Planning on watching today’s Pioneers and Blue Devils game? Catch the action at William H. Detrick Gymnasium in New Britain, CT, as the Blue Devils hosts this showdown at 7:00 ET on ESPN+. The over/under for this Northeast conference contest is set at 146 points, with Central Connecticut State being favored by -6.5 at home against Sacred Heart.

SACRED HEART PIONEERS VS CENTRAL CONNECTICUT STATE BLUE DEVILS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Sacred Heart Pioneers +6.5

This game will be played at William H. Detrick Gymnasium at 7:00 ET on Thursday, February 8th.

WHY BET THE SACRED HEART PIONEERS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-70 in favor of the Blue Devils.
  • Even though we have Central Connecticut State winning straight-up, we like Sacred Heart at +6.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 146 points, and we like the under with a projected 145 points.

Can the Pioneers Pull Off a Road Win?

With a record of 12-12, Sacred Heart has been an average team this season. They are 6-3 in the Northeast Conference and 6-9 in non-conference games. On the road, the Pioneers have struggled, going just 2-9 compared to 8-3 at home.

Currently, Sacred Heart has a two-game winning streak, and their most recent victory came against Le Moyne by a score of 87-81. As an underdog, the Pioneers have yet to win in seven tries this season.

As the underdog, Sacred Heart has gone 3-4 against the spread this season and they are 0-3 vs. the spread in their last 3 games as the underdog. On the road, the Pioneers have an ATS mark of 5-6 this season and they are just 1-4 vs. the spread in their last 5 road games. Overall, Sacred Heart’s ATS record is 12-10 this year.

This season, Sacred Heart’s over/under record is 13-9 and today’s line of 146 is right in line with the average over/under line in their games (146.8). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 167 points and their last three over/under record is 3-0.

The Sacred Heart offense is coming off a game in which they scored 87 points vs. Le Moyne. Overall their field goal percentage was 51.8% while connecting on 10 threes. The top scorer for the Pioneers was Raheem Solomon with 23 points, while Nico Galette also chipped in with 22 points.

On defense, Sacred Heart is currently around the NCAA average in points allowed, giving up an average of 73.0 points per game. In their most recent game, the Sacred Heart defense struggled to defend the three-point line, as Le Moyne knocked down 10 three-pointers on their way to 81 points.

Can Central Connecticut State Grab a Win at Home?

Central Connecticut State will look to bounce back from a 71-68 loss to Merrimack College. The Blue Devils have gone 6-4 at home over their last 10 games and are 3-3 at home this season. Central Connecticut State is 13-9 overall and 6-2 in Northeast Conference play. They have been favored in eight games this season, going 6-2.

For the year, the Blue Devils have a scoring differential of +1.0 points per game at home, while they are 7-6 on the road. Central Connecticut State is 7-7 in non-conference games, and they are 13-9 overall. So far this season, they have gone 4-7 as the underdog.

Central Connecticut State’s ATS record this season is 12-6-1, but they have struggled vs. the spread at home with a mark of just 2-4. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Blue Devils have gone 5-5 vs. the spread.

So far this season, the average over/under line in Central Connecticut State games is 139.5 and their over/under record is 9-10. In their last three games, the average scoring total is 133 points and their OU record over their last 10 games is 4-5. Today’s over/under line of 146 is higher than the average over/under line in their games this season and higher than the average scoring total in their last three and five games.

In their previous game, the Blue Devils’ offense finished with 68 points, which is right in line with their current average of 72.7 points per contest. Coming into the game, the Blue Devils offense has strugled with their outside shot this season, hitting threes at a rate of just 31%. On average, they get up 20.2 three-point attempts per game and are averaging 12.5 made free-throws.

The Blue Devils’ defense is presently ranked 49th nationally, allowing an average of 66.5 points per contest. On average, opposing teams are hitting 6.4 threes per game vs. Sacred Heart. This has come on three-point shooting percentage of 31.2%.