Merrimack at UMBC - 3/16/22 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

Merrimack at UMBC - 3/16/22 College Basketball Picks and Prediction Photo by James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

UMBC Retrievers (18-14) vs Merrimack Warriors (14-16)

Game Info: Wednesday, March 16, 2022 at 7:30 pm (Chesapeake Employers Insurance Arena)

Betting Odds: UMBC Retrievers -6.5 -- Over/Under: 136 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Merrimack Warriors will play the UMBC Retrievers in the first round of The Basketball Classic on Wednesday.

The Merrimack Warriors are 14-16 (10-8) this season and have won five of their last six games. Merrimack is coming off of a win against Saint Francis-Brooklyn by a score of 72-52. Merrimack shot 53.6% from the field and was +6 in rebounding margin in the game. Jordan Minor led the Warriors with 27 points and 12 rebounds in the win. Merrimack is averaging 61.4 points per game and is giving up 64.4 points per game against, while also averaging 28.5 rebounds per game and 11.5 assists per game. Jordan Minor is averaging 15.1 points per game and 8.2 rebounds per game, while Ziggy Reid is averaging 11 points per game and 4.9 rebounds per game for the Warriors. Merrimack is shooting 42.1% on field goals, 67.5% on free throws, and 33.1% on three pointers.

The UMBC Retrievers are 18-14 (11-7) this season and have also won five of their last six games. UMBC lost to Vermont by a score of 82-43 in the Conference Tournament Final. UMBC allowed Vermont to shoot 58.7% from the field and was -11 in rebounding margin in the loss. Darnell Rogers led the Retrievers with 10 points in the game. UMBC is averaging 73.7 points per game and is giving up 72.1 points per game against, while also averaging 32.8 rebounds per game and 12.4 assists per game. Keondre Kennedy is averaging 14.8 points per game and 5.1 rebounds per game, while Darnell Rogers is averaging 11.7 points per game and 3.6 assists per game for the Retrievers. UMBC is shooting 44.4% on field goals, 78.4% on free throws, and 37.8% on three pointers.

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Merrimack is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 3-8-2 ATS in their last 13 games following an ATS win. The over is 9-3 in Merrimack’s last 12 games. UMBC is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Wednesday games. The over is 4-1 in UMBC’s last 5 home games.

UMBC had a very good year and was one win away from making the NCAA Tournament, but ran into a very good Vermont team. Merrimack finished fourth in the NEC regular season standings. Merrimack only averages 61 points per game and plays at a slow pace. I like the under in this matchup.

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