South Dakota State vs Maryland Prediction
When: 4:30 PM ET, Friday, March 18, 2016
Where: Spokane Arena, Spokane, Washington
TV: 4:30 p.m. ET, TBS
Line: Maryland -9.5, Total: 143
Jackrabbits vs Terrapins Preview
South Dakota State (26-7) is peaking at the right time with wins in six straight games after knocking off rival North Dakota State in the Summit final. The Jackrabbits rolled through the Summit League tournament to reach the NCAA Tournament for the third time in the last five years. South Dakota State will test Maryland’s front line with freshman forward Mike Daum, who has scored in double figures in 20 straight games. South Dakota State cruised past Big Ten member Minnesota, which beat Maryland in conference play, on Dec. 8. Maryland (25-8) finished out the season with losses in five of their last eight games. Three of the Terrapins’ last four losses came by five or fewer points. The Terrapins have not made it out of the first weekend at the NCAA Tournament since a Sweet 16 run in 2003.
SOUTH DAKOTA STATE JACKRABBITS
Mike Daum 13 PTS, 4 REB, 51.2 FG%
George Marshall 13 PTS, 3 REB, 38 FG%
Deondre Parks 12 PTS, 3 REB, 38.7 FG%
Melo Trimble 15 PTS, 4 REB, 4.8 AST
Diamond Stone 13 PTS, 6 REB, 1.3 BLK
Robert Carter Jr. 13 PTS, 7 REB, 1.1 BLK
The public is 60% on the Maryland Terrapins to cover the spread. The point spread opened at MD -8.5. The line movement indicates more money is being placed on the side of the Maryland Terrapins to cover.
Maryland 71, South Dakota State 73
It happens every year. The 5 vs 12 seeds. Who will this years upset be? I am taking the Jackrabbits (and the points) against Maryland.