Tuesday NIT odds: No. 2 Maryland at No. 1 Alabama
Maryland and Alabama, two power-six conference teams that felt they deserved NCAA Tournament bids, face off in Tuscaloosa on Tuesday night for a spot in the NIT semifinals in New York.
The Terps got here with a 62-52 win over Denver. Dez Wells scored 19 points for the Terrapins, who closed with a 23-4 run after trailing 48-39 with 9:15 left. Wells fueled the surge with nine points. It was the sixth game in 12 days for the Terrapins (24-12). Their chances of taking home the NIT title took a bit of a hit today, however, when Turgeon announced Seth Allen is done for the year. The first-year guard broke a bone in his shooting hand over the weekend, and will have to miss the rest of Maryland’s postseason run. The Terps have been successfully utilizing a smaller lineup of late, but will likely have to go with a more standard approach without Allen, who wraps up his first college season with averages of 7.8 points, 2.3 assists and 1.0 steals per game.
Since opening postseason play in the ACC Tournament, Maryland has played some of its best basketball, winning four out of the last five behind the play of Wells and Nick Faust. Wells is averaging 19.4 points per game on .586 (34-58) shooting, while Faust is averaging 12.8 points per game. As a team, Maryland is shooting .476 from the field, .386 from 3-point range and .797 from the free throw line. In its two previous NIT quarterfinal appearances Maryland is 2-0, beating Syracuse 71-65 in 1972 and topping TCU 85-73 in 2005. The Terps are seeking their third trip to New York for the semifinals and finals, having won the title in 1972 and lost in the semis in 2005.
Alabama beat Stanford 66-54. Levi Randolph scored 16 points and Retin Obasohan had a career-high 14 to lead Alabama (23-12). Nick Jacobs and Trevor Releford each scored 10 points for the Tide, which has held 23 of 35 opponents to fewer than 60 points. Randolph has 29 points in the two NIT games after coming in averaging 7.5. Stanford, last year’s NIT champion, twice closed to within four points in the second half but went 4:40 without a field goal late. The Cardinal managed a season-low in points.
The Terps will be meeting Alabama just the fifth time in history. Maryland leads the series 3-1, though the Crimson Tide won the last meeting, 62-42 in the 2011 Puerto Rico Tip-Off.
WagerWeb.com trends: Terrapins are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games overall. Terrapins are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. Terrapins are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games. Terrapins are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 vs. Southeastern. Crimson Tide are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. Crimson Tide are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS win. Crimson Tide are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. Atlantic Coast. Crimson Tide are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games.