Hartford vs. New Hampshire - 3/3/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New Hampshire Wildcats (10-20) at Hartford Hawks (18-12)
College Basketball: Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 4:00 pm (Reich Family Pavilion)
The Line: Hartford Hawks -4 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN 3
The New Hampshire Wildcats and Hartford Hawks will face off at Chase Arena this Saturday afternoon in the quarterfinals of the America East Men’s Championship.
The New Hampshire Wildcats had a disappointing season as after playing a tough non-conference schedule which included somewhat competitive games at Texas and Florida, the Wildcats struggled down the stretch, losing 7 of their last 8 games, and finished the season with a 10-20 overall record. New Hampshire earned the 6-seed in the conference tournament after finishing America East play with a 6-10 record. On the season, New Hampshire is averaging 68.1 ppg on 40.4% shooting from the field. The Wildcats are averaging 8.1 three-pointers per game on 32.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, New Hampshire has been led by Tanner Leissner (18.7 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 2.0 apg), Iba Camara (9.6 ppg, 10.7 rpg), Josh Hopkins (7.4 ppg, 2.1 rpg), and Jordan Reed (7.3 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.9 apg). Defensively, New Hampshire is holding their opponents to an average of 67.1 ppg on 43.1% shooting from the field. The Wildcats have a rebound margin of 5.8 and a turnover margin of -1.5.
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The Hartford Hawks was one of the more surprising teams in the America East this season as after finishing last season with just 9 overall wins, the Hawks ended the season winning 7 of their last 9 games to finish the regular season with an overall record of 18-12. Harford picked up their biggest win of the season recently after beating the America East favorites, the Vermont Catamounts, and earned the 3-seed in the conference tournament after finishing conference play with an overall record of 11-5. On the season, Hartford is averaging 70.8 ppg on 45.5% shooting from the field. The Hawks are averaging 8.2 three-pointers per game on 34.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Hartford has been led by John Carroll (15.1 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.0 bpg), Jason Dunne (14.8 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.1 spg), J.R. Lynch (13.4 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 3.8 apg, 1.5 spg), and Travis Weatherington (8.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1.0 apg). Defensively, Hartford is allowing their opponents to average 69.8 ppg on 43.6% shooting from the field. The Hawks have a rebound margin of -1.0 and a turnover margin of 0.0.
The Wildcats are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up loss and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Hawks are 10-1-1 ATS in their last 12 games overall and 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 games vs. America East opponents.
Hartford defeated New Hampshire in both matchups this season as the Hawks won on the road by a 79-62 margin at the end of January and beat the Wildcats by a 65-56 margin at home in mid-February.
New Hampshire has a great duo down in the past in Tanner Leissner and Iba Camara however, the Wildcats have struggled offensively this season as they rank just 299th in scoring offense and 339th in FG%. Hartford has been great this season and although they can struggle offensively at times, the Hawks have been strong on the defensive end as they come into this game ranked 114th in scoring defense, 165th in defensive FG%, and 91st in blocks per game. New Hampshire is a better team than what we saw at the end of the regular season, however, as I just don’t see the Wildcats being able to put up a lot points against the Hartford defense, I’m taking Hartford to cover this spread.