Hartford vs. UMass-Lowell - 3/7/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Hartford vs. UMass-Lowell - 3/7/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

UMass-Lowell River Hawks (13-18) at Hartford Hawks (16-15)

College Basketball: Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 5:00 pm (Chase Family Arena)

The Line: Hartford Hawks -2.5 -- Over/Under: 144

TV: STREAM

The UMass Lowell River Hawks and the Hartford Hawks meet in college basketball action from ChaceFamily Arena on Saturday. 

UMass Lowell comes into this America East Tournament matchup at 13-18 this year. Over the last four games, UMass Lowell is 2-2, falling to Binghamton and Vermont while otherwise beating Albany and New Hampshire in that time. 

In the win over New Hampshire, UMass Lowell’s leading scorer was Christian Lutete with 23 points, nine rebounds and two assists. Obadiah Noel was also in double-figures for UMass Lowell there with 19 points and six rebounds on the evening. 

Over on the Hartford side, they’re 16-15 this year. In the last five games Hartford is 2-3, beating Binghamton and Stony Brook while otherwise dropping to UMass Lowell, New Hampshire and Maine in that stretch. 

In the loss to Maine, Hartford’s Malik Ellison was the top scorer on the team with 22 points and seven rebounds. Moses Flowers put up 15 points and six rebounds there, and Traci Carter had 13 assists and seven rebounds with two points. 

Hartford is 7-2 ATS in their last nine Saturday games and 1-4 ATS in their last five overall. Hartford is 0-5 ATS in their last five versus a team with a losing straight-up record and the under is 12-4 in their last 16 home games. 

Meanwhile, UMass Lowell is 1-4 ATS in their last five Saturday games and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 after a straight-up win. The under is 13-6 in UMass Lowell’s last 19 road games and 12-5-1 in their last 18 Saturday games. 

UMass Lowell has been pretty up and down lately; they’ve got some solid victories in their last six games or so (they beat Hartford on the road the last time these teams met up) but also some damaging losses, like an 86-84 road loss to a bad Binghamton team. 

As for Hartford, the Maine loss will be echoing in their ears heading into this one, so they’ll need to get out to a good start here and bury those particular demons. I like Hartford to ultimately pull out a cover here, but there are a lot of variables and I’m probably staying away. 

Andrew’s Pick Hartford Hawks -2.5

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