The UMBC Retrievers and the UMass-Lowell River Hawks meet in college basketball action from the Chesapeake Employers Insurance Arena on Sunday afternoon.
The UMass-Lowell River Hawks come into the conference tournament as the #7 seed in the conference tournament, finishing with an overall record of 15-15 including 7-11 in conference play. Allin Blunt leads the River Hawks in scoring with 10.9 PPG along with 3.8 RPG while Max Brooks has 10.7 PPG with a team-high 6.4 RPG to lead the River Hawks on the glass and Ayinde Hikim has 10.6 PPG with a team-high 2.7 APG to cap off the trio of double-digit scorers for UMass-Lowell this season. As a team, UMass-Lowell is averaging 70.2 PPG on 44.4% shooting from the field, 30.6% from three and 69.8% from the foul line while allowing 64.9 PPG on 40.8% shooting from the field and 35.6% from three this season.
The UMBC Retrievers will come into the tournament as the #2 seed, finishing at 16-13 on the year including 11-7 in America East conference play this season. Keondre Kennedy has 15.1 PPG with 5.1 RPG while Darnell Rogers has 11.3 PPG with a team-high 3.8 APG to lead the Retrievers in assists and. L.J. Owens has 11.5 PPG with 2.8 RPG to cap off the trio of double-digit scorers for UMBC this season. Yaw Obeng-Mensah has 7.1 PPG and a team-high 5.6 RPG to lead the Retrievers on the glass. As a team, UMBC is averaging 73.9 PPG on 44.4% shooting from the field, 37.5% from three and 78.6% from the foul line while allowing 71.7 PPG on 45.5% shooting from the field and 35.3% from three this season.
UMass-Lowell is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games against a team with a winning record while he under is 9-0 in their last 9 Sunday games. UMBC is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 games following a win.
I get why UMBC’s favored at home, but the Retrievers didn’t play a ton of tough competition down the stretch. Now granted, UMass-Lowell is sandwiched in the bottom half of the America East, but they beat UMBC in both meetings and have been performing well on the road as of late so give me the free bucket with UMass-Lowell last time out.