The New Hampshire Wildcats and UMass Lowell River Hawks meet Tuesday in the college basketball America East Semifinals at the Costello Athletic Center. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.
The New Hampshire Wildcats are averaging 66.5 points on 40 percent shooting and allowing 67 points on 43.3 percent shooting. Clarence O. Daniels II is averaging 15.4 points and 10.8 rebounds, while Nick Johnson is averaging 12.4 points and 5 rebounds. Kyree Brown is the third double-digit scorer and Matt Herasme is dishing 1.8 assists. The New Hampshire Wildcats are shooting 34.7 percent from beyond the arc and 68.9 percent from the free throw line. The New Hampshire Wildcats are allowing 30.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.3 rebounds per game.
The UMass Lowell River Hawks are averaging 78.5 points on 48.3 percent shooting and allowing 66.2 points on 40.6 percent shooting. Everette Hammond is averaging 13.7 points and 4.7 rebounds, while Abdoul Karim Coulibaly is averaging 11.8 points and 7.8 rebounds. Ayinde Hikim is the third double-digit scorer and Allin Blunt is grabbing 3.2 rebounds. The UMass Lowell River Hawks are shooting 37.8 percent from beyond the arc and 73.2 percent from the free throw line. The UMass Lowell River Hawks are allowing 34 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36 rebounds per game.
The Wildcats are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games and 6-13 ATS in their last 19 games following a ATS win. The River Hawks are 8-0 ATS in their last 8 home games and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The under is 7-3 in Wildcats last 10 road games. The over is 7-2 in River Hawks last 9 home games. The underdog is 9-3 ATS in the last 12 meetings.
The UMass-Lowell River Hawks are simply the better team no matter how you slice it and when these teams met about a week ago, they moped the floor with New Hampshire 92-55. UMass-Lowell is 10-3-1 ATS at home, 7-3-1 ATS as double-digit favorites, and wins in the favorite role by an average of 11 points. I'd need more points to consider New Hampshire.