Maryland vs Illinois Pick – Recent Performance
Illinois is also 8-2 for their last 10 games. They had won seven straight games and then on February 2 they met the #18 Iowa Hawkeyes. Iowa beat the Fighting Illini 72-65. Illinois has had a tough time against nationally-ranked teams. Of the four top-25 clubs they’ve played, the Fighting Illini have beaten just one. That was #5 Michigan 71-62.
Terrapins at Fighting Illini – Stats
The Fighting Illini are better in field goals (45.6% to 41.3%) while the teams are neck-and-neck on threes and frees. They’re also close on steals, rebounds, and assists. The Terrapins are a bit better on blocks (4.9 to 3.0).
Player and Roster Assessment
For Maryland, Anthony Cowan Jr. controls the backcourt. Cowan is averaging 4.3 APG and 16.3 PPG. Forward Jalen Smith is a double-double threat. He’s bringing down 10.0 RPG and scoring 15.2 PPG. Two guards, Aaron Wiggins and Darryl Morsell, are solid inside-out players. Wiggins is averaging 10.6 PPG and Morsell 8.3 PPG. Both are bringing down five-plus rebounds per contest.
The Fighting Illini feature four double-digit scorers. Three of those point-makers are guards. In the backcourt, Ayo Dosunmu leads all players with 15.8 PPG and 3.4 APG. He’s also good for four rebounds per game. Also at guard, Andres Feliz is recording 11.1 RPG, 4.8 RPG, and 3.0 APG. Both Dosunmu and Feliz are hitting over 48% of their field goals. Guard Trent Frazier is good for 10.0 PPG. In front, forward Kofi Cockburn, a 53.0% shooter, is averaging 14.0 PPG and 9.2 RPG.
Our Maryland vs Illinois Pick
The Fighting Illini certainly have an edge being at home. However, as noted, Illinois has had a tough time against top-25 teams. The battle in the paint looks fairly even. But we do like the Terrapins D. They have an edge there. Our Maryland vs Illinois pick is the Terrapins at +3.0.