The Bearcats and Black Bears are set to face off at 2:00 ET on ESPN+. The Black Bears will host the game at Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, ME. This America East conference matchup has an over/under of 138.5 points, and Maine is favored to win by -6.5 at home vs. Binghamton.
BINGHAMTON BEARCATS VS MAINE BLACK BEARS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Binghamton Bearcats +6.5
This game will be played at Cross Insurance Center at 2:00 ET on Saturday, January 27th.
WHY BET THE BINGHAMTON BEARCATS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 74-69 in favor of the Black Bears.
- Even though we have Maine winning straight-up, we like Binghamton at +6.5.
- The over/under is currently sitting at 138.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 143 points.
Will the Bearcats Defense Show Up on the Road?
So far this season, Binghamton has gone 8-10, including a 0-4 mark in America East games. They have lost their last five games and are 2-7 on the road, compared to 4-2 at home.
Being the underdog is nothing new for the Bearcats, as they have been the underdog in 10 of their 18 games, going just 1-9 in those contests. Their average scoring margin on the road is -13.6, and they have lost three straight games away from home.
As the underdog this season, Binghamton has an ATS record of just 2-8. On the road, their ATS mark is 3-6. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Bearcats are just 2-8 vs. the spread.
Today’s over/under line of 138.5 is lower than the average over/under line in Binghamton games this season (143.2). So far, 12 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 145 points, which is lower than their season average of 146.2 points per game.
The Binghamton offense is coming off a game where they scored 60 points against Massachusetts-Lowell. They posted a field goal percentage of 42.6% and connected on 2 threes. One area that the Binghamton offense has been good this season is getting to the line. Currently, they are 110th in free-throw attempts per contest. Overall, they have a field goal percentage of 45%.
Currently, the Bearcats’ defense holds the 208th rank in the nation, allowing 74.2 points per game. In today’s game, the Binghamton defense will be looking to once again do a good job defending the three-point line, as they gave up just 2 three-pointers while giving up 80 points.
Do the Black Bears Stand a Chance at Home?
After starting the season with a 3-8 record, Maine has won seven of their last nine games to get back to .500 overall. The Black Bears have been much better at home this season, going 3-2 compared to 6-8 on the road.
Today, Maine is a 6.5-point favorite against Binghamton. So far this season, the Black Bears have been favored in 13 games, going 8-5 in those contests.
As the favorite this season, Maine has gone 8-5 vs. the spread. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Black Bears have gone 6-4 ATS and they have gone 5-4 ATS in their last 10 home games.
This season, the over/under record for Maine games is 8-11 and today’s line of 138.5 is similar to the average over/under line in their games (138.2). So far, 12 of their games have finished with less points than today’s OU line. In their last three games, the over/under record is 1-2 with an average scoring total of 141 points.
Maine finished with 81 points in their game against Albany. This total surpasses their season-average of 69 points per game. Peter Filipovity led the team in scoring, putting up 23 points. Additionally, Kristians Feierbergs contributed 16 points for the Black Bears.
Maine’s defense has been playing well, ranking 67th nationally, with 67.2 points allowed per game. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, Maine’s defense has allowed opponents to shoot 43.1% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 30.6% this season.