Big Ten Conference play has begun and on Wednesday the Penn State Nittany Lions look to rebound after losing as north of 20 point favorites over the weekend to Bucknell as they play on the road against the Maryland Terrapins.
Penn State Nittany Lions vs. Maryland Terrapins (-8, 140.5)
These two teams have opposite issues as Maryland is 27th in the country in points allowed per possession but have exceeded 68 points on offense just twice this season while Penn State has scored at least 74 points in all but one of their games this season, but enter having surrendered at least 76 points in four straight games.
Despite giving up some overall big point amounts, Penn State entered Tuesday 71st among the 362 Division I teams in points allowed on a per possession basis this season with the key to their defense being turnovers.
First year Penn State coach Mike Rhodes comes in from VCU, who was in the top 10 in the country in turnovers forced per possession and has implemented that style at Penn State with the team 12th in the nation in turnovers forced on a per possession basis after Penn State was 361st in this category a season ago.
The Nittany Lions defense gets to bare down on a Maryland offense that ranks 220th in turnovers committed per possession and 218th in points scored per possession due in large part to their 3-point shooting struggles.
Between Maryland and their opponents, the Terrapins average the fewest made 3’s between they and their opponents per game in the nation as the team is 359th of the 362 Division I teams in 3-point shooting percentage at 22.7%, but just 24.1% of opponents shots from the field come from 3-point range, the third-lowest percentage in the nation.
While the offensive woes of Maryland are the biggest of these two teams, Penn State has overall not been overall efficient as well, ranking 127th in points scored on a per possession basis and enter having taken 40.9% of their shots from the field from 3-point range, which is 95th-highest among the 362 DI programs.
With Maryland being traditionally a slower tempo team and entering Tuesday 264th in the nation in possessions per game, it will lead to a low scoring affair on Wednesday.
The Play: Penn State vs. Maryland Under 140.5