Indiana vs. Maryland odds, line: College basketball picks, predictions from expert on 13-0 roll

An important Big Ten showdown tips Friday at 7 p.m. ET when the Indiana Hoosiers visit the Maryland Terrapins. Both clubs are off to solid starts in conference play and need a victory in order to stay in the upper echelon of the Big Ten standings. Maryland (13-3, 4-1) has won three straight Big Ten games following a two-point loss at Purdue and is looking to build on a pair of double-digit road victories. Indiana (12-3, 3-1) is hoping to bounce back from an 11-point loss at Michigan. The Terrapins are five-point favorites and the over-under for total points scored is 144 in the latest Indiana vs. Maryland odds. Before you make any Indiana vs. Maryland picks and college basketball predictions, check out what SportsLine senior analyst Josh Nagel has to say. 

A Nevada-based expert with more than 20 years of experience in the sports wagering industry, Nagel specializes in handicapping college athletics. He hit 60 percent of his college basketball spread picks last season and is already off to an incredible start in 2018-19. 

Heading into Friday's action, Nagel has hit a whopping 13 straight college basketball picks for SportsLine members. What's more, he is 6-0 on spread picks involving the Hoosiers.

Just last Thursday, Nagel advised SportsLine members that Indiana (-11.5) was likely due for a flat spot against Illinois in Bloomington ahead of its crucial matchup with Michigan. Sure enough, the Hoosiers struggled with the Illini and emerged with a 73-65 victory that saw the underdog cover the spread. Anyone who followed Nagel's advice pocketed another comfortable winner. 

Now, he has analyzed Indiana vs. Maryland from every angle and released a confident point-spread pick that is only available at SportsLine. 

Nagel knows that Indiana stars Romeo Langford and Juwan Morgan both struggled early against Michigan, but came on late to give respectable performances. Morgan finished with 25 points and eight rebounds despite missing several easy buckets in the first half. Langford, the highly touted freshman, recorded 17 points to go along with six rebounds. 

Indiana was competitive despite getting no points from its bench, a byproduct of injuries that have ravaged its depth. Starting point guard Rob Phinisee remains out with a concussion and will miss Friday's game.

But just because the Hoosiers have star power doesn't mean they'll stay within the Maryland vs. Indiana spread Friday.

The Terrapins have been pounding opponents behind one of the top front-court duos in the country in Bruno Fernando and Jalen Smith. Fernando, a sophomore, is averaging 14.2 points and 10.2 rebounds while shooting a conference-best 67.8 percent from the field. Smith, a 6-foot-10 freshman, is putting up 13.1 points and 6.9 rebounds. He is considered a rising NBA prospect. Junior point guard Anthony Cowan is the seasoned team leader. He is averaging 17.2 points and 4.4 assists.

We can tell you Nagel leans toward the over, but his stronger play is on the spread. He has dissected this matchup and identified the huge x-factor that causes one side of the spread to hit hard. He's only sharing what it is, and who to back, at SportsLine.

Who wins Indiana vs. Maryland? And what huge x-factor makes one side of the spread a must-back? Visit SportsLine now to see which side you should be all over Friday, all from the senior analyst who has hit 13 straight college basketball spread picks.

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