The Maine Black Bears and Brown Bears meet Sunday in college basketball action at the Pizzitola Sports Center. The Maine Black Bears look for their fifth win. The Brown Bears look for their second win.
The Maine Black Bears are averaging 76.8 points on 51.7 percent shooting and allowing 63.2 points on 41.3 percent shooting. Kellen Tynes is averaging 16.6 points and 4 assists, while Gedi Juozapaitis is averaging 15.4 points and 3.6 rebounds. Peter Filipovity is the third double-digit scorer and Kristians Feierbergs is dishing 0.8 assists. The Maine Black Bears are shooting 36.5 percent from beyond the arc and 73 percent from the free throw line. The Maine Black Bears are allowing 35.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 30 rebounds per game.
The Brown Bears are averaging 65.8 points on 43.3 percent shooting and allowing 71.6 points on 50.2 percent shooting. Kino Lilly Jr. is averaging 14.2 points and 2.6 rebounds, while Paxson Wojcik is averaging 12.2 points and 7.2 rebounds. Nana Owusu-Anane is the third double-digit scorer, and Dan Friday is dishing 2.8 assists. The Brown Bears are shooting 33.3 percent from beyond the arc and 51.6 percent from the free throw line. The Brown Bears are allowing 36.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31 rebounds per game.
The Black Bears are 11-2 ATS in their last 13 road games and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Bears are 1-10 ATS in their last 11 home games and 5-17 ATS in their last 22 games overall. The under is 3-1-1 in Black Bears last 5 overall. The under is 8-2 in Bears last 10 home games.
The Brown Bears are the better team on paper, but they've done nothing to deserve to be big favorites here. The Maine Black Bears have not only won 4 straight games to build confidence, but they hung around with Nebraska on the road and beat Boston College. I'll take my chances with Maine and the free buckets.