Wednesday college basketball odds: North Carolina at Maryland
It’s likely pretty simple for Maryland on Wednesday: Beat North Carolina and the Terps have a good shot at getting an NCAA Tournament at-large bid. Lose and it’s likely the NIT barring a surprise run to the ACC Tournament title. UNC opened as a 1-point favorite on WagerWeb.com. Check our current lines.
The Tar Heels are starting to jell, having won five straight. They enter off a 79-58 blowout of Florida State on Sunday. N.C. James Michael McAdoo scored 17 of his 21 points in the first half and sparked the run that gave North Carolina a big lead. Reggie Bullock added 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Tar Heels (21-8, 11-5 Atlantic Coast Conference), who won their fifth straight and continued their push for a first-round bye at the league tournament in Greensboro. North Carolina shot 58 percent in the opening half to build a 19-point lead at the break, then never let it slip below double figures. UNC finished the game shooting 55 percent and scored 23 points off turnovers.
Maryland won 67-57 at Wake Forest on Saturday. Dez Wells scored 23 points and Maryland pulled away. Wells was 11 of 12 from the field and finished two points shy of his career high of 25 set Dec. 2 against George Mason. The Terrapins (20-9, 8-8 Atlantic Coast Conference) overcame 19 turnovers and some serious foul trouble to hold the Demon Deacons (12-16, 5-11) without a field goal for the final 4 1/2 minutes and claim their second ACC road win of the season.
This is Maryland’s final home game and thus Senior Night. The Terps have been at their best at home this season, accumulating a 16-2 record including wins over then-No. 14 NC State on Jan. 16 and then-No. 2 Duke on Feb. 16. Maryland is shooting 50.5 percent in Comcast Center and averaging 17.5 assists per game, and four players are averaging at least 9.0 points per game: Alex Len (12.8), Seth Allen (9.3), Wells (9.3) and Nick Faust (9.0).
Maryland trails the all-time series 57-119, which dates back to 1924. North Carolina has a 46-37 advantage in College Park, though Maryland has won six of nine at Comcast Center. The Tar Heels have won five straight overall in the series. Maryland’s last win came on Feb. 7, 2010. Maryland lost 62-52 on Jan. 19 at UNC. Bullock scored 21 of his career-high 24 points in the first half for UNC. James Michael McAdoo added 19 points and 11 rebounds for the Tar Heels, who turned in a dominating first-half performance to build a 22-point lead at the break.
WagerWeb.com trends: Over is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in Maryland. Favorite is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings. Tar Heels are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings. Over is 18-5 in the last 23 meetings. Home team is 16-5 ATS in the last 21 meetings. Tar Heels are 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Maryland.