Sacred Heart vs UMBC Prediction - College Basketball Picks 11/17/23

UMBC Retrievers (1-2) vs Sacred Heart Pioneers (2-1)

Game Info: Friday, November 17, 2023 at 11:00 am (Chesapeake Employers Insurance Arena)

Betting Odds: UMBC Retrievers -3 -- Over/Under: 162 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Sacred Heart Pioneers and UMBC Retrievers face off on Friday in a college basketball showdown at Chesapeake Employers Insurance Arena.

Sacred Heart’s Offense has Impressed

Sacred Heart comes into this game with a 2-1 record overall and the offense sure has impressed heading into this game. In the last game against Holy Cross, Sacred Heart scored 84 points and that led to the seven point victory. Tanner Thomas had a strong game putting up 21 points and grabbing five rebounds. Overall this season Sacred Heart is averaging 86.7 points while their defense is giving up 72 points per game. They are going to push the pace again here, the big question is will the defense step up enough. 

It Could be a Long Season for UMBC

UMBC comes into this game with a 1-2 record overall and the only win came against non division one competition. Two games ago against Marist, UMBC scored only 59 points and that led to the six point defeat. In the last game against Penn St York, UMBC scored 84 points and that was enough to secure the 19 point victory. UMBC was led by Khydarius Smith and he put up 15 points, three rebounds, and two assists. There were five different players that put up at least 10 points. Overall this season UMBC is averaging 78.7 points per game while their defense is giving up 74.7 points per game

Shane’s Free Pick

There will be very little defense played by either team. Sacred Heart is averaging 86.7 points per game and they are going to have no issue running up the score here. UMBC is averaging 78.7 points per game. Neither of these teams have had a whole lot of interest in playing defense either and both teams are going to run up the score. This is going to be higher scoring and the over is going to cash here. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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