Basketball Pick: Virginia Cavaliers at Maryland Terrapins

Basketball Pick: Virginia Cavaliers at Maryland TerrapinsVirginia Cavaliers at Maryland Terrapins

Date/Time: March 9, 2014, 12:00 p.m. EST


College Basketball Betting Odds from Bovada

Line: Virginia -4/125

After taking down the Syracuse Orange in impressive fashion and winning the ACC regular season title, the Virginia Cavaliers sent a notice to the rest of the college basketball world that they are a contender to win the national title. With the conference tournament on deck, the Cavaliers have to make sure that they are alert and do not look past the pesky Maryland Terrapins.

Game Overview:

The Terrapins are one of those teams that have not had a very good season, but they are always a tough team to take down. However if the Terps are going to play well they will have to show that they can recover from a double overtime loss against the Clemson Tigers in their last outing.

It was another disappointment for a team that has gotten used to it. Another night of dejection had bludgeoned the Maryland men’s basketball team, in the same way that had spiraled the Terrapins from NCAA tournament hopeful into thoroughly average making this game against the Cavaliers their tournament game.

The Terps are still winless against the RPI top 50 and the team has shifted its attention toward seeding for Greensboro, N.C., knowing only a championship there can catapult the program into March Madness for the first time in four seasons. This is the only option for this team so expect an inspired effort as they head towards the end of the regular season.

The latest college basketball betting trends for this game reveal that both teams have some very positive wagering angles backing them headed into this game. The Cavaliers are 24-9-2 against the spread (ATS) in their last 35 road games when playing against a team with a home winning percentage of greater than .600, 9-3 ATS in their last 12 road games following three or more consecutive home games and 6-0-1 ATS in their last 7 road games when playing against a team with a winning home record. Not to be undone, the Terps have some positive basketball betting trends of their own. The Terrapins are 12-4 ATS in their last 16 games after allowing less than 50 points in their previous game, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games when taking the court against a team with a winning percentage above .600 and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games when playing against a team with a winning straight up record.

The Cavaliers enter this game with little to no motivation. The underdog is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings and the Terps are the team to play in this game.

Free Pick: Maryland Terrapins

Cole Ryan

Cole Ryan

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