America East Tournament - Hartford UMBC Betting Preview
UMBC Retrievers vs Hartford Hawks Odds
The Hartford Hawks will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when they tip off against the UMBC Retrievers at SEFCU Arena on Saturday in NCAA hoops play.
This game is part of the America East Tournament which will decide the conference champion and help decide March Madness seedings. This matchup is a neutral-site affair being played at SEFCU Arena.
Hartford battles the Retrievers, currently sitting with a 7-22 mark (0-0 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 0-0 for the Hawks and 0-0 for the Retrievers.
If you were backing the visitors in this one, the Retrievers were listed as 8.5-point underdogs earlier in the day at Bovada.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Hawks sit at No. 259 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Retrievers sit at No. 297 on the same chart. The computers running our scores simulations have concluded that the Hawks will win this game 63-56.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Hartford's No. 318 nationally ranked offense (60.2 points per game) against a Retrievers defense that sits as the No. 285 at 71.3 PPG. The Hawks have been averaging 40.9% from the field, more than the Retrievers have managed so far this season (40.2% on average).
Defensively, UMBC features the nation's No. 295-rated defense on the road, allowing 75 points per game. Hartford, meanwhile, comes in at No. 337 nationally in scoring at home.
In their last action, UMBC was a 59-49 winner at home against Binghamton. Ryan Cook scored 24 points leading the Retrievers to a 59-49 victory over Binghamton at RAC Arena on Sunday.
In their last action, Hartford was a 61-58 winner on the road against Vermont. The Hawks grabbed a 61-58 win over the Catamounts on Sunday, behind a 16-point effort from Yolonzo Moore II at Roy Patrick Gym.