Planning on watching today’s Retrievers and Black Bears game? Catch the action at Memorial Gymnasium (ME) in Orono, ME, as the Black Bears hosts this showdown at 6:00 ET on ESPN+. The over/under for this America East conference contest is set at 152.5 points, with Maine being favored by -5.5 at home against UMBC.

UMBC RETRIEVERS VS MAINE BLACK BEARS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Maine Black Bears -5.5

This game will be played at Memorial Gymnasium (ME) at 6:00 ET on Thursday, February 22nd.

WHY BET THE MAINE BLACK BEARS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-68 in favor of the Black Bears.
  • Not only will Maine pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -5.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 152.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 143 points.

Will UMBC Pull Through as the Underdog Road Team?

UMBC, coming off a 80-75 victory over Albany, currently holds a 9-18 record. In away games, the Retrievers have gone 3-10, while they are 5-8 when playing at home. UMBC has a 15-11 ATS record heading into today’s game. Over their last five games, the team is 4-1 vs. the spread.

In 27 games, UMBC comes in with an over/under mark of 16-10-0, with their games averaging 162.1 points per game. In their most recent three games, the Retrievers’ over/under record is 1-2, with their games averaging 154 points per game.

In their recent game, the Retrievers’ offense concluded with 80 points, consistent with their ongoing season average of 79.1 points per contest. Currently leading the team in scoring is Dion Brown who comes into today’s matchup averaging 18.9. Marcus Banks Jr. also heads into the game with a PPG average of 14.

Facing Maine, UMBC aims for a better defensive performance, given their current average of 82.5 points allowed per game (334th). UMBC’s defense is coming off a game in which they allowed the Albany offense to knock down 50% of their shots on their way to putting up 75 points.

Taking a Look at the Black Bears Chances at Home

Maine comes into their 27th game of the season with a record of 11-15. On the road, the Black Bears are 6-11 this season while they are 4-4 at home. Against the spread, Maine has a record of 13-12 for the year. In their last five games, they are 3-2 vs. the spread.

Maine’s games have, on average, featured 133.4 points per game leading to an over/under record of 11-14-0. Their average over/under line is currently 138.5 points so far. The Black Bears’ last five games have finished with a combined 135 points per game and an over/under record of 3-2.

The Maine offense is coming off a game where they scored 57 points against Vermont. They posted a field goal percentage of 36.8% and connected on 4 threes. Kellen Tynes led the scoring for the Black Bears, contributing 17 points. Additionally, Jaden Clayton chipped in with 13 points.

The Black Bears’ defense is presently ranked 63rd nationally, allowing an average of 67.3 points per contest. In their previous game vs. Vermont, the Catamounts finished with a field goal percentage of 36% and a total of 68 points vs. Maine.