LSU vs. Maryland Betting Guide: Will Tigers Turn This NCAA Tournament Game Into a Track Meet?

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Matt Stamey, USA Today Sports. Pictured: Naz Reid

Mar 23, 2019, 11:05 AM EDT

#3 LSU vs. #6 Maryland: NCAA Tournament Betting Odds

  • Spread: LSU -2.5
  • Over/Under: 145.5
  • Date: Saturday, March 23
  • Time: 12:10 p.m. ET
  • TV: CBS
  • Location: Jacksonville, Fla.

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LSU and Maryland each took different paths to the Round of 32.

LSU had an up-and-down, athletically dominant win over Yale, which couldn’t make a 3 to save its life until the final minutes. Maryland, meanwhile, was in big trouble against Belmont but rallied to win a nail-biter.

Is there anything about those games that can help us when these teams play each other?

The Tigers Are A Blast to Watch

LSU is fun to watch.  Really fun. The Tigers’ athleticism is just off the charts. Their point guard can score in the paint with flair, and their big man can shoot 3s. Their malleability makes them very difficult to defend.

The paint will be fascinating because of the statistical profiles of each team. LSU is extremely good at crashing the offensive rebounds; in fact it was the best team in the SEC in that metric. But Maryland, because of its two big men, Bruno Fernando and Jalen Smith (each 6-foot-10), was the best in the Big Ten at not allowing offensive rebounds. That battle will be critical.

It will also be interesting to see whether Fernando or Smith tracks Naz Reid around the perimeter, and if they can do so without needing help.

The point guard matchup between LSU’s Tremont Waters and Maryland’s Anthony Cowan is phenomenal, but Maryland has guys in both of those positions who can at least limit the Tigers’ most potent weapons.

Can Maryland Clean Up on the Offensive Glass?

The Terrapins can be a little tough to watch sometimes.

Against Belmont, the Terps got in real trouble because in the half-court because their 3s weren’t falling early. What brought them back into the game was their incredibly physical advantage inside with Smith and Fernando.

Belmont had absolutely no answer, and Maryland had 15 offensive rebounds, with each big man having a double-double. The two big men absolutely saved Maryland’s season, because somehow the team was able to win a game where it shot 6-for-22 from 3 and forced only five turnovers. Those extra possessions were critical.

Against LSU, you would think that physical advantage for Maryland would be gone, but not so fast.

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