Albany Great Danes vs. Hartford Hawks - 3/2/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Hartford Hawks (9-22) at Albany Great Danes (24-7)
College Basketball: Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at 7:00 pm (SEFCU Arena)
The Line: Albany Great Danes -20 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The #7 Hartford Hawks look for the huge upset of second seed the Albany Great Danes.
Defense was the number one issue for the Hartford Hawks who were outscored 79-71 overall to finish the conference at 4-12 and 9-22 overall. The Hawks were 2-8 in their last ten and were just as likely to score 60 as they were 80 so inconsistency was also an issue. If Hartford is going to surprise in the tournament it will be because do everything Cleveland Thomas has a monster game as he leads the team in virtually everything. Thomas averaged 19 points and 6.6 rebounds and was the only double digit scorer. Jalen Ross and George Blagojevic averaged just under ten points with seven boards between them and are the duo that needs to step up and put points on the board. The remainder of the offense is score by committee with the hope a hot hand or two emerges.
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The Albany Great Danes enjoyed another great season with a 24-7 record and 13-3 mark in the America East. The Great Danes were the definition of consistency with a 9-1 record in their last ten contests as they could score at 76 points as well as defend with the #33 defense giving up 65 points. Evan Singletary averaged a team high 13 points with Peter Hooley checking in at 12.6 points. Ray Sanders and Joe Cremo added 12 and 19.5 points respectively while Mike Rowley scored eight points with a team high 6.4 boards. Greg Stire gave the Great Danes another eight points and was the second leading at rebounder at six. Albany was dangerous because many pieces were interchangeable and everyone helped out on the backboards.
Albany are 11-5 ATS in their last 16 games overall. Given the spread this is a toss up because once Albany gets up by double figures they will be subbing and getting ready for the semifinals. The bottom line is the Great Danes decide how bad this gets…