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#765 Belmont +3 over Maryland 2:10 PM CT

Maryland’s young squad surprised early this season but the Terrapins appeared to run out of gas late in the Big Ten season, dropping six of the final 12 games. While Maryland did get a big home win over Purdue in mid-February they also barely won games vs. Iowa and Minnesota and yet still were rewarded with a #6 seed in the NCAA Tournament despite a very weak non-conference schedule and an early exit in the Big Ten tournament. Belmont had an uncertain future on selection Sunday after losing in the OVC Final against Murray State. The Bruins played that game without center Nick Muszynski and the team still got the call with a First Four matchup in Dayton late Tuesday night.

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Belmont beat Temple by 11 in that game and then traveled to Jacksonville, now drawing an afternoon contest. Belmont looks like a team that could take momentum into the tournament and this squad plays fast with great offensive efficiency. Maryland can struggle with turnovers as that figures to be a key area of advantage for the slight underdog in this matchup and Belmont has the size to manage this matchup. Dylan Windler’s ability to spread the floor should provide opportunities for the Bruins with the senior a 42 percent 3-point shooter at 6’8”. Maryland looks highly vulnerable in this matchup and the low spread for a 6/11 contest should be telling.

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