Maryland is looking to get its season back on track in its first Big Ten game on Sunday against Northwestern. The Terrapins climbed to No. 20 in the AP Top 25 Poll in mid-November, but have lost three of their last five games and have fallen out of the rankings. Maryland and coach Mark Turgeon parted ways on Friday, and Sunday's game will be the first under interim coach Danny Manning. Northwestern is coming off of a 77-73 overtime loss to Wake Forest, and has lost two of its last three ahead of its first conference matchup.
Northwestern forward Pete Nance is off to a hot start this season and averages 17.3 points with 7.9 rebounds per game. The Terrapins are favored by 5.5 points in the latest Maryland vs. Northwestern odds from Caesars Sportsbook, and the over-under is set at 136.5. Before entering any Northwestern vs. Maryland picks, you'll want to see the college basketball predictions from the model at SportsLine.
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- Maryland vs. Northwestern spread: Maryland -5.5
- Maryland vs. Northwestern over-under: 136.5 points
What you need to know about Maryland
Maryland continued its disappointing run in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge last week in a 62-58 loss to the Virginia Tech Hokies this past Wednesday. The Terrapins have yet to win a game in the early-season event since jumping from the ACC to the Big Ten in 2014. One of the things that held Maryland back was a rough showing from guard Fatts Russell, who finished with just eight points on 2-for-10 shooting in his 38 minutes on the court. Russell had been much better in Maryland's previous two games, when averaged 13 points, five rebounds and four assists.
Maryland has struggled from three-point range this season and has made just 26.8 percent of its attempts from beyond the arc. Hakim Hart has been the most reliable player from distance this season and has drained 33 percent of his threes, but Northwestern has been a stout team when it has come to defending the perimeter. The Wildcats have held opponents to hitting just 32 percent of their threes this season.
What you need to know about Northwestern
Nance did what he could to give Northwestern a chance to win against the Demon Deacons in his last game, but it wasn't enough to pull his team through to victory in a 77-73 overtime loss. Nance finished with 15 points, seven rebounds and five assists in the game. Junior guard Boo Buie has been the Wildcats' other top player on offense, and he averages 16.7 points and 6.3 assists per game. He finished with 12 points and seven assists against Wake Forest.
Something Northwestern has done particularly well is protect the basketball. The Wildcats average just 8.9 turnovers per game and keep opponents to just four steals per contest. The Wildcats should expect more of the same on Sunday, as Maryland averages just 5.9 steals on defense this season.
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