The UMass Lowell River Hawks (6-6) will be at home in the Tsongas Center when they challenge the Boston University Terriers (4-7). Tip-off is set for 1 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 21, 2019.
Boston University Terriers vs. UMass Lowell River Hawks ATS Preview
The last time the Terriers played, they barely escaped the Dartmouth Big Green, 78-76. With 16 points and six rebounds, Boston University’s Max Mahoney had a good game. The Terriers had a fantastic free throw rate of 0.370 (above their season average of 0.158) and had an effective field goal percentage of 0.663 (above their season average of 0.483).
The River Hawks hope to maintain momentum after beating the NJIT Highlanders in their last matchup, 72-66. UMass Lowell received a boost from Obadiah Noel, who led the team in scoring with 16 points on 6-for-8 shooting. The River Hawks had a ridiculous free throw rate of 0.346 (above their season average of 0.234) and held the Highlanders to an effective field goal percentage of 0.413 (below the 0.491 mark opponents have averaged against UMass Lowell this season).
UMass Lowell appears to have the edge on the offensive side of the ball. The River Hawks currently rank 92nd in offensive efficiency, while the Terriers rank 274th in defensive efficiency. Additionally, the Terriers, who rank 301st in free throw attempt (FTA) rate (0.173), will battle against the River Hawks, who rank 23rd in opponents’ FTA rate (0.148).
This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams. The Terriers won the only contest played against each other last season, 79-60. The Terriers played a flawless game. They had a free throw rate of 0.224 and a ridiculous offensive rebounding percentage of 35.7. For those same stats, the River Hawks were 0.138 and 27.0, respectively.
Boston University Terriers vs. UMass Lowell River Hawks Betting Prediction
Pick: SU Winner – UMass Lowell, ATS Winner – UMass Lowell, O/U – Over
The River Hawks’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 9.6, up from 5.0 for the season.
During their last five games, the Terriers have scored an average of 69.6 points per game (0.6 above their season average) and allowed an average of 75.6 points per game (4.3 above their season average).