Florida International Panthers vs. Maryland Terrapins
The Florida International Golden Panthers look for rare back to back wins when they tangle with the Maryland Terrapins. The Golden Panthers upended Stephen F. Austin 58-56 on Sunday while the Terrapins defeated Mount St Mary’s 77-74. The Terrapins are -14 point favorites over the Golden Panthers.
Florida International has played their share of close games early in the year but their record says wins have been tough to come by and likely won’t be too common unless this team starts putting up some points. FIU averages less than 62 points and allows opponents to shoot just under 48% from the field which isn’t a combination conducive to winning. The Golden Panthers shot the ball well above average versus Stephen F Austin at 58.3% while allowing the Lumberjacks a mediocre 44.7% from the field with the scoreboard kept in check with the half court attacks both teams employed. Oddly, the accurate shooting of Florida International proved to be enough to put this game in the win column with SFA holding advantages in offensive rebounding (13-6) and by forcing 17 turnovers which led to eleven more shots. DeJuan Wright paced the attack with 18 points while Dominique Ferguson followed with 13 points and five rebounds and Jeremy Allen added eleven.
Maryland has lost their fair share of talent and it’s shown in their inconsistent play where both the offense and defense have been up and down throughout the early stages of the season. Both units once again had issues versus Mount St Mary’s with the Terrapins squandering a 16 point lead and not securing the victory until the final buzzer. The Terps converted on half of their shots but the Mountaineers held serve with 46.4% from the floor and most importantly a 11 of 21 performance from long range. While Mount St Mary’s dominated action on the perimeter, Maryland did a huge amount of damage from the foul line by turning 23 Mountaineers personals in to a 25 of 35 effort with MSM recording eleven makes. The Terps were led by Terrell Stoglin with 23 points with James Padgett adding 15 points and six pulls. Nick Faust and Ashton Pankey followed with 13 points apiece while combining for eleven rebounds.
Florida International will be fortunate to stay out of the Sun Belt basement and their only chance is to milk the clock and make shots. Maryland isn’t the same team we’ve come to know in recent years with an exodus of talent. They could be susceptible on defense but whether FIU can take advantage is the question. I don’t know what to expect here as I can see a Maryland blowout and a backdoor cover.
Florida International Golden Panthers +14 Maryland Terrapins