Purdue vs. Maryland Predictions, Odds

  • February 2, 2021
  • By David Schwab
  • VegasInsider.com

Tuesday’s Big Ten schedule sends the No. 24 Purdue Boilermakers on the road to the XFINITY Center to face the Maryland Terrapins. Tip-off is slated for 6:30 p.m. (ET) on the Big Ten Network.



Purdue-Maryland Betting Odds

Line Movements

  • Spread: Pick em
  • Money-Line: Purdue -110 Maryland -110
  • Total: 134.5

Odds Subject to Change

The Boilermakers are split with Maryland, the game being pick em. The total for the game opened at 134.5 points.

Purdue improved to 7-4 straight-up in Big Ten play with Saturday’s 19-point romp over Minnesota as a -2.5-point home favorite. It is now 5-1 both SU and against the spread in its last six games. The total has gone OVER in three of the last five outings.

The Boilermakers won the first meeting this season at home by three points as six-point favorites. They are 6-2 SU in their last six games against Maryland but 0-5 ATS in the last five matchups.

The Terrapins have dropped two of three games (SU and ATS) with a six-point home loss to Wisconsin as +3.5-point underdogs last Wednesday. They are 3-7 SU in conference play while going 4-6 ATS. The total has stayed UNDER in four of their last six games.

Maryland has failed to cover in its last five home games. The total has stayed UNDER in four of its last five home games against Purdue.

Betting Analysis – Purdue Boilermakers

Straight Up - SU, Against the Spread - ATS, Over-Under (O/U)

  • SU: 12-6
  • ATS: 8-8-2
  • SU - Home: 8-1
  • SU - Away: 4-5
  • O/U: 10-8

The Boilermakers are getting hot at the right time of the year. They overcame a 14-point deficit in the recent win against Minnesota. Guard Brandon Newman went off with season-high 29 points while forward Trevion Williams added 17 points and 14 rebounds.

Williams leads the way in both points (15.4) and rebounds (9.8) while converting on 51.1% of his shots from the field. One injury note, junior guard Sasha Stefanovic (11.1 points) remains out of the lineup due to health protocols.

Purdue, as a whole, is averaging 70.9 points per game and shooting 44.6% from the field. This drops down to 35.2% from three-point range.

Purdue has been solid under the boards with 38 rebounds a game. It is holding opposing teams to an average of 66.6 PPG.

Betting Analysis – Maryland Terrapins

Straight Up - SU, Against the Spread - ATS, Over-Under (O/U)

  • SU: 9-8
  • ATS: 7-9
  • SU - Home: 6-4
  • SU - Away: 3-4
  • O/U: 9-6-1

Maryland put up a valiant effort against Wisconsin its last time out to lose by six points after trailing by 18 points at the half. Its biggest wins of the year have come on the road, including an earlier upset over the Badgers.

To get past Purdue at home, guards’ Eric Ayala (13.7 points) and Aaron Wiggins (12.5 points) along with forward Donta Scott (13.0 point) will need to be at their best. Scott leads the team in rebounds (6.9) and Wiggins is dishing out 2.9 assists a game.

The Terrapins are putting up an average of 71.4 PPG while converting on 46.2% of their shots from the field. They are shooting 35.8% from three-point range. Maryland is averaging 34.2 rebounds a game and giving up an average of 67.1 PPG.

Inside the Stats – Purdue Boilermakers

  • PS/G: 70.9 (204th)
  • PA/G: 66.6 (87th)
  • Off Rtg: 105.5 (106th)
  • Def Rtg: 99.2 (186th)

Inside the Stats – Maryland Terrapins

  • PS/G: 71.4 (194th)
  • PA/G: 67.1 (91st)
  • Off Rtg: 106.4 (93rd)
  • Def Rtg: 100 (205th)

Key Players to Watch

  • PUR - Trevion Williams (15.4 PPG, 9.8 RPG)
  • PUR - Brandon Newman (10.1 PPG)
  • MARY - Donta Scott (13 PPG, 6.9 RPG)
  • MARY - Aaron Wiggins (12.5 PPG, 5.1 RPG)

Purdue-Maryland Predictions

The first meeting stayed competitive until the final buzzer with a big second-half rally by Maryland. I see this rematch staying fairly close with the edge going to Purdue as the better all-around team.

The Boilermakers also add value to the spread given their current playing form. As mentioned, the Terrapins’ best efforts this season have been on the road, so I'm taking Purdue SU.

The total went OVER 135 points in the first meeting, but I'm going the other way this time around. Scoring has been lower than expected in the past several meetings in Maryland and I see that trend staying true on Tuesday night.

  • Score Prediction: Purdue 67 Maryland 62
  • Best Bets: Purdue SU
  • Best Bets: UNDER

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