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Maryland is a ranked team playing a sub-.500 one in Penn State. But this game is predicted to be anything but a blowout.  

No. 17 Maryland travels to State College to take on the 11-16 Penn State Nittany Lions. The Terrapins are currently just 1.5 point favorites over Penn State on Fanduel Sportsbook as the Nittany Lions have won three of their last four games. 

If you're looking at placing a bet on this Big Ten battle, take a look at what the experts have to say before making any decisions.

Maryland vs Penn State Predictions

Benjamin Hayes - Winners and Whiners

Hayes of Winners and Whiners is rolling with Maryland to both win and cover the spread due to their advantage down low. Bruno Fernando is the best player on the court and Penn State will have to double him on the block, which could open up 3-point opportunities for the rest of Maryland. 

Sports Chat Place

Mark of Sports Chat Place is also siding with the Terrapins against Penn State. Despite the fact that Penn State has been playing its best basketball of the season, he believes Maryland should win. It's 4-1 against the spread in its last five games and 8-3 ATS on the road. 

Sports Jaw

Sports Jaw is completely on the other side of the spectrum, taking Penn State to not only cover but win outright 69-65. Penn State has been playing great as of late and its only loss in the last four games is at No. 14 Purdue. They believe in the hot streak and the Nittany Lions at home.

ESPN Basketball Power Index

ESPN BPI gives the Terrapins at 59.3 percent chance to win, which is a lot for a 1-point favorite but also not an overwhelming advantage.

Overall, that's three picks for Maryland straight up and 2-of-3 expert that believe the Terrapins will cover the spread. Still, the small spread shows how close this game will most likely be. 

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