UMBC vs. New Hampshire - 3/7/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

UMBC vs. New Hampshire - 3/7/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

New Hampshire Wildcats (15-14) at UMBC Retrievers (15-16)

College Basketball: Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 1:00 pm (UMBC Event Center)

The Line: UMBC Retrievers -1.5 -- Over/Under:

TV: ESPN+

The New Hampshire Wildcats and UMBC Retrievers meet Saturday in the college basketball American East Tournament at the UMBC Event Center.

The New Hampshire Wildcats have won four of their last five games. The New Hampshire Wildcats are averaging 69.1 points on 40.7 percent shooting and allowing 66.1 points on 39.6 percent shooting. Nick Guadarrama is averaging 13.1 points and 7.2 rebounds while Sean Sutherlin is averaging 12.6 points and 9.1 rebounds. Jayden Martinez is the third double-digit scorer and Josh Hopkins is grabbing 3.1 rebounds. The New Hampshire Wildcats are shooting 32.9 percent from beyond the arc and 67 percent from the free throw line. The New Hampshire Wildcats are allowing 31.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 38.5 rebounds per game. The New Hampshire Wildcats have split their last six road games.

The UMBC Retrievers have won six of their last eight games. The UMBC Retrievers are averaging 67.8 points on 44 percent shooting and allowing 66.4 points on 40.5 percent shooting. Darnell Rogers is averaging 14 points and 3.4 rebounds while K.J. Jackson is averaging 13.4 points and 4.5 rebounds. Brandon Horvath is the third double-digit scorer and R.J. Eytle-Rock is grabbing 4.2 rebounds. The UMBC Retrievers are shooting 31.4 percent from beyond the arc and 63.2 percent from the free throw line. The UMBC Retrievers are allowing 31 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.4 rebounds per game. The UMBC Retrievers have won four of their last six home games.

Will update with trends once they're released.  

The New Hampshire Wildcats are playing the better ball entering this contest and are 16-10-1 against the spread on the season, but they've had issues on the road this year where they lose by an average of 5.4 points and shoot just 38.6 percent from the field. The UMBC Retrievers got hot at the right time, and they win at home by an average of 11.8 points and shoot 46.8 percent from the field. The home team has also won eight of the last 10 meetings between New Hampshire and UMBC, including both matches this year. I'll lay the bucket with UMBC at home.

Randy’s Pick UMBC Retrievers -1.5

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