Looking to win big? The Retrievers and Wildcats face off at 1:00 ET on ESPN+. The Wildcats are hosting the game at Lundholm Gymnasium in Durham, NH. The over/under for this game is set at 164 points, and New Hampshire is favored by -6.5 vs. UMBC in a America East conference matchup.

UMBC RETRIEVERS VS NEW HAMPSHIRE WILDCATS BETTING PICK

The Pick: UMBC Retrievers +6.5

This game will be played at Lundholm Gymnasium at 1:00 ET on Saturday, February 24th.

WHY BET THE UMBC RETRIEVERS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 74-69 in favor of the Wildcats.
  • Even though we have New Hampshire winning straight-up, we like UMBC at +6.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 164 points, and we like the under with a projected 143 points.

Can UMBC Pull Off A Win at Lundholm Gymnasium?

UMBC is 9-19 overall and 4-9 in the America East. On the road, the Retrievers are 3-11, and their average scoring margin is -6.5 points per game. As an underdog, they are 6-15 this season.

In their last game, UMBC lost to Maine, 62-56. Over their last 10 road games, the Retrievers are 2-8. So far this season, they have been the underdog 21 times.

UMBC has been a solid bet this season, going 15-12 against the spread. Their road ATS mark is 9-5 and they have gone 7-3 vs. the spread in their last 10 road games. As the underdog, the Retrievers have gone 13-8 vs. the spread this year and are 7-3 in their last 10 games as the underdog.

This season, the over/under record for UMBC games is 16-11, and today’s line of 164 is higher than the average over/under line in their games (157.6). So far, 14 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line. In their last three games, the average scoring total is 146 points, and their OU record in their past 10 games is 4-6.

The UMBC offense is coming off a game in which they scored 56 points vs. Maine. Overall their field goal percentage was 37.3% while connecting on 2 threes. The team’s scoring leader is Dion Brown, who holds an average of 18.8 as they head into today’s matchup. Additionally, Marcus Banks Jr. is averaging 14.1 points per game this season.

So far, the Retrievers’ defense is ranked 333rd in the country at 81.8 points per contest. So far, the UMBC defense is giving up an average of 10.1 offensive rebounds per game and are turning teams over 13.5 times per game (688th).

Are New Hampshire Ready for a Home Win?

After defeating NJIT by a score of 83-78, New Hampshire comes into this game with a record of 15-10. Over their last ten games at home, they have gone 7-3. On the season, they have been favored in 12 games and have a record of 8-4 in those matchups.

So far, the Wildcats have gone 7-3 at home compared to a road record of 7-7. Their average scoring margin at home is +2.8 compared to -3.6 on the road. Currently, they are on a two-game winning streak at home.

As the favorite, New Hampshire has struggled against the spread this season, going just 3-9 vs. the spread. Their poor ATS mark has continued at home, where they are just 2-8 vs. the spread this year. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Wildcats are just 2-8 vs. the spread.

Today’s over/under line of 164 is higher than the average over/under line in New Hampshire’s games this season (150.2). This year, 22 of their games have finished with fewer points than today’s line. In their last three games, the over/under record is 1-2 and the average scoring total is 133 points.

The New Hampshire offense is coming off a game in which they scored 83 points vs. NJIT. Overall their field goal percentage was 53.7% while connecting on 11 threes. On offense, New Hampshire has been struggling with their efficiency, coming into today’s game with a field goal percentgage of 42%. So far, they are 201st in free-throws made on a free throw shooting percentage of 72%.

The Wildcats’ defense is presently ranked 207th nationally, allowing an average of 73.4 points per contest. The New Hampshire defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 78 points and allowed NJIT to connect on 11 threes.