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Maryland Terrapins vs. Northwestern Wildcats – Feb 15, 2017

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In the Big Ten, two teams fighting for position near the top of the standings will get together in Evanston. The Maryland Terrapins will mix it up against the Northwestern Wildcats on Wednesday. The Maryland Terrapins come into the game with a 21-4 record overall. The Terrapins are tied with Purdue for second in the conference, at 9-3.

On the other side, Chris Collins and his Northwestern Wildcats are 19-6 on the season. The Wildcats are coming off the upset win at Wisconsin in their last game. The Wildcats are 8-4 in Big Ten play, which is fourth. The Northwestern Wildcats are -3 at home over Maryland in this game on Wednesday.

Wildcats Seeking 20th

Unless they completely collapse, the Northwestern Wildcats are going to make the NCAA Tournament. In this game, the Wildcats are seeking their 20th win of the season. Northwestern will see Rutgers, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan following this. The win over Wisconsin on Sunday snapped a two game losing streak.

The Wildcats are led by Scottie Lindsey, but the guard has missed the last three games. He is scoring more than 15 points per game. Bryant McIntosh is having a fine season for Northwestern, with 14 points and 5.6 assists per game. Northwestern has never made the NCAA Tournament in school history.

Terrapins Winners of 8 out of 10

The Maryland Terrapins have won 8 out of their last 10 games, with their two losses to Purdue and Penn State. Maryland bounced back with a home win over Ohio State over the weekend. Melo Trimble is the top scorer for the Terrapins, with more than 16 points per game. The Terrapins as a team are scoring 75.6 per game.

Maryland is just a game behind the Wisconsin Badgers. The Terrapins are playing two straight road games, with a trip to Wisconsin next on the schedule. The Terrapins are seeking their 27th NCAA Tournament trip, and third to the Final Four. Maryland won the national championship 15 years ago, out of the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Wildcats Win at home

This should be a great game in Evanston. The Wildcats are coming off a massive win, and if they win this game, their resume will look fantastic. The Wildcats are unsure whether Lindsey will come back for this game, but winning without him was a huge step. Look for a competitive game here.

The Maryland Terrapins may have the best player on the court in Melo Trimble, but in the end, Northwestern will use their depth and defense to win this game. The final bet for this game on Wednesday out of the Big Ten is the Northwestern Wildcats -3 over the Maryland Terrapins.