The Sacred Heart Pioneers (2-3) and the Albany Great Danes (2-3) battle at People’s United Center. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, November 23, 2019.
Albany Great Danes vs. Sacred Heart Pioneers Betting Preview
In the Great Danes’ last matchup, they lost to the Quinnipiac Bobcats, 86-69. With 20 points on 8-for-13 shooting, Ahmad Clark led Albany in scoring. Quinnipiac did a fantastic job of converting from the free throw line (9-12; 75.0 percent). Albany, on the other hand, had an offensive rebounding percentage of 35.0 (above their season average of 26.1).
The Pioneers come in on a high note after blowing out the Presbyterian Blue Hose in their last matchup, 83-57. Sacred Heart received a boost from Jare’l Spellman, who contributed 10 points, 11 rebounds and eight blocks. Sacred Heart dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had a free throw rate of 0.220 (below their season average of 0.296) and an effective field goal percentage of 0.593 (above their season average of 0.434). Presbyterian was 0.061 and 0.402, respectively, for those same stats.
This contest should be a matchup of contrasting styles. Since last season, Sacred Heart has preferred to play fast (27th in possessions per game), while Albany has been more methodical (265th in possessions per game).
In terms of the O/U total, these teams are complete opposites. Albany games have finished under 100.0 percent of the time, while games including Sacred Heart have gone over 75.0 percent of the time. Both teams have very similar records straight up (SU) and against the spread (ATS). The Great Danes are 2-3 SU and 1-1 ATS, while the Pioneers are 2-3 SU and 1-3 ATS.
Albany Great Danes vs. Sacred Heart Pioneers Betting Prediction
Free Prediction: SU Winner – Sacred Heart, ATS Winner – Sacred Heart, O/U – Over
Betting Notes (2018-Present):
The Pioneers rank 64th in blocks per game (4.1) while the Great Danes rank 227th (2.6).
Albany ranks 172nd in steals allowed per game (6.5) while Sacred Heart ranks 241st (7.3).
Sacred Heart ranks 28th in rebounds per game (39.2) while Albany ranks 233rd (34.4).
The Great Danes average 24.7 three pointers per game, which ranks 75th in the nation. The Pioneers rank 265th in three pointers allowed per game (24.3).
Sacred Heart averages 14.4 assists per game, which ranks 90th in the NCAA. Albany ranks 254th in assists allowed per game (14.4).