Maryland vs Minnesota Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for March 9 Big Ten Tournament (Terrapins Start Hot in Chicago)

Maryland vs Minnesota Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for March 9 Big Ten Tournament (Terrapins Start Hot in Chicago)


Maryland vs Minnesota Game Info

  • 2022-23 NCAA Basketball Big Ten Tournament Game
  • Maryland (20-11, 11-9 Big Ten) vs. Minnesota (9-21, 2-17 Big Ten)
  • Date: Thursday, March 9, 2023
  • Time: 9:00 p.m. ET
  • Venue: United Center -- Chicago, Illinois
  • Coverage: BTN

The Big Ten Tournament continues on Thursday with an exciting matchup between the Minnesota Golden Gophers and Maryland Terrapins. Neither team has ever captured a Big Ten conference title. The winner of this second-round matchup will advance to face the No. 3-seeded Indiana Hoosiers.

Minnesota enters as a loser in 13 of its last 15 games, but it did take down Nebraska by a score of 78-75 in the first round on Wednesday. Meanwhile, Maryland has dropped three of its last five games thanks to a 65-64 loss to Penn State on Sunday.

Which Big Ten team will emerge victorious tonight? Let's explore.

Maryland vs Minnesota Odds & Spread

Maryland enters this contest as a clear favorite on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 9 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 132.5 points, which is about average compared to Thursday's projected totals.

Maryland vs Minnesota Betting Trends

  • Maryland is 19-12-0 against the spread this year.
  • The Terrapins have an ATS record of 5-3 as 12.5-point favorites or greater.
  • Maryland has seen 11 of its 31 games hit the over.
  • Minnesota's record against the spread is 15-15-0.
  • The Golden Gophers' ATS record as 12.5-point underdogs or more is 7-4.
  • Minnesota has seen 14 of its 30 games hit the over.
Maryland Rank Maryland AVG Minnesota AVG Minnesota Rank
198th 70.7 Points Scored 63.2 347th
26th 63.2 Points Allowed 71.1 208th
195th 31.5 Rebounds 30.2 266th
181st 8.6 Off. Rebounds 6.9 304th
258th 6.7 3pt Made 6.2 300th
306th 11.4 Assists 14.7 69th
28th 10.1 Turnovers 12.3 220th

Maryland vs Minnesota Prediction & Pick

Minnesota heads into Thursday night with momentum on its side after shooting 51.9% from the field and draining 10 three-pointers against Nebraska. That momentum is going to be short-lived, though, as the Golden Gophers run into an opponent they couldn't keep up with during the regular season.

Maryland crushed Minnesota by a score of 81-46 on Feb. 4 before winning by a score of 88-70 on Feb. 22. The Terrapins have a major edge when it comes to defense. They are allowing only 63.2 points per game (No. 23 in NCAA), while the Golden Gophers are giving up 71.1 (No. 190 in NCAA).

Maryland has won an impressive nine straight games against Minnesota, so back the Terrapins here.

Final Score Prediction: Maryland: 73 | Minnesota: 60

Maryland vs Minnesota Best Bet

The Terrapins found themselves up by at least 17 points at halftime in each of their two showdowns against the Golden Gophers this season. Maryland has been finding success in the first half against a ton of foes thanks to the fact that it allows just 30.8 first-half points per game (T-No. 60 in NCAA).

Minnesota gives up 34.2 first-half points per game (T-No. 235 in NCAA) on the season and has posted a dismal first-half average scoring margin of -4.6 (No. 323 in NCAA). The Terrapins are coming off a heartbreaking loss and need to get momentum back on their side, so expect them to come out hot.

Bet: Maryland Terrapins First Half -7.5 (-105)

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