AmEast foes will clash when the UMBC Retrievers (9-12, 2-4 AmEast) challenge the Albany Great Danes (11-10, 4-2 AmEast) at the UMBC Event Center. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, January 29, 2020.
Albany Great Danes at UMBC Retrievers Odds Preview
The Great Danes were beaten by the Hartford Hawks in their last game, 62-48. Romani Hansen had a good performance for Albany, putting up seven points and 13 rebounds. Hartford held the Great Danes to an effective field goal percentage of 0.286 (below their season average of 0.500). Albany, meanwhile, did a terrific job of making free throws (16-17; 94.1 percent).
In the Retrievers’ last matchup, they beat the Maine Black Bears, 63-53. With 16 points on 4-for-9 shooting, K.J. Jackson led UMBC in scoring. UMBC dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had a solid free throw rate of 0.313 (above their season average of 0.206) and an effective field goal percentage of 0.500 (below their season average of 0.508). Maine was 0.226 and 0.387, respectively, for those same stats.
It could be a tough game for UMBC on the offensive glass. The Retrievers rank 252nd in offensive rebounding percentage (26.2 percent), while Albany ranks 64th in defensive rebounding percentage (75.0 percent). Furthermore, the Great Danes, who rank 56th in free throw attempt (FTA) rate (0.265), could earn plenty of trips to the line against the Retrievers, who rank 259th in opponents’ FTA rate (0.247).
This is the first time these teams will go head-to-head this year, after the Retrievers won two out of three meetings last season. In the last matchup, UMBC won 62-54. The Retrievers played a nearly perfect game. They had an offensive rebounding percentage of 21.4 and a superb free throw rate of 0.271. For those same stats, the Great Danes put up marks of 13.0 and 0.178, respectively.
Albany Great Danes at UMBC Retrievers Betting Prediction
Pick: SU Winner – UMBC, ATS Winner – UMBC, O/U – Under
The Retrievers have been outscored by an average of 2.8 points in their last five games. On the season, UMBC has defeated opponents by an average of 1.7 points.
During their last five games, the Great Danes have scored an average of 72.6 points per game (4.1 above their season average) and allowed an average of 70.0 points per game (2.0 above their season average).