UMass-Lowell River Hawks (2-1) vs. Central Connecticut State Blue Devils (0-2)
November 17, 2021 5:00 pm EDT
The Line: Central Connecticut State Blue Devils / UMass-Lowell River Hawks ; Over/Under: +139
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The Central Connecticut State Blue Devils and the UMass Lowell River Hawks meet in college basketball action from Costello Athletic Center on Wednesday evening.
The Central Connecticut State Blue Devils will be looking to find their first win after a 79-65 loss to NC State last time out. Heading into the game against NC State, Stephane Ayangma leads the Blue Devils in scoring with 11 PPG as the lone double-digit scorer through two games for the Blue Devils while Nigel Scantlebury has 9.5 PPG with 2.5 APG and Ian Krishnan and Joe Ostrowsky each have 8.5 PPG. Andre Snoddy also has 8 RPG for the Blue Devils this season. As a team, Central Connecticut is averaging 56.7 PPG on 39.4% shooting from the field, 39% from three and 51.2% from the foul line while allowing 84.3 PPG on 52% shooting from the field and 50.8% from three this season.
The UMass Lowell River Hawks will be looking to rebound from an 80-58 loss to Oklahoma State in their last game. Heading into Tuesday’s game against Oklahoma State, Justin Faison leads the River Hawks in scoring and assists with 16.5 PPG and 2.5 APG while Everette Hammond has 13 PPG with 4 RPG and a team-high 3 SPG as the only other double-digit scorer for the River Hawks through their first two games of the season. John Hall also has a team-high 6.5 RPG as well this season. As a team, UMass Lowell is averaging 69.3 PPG on 41.1% shooting from the field, 29.5% from three and 71.1% from the foul line while allowing 64.3 PPG on 43.9% shooting from the field and 31.4% from three this season.
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These aren’t two teams that will get regular spotlights, but I think in this case, the River Hawks are the better team. Central Connecticut had a solid showing against NC State, but they’ve had scoring issues for the couple of games before that and UMass Lowell is just the more consistent offensive team up to this point. I’ll side with the River Hawks in this one.