The George Washington Colonials and Maryland Terrapins both picked up wins in their opening games of the 2021-2022 college basketball season. Now, they will each look to tip off their respective seasons with a second straight win, as they face one another in College Park on Thursday night. While oddsmakers have set a huge point spread for this George Washington Colonials vs. Maryland Terrapins matchup, the Colonials of the Atlantic 10 will still have an upset on their minds.
Early season non-conference games in college basketball are always interesting when a power conference team is playing a team from a mid-major league. The power conference team typically has an advantage in terms of the talent on their roster compared to their opponent. But the team from the smaller conference often treats these games like the biggest game on their schedule, which can result in some surprising upsets on occasion.
George Washington Colonials – Off To A Winning Start
George Washington started its season with a win, with the Atlantic 10 squad beating St. Francis (PA) of the Northeast Conference in their season opener. In that game, shot just 38% from the field, but were impressive enough with their defense that they were able to get away with their offensive woes and win the game. George Washington held the Red Flash to just one made three-point shot in the game, which may be hard to replicate against the Terrapins on Thursday.
That win by George Washington is an impressive one, as St. Francis was a tough out throughout last season in the NEC. The Red Flash gave Bryant, the class of the NEC last season, trouble during conference play last year. But the level of competition for George Washington is set to ramp up in a big way when they face Maryland. The Terrapins are likely to be physically bigger and stronger than George Washington, which could present problems.
Expected Line-Up: Brendan Adams, James Bishop, Joe Bamisile, Ricky Lindo Jr., Noel Brown
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Maryland Terrapins – One For One So Far
The Maryland Terrapins weren’t as dominant as they would have liked, but they did manage to pick up a win in their season opener against the Quinnipiac Bobcats by 14 points. Maryland outscored the Bobcats by 16 points in the first half, before playing an evenly matched second half that was good enough to allow Maryland to hold on for a win. Maryland shot 49% for the game, with their bigs having a field day against an overmatched Quinnipiac frontcourt.
In this game, the Terrapins will attempt to win with bully ball once again, as they should have an advantage against George Washington on the interior. But there is a concern for the Terrapins coming into this matchup, as they shot just 6/17 from three-point range against Quinnipiac. They will need to do a better job of shooting the basketball in this game and going forward if the Terps are going to have a shot at being an upper echelon team this year.
Expected Line-Up: Eric Ayala, Fatts Russell, Hakim Hart, Donta Scott, Qudus Wahab
Expert Pick #1 – George Washington +19.5 @ -110
Bet number one for this game is on George Washington plus 19.5 points at -110 odds. There is no question that Maryland is the better team coming into this matchup with George Washington. But the Colonials should be able to keep this game within 20 points, thanks in large part to their ability to guard the three-point line and Maryland’s early struggles making perimeter shots. The Colonials picked up a respectable win to start their season, and should be able to keep this game closer to a 10-point final margin.
Expert Pick #2 – Over 137.5 @ -110
The second bet to make for this matchup is the over 137.5 at -110 odds. Maryland is a team that should be able to get paint points to keep the total moving consistently throughout the game. And George Washington, barring a complete offensive collapse, should be able to do their part to get the game to the over as well. Both teams scored over 75 points in their opener, and will come close to doing the same here.
Expert Pick #3 – George Washington First Half +10.5 @ -110
It is also worth taking a look at George Washington to cover the first half point spread of 10.5 points at -110 odds. Maryland had a great first half against Quinnipiac, but George Washington is a better team than the Bobcats and should be able to keep the Terrapins in check early to set up a more exciting second half for Maryland than they faced in their opener.
Above all else, this game between Maryland and George Washington should simply be more competitive than expected. There is no guarantee that Maryland will win it outright, let alone come away with the 20-point victory needed to cover this massive point spread.