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How and what to watch for Maryland vs. No. 17 Minnesota

Minnesota is coming off a huge win and will look to keep it going when Maryland comes to town.

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Maryland Terrapins guard Aaron Wiggins goes up for a shot as Illinois Fighting Illini guard Ayo Dosunmu commits a foul during the second half at the State Farm Center.  Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports

The 17th-ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers pulled one of the most impressive wins in the Big Ten season its last time out and will host the Maryland Terrapins on Saturday, January 23 at 2 p.m. ET.

After losing to the Michigan Wolverines 82-57 and Iowa Hawkeyes 86-71 in consecutive road games, Minnesota returned home to beat Michigan 75-57 last Saturday. The Gophers’ scheduled matchup with the Nebraska Cornhuskers was postponed due to COVID-19 issues with the Nebraska program. The Gophers rank 23rd in the latest KenPom rankings and are 11-4 overall including 4-4 in Big Ten play in a tie for seventh place in the conference.

Maryland comes in losing four of its last five Big Ten games, and unfortunately had to play Michigan after a loss earlier this week in a 87-63 drubbing. The Terrapins rank 53rd in KenPom, and their strength comes on the offensive end. Maryland’s adjusted offensive efficiency ranks 28th, while its defense checks in at No. 98. The Terrapins are 8-7 overall this season and 2-6 in conference play, 12th in the Big Ten.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

You can watch Maryland vs. Minnesota on Saturday, January 23rd at 2:00 p.m. ET on Big Ten Network, which is also available via the CBS Sports app with a cable or streaming service login. If you don’t have a cable login to access the app, you can get a free trial from YouTube TV, Hulu with Live TV, AT&T TV Now, FuboTV, or Sling TV to stream it.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Point spread: Minnesota -6.5
Point Total: 145
Money line: Maryland +230, Minnesota -295

  • Maryland is 1-4 against the spread in its last five games but 7-2-1 against the spread in its last 10 games against Minnesota.
  • The total went over in 15 of Maryland’s last 20 games, and it went under in each of of Minnesota’s last six games.
  • Minnesota is 13-4 straight up in its last 17 games overall and 6-0 against the spread in its last six games at home.

The Best Bet

The Gophers got a huge pick-me-up win against Michigan last Saturday, causing the Wolverines to turn around and take their frustrations out on a sputtering Terrapins team earlier in the week.

Minnesota has been money at home in Big Ten play this season with their closest victory being a 102-85 overtime victory over Iowa on Christmas. Expect them to keep that up on Saturday in Minneapolis.

Pick: Minnesota -6.5

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