The UMass Lowell River Hawks and Massachusetts Minutemen meet Thursday in college basketball action at the William D. Mullins Memorial Center. The UMass Lowell River Hawks look for their 10th win. The Massachusetts Minutemen look for their eighth win.
The UMass Lowell River Hawks are averaging 83.4 points on 50.9 percent shooting and allowing 60.7 points on 36.2 percent shooting. Abdoul Karim Coulibaly is averaging 14.5 points and 9.6 rebounds, while Everette Hammond is averaging 12.9 points and 5.9 rebounds. Max Brooks is the third double-digit scorer and Yuri Covington is grabbing 2.7 rebounds. The UMass Lowell River Hawks are shooting 37.9 percent from beyond the arc and 68.2 percent from the free throw line. The UMass Lowell River Hawks are allowing 28 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 40.7 rebounds per game.
The Massachusetts Minutemen are averaging 72.1 points on 44.4 percent shooting and allowing 66 points on 41.9 percent shooting. Noah Fernandes is averaging 11.4 points and 2.6 rebounds, while TJ Weeks Jr. is averaging 9.8 points and 4 rebounds. Isaac Kante is dishing 0.8 assists and Matt Cross is grabbing 5.3 rebounds. The Massachusetts Minutemen are shooting 37.2 percent from beyond the arc and 65.7 percent from the free throw line. The Massachusetts Minutemen are allowing 28.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.9 rebounds per game.
The River Hawks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games and 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Minutemen are 33-16-2 ATS in their last 51 home games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The under is 4-0 in River Hawks last 4 overall. The under is 5-2 in Minutemen last 7 overall.
It would help if Noah Fernandes plays for UMass, as he's been out and remains questionable. Even then, it's hard to turn down a free bucket with the UMass-Lowell River Hawks. Winning 9 of its first 10 games and winning by an average of 22.7 points, UMass-Lowell is playing great ball at both ends of the floor and has proven it can take care of business on the road. Fernandes or not, the River Hawks could win this game outright.