Fans should be in for a great game on Friday when the #6 Maryland Terrapins (22-9) face the #3 LSU Tigers (26-5) at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena. LSU was a short 3-point favorite when the odds first opened, while the total started at 147. The game tips off at 1:00 pm ET.
The Terrapins needed to claw back from a 12-point deficit against #11 Belmont in the first round, but they did thanks to a well above-average performance from their offense. Maryland scores just 72 PPG, which ranks number 205th overall, and sit a mediocre 84th in offensive rating. They connect at 43-percent from the floor and 35-percent from three (157th). Vut against Belmont, they almost hit the 80-point mark, winning 79-77 over the Bruins.
Jalen Smith led the way against Belmont with 19 points, making up for a very quiet night from leading scorer Anthony Cowan Jr. (16 PPG average), who had just 9 points.
Maryland is better defensively than offensively, currently 77th in defensive efficiency and 33rd in the nation in scoring defense at 65 points against per game. If this team hopes to reach the Sweet 16 and beyond, it’s going to need to be every bit as good at the offensive end of the floor as it was against Belmont. And they’ll need Cowan to be significantly better.
Maryland’s stout defense is spearheaded by future NBA Draft pick Bruno Fernando, who leads the team in rebounding, grabbing a prolific 11 boards per contest.
The Terrapins’s performance on the glass, as a whole, has been exceptional. They sit 25th in the nation, averaging 36 rebounds a night.
The Terrapins’ D will have its work cut out for it against LSU. The Tigers sit 23rd in offensive rating and are scoring 82 PPG, 23rd overall.
The Tigers aren’t nearly as good defensively, though, ranked 126th in defensive rating while conceding 73 points per game.
Diminutive guard Tremont Waters leads the team offensively, pouring in 15 points per contest, while Naz Reid leads the Tigers on the glass, snatching 7 RPG.
Reid’s efforts on the boards have helped LSU dominate that facet of the game. As a team, they rank 22nd in rebounds, averaging 36 rebounds per game. It’s going to be a tremendously fierce rebounding battle on Friday.
The Tigers are coming off a win last time out, beating yale 79-74, in their third game without suspended head coach Will Wade. Skylar Mays led the team in scoring, pouring in 19 points in the win.
Betting-wise, Maryland is 16-16-1 against the number, to date, while LSU has been much better, sitting on a 19-13-1 ATS record.
Find the latest odds, the history of how the line has moved, and our proprietary projection system’s score prediction for Maryland vs Louisiana State above. As always, best of luck betting.