The Penn State offense is rolling. The Nittany Lions have scored at least 72 points in seven of their last nine games heading into Friday’s battle against a Maryland team that already has defeated Wisconsin, Illinois, and Minnesota on the road.
The Terrapins will look to slow this game down as they rank 20th in the nation in fewest possessions per game and do not apply much on-ball pressure on defense, rating 289th in steals per game.
Penn State’s big weakness is on the inside, allowing opponents to make 56.1 percent of their 2-point shots, which ranks 326th in country. However, Maryland takes just 57.4 percent of its shots from inside the 3-point arc, which ranks 292nd among Division I teams.
Aside from their game against non-DI team Wingate, the Terrapins have scored 67 points or fewer in each of their games this calendar year due in large part to being one-and-done on a lot of their possessions. They rank 305th in offensive rebounds per game and are 324th in true road games with 5.3 offensive rebounds per game.
Penn State has reeled in at least 11 offensive rebounds in seven of its last eight games. With forward John Harrar giving the team at least eight rebounds in all but one of those games, the Nittany Lions should control the boards and ultimately the game.
The play: Penn State, -3