Indiana Hoosiers vs. UMass-Lowell Riverhawks - 11/16/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
UMass-Lowell Riverhawks (1-1) at Indiana Hoosiers (1-0)
College Basketball: Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Branch McCracken Court at Assembly Hall)
The Line: Indiana Hoosiers -26.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: BTN, BTN2
In college basketball activity on Wednesday evening, the University of Massachusetts-Lowell River Hawks will be visiting the Indiana Hoosiers at Assembly Hall in Bloomington.
UMass-Lowell enters this game with a 1-1 record on the season. The River Hawks dropped their opener against UMass 90-76, but evened things up with a big 87-76 victory over Wagner on Monday. UMass-Lowell made 32 free throws as a team in that game, with Isaac White leading the way on 20 points and 10 made free throws.
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Matt Harris leads the River Hawks in scoring on the young season, with a 17 PPG average alongside 1.5 RPG, 4.0 APG and 1.5 SPG. Jahad Thomas isn’t far behind with his 16 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 2.5 APG and 3.0 SPG, while White is also in double figures for UMass-Lowell with 14.5 PPG so far through two games.
Over on the Indiana side, they’re entering play here with a 1-0 record, winning their opening game 103-99 against the Kansas Jayhawks back on Friday. That game was an OT thriller, with Indiana storming back from a 46-42 halftime deficit to outscore Kansas 14-10 in the extra period.
Leading the way for the Hoosiers in scoring during their win was James Blackmon, who bagged 26 points, six rebounds and two assists. Thomas Bryant doubled up on 19 points and 10 rebounds with two steals, while Curtis Jones managed 15 points for Indiana. OG Anuoby (13 points) and Robert Johnson (10 points) rounded out the double-digit scoring for the Hoosiers.
Indiana is 7-2 ATS in their last nine non-conference games, and 6-2 ATS in their last eight games overall. The Hoosiers are also 7-3 ATS in their last 10 home games, and 12-27 ATS in their last 39 games following an ATS win.
The over is 6-1 in the Hoosiers’ last seven home games versus a team with a road winning percentage of less than .400, and the over is also 6-2 in Indiana’s last eight home games versus a team with a losing road record. The over is 20-7 in Indiana’s last 27 non-conference games, and the over is also 5-2 in the Hoosiers’ last seven games after allowing more than 90 points in their previous game.
It’s tough telling what a team is made of from just one or two games, but Indiana has started things off well this season with balanced scoring and decent rebounding. The River Hawks certainly aren’t on the same level as Kansas, so I expect the Hoosiers to drop a lot of points here once again. I’ll take Indiana to cover in what should be a wall-to-wall victory. 26.5 points is a very thick line, but I think the Hoosiers can pull it off.