Albany vs. Maine - 3/4/15 America East Quarterfinal Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Maine Black Bears (3-25) at Albany Great Danes (21-8)
College Basketball: Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at 7:00 pm (SEFCU Arena)
The Line: Albany Great Danes -19 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Maine Black Bears and Albany Great Danes meet Wednesday night in the America East quarterfinal.
The Maine Black Bears look to play spoiler and snap a five-game skid. On the season, Maine is averaging 60.2 points on 40.3 percent shooting and is allowing 74.5 points on 49 percent shooting. Kevin Little is averaging 12.5 points and 2.6 assists while Till Gloger is averaging 11.6 points and 4.9 rebounds. Zarko Valjarevic is dishing 1.4 assists and Shaun Lawton is grabbing 4.3 rebounds. The Maine Black Bears have four players averaging at least 9.8 points, and they’re shooting 72.6 percent from the line and 31.9 percent from deep. Defensively, Maine is allowing 37.2 percent shooting from beyond the arc and has given up 65 or less points in three of its last six games.
The Albany Great Danes hope to keep rolling after winning three straight. On the season, Albany is averaging 65.6 points on 44.1 percent shooting and is allowing 60.4 points on 40.2 percent shooting. Sam Rowley is averaging 14.3 points and 7.7 rebounds while Peter Hooley is averaging 13.7 points and 2.4 assists. Evan Singletary is the third double-digit scorer and Ray Sanders is grabbing 4.4 rebounds. The Albany Great Danes have four players averaging at least 9.6 points, and they’re shooting 75.6 percent from the line and 36.3 percent from deep. Defensively, Albany is allowing 36.1 percent shooting from deep and has given up 64 or less points in 10 of its last 11 games.
The Black Bears are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 road games and 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games overall. The Great Danes are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. America East and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games overall.
Yes, Maine has won only three games all season. However, the Black Bears have either won or lost four of their last six games by single digits. Maine is showing some fight and that will continue in a tournament matchup. I'll gladly take the truckload of points here.