Free College Basketball Picks Today: Penn State Nittany Lions vs Maryland Terrapins 3/5/23

Free College Basketball Picks Today: Penn State Nittany Lions vs Maryland Terrapins 3/5/23
Sun 5th March 2023

The Penn State Nittany Lions (18-12, 9-10 Big 10) host the No. 21 Maryland Terrapins (20-10, 11-8 Big 10) Sunday in a matchup of slow-paced teams. Maryland was defeated by the Ohio State Buckeyes 73-62 at Value City Arena on Wednesday, their third consecutive loss away from home.

Julian Reese was a top performer in the losing effort with 17 points, 12 rebounds, and three blocks. The Terrapins are fourth in the Big Ten Conference.

Penn State won a close one on Wednesday at Welsh-Ryan Arena, beating the Northwestern Wildcats 68-65 in overtime. Camren Wynter had 24 points, carrying the team. The Nittany Lions are 10th in the Big Ten Conference.

It’s the final meeting of the season between the teams. Maryland will be aiming for a season sweep against Penn State after taking the only previous game 74-68 at Xfinity Center on February 11.

Hakim Hart led the Terrapins with 23 points. Kanye Clary had 17 points in the loss. Jahmir Young is averaging 15.9 points per game to lead the Terrapins in scoring this season.

Young also has dished 3.3 assists per game. Meanwhile, Reese is grabbing 7.1 rebounds. Jalen Pickett’s 18.1 points per game have powered the Nittany Lions on offense. Pickett has also stuffed the stat sheet with 7.0 assists, fourth-most in the nation, and 7.3 rebounds per game.

Half-court execution will likely be the difference in this matchup that features a pair of the nation’s slowest-paced teams, as the Terrapins and the Nittany Lions rank 334th and 316th, respectively, in possessions per game.

Maryland is 7-3 in the last 10 games with an average margin of +9.9 (72.0-62.1). Penn State has split the last 10 (5-5), scoring 71.6 points per game on average while allowing 71.1 (+0.5 margin).


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Julian Reese: 27.8 | 19.0 | +8.8
Jahari Long: 1.4 | 4.4 | -3.0
Points per game:
Julian Reese: 15.2 | 11.0 | +4.2
Rebounds per game:
Julian Reese: 11.8 | 7.1 | +4.7
Assists per game:
Hakim Hart: 3.6 | 2.5 | +1.1


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Camren Wynter: 21.6 | 13.6 | +8.0
Myles Dread: 2.0 | 7.9 | -5.9
Points per game:
Camren Wynter: 15.2 | 8.8 | +6.4
Myles Dread: 1.2 | 5.3 | -4.1

SportsTips’ College Basketball Pick:

Penn State -3.5 (-110)

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