The Maryland Terrapins are on the road in Big Ten college basketball action on Saturday, taking on the Minnesota Golden Gophers. The game is scheduled for a 2:15 p.m. start time and it will be televised live on the Big Ten Network. The college basketball odds for the game have the Golden Gophers favored to pick up the win.
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Minnesota has to find a way to win one of these games, right? The Golden Gophers have a Top 25 RPI (19) and have played a tough schedule (eighth toughest), but at 15-6 they don’t find themselves in the overall rankings. That might have something to do with losing four straight games, the last three coming by a combined 10 points.
Yet, the Gophers find themselves favored here despite the losing streak. Maryland is a solid team that has only two losses on the season, both of which came at home to Pittsburgh and Nebraska. In road games this season the Terps are 4-0 with strong wins at Michigan, Georgetown and Illinois.
Maryland appears to be the class of the Big Ten, they enter this game ranked atop the league at 6-1 with Wisconsin and a road win here over Minnesota could cement them as the best team in the league. Melo Trimble coming back to school has helped Maryland, he leads the team with 17.4 points per game and had played well in the Terps’ recent five-game win streak.
A win here would be the first for Maryland against a Top 25 RPI team, they’re already 8-2 against the Top 100. The Terps aren’t talked about enough, they are a non-flashy team that just gets the job done.
Trimble is going to be the best player on the floor here and Maryland is good enough defensively to keep this one close, even if Minnesota is playing well.
Free Pick: Maryland
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