UMBC Retrievers (7-2) at New Hampshire Wildcats (4-3)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 2:00 pm (Lundholm Gym)
The Line: New Hampshire Wildcats -1 -- Over/Under: 135 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The UMBC Retrievers and the New Hampshire Wildcats meet in college basketball action from Lundholm Gymnasium on Saturday afternoon.
The UMBC Retrievers will look to rebound from just their second loss of the season after a 75-69 loss to Binghamton last time out. Brandon Horvath leads UMBC in scoring and rebounding with an average of 16.4 PPG and 8.5 RPG while R.J. Eytle-Rock is 2nd in scoring with 11.4 PPG, 4.3 RPG and 2.7 APG and Darnell Rogers has 10.2 PPG with a team-high 2.9 APG to make up the trio of double-digit scorers for the Retrievers heading into Saturday’s matchup with UNH. Daniel Akin has 9.3 PPG with 7.3 RPG and L.J. Owens has 9 PPG while Keondre Kennedy has 8.9 PPG and 4.6 RPG this season. As a team, UMBC is averaging 72.1 PPG on 45.9% shooting from the field, 35.9% from behind the 3-point line and 67.4% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 65.8 PPG on 38.6% shooting from the field and 34.1% from 3-point range this season.
The New Hampshire Wildcats will be looking to add to a 62-58 win over Maine last time out to get back above .500 at 4-3 on the year. Nick Guadarrama has a team-high 14.8 PPG and 9 RPG and Jayden Martinez is almost exactly the same with 14.7 PPG and a team-high 9.1 RPG while Josh Hopkins has 11.5 PPG to cap off the trio of double-digit scorers for New Hampshire coming into this game. Marque Maultsby has 11.5 PPG and Tayler Mattos has 8 PPG and 5.5 RPG while Blondeau Tchoukulengo has a team-high 3 APG this season. As a team, New Hampshire is averaging 69.1 PPG on 40.7% shooting from the field, 29.1% from 3-point land and 68.8% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 64 PPG on 40.3% shooting from the field and 37.2% from 3-point range this season.
UMBC is 8-0 ATS in their last 8 games against a team with a winning record, 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games overall and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games while the under is 7-1 in their last 8 games following a loss. New Hampshire is 1-5-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall and 5-2-2 ATS in their last 9 home games while the under is 44-20-1 in their last 65 games overall. The home team is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.
The line feels a bit funky as I would expect UMBC to be favored with the better record, better record ATS and also boasting a 4-1 record on the road this season. Well, if it’s a trap, I guess I’m biting. I see nothing here as to why New Hampshire would be favored and the blown covers for UMBC lately have simply been a case of laying too many points. I’ll side with the Retrievers to get the job done on the road here.