Hartford vs. Maine - 3/3/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Hartford vs. Maine - 3/3/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

Maine Black Bears (8-21) at Hartford Hawks (16-14)

College Basketball: Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Chase Family Arena)

The Line: Hartford Hawks -7.5 -- Over/Under: 129.5

TV: ESPN+

The Maine Black Bears and the Hartford Hawks meet in college basketball action from ChaseFamily Arena on Tuesday. 

Maine is sitting at 8-21 on the year. After a four-game losing streak versus UMass Lowell, Albany, Stony Brook and New Hampshire, Maine got a win versus UMBC on Saturday their last time out. 

In the win over UMBC, Maine’s top scorer was Andrew Fleming on 21 points, six rebounds and one assist. Nedeljko Prijovic added 20 points with four rebounds and one assist there, and Stephane Ingo doubled up on 12 points, 12 rebounds and three assists. 

Over on the Hartford side, they’re 16-14 on the season. After dropping consecutive games to UMass Lowell and New Hampshire, Hartford has won their last two versus Binghamton and Stony Brook. 

In the win over Stony Brook, Hartford’s only double-digit scorer for the game was Malik Ellison with 29 points, eight rebounds and three assists. The next-closest Hartford player there was Hunter Marks with seven points and six rebounds. 

Hartford is 7-2 ATS in their last nine home games and 9-2 ATS in their last 11 after a straight-up win. Hartford is 14-5 ATS in their last 19 overall and the under is 20-7-1 in their last 28 overall. 

Meanwhile, Maine is 6-1 ATS in their last seven Tuesday games and the under is 4-1 in their last five overall. Maine is 0-4 ATS in their last four after allowing less than 50 points in their previous game and the under is 11-4 in their last 15 after a straight-up win. 

During their four-game losing streak, Maine had just one outing where they hit 70 points (in a seven-point loss to New Hampshire); prior to that they’d been at 63 or below in their previous three games. Considering Maine added another 74 points against UMBC, that’s an encouraging sign. 

As for Hartford, they hit 75 against Binghamton, but that’s the only time they’ve been above 70 in an eight-game stretch. This one is going to depend on who gets off to a good start, but I think Maine has enough firepower to bang out a cover here. 

Andrew’s Pick Maine Black Bears +7.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.