Maryland Terrapins vs. North Carolina State Wolfpack
The ACC Tournament kicks off today with the Maryland Terrapins taking the court against the North Carolina State Wolfpack.Â Maryland is a 6-point favorite over NC State and the over/under is set at 146.
The Maryland Terrapins are 18-13 overall and 10-15 against the spread on the year.Â They were 7-9 in conference play this year and are the 7th seed in the tournament.Â Maryland made the NCAA tournament the past two years but will have to win this tourney and get the automatic bid to make it three straight. Maryland is on a three-game losing streak and has lost all three against the spread. Losses at North Carolina and Miami were somewhat acceptable, but a 74-60 home loss to Virginia as 12-point favorites last Saturday was not. The 134 combined points scored against Virginia went er the 133-point total. The er is 7-1 in Marylands last eight games, surrendering 77.5 points per game compared to 67 points per game on the season. Maryland hasnt won away from home since January 30th at Georgia Tech 74-63.Â They are 0-4 overall since then and 0-4 against the spread.
North Carolina State is 15-15 overall and 11-16 against the spread.Â They are the 10th seed in the tournament after another disappointing season.Â North Carolina States conference record was 5-11 overall and 4-12 against the spread.Â That includes ending the season 1-3 and 0-4 against the spread.Â Senior forward Tracy Smith leads the Wolfpack in points with 14.1 points per game. There is optimism surrounding the program with three freshmen starters in small forward C.J. Leslie, and guards Lorenzo Brown and Ryan Harrow.
The teams met February 20th with Maryland getting an 87-80 home win. The Wolfpack did cover against Maryland as 10-point underdogs.Â Maryland was 8-0 against the spread in the previous eight encounters.Â Today, I am taking the er.Â In the previous game a total of 167 points were scored.Â The total today is only 146.Â I believe that this game will easily surpass that number as it did the first time these two teams played each other.