Connecticut Huskies vs. Maryland Terrapins
The UConn Huskies and the Maryland Terrapins face off in Brooklyn in their 2013-2014 college basketball season openers. The Huskies are -5.5 point favorites over the Terrapins with an over/under point total set at 143.
The Connecticut Huskies didn’t go to the NCAA Tournament a year ago because of academic reasons but they have a team that could very well be headed there this season. UConn returns a ton of talent from last year and looks to be loaded at the guard spot. Shabazz Napier averaged 17.1 points per game with 4.4 rebounds and 2 steals and Ryan Boatright averaged 15.4 points and 4.4 assists per game. DeAndre Daniels and his 12.1 points and 5.5 rebounds per game and Omar Calhoun and his 11.1 points per game is back as well as UConn’s entire starting five is back in action. UConn averaged 69.9 points per game and they shot 44.2 percent from the floor and their opponents averaged 65.4 points and shot 40.4 percent. If the perimeter shooting holds up the Huskies could be contenders this season.
The Maryland Terrapins return plenty of players with experience form last year’s team but the issue is whether or not they have the talent level to compete in what should be a very tough ACC. Dez Wells was the Terrapins leading scorer with 13.1 points per game and 4.9 rebounds and Nick Faust averaged 9.4 points. Shaquille Cleare will need to step up at Center where Alex Len left early for the NBA and while we didn’t see much of Cleare last season he came to Maryland as one of the top recruits in the nation. Roddy Peters was Maryland’s top recruiting get this season. Last season Maryland averaged 70.7 points and they shot 46.4 percent from the floor while defensively they allowed 64 points and their opponents shot 38.5 percent from the floor. Maryland is going to be up against it this season as the ACC got a lot tougher with the Big East schools moving in.
Connecticut is 5-1 against the spread in their last six games, 5-2 against the spread in their last seven games against the ACC, and 5-1 against the spread in their last six non-conference games. Maryland is 5-0 against the spread in their last five games away from home, 7-1 against the spread in their last eight games overall, and 5-2 against the spread in their last seven non-conference games.
UConn is a big favorite here but this one could be a gigantic blowout if the Huskies hit from the outside.
UConn Huskies -5.5 Maryland Terrapins