Don’t miss out on the NCAA showdown between the Pioneers and Retrievers. The game is starting at 11:00 ET on ESPN+, and it’s hosted by the Retrievers at Chesapeake Employers Insurance Arena in Baltimore, MD. Get ready to place your bets! The Pioneers are the favorites in this non-conference matchup against the Retrievers. The over/under for the game is set at 157.5 points.
SACRED HEART PIONEERS VS UMBC RETRIEVERS BETTING PICK
The Pick: UMBC Retrievers +1.5
This game will be played at Chesapeake Employers Insurance Arena at 11:00 ET on Friday, November 17th.
WHY BET THE UMBC RETRIEVERS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 77-65 in favor of the Retrievers.
- Not only will UMBC pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +1.5.
- The over/under is currently sitting at 157.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 142 points.
Can Sacred Heart Stun the Crowd at Chesapeake Employers Insurance Arena?
Today, Sacred Heart will play against UMBC with a record of 1-1. In their previous three road games, including last year, Sacred Heart has a 1-2 record. Sacred Heart has a 1-1 record vs. the spread heading into today’s game. In the last three games, including last year, Sacred Heart is 2-0 ATS with an average scoring margin of +9.
Looking at their over/under performance through two games, Sacred Heart has an over/under record of 2-0-0, with their games averaging 165 points per game on average. The Pioneers’ last five games have culminated with an average of 77 points per game and an over/under record of 2-2.
The Sacred Heart offense is coming off a game where they scored 84 points against Holy Cross. They posted a field goal percentage of 46.7% and connected on 10 threes. The team’s top scorer is Nico Galette, who comes into today’s matchup with an average of 17, while Tanner Thomas also maintains a PPG average of 15.3 leading up to the game.
At this time, the Pioneers’ defense is positioned 79th in the country, permitting 72.0 points per game. In their most recent game, the Sacred Heart defense struggled to defend the three-point line, as Holy Cross knocked down 9 three-pointers on their way to 77 points.
Will the Retrievers Come Through as Home Underdogs?
Today marks the third game of the season for UMBC, who currently have a record of 0-2. In their last three home games, which includes those from last year, UMBC has gone 1-2. UMBC enters today’s game with a 0-2 record against the spread. In the school’s previous three games, their ATS record stands at 0-2, along with an average scoring margin of +1.
Looking at their over/under performance through two games, UMBC has an over/under record of 1-1-0, with their games averaging 155.5 points per game on average. The Retrievers’ have recorded an over/under record of 0-2 in their last three games, with their games averaging 69 points per game.
The UMBC offense is coming off a game where they scored 59 points against Marist. They posted a field goal percentage of 36.2% and connected on 3 threes. The team’s scoring leader is Dion Brown, who holds an average of 17.3 as they head into today’s matchup. Additionally, Bryce Johnson is averaging 12.7 points per game this season.
The Retrievers’ defense is presently ranked 93rd nationally, allowing an average of 74.7 points per contest. UMBC’s three-point defense is currently 17th in the country at 4.3 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 46.7% of their shots vs. UMBC.