Michigan State vs Maryland prediction, college basketball game preview, how to watch: Tuesday, February 1
Michigan State vs Maryland How To Watch
Date: Tuesday, February 1
Game Time: 7:00 ET
Venue: XFINITY Center, College Park, MD
How To Watch: ESPN2
Record: Michigan State (16-4), Maryland (11-10)
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Michigan State vs Maryland Game Preview
Why Michigan State Will Win
The Spartans are hitting from the outside.
They don’t take a ton of threes, and they don’t rely on the outside shot to get by, but it’s a big deal when they’re on – they’re making them when they’re taking them lately.
They connected on half of their threes in the wins over Wisconsin and Michigan, and were over 40% in the wins over Nebraska and Minnesota.
This isn’t a great shooting Maryland team, and it’s not going to have a whole lot of luck on the inside. They’ve been doing okay lately, but the Michigan State defense is able to clamp down even though it doesn’t force a whole slew of mistakes.
Why Maryland Will Win
About those Michigan State threes, they’re 12-0 when they make 39% or more, and 4-5 when they don’t.
Maryland has only allowed teams to hit 39% or more six times. That hasn’t been a predictor for Terp success, but again, it’s a big deal for the Spartans.
Michigan State has a weird way of going dead cold for stretches. If they’re not making up for the off shooting with lots of rebounds, there’s a problem.
Maryland is good on the glass, they’re solid on the line, and outside of the struggles at Indiana a few days ago, it’s been good from inside the arc and doing a nice job of getting to the rim.
What’s Going To Happen
This is a dangerous game for Michigan State. It’s the third road game in the last four dates, it’s coming off the blowout over Michigan, and it’s been scuffling a little bit lately on this 2-2 run.
Maryland isn’t going to beat the Spartans with the three, but they have to match up well on the inside. That’s going to be a problem.
Michigan State will survive, but barely.
Michigan State vs Maryland Prediction, Lines
Michigan State 71, Maryland 68
Line: Michigan State -4.5, o/u: 138
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2
Must See Rating: 3.5
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