The America East Conference Tourney matchup between the New Hampshire Wildcats (15-14, 8-8 AmEast) and the UMBC Retrievers (15-16, 8-8 AmEast) will be played at UMBC Event Center. Action begins at 1 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 7, 2020.
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The last time the Wildcats played, they were beaten by the UMass Lowell River Hawks, 63-54. New Hampshire’s Nick Guadarrama had a solid game, leading the team in scoring with 17 points on 6-for-11 shooting. UMass Lowell had a much better free throw rate (0.224 vs. 0.123). New Hampshire, meanwhile, had a better turnover percentage (11.2 vs. 16.0).
The Retrievers come in on a high note after topping the Stony Brook Seawolves in their last outing, 75-67. With 25 points on 8-for-15 shooting, K.J. Jackson led UMBC in scoring. UMBC played a nearly perfect game. They had a ridiculous free throw rate of 0.321 (above their season average of 0.201) and a turnover percentage of 11.1 (better than their season average of 17.0). For those same stats, Stony Brook was 0.104 and 21.2, respectively.
UMBC might have a difficult time scoring as they go head-to-head against one of the NCAA’s best defenses. New Hampshire currently ranks 36th in defensive efficiency, while the Retrievers rank 228th in offensive efficiency.
New Hampshire at UMBC ATS Prediction
College Basketball Prediction: SU Winner – UMBC, ATS Winner – UMBC, O/U – Over
The Retrievers rank 201st in steals per game (5.4) while the Wildcats rank 231st (4.9).
New Hampshire averages 25.6 three pointers per game, which ranks 44th in the country. UMBC ranks 257th in three pointers allowed per game (24.9).
The Wildcats rank third in rebounds per game (41.6) while the Retrievers rank 165th (34.8).
New Hampshire ranks sixth in assists allowed per game (9.3) while UMBC ranks 74th (11.6).
The Retrievers’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 0.2, down from 1.6 for the season.
During their last five games, the Wildcats have scored an average of 71.0 points per game (1.9 above their season average) and allowed an average of 64.4 points per game (1.7 below their season average).