point underdogs. The total stayed UNDER 132 ½ points in that loss and it has stayed UNDER in eight of their last 11 contests.

Rutgers (16-6 SU, 14-6-1 ATS) is 4-1 ATS in five previous road games this season. Rutgers is averaging 71.2 points per game and it climbs to 18th in the nation on defense in average points allowed (61.1). The are five players in the lineup averaging at least nine PPG.

Maryland is a half game out of first place in the Big Ten at 7-3 SU as part of a 17-4 record overall. It extended its current SU winning streak to four games with last Thursday’s 82-72 home victory against Iowa as a six-point favorite.

The Terrapins have now covered in their last five games with the total going OVER in the last three outings. Anthony Cowan Jr. exploded for a career-high 31 points against Iowa. Jalen Smith added 18 points with 14 rebounds as the team’s two most explosive players.

Betting Trends

-- The Scarlet Knights are 1-5 SU in their last six road games and the total has gone OVER in nine of their last 10 games played on Tuesday.

-- The Terrapins have a SU 13-game winning streak at home and they are 10-2 SU in their last 12 Tuesday games. The total has stayed UNDER in four of their last six February games.

-- Maryland has won seven-straight games against Rutgers SU and it has a 5-2 edge ATS. The total has gone OVER in three of the last five meetings.

No. 22 Penn State Nittany Lions at No. 16 Michigan State Spartans
(BTN, 8 p.m. ET)

Opening Odds: >Michigan State -8.5, Total 144.5
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Betting Matchup

The Lions continue to hold a spot in the national rankings with a four-game winning streak both SU and ATS. They closed as underdogs in a recent home win against Ohio State and a road win against Michigan in that same span. The total has stayed UNDER in five of their last seven games.

Covering as an 8 ½-point road favorite, Penn State (16-5 SU, 12-8-1 ATS) got past Nebraska 76-64 this past Saturday. Myles Dread, Lamar Stevens and Myreon Jones combined to score 40 points. The Lions are averaging 76.9 PPG.

Saturday’s 64-63 road loss to Wisconsin as 5 ½-point favorites has the Spartans tied with Illinois at 8-3 SU for first place in the Big Ten. They are 16-6 SU overall and an even 11-11 ATS.

The total ended as a PUSH on 127 points in Saturday’s loss after staying UNDER in Michigan State’s previous six games. It is averaging 76.5 PPG behind senior guard Cassius Winston’s 18.2 points a game. He scored 23 points in Saturday’s loss.

Betting Trends

-- The Nittany Lions have a perfect 8-0 record ATS in their last eight games played in February and the total has stayed UNDER in six of their last eight road games. They are 3-3 ATS on the road this season.

-- The Spartans are 9-2 ATS in 11 home games this season but they fall to 3-6 ATS in their last nine games played on a Tuesday.

-- Michigan State has won its last three games against Penn State SU as part of a 9-1 SU record over the past 10 meetings. The Lions are 4-2 ATS in the last six matchups with the total staying UNDER in three of the last four games.