The Loyola Maryland Greyhounds (7-4) will be at home in Reitz Arena when they go head-to-head with the UMass Lowell River Hawks (6-7). Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET on Friday, December 27, 2019.
UMass Lowell River Hawks vs. Loyola Maryland Greyhounds Odds Preview
The River Hawks lost to the Boston University Terriers in their last matchup, 74-62. UMass Lowell’s Christian Lutete had a good performance, leading the team in scoring with 16 points on 7-for-16 shooting. Boston University held the River Hawks to an effective field goal percentage of 0.351 (below their season average of 0.516). UMass Lowell, on the other hand, had a turnover percentage of 8.4 (better than their season average of 16.8).
In the Greyhounds’ last game, they thoroughly outplayed the Elizabethtown Blue Jays, 72-45. Loyola Maryland rallied around Andrew Kostecka, who was the top scorer from either team with 19 points on 7-for-13 shooting. Loyola Maryland played a flawless contest. They had an extraordinary offensive rebounding percentage of 38.6 (above their season average of 22.0) and an effective field goal percentage of 0.455 (below their season average of 0.528). For those same stats, Elizabethtown put up marks of 12.2 and 0.339, respectively.
This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams, after the River Hawks won the only contest last season, 97-79. The River Hawks dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had an absurd effective field goal percentage of 0.690 and an offensive rebounding percentage of 23.1. For those same stats, the Greyhounds put up marks of 0.508 and 17.1, respectively.
Points at the line could be rare for Loyola Maryland in this matchup. The Greyhounds rank 131st in the nation with a free throw attempt (FTA) rate of 0.233, while UMass Lowell ranks 19th in FTA rate allowed (0.150).
UMass Lowell vs. Loyola Maryland Betting Prediction
College Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Loyola Maryland, ATS Winner – Loyola Maryland, O/U – Under
The River Hawks rank 118th in blocks per game (2.8) while the Greyhounds rank 119th in blocks allowed per game (3.4).
UMass Lowell ranks 62nd in rebounds per game (38.8) while Loyola Maryland ranks 233rd (33.5).
The River Hawks rank 54th in assists per game (15.0) while the Greyhounds rank 179th in assists allowed per game (12.4).
Loyola Maryland ranks 47th in steals per game (7.5) while UMass Lowell ranks 133rd (6.4).
The Greyhounds’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 11.6, up from 3.3 for the season.
During their last five games, the River Hawks have scored an average of 77.4 points per game (2.9 above their season average) and allowed an average of 72.6 points per game (1.8 above their season average).