A spot in the Sweet 16 will be on the line when the Crimson Tide face off against the Terrapins on Saturday afternoon. This will feel like a home game for Alabama as they will be playing in Birmingham. The Terps have struggled on the road with only two true road wins all season.
Maryland gutted out a first-round win against West Virginia on the back of a stellar performance from sophomore Julian Reese who tallied 17 points, nine rebounds, and three blocks.
The Crimson Tide hung 96 points on Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, holding the Islanders’ star player Brandon Miller scoreless in the contest. That should scare every other team in the tournament.
Let’s dive into the odds and my best bets for this Round of 32 showdown.
Ani Sridhar’s March Madness Betting Record: 7-3 (+4.65 units)
Alabama vs Maryland Odds
Note: CBB odds mentioned in this article for Alabama vs Maryland were used from DraftKings Sportsbook, unless otherwise noted, and are current as of March 16, at 10 p.m.ET.
- Moneyline: Alabama (-390) • Maryland (+320)
- Spread: Alabama -8.5 (-110) • Maryland +8.5 (-110)
- Total: Over 144.5 (-110) • Under 144.5 (-110)
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Alabama vs Maryland Prediction
Alabama 78, Maryland 68
The Terps have exceeded expectations this season, but unfortunately for them, their season will end in the Round of 32. Alabama’s defense will cause issues for Maryland, and Reese will not be able to dominate this game as he did against the Mountaineers.
Junior forward Nick Pringle brings versatility to a Crimson Tide frontcourt that matches up well against the Maryland big men.
Alabama is ranked third in KenPom’s adjusted defensive efficiency rankings, and they restrict their opposition to only 37.2% shooting from the field. The Crimson Tide are also an excellent rebounding team, leading Division 1 basketball with 44.4 rebounds per game.
For the Terps to have a chance in this game, senior guard Jahmir Young will have to play better as he only had 10 points with six turnovers against West Virginia. I don’t expect a high-scoring game as Maryland will look to slow down the pace.
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Alabama vs Maryland Best Bets
Under 144.5 Total Points (-110) • DraftKings Sportsbook
WAGER: 1 Unit
We know the Terps will struggle to score against the Crimson Tide defense, and their slow pace – 66 possessions per game this season – bodes well for the Under. Ultimately, this bet will hinge on Maryland’s defense being able to contain Alabama.
The Maryland vs West Virginia game went Under the game total, but the Islanders and Crimson Tide game soared Over their total thanks to the 96 points from Alabama.
Alabama vs Maryland Same Game Parlay
Alabama vs Maryland SGP (+134) • FanDuel Sportsbook
WAGER: 1 Unit
- Under 67.5 1st Half Total (-104)
- Alabama Moneyline (-410)
Combining Alabama’s defense and Maryland’s pace of play, the first half Under is a good bet in this game. Maryland’s defense is also nothing to scoff at as they are in the Top 40 in KenPom’s adjusted defensive efficiency rankings.
I expect Alabama to win the game, so adding their moneyline to the parlay gives us a plus-odds parlay.
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