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College Basketball Betting Pick & Prediction: Maryland Terrapins vs. St. Peters Peacocks - Thursday, Dec. 22, 2022

December 22, 2022

The Maryland Terps look to end a three-game losing streak when they battle against unhealed St. Peters Thursday night. They tip it off at 6:30 pm.Maryland Terps Betting PreviewThe Terps (8-3) started off the season with a bang as they won eight straight games but since then have dropped three in a row and they are trying to stop this slide with a win over an average St. Peters squad. Maryland is favored by close to 22 points. Maryland got hammered its last time out on the floor as they were blown out against UCLA, 87-60 in a game that was not even competitive. The 27-point loss was humbling and they were not able to even make this game competitive. They are led by their guard play and have a nice player in Jahmir Young, who averages 14.5 points per contest. Forward Donta Scott added 13.9 points to help out Young. This is a gem if Maryland just plays smart basketball they should win this game. Let the guards penetrate and make plays and dish and the Terps have to do a better job on the boards and convert second-chance shots.St. Peters Peacocks Betting PreviewThe Peacocks (6-5)  struggle on the road with a 1-4 mark and a win over Maryland would be their biggest win of the season. St. Peters is a 21 1/2 point bigtime underdog in this game. St. Peters has shown some fight, as they are in the midst of a two-game winning streak after a three-game slide. They are fresh off a win over Quinnipiac, 63-56, as Isiah Dasher had a career game, finishing with 29 points in 38 minutes. They need to do a better job from beyond the arc if they are looking to pull off the upset Thursday night. They are coming off a 7-of-28 performance and need to do a better job converting from there. They are going to look to get the ball to Dasher, who can play with his back towards the basket or create his own shot. Jaylen Murray is another player to watch as well. He is the only rotation player that really shows a ton of consistency and is the Peacocks second-leading scorer at 13.6 points per game. He has though missed the last three games and hopefully they can get him back for this one.Game Odds, Series Trends and Free Pick The Terps are 2-3 in their last five games and 3-2 in their last five games against the spread. They are also 3-1 in their road games against the number, but 21 1/2 points seems like a ton of points for them to cover. St. Peters is 2-3 in their last five games and 1-4 in their last five games against the spread and 0-4 in their road games against the spread. If the Terps cant run them off the floor in the first half, they might have a tough time covering the number and handling their business in this one. They should win, but the spread worries us.Maryland is good but might have trouble covering this one. The Persian's Pick: St. Peters' + 21 1/2