Looking to win big? The Retrievers and Black Bears face off at 6:00 ET on ESPN+. The Black Bears are hosting the game at Memorial Gymnasium (ME) in Orono, ME. 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.

Do the Retrievers Have a Shot at a Road Win?

UMBC comes into their 28th game of the year with a 9-18 overall record. In away games, the Retrievers have a record of 3-10, while at home they are 5-8. As UMBC prepares to face Maine, they hold a 15-11 record against the spread (ATS). In their last ten games, UMBC has gone 4-1 vs. the spread.

Up to this point, games involving UMBC have had an average of 162.1 points per game, with the average over/under line set at 157.9 points. Their over/under record is 16-10-0. The Retrievers’ last five games have culminated with an average of 170 points per game and an over/under record of 3-2.

The Retrievers’ offense finished with 80 points in their previous game, mirroring their current average of 79.1 points per contest. Offensively, the Retrievers have a season long field goal percentage of 46%, which is 85th in the nation. In terms of three-pointers, they are 70th in percentage and 102nd in three-pointers made.

Coming into today’s game, the UMBC defense is giving up an average of 82.5 points per contest. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, UMBC’s defense has allowed opponents to shoot 45.9% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 32.6% this season.

Do the Black Bears Stand a Chance at Home?

As they gear up for their 27th game of the season, Maine enters with a record of 11-15 this year. In their previous ten home games, Maine has a home record of 6-4, which includes last year. As of now, Maine holds a 13-12 record against the spread heading into today’s game. In their last ten games this season, Maine has gone 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. When looking at the Black Bears’ last three games, their over/under record is 1-2, with their games averaging 130 points per game.

Coming off their recent game, the Maine offense tallied 57 points in a matchup against Vermont. Their field goal percentage for the game was 36.8%, and they made 4 threes. On the offensive front, the Black Bears have a season-long field goal percentage of 44%, ranking 229th nationally. When it comes to three-point shooting, they are ranked 358th in terms of percentage and 339th in three-pointers made.

Currently, the Black Bears’ defense holds the 63rd rank in the nation, allowing 67.3 points per game. In their previous game vs. Vermont, the Catamounts finished with a field goal percentage of 36% and a total of 68 points vs. Maine.