New Hampshire vs. Hartford - 3/4/15 America East Quarterfinal Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Hartford Hawks (14-15) at New Hampshire Wildcats (17-11)
College Basketball: Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Lundholm Gymnasium)
The Line: New Hampshire Wildcats -8.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Hartford Hawks and New Hampshire Wildcats play Wednesday in the America East quarterfinal.
The Hartford Hawks look for a win after losing four of their last six games. On the season, Hartford is averaging 61.1 points on 39.9 percent shooting and is allowing 64.5 points on 45 percent shooting. Mark Nwakamma is averaging 11.8 points and 5.7 rebounds while Corban Wroe is averaging 9.9 points and 2.5 assists. Yolonzo Moore II is dishing 2.7 assists and Taylor Dyson is grabbing 2.9 rebounds. The Hartford Hawks have four players averaging at least eight points, and they’re shooting 70 percent from the line and 32.7 percent from deep. Defensively, Hartford is allowing 31.4 percent shooting from deep and has given up 65 or less points in four of its last eight games.
The New Hampshire Wildcats look to stay hot after winning five of their last six games. On the season, New Hampshire is averaging 65.4 points on 42.7 percent shooting and is allowing 62.4 points on 40.3 percent shooting. Tanner Leissner is averaging 12.8 points and 7.4 rebounds while Jaleen Smith is averaging 10.1 points and 2.7 assists. Jacoby Armstrong is grabbing 4.1 rebounds and Daniel Dion is dishing 1.6 assists. The New Hampshire Wildcats have five players averaging at least 9.3 points, and they’re shooting 68.4 percent from the line and 36.7 percent from deep. Defensively, New Hampshire is allowing 30.9 percent shooting from deep and has given up 64 or less points in four straight games.
The Hawks are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a S.U. loss and 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Wildcats are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. America East.
The last three meetings between these two teams have gone into overtime or decided by one bucket. When you add in the fact this is an elimination game, you can expect another highly contested matchup. I'm taking the Hawks and the points.