New Hampshire Wildcats (3-2) at Maine Black Bears (0-3)
College Basketball: Sunday, January 3, 2021 at 1:00 pm (Memorial Gym(Maine))
The Line: Maine Black Bears +5 -- Over/Under: 127.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The New Hampshire Wildcats and the Maine Black Bears meet Sunday in college basketball action from Memorial Gym.
New Hampshire enters this one at 3-3 overall. As for Maine, they’re sitting at 1-3 thus far. This will be a rematch of Saturday’s game featuring these teams. In that one, the Black Bears eked out a three-point victory. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
New Hampshire opened up the year with a win over Keene State, but then lost consecutive games. Those defeats came 93-85 to Bryant and 64-58 to Quinnipiac. The Wildcats then bounced back with consecutive wins, coming 77-69 and 53-51 versus Hartford.
In Saturday’s game, New Hampshire held a 30-26 lead at halftime versus the Black Bears, but couldn’t hang on and ultimately lost 59-56. Marque Maultsby was the only Wildcats player in double-figures there with 17 points, one rebound and two assists.
Over on the Maine side, they’ve had issues finding scoring this season, and haven’t opened up the year all that well. The Black Bears lost in their first game 63-60 to Hartford, then fell again to the Hawks 65-50 in game two. After that it was another loss, 78-62 to Boston College.
In Saturday’s game, Maine finally put it together with a nice second-half effort to bang out the win. Tops in scoring for the Black Bears was Stephane Ingo with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Vilgot Larsson added 12 points with three rebounds and one assist as well.
Maine is 1-8 ATS in their last nine Sunday games and 6-1 ATS in their last seven games overall. The under is 10-4 in the Black Bears’ last 14 Sunday games and 8-3 in their last 11 games overall.
Meanwhile, the Wildcats are 1-5-1 ATS in their last seven games overall and the under is 42-20-1 in their last 63 overall. The under is 36-16-1 in New Hampshire’s last 53 road games as well.
PICK: I’m going to stick with New Hampshire here. The Wildcats have had a few dud offensive outings this year but they’ve also found a good scoring rhythm in a couple of games—namely 85 points versus Bryant and 77 in the first Hartford game. As for Maine, they weren’t able to notch more than 62 points in any of their first three outings heading into the Saturday game. That matchup ended up another low-scoring affair, and with a few adjustments I think New Hampshire will get it together and cover here.