New Hampshire vs. UMBC - 3/7/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

New Hampshire vs. UMBC - 3/7/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

New Hampshire Wildcats (15-14) at UMBC Retrievers (15-16)

College Basketball: Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 1:00 pm (UMBC Event Center)

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The New Hampshire Wildcats (15-14, 8-8 CONF) and the UMBC Retrievers (15-16, 8-8 CONF) will meet on Saturday, March 7th for a Quarterfinal game of the Hercules Tires America East Playoffs. The game will be at the UMBC Event Center in Baltimore, MD, and it is scheduled for a 1:00 PM eastern start time. 

New Hampshire ended their regular season with a 63-54 home loss to UMass Lowell. New Hampshire finished the season with a conference record of 8-8. UMBC defeated Stony Brook at home, 75-67 in their last game of the regular season. UMBC snapped a two-game losing streak with that win, as they look to win their second America East title in three years. 

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New Hampshire scores 69.1 points per game on 40.7 percent field goal shooting this season. New Hampshire’s leading scorer is F Nick Guadarrama, who scores 13.1 points per game. The leading rebounder for New Hampshire is G Sean Sutherlin, who earns 9.1 rebounds per game. New Hampshire allows 66.1 points per game, therefore they have a +3.0 scoring differential so far this season. New Hampshire also earns 41.6 rebounds, 13.3 assists, 2.2 blocks, and 4.9 steals per game. 

UMBC scores 68.0 points per game on 44.1 percent field goal shooting this season. UMBC’s leading scorer is G K.J. Jackson, who scores 13.9 points per game. The leading rebounder for UMBC is F Brandon Horvath, who earns 6.8 rebounds per game. UMBC allows 66.4 points per game to the opposition, thus they have a +1.6 scoring differential so far this season. UMBC also earns 34.8 rebounds, 12.7 assists, 2.4 blocks, and 5.4 steals per game as a team. 

New Hampshire is 16-10-1 against the spread this season and 6-3-1 against the spread in their last ten games. New Hampshire is also 9-7 against the spread on the road so far this season. UMBC is 13-15 against the spread this season and 7-3 against the spread in their last ten games. UMBC is also 6-6 against the spread at home so far this season.

UMBC is tough to beat at home, especially when it comes to conference tournament time. New Hampshire has not impressed me as of late, therefore I will take UMBC and lay the small number. 

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