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Maryland vs Ohio State Odds, Lines and Spread (Feb. 6)

Jack Magruder

by Jack Magruder in College Basketball

Feb 6, 2022 · 12:39 AM PST

E.J. Liddell
Ohio State's E.J. Liddell shoots against Penn State during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Jan. 16, 2022, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
  • No. 16 Ohio State is a 9.5-point favorite over Maryland
  • Maryland has  lost two in a row and four of six
  • Read below for analysis and a betting prediction

No. 16 Ohio State (13-5, 6-3 Big Ten) is a 9.5-point home favorite over Maryland in a Big Ten game at 1 pm ET Sunday on CBS. The Buckeyes have not played since Jan. 30 because a Thursday home game against Iowa was postponed because of travel and weather issues.

Maryland (11-11, 3-8 Big Ten) has home victories over No. 18 Illinois and No. 13 Michigan State in the last two weeks, although the Illini played without Player of the Year candidate Kofi Cockburn.

Maryland vs Ohio State Odds

Team Moneyline Spread Total
Maryland Terrapins +340 +9.5 (-110) Over 140.5 (-110)
Ohio State Buckeyes -450 -9.5 (-110) Under 140.5 (-110)

Odds from BetMGM on Feb. 5

Ohio State is a 9.5-point home favorite over Maryland with the total set at 140.5, the third-highest total Maryland has seen this season. Ohio State is -450 on the moneyline, meaning the Buckeyes have a 81.8% implied win probability. Maryland is +340 on the moneyline, which translates into a 22.8% implied win probability.

 

Bucks’ Liddell Coming On Strong

Junior forward 6’7 EJ Liddell is playing a career-high 31.2 minutes per game, 33.8 in Big Ten games, the most among league power frontcourt players. Both Liddell and the Buckeyes are the better for it.

Liddell is averaging 19.7 points, 7.5 rebounds 2.8 assists and 2.7 blocks per per game while shooting 51.5 percent, 39.7 percent from three-point range. All are career bests, and no one else in Division I has hit all those plateaus. Two of his three double-doubles this season have come in the last three games.

Liddell is +1800 to win the Wooden Award. tied with Iowa’s Keegan Murray as DraftKings’ seventh choice, with Kentucky center Oscar Tshiebwe (+550) taking over as top choice from Illinois center Kofi Cockburn (+600) entering games on Saturday.

With Liddell and freshman guard Malaki Branham (10.6 points) stepping up, the Buckeyes (+1200) are DraftKings’ fifth-choice to win the Big Ten. Branham is averaging 16.0 points and is shooting 50.6 from the floor in the last eight games, starting with a career-high 35 points against Nebraska on Jan. 2.

 

Looking Ahead in Big Ten

You can make a case that the Buckeyes (+1800) are in as good a shape as any team to win the Big Ten entering the stretch run, which makes a play on them intriguing. They play seven of their final 11 at home, where they are 9-0.

Ohio State has played only nine Big Ten games, the fewest in the league, and has only two remaining against AP Top 25 teams, at No. 18 Illinois on Feb. 24 and home to No. 13 Michigan State on March 3. Other tests are a home game against Indiana and a home-and-home against arch-rival Michigan.

Purdue and Illinois were FanDuel’s top two picks before the league odds were taken down during Saturday morning games, with Michigan State and Wisconsin ranked 3-4. Wisconsin and Illinois have three games remaining against the contenders. Indiana and Purdue have four. Michigan State has five.

Maryland vs Ohio State Head-to-Head Results

Maryland has a slim 9-8 series lead, 7-4 since joining the Big Ten in 2014-15. Ohio State has won and covered the last two after Maryland won and covered the previous three and seven of the previous eight.

The Buckeyes have won and covered two of the last three at home. The over is 5-2-1 in the last eight and 3-1 the last four in Columbus.

Betting Trends

Ohio State has won and covered three of its last four. The Buckeyes are 9-0 straight up and 5-4 ATS at home, 4-4 as a home favorite.

Maryland is 3-7 straight up and 5-5 ATS in the last 10. The Terps are 3-2 straight up and ATS on the road.

Terps Play Them Close

Maryland is one of two league teams to have beaten No. 18 Illinois, albeit with Kofi Cockburn, and it has come up just short against No 13 Michigan State and No. 11 Wisconsin after interim coach Danny Manning took over.

The Terrapins fell to 13 Michigan State 65-63 the last time out Tuesday, erasing all of a 15-point deficit in the second half before Malik Hall broke a tie on a driving layup with 1.9 seconds remaining.

Guards Eric Ayala (15.7 points, 4.7 rebounds) and Fatts Russell (12.9, 3.6 assists) combine a perimeter game with an ability to drive and dish, and forward Donta Scott (12.3 points, 6.3 rebounds) provides a physical complement. Both Ayala and Russell are in the Big Ten top 10 in free throw attempts.

Ayala has 204 career 3-pointers and could challenge Juan Dixon’s school record 239. Rhode Island transfer Russell is the only Division I player with 1,800 points, 450 assists and 225 steals.

Maryland vs Ohio State Prediction

Maryland has the length and the athletes to play with Ohio State, which is coming off a six-day layoff. The Terps played other contenders close, and they are worth the points here. The guard matchup will be a plotline.

The pick: Maryland +9.5 (-110)

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