West Virginia vs. Maryland Predictions and Odds (March 16)

Maryland Terrapins guard Jahmir Young dribbles across the court

March 10, 2023; Chicago, IL, USA; Maryland Terrapins guard Jahmir Young (1) courtesy the ball during the first half at the United Center against the Indiana Hoosiers. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

  • West Virginia meets Maryland in the round of 64 of the NCAA tournament
  • West Virginia is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games
  • Check out all West Virginia vs Maryland odds and predictions below

No. 9 seeded West Virginia (19-14, 10-8 Big 12) meets No. 9. 8 seed Maryland (25-6, 15-3 Big 10) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament Bracket on Thursday, March 16 . Make sure to place all your bets early as the matchup between West Virginia and Maryland March Madness will be played at 12:15pm ET.

West Virginia had won three straight games and covered the spread in five straight games before losing to Kansas 78-61 on March 9th.

Meanwhile, the Maryland Terrapins lost their last appearance ranked 70-60 to the Indiana Hoosiers in the Big Ten tournament.

West Virginia versus Maryland prediction game on Thursday at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama. CBS will carry the show.

Odds between West Virginia and Maryland

team spread money line In total
West Virginia -2 -130 Over 137.5 (-110)
Maryland +2 +110 Below 137.5 (-110)

West Virginia enters Thursday as a 2-point favorite over Maryland in college basketball odds. The Mountaineers are -130 favorites on the moneyline while the Terrapins are a +110 live underdog. The total for West Virginia vs. Maryland stands at 137.5.

Odds as of March 14th at Draftkings Sportsbook.

Can West Virginia take it home?

The Mountaineers are returning to March Madness after failing to qualify for last year’s tournament.

West Virginia dominated Texas Tech 78-62 before losing to Kansas in the Big 12 tournament. Fifth-year senior Erik Stevenson leads the team this season with 15.5 points on 38.1% shooting from downtown.

West Virginia’s top-tier offense (15th in KenPom’s adjusted efficiency rankings) has to make up for its weak defense (52nd) against Maryland. The Mountaineers have dropped a worrying 73.2 points per game in the last 5 competitions and will need to solidify defensively to clinch victory on Thursday.

That being said, West Virginia has covered the spread in five of their last six games played. While the over is 4-1 in the Mountaineers’ last five games after a loss.

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Maryland madness

Maryland will be looking to bounce back after a rocky end to their season. The Terrapins lost the last two games of their regular season to Penn State and Michigan State before blowing up Minnesota and losing to Indiana.

If Maryland can pull off an upset win, Jahmir Young will be a big reason. The senior guard transferred to Maryland after three years in Charlotte and lit the Big Ten. Young averaged 16.1 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game for the Terrapins.

While the Terrapins’ offense has averaged just 70.7 points per game this year, Maryland shines on the defensive side of the ball. Coach Kevin Willard’s team has allowed just 63.2 points per game this season and ranks 33rd in KenPom’s adjusted defensive efficiency.

Betting trends favor the Under in the first round of this NCAA tournament. After all, 3 of Maryland’s last 4 games have fallen below the total. Additionally, the Terrapins have been a resilient squad this season, winning in their last 7 games after losing 6-1 ATS.

West Virginia vs Maryland Prediction

While the Mountaineers have been hitting in heaps for much of this season, the best unit in this game is the Terrapins defense. Remember, Maryland started this season with a rip, winning 8 straight contests.

Additionally, the Terrapins are a battle-hardened unit, with victories over Miami, Illinois, Indiana, and Purdue to their credit. The Terrapins are more than capable of staying close and clinching a late win against a mediocre West Virginia team. Take Maryland and the points.

West Virginia vs. Maryland selection: Maryland +2 (-110), Maryland wins (+110)

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