Albany vs UMBC College Basketball Picks, Odds, Predictions 12/19/20

Albany vs UMBC College Basketball Picks, Odds, Predictions 12/19/20 Photo by Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

UMBC Retrievers (4-1) at Albany Great Danes (0-0)

College Basketball: Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 4:00 pm (SEFCU Arena)

The Line: Albany Great Danes +3.5 -- Over/Under: 138 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The UMBC Retrievers and Albany Great Danes meet Saturday in college basketball action at the SEFCU Arena.

The UMBC Retrievers look for another win to build on their four-game winning streak. The UMBC Retrievers are averaging 75.2 points on 47.3 percent shooting and allowing 65.2 points on 39 percent shooting. Brandon Horvath is averaging 13.2 points and 8.6 rebounds while Daniel Akin is averaging 11.8 points and seven rebounds. Darnell Rogers is the third double-digit scorer and R.J. Eytle-Rock is grabbing four rebounds. The UMBC Retrievers are shooting 30.7 percent from beyond the arc and 72 percent from the free throw line. The UMBC Retrievers are allowing 30.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.8 rebounds per game.

The Albany Great Danes are coming off a 14-win season that ended on a six-game losing streak. Cameron Healy returns after averaging 14.2 points and 2.2 assists while Antonio Rizzuto averaged 7.7 points and 2.4 rebounds. Trey Hutcheson is back after grabbing 3.6 rebounds last season and Adam Lulka averaged 21.1 minutes per game in 19 contests. The Albany Great Danes say goodbye to their best player in Ahmad Clark, but they return three of their top four scorers overall. Healy is more than capable of lading Albany after averaging double-digit points in each of the last two years, and Rizzuto is an experienced guard who can knock it down from the outside. Albany has some potential on this roster, it’s just about finally getting the season started.

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The Retrievers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games and 13-3 ATS in their last 16 games overall. The Great Danes are 11-28 ATS in their last 39 home games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The under is 4-1 in Retrievers last 5 overall. The under is 23-10 in Great Danes last 33 overall. The underdog is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.

The Albany Great Danes return enough production from last season to be a factor this season, but this will be their season debut and that's a ton of time off since they last took the court. I expect some rust from this Albany club. The UMBC Retrievers have five games under their belt, have won four straight and have had success at both ends of the floor. No reason not to lay the small chalk with UMBC. 

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Randy’s Pick UMBC Retrievers -3.5

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