The New Hampshire Wildcats and the Brown Bears meet Wednesday in college basketball action from Pizzitola Sports Center. New Hampshire is 5-6 on the year so far. The Wildcats beat Holy Cross in their last game. As for Brown, they’re 6-5 and coming off a loss to Michigan State. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
New Hampshire won their first two games this year, then hit a five-game losing streak. The Wildcats would rebound with a win over Boston College and a loss to St. John’s. New Hampshire as beaten Saint Joseph and Holy Cross in the pair since.
In Monday’s matchup versus Holy Cross, New Hampshire jumped out to a 39-29 lead by halftime. The Wildcats hit a 39-31 run in the second half and cruised to the 78-60 win. Clarence O. Daniels posted 30 points with eight rebounds in the victory.
Over on the Brown side, they lost four of their first five games, then hit a win streak versus Maine, Central Connecticut State, Bryant, Hartford and Rhode Island. The Bears lost to Michigan State in their last game.
Back on December 10 versus Michigan State, the Bears were drilled 32-18 in the first half. Brown didn’t end up getting closer and lost 68-50. Paxson Wojcik managed a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds.
PICK: I’ll probably stay with Brown. Also probably not touching it, though. The Bears need to rebound from a sketchy showing versus Michigan State, however. Brown shot just 33.3 percent from the field and 4-of-20 (20 percent) from 3-point range in that one and got out-rebounded 43-36 (12-11 offensive). That said, New Hampshire should be a more comparable matchup for the Bears and I think Brown will get back to form. Speaking of New Hampshire, they’ve scored 74 or more points in three of their last four games and could give Brown some trouble if they’re on point.