Ohio State @ Maryland on 2/11

By Totals 4 U

Hello, Sports Fans! With the very busy football seasons behind us, it is time to jump back in here by looking at some match ups down the College Basketball homestretch. First up, we head to the Big 10 Conference for Ohio State @ Maryland, tipping off 4:00 EST Saturday on ESPN…

OHIO STATE (15-10, 5-7 Big 10): The Buckeyes held off Rutgers Wednesday night with a 4-point play by Kam Williams with a minute to play, taking a 70-64 win in Columbus. 7’0″ junior C Trevor Thompson added 15 points, 13 boards, and 3 blocks to earn the crew their 2nd straight victory and just barely keeping their Big Dance hopes alive.

Thad Matta’s group is pretty well-balanced with 4 players averaging double-digit scoring, led by forwards Jae’Sean Tate (14.1p, 6.1r) and Marc Loving (11.7p, 5.0r) plus a solid big man with Thompson adding 9.4 rebounds per game to his 10.8 points.

On the injury front, Ohio State may be getting their starting point guard back in position. 6’5″ sophomore PG JaQuan Jyle (11.4p, 5.0a) has been taking a secondary role while he works through an ankle injury and represents a big step up over 6’1″ CJ Jackson (5 turnovers last game), his temporary replacement.

The Buckeyes are capable of surprising a good team in the Big 10 Tourney – and they are going to have to earn the invite they missed last season.

MARYLAND (20-4, 8-3 Big 10): The Terrapin dropped their 2nd straight Tuesday night with a lackluster 64-70 loss at middling Penn State to follow a tough 72-73 home drop to Purdue. Flat all night, Maryland managed just 20 of 59 from the field and 7 of 26 behind the arc against the Lions.

Dynamic 6’3″ junior G Melo Trimble leads the way with 16.9 points per game and is deadly from the line at .831, paired with 6’0″ Anthony Cowan (10.2p, 4.0r, 3.6a) in the back court. 6’7″ forwards Jackson (11.4p and 6.3r) and Heuerter (8.9p, 5.0r) are versatile and add some 3-point firepower (81-196 combined).

Coach Mark Turgeon’s offense starts with strong defense, allowing just 66.5 points per game on .402 shooting from the field and .320 behind the arc. Truly a team-rebounding crew with 7 players averaging at least 3 boards a game while big men Dodd, Cekovsky, and Bender are all capable of delivering a pass over the top on the break.

Wins by Wisconsin and Purdue Thursday night, paired with recent Terp losses, have ended hopes for a regular season championship but this a team that could still take the Big 10 Tourney.

FREE SELECTION: College Park will be raising a banner at the XFinity Center for former Coach Lefty Driesell. Driesell was the originator of “Midnight Basketball” back in 1971, the only coach to record 100+ wins with 4 teams, and piled up 786 wins over 41 seasons (17 at Maryland).

The Terrapins topped the Buckeyes 77-71 on January 31st in Columbus and we expect them to right the ship with a home game against a team they so recently beat. Better shooting, better on the break, a better star, and know how to grind with 17 made free-throws per contest. No line on the game yet but our prediction is 76-67 Maryland.

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– TD at Totals 4 You

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Purdue @ Maryland on Saturday 2/6

By Totals 4 U

We have entered the regular season homestretch from college basketball and we will be taking a look at some match ups featuring the contenders over the next few weeks starting with a superb Big 10 Conference showdown this weekend. #18 Purdue Boilermakers at #4 Maryland Terrapins this Saturday afternoon starts us off…

Purdue (19-4, 7-3 Big 10): Coach Matt Painters’s group will have a week-long rest heading into this contest, last topping Nebraska 89-74 at home with 27 assists and 7’0″ 250# C AJ Hammonds earning his 3rd Big 10 Player of the Week Award with 32 points, 11 boards, 5 assists, and 5 blocks…all in just 29 minutes. 7’2″ 282# backup C Isaac Haas added 13 points in 12 minutes, earning the Boilermakers their 22nd bench points advantage in 23 tries.

A ton of size in West Lafayette when you add in 6’8″ F Edwards (10.5p, 5.4r) and 6’9″ 250# Swanigan (9.9p, 9.0r), earning a dominating 42.8/30.5 rebounding edge per game. 18.0 assists per game, feed the paint for a team .466 mark from the field versus .381 for opponents. Against the Huskers, this crew posted exactly zero fast-break points! Out of 89!

Purdue has outscored opponents 79.0-62.6 this season and, unlike some other big teams, can punish from the line at 75%. Another gem hidden among the trees is dynamite depth at guard. Behind Thompson and Davis, Painter can call on the trio of Hill, Mathias, and Cline that combines for 14.5 points and 6.2 rebounds per game and has dished 136 assists.

Maryland (20-3, 9-2 Big 10): Coach Mark Turgeon’s team is also off a win over Nebraska, overcoming 18 turnovers on Wednesday with a 70-65 roadie. 6’3″ G Melo Trimble scored 20 but emerging freshman star 6’11” 255# C Diamond Stone stole the show with 16 points, 10 boards, and 8 blocked shots.

The Terrapins’ starting five is stuffed with star power, each averaging double-digit points. Trimble is a Bob Cousy (top point guard) Award Finalist, G Rasheed Suliamon brings senior experience and 42-88 shooting from three. Stone plus 6’9″ F Carter (12.8p, 6.8r) and 6’9″ F Layman (10.7p, 5.7r) have combined for 94 blocks.

Exceptional size and athleticism places Maryland 6th-best in the nation from the field at .497 versus .399 for opponents plus they hold a fine mark of 75.7% from the free throw line to pile up a 76.5-64.2 scoring edge per contest.

Free Selection: The boys from ESPN better pack their steady-cams for this Saturday afternoon trip College Park because there is going to be some serious beef pounding the XFINITY Center paint! The Terrapins own an incredible mark 19-2 mark the last 2 seasons in games decided by 6 points or less, are 12-0 at home this season, and may have the best starting-five in the nation but there are two important points to consider. First, Maryland’s ball security has been suspect. Secondly, Maryland’s lack of depth could be critical if inside banging piles up the fouls, also displaying a rare Boilermakers crew that can offer a match from the charity stripe. No line on this game yet but, goodness help us, we’re calling for Purdue to pull off the upset.

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-TD at Totals 4 You

The Roll Continues!!!

Congrats to all dunking the books again tonight!

A miracle 4th quarter banked your NBA on TNT Total of the Month Winner, Knicks/Celtics Under the Total from the pro side while…

your 2013 NIT Total of the Year Winner, Maryland/Alabama Under the Total, coasted to the win column boosting your college post-season Big Plays to 18-5!

Another huge slate for Friday night’s college and pros is ready now at the Totals 4 You Homepage

…and we’ll back later to break down a Sweet 16 game here at the blog. Until then be sure to pick up your lines, match ups, injuries, and DAILY FREE SELECTIONS at freeplays.com

– TD at Totals 4 You

Dynamite College Basketball Post-Season

Congrats to our team out there, posting a Dynamite 17-5 Mark on your 2013 College Post-Season Big Plays after adding your CBI Total of the Year Winner, Houston/George Mason over the total, to the win column Monday night.

Next up is your NIT Topper for Maryland @ Alabama Tuesday night and you can get in on the action at freeplays.com

We’ll be back soon with a break-down of this match up including a free selection on the side here at the blog – TD at Totals 4 You