NCAA hoops odds preview - Albany vs. Maine
Albany Great Danes vs Maine Black Bears Odds
A key college battle sees the visiting Albany Great Danes travelling to Maine Saturday to take on the Black Bears.
The Black Bears sit at 8-15 (0-1 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Great Danes are currently 18-7 (1-1 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Maine is 1-0 OU, and Albany is 0-0 OU.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Black Bears - Great Danes odds would favor the Black Bears if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Maine is rated No. 202 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Albany is at No. 207. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 71-63 win for the Great Danes.
How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Great Danes is ranked No. 227 in NCAA hoops at 33.6 per game. Contrast that with Maine’s No. 39 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Maine is the No. 280-ranked team in the country at 5 per game, while Albany rates No. 149 at 6.4 per game.
Defensively, Albany features the nation's No. 29-rated defense on the road, allowing 61.4 points per game. Maine, meanwhile, comes in at No. 145 nationally in scoring at home.
Last time out for Albany, they were a 79-56 winner as they battled UMBC on the road. Albany cruised to victory on Wednesday, running UMBC out of the gym and running up a 79-56 score at RAC Arena.
Maine was a 79-72 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Boston University. Maine got 20 points from Xavier Pollard but lost anyway, 79-72, to Boston University on Tuesday at Case Gymnasium.
Albany home to Hartford, Saturday, February 16
Maine home to Hartford, Wednesday, February 13