Against The Spread Pick
The Illini and Terrapins square-off at State Farm Center in Champaign with the top spot in the Big Ten on the line. Maryland has built up some strong momentum with five straight wins, taking down some of the Big Ten’s best along the way. Illinois returns home after a tough road loss at Iowa last Sunday. The Terrapins have won five of the last six head-to-head meetings. The Illini have been almost unstoppable at home and has won each of its last seven games at State Farm Center. Illinois has covered the spread in each of the last three head-to-head meetings. This clash is fit for the two-point spread, and with both teams playing at a high level, this is a tough call, but taking the Illini at home is the logical play.
Over Under Pick
Playing and scoring on the road has been the one nack for the Terrapins this season. They might be unbeaten at home, but on the road, it has been another story. Illinois has been a quite effective offensive team at home this season, with an average of 79 points per game. Maryland is shooting less than 40 percent on the road this season. For the Illini, they have been able to knock down nearly 48 percent of their field goals on their home floor. Two of the last three head-to-head meetings have resulted in totals greater than 133.5. Even if Maryland has a rough night shooting the ball, a play on the over is a must.