Check out our free Hartford vs UMBC pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Baltimore. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.

Hartford vs UMBC Pick & Preview: Monday, January 16th Betting Odds

Hawks vs Retrievers Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Hartford Hawks at UMBC Retrievers
  • Where: Baltimore at Chesapeake Employers Insurance Arena
  • Date: Monday, January 16th
  • Betting Odds: Hartford +18, HARTFD +1385 | UMBC -4642 O/U 144.5

Hawks Preview:

The Hartford Hawks head into today’s game in what will be their 19th game of the season, posting a record of 4-14. So far, the Hawks have played 7 games on the road, with a record of 0-7. For the season, Hartford has been the underdog in 15 games, sitting with a mark of 1-14. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Hawks being +18 point underdogs.

Hartford’s leading scorer this season is Briggs McClain, who is averaging 16.13 points per contest. So far, McClain has accounted for 21.03% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 3.27 rebounds per game and 1.4 assists. Kurtis Henderson is the second leading scorer for the Hawks, averaging 10.0 points per game. Between him and Henderson, they are accounting for 35.8% of the team’s scoring.

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Coming into today’s game, Hartford will be looking from some improved play from their offense. Currently, the Hawks are ranked 245th at 69.8 points per game. A major reason for their low scoring mumbers is the fact that they tend to work the clock on offense. This year, they are the 334th ranked team in terms of pace. When looking at their 3-point shooting numbers, Hartford is close to the NCAA average at 37.1%.

Retrievers Preview:

Heading into today’s matchup vs Hartford, the UMBC Retrievers will be taking the floor for the 19th time this season and have an overall record of 12-6. So far this season, UMBC has played 10 games at home, sitting with a record of 8-2. At the time of this article, the oddsmakers have the Retrievers as the -18 point favorites. The Retrievers have been favored 9 times, going 9-0 straight up.

UMBC’s leading scorer this season is Colton Lawrence, who is averaging 13.83 points per contest. So far, Lawrence has accounted for 17.89% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 4.0 rebounds per game and 1.78 assists. Jacob Boonyasith is the second leading scorer for the Retrievers, averaging 11.72 points per game. Between him and Boonyasith, they are accounting for 33.0% of the team’s scoring.

On offense, UMBC comes into the game looking to control the pace of play, as they are just 416th in possessions per game. Even with their preference to slow the game down, the Retrievers’ are scoring at a rate similar to the NCAA average at 73.7 points per game. So far, 42.47% of their shots have come from beyond the arc, where they have connected at a rate of 37.8%.

Free Spread Prediction: Hartford Hawks +18

After examining this game, we think that UMBC’s desire to get up and down the court will create problems for the Hartford Hawks, who are more comfortable with a slower pace. Even with a -18 point spread, the Retrievers’ up-tempo style will likely lead to an easy win. Our recommendation is to bet on UMBC to not only come out on top but also cover the spread against Hartford.

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