Check out our free Maine vs Bryant pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Smithfield. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.
Maine vs Bryant Pick & Preview: Wednesday, February 1st Betting Odds
Black Bears vs Bulldogs Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Maine Black Bears at Bryant Bulldogs
- Where: Smithfield at Chace Athletic Center
- Date: Wednesday, February 1st
- Betting Odds: Maine +8.5, MAINE +311 | BRYANT -402 O/U 153.5
Black Bears Preview:
Maine will take their 3 game win streak into today’s game. So far, the team has an overall record of 9-12. So far, the Black Bears have played 12 games on the road, with a record of 4-8. For the season, Maine has been the underdog in 13 games, sitting with a mark of 3-10. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Black Bears being +8.5 point underdogs.
Maine will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Gedi Juozapaitis who is averaging 15.52 points per game for the Black Bears. Juozapaitis is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Black Bears’ offensive game plan is the play of Kellen Tynes who has hit 49.8% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 14.19 points per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Maine this season, as they are currently ranked 433rd in college basketball at 62.4 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Black Bears’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 31.1%, placing them 412th in the NCAA.
Bryant will take the floor against the Black Bears with an overall record of 13-8. So far this season, Bryant has played 10 games at home, sitting with a record of 8-2. At the time of this article, the oddsmakers have the Bulldogs as the -8.5 point favorites. The Bulldogs have been favored 13 times, going 10-3 straight up.
Bryant’s leading scorer this season is Sherif Kenney, who is averaging 17.05 points per contest. So far, Kenney has accounted for 18.26% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 4.25 rebounds per game and 3.1 assists. Charles Pride is the second leading scorer for the Bulldogs, averaging 15.52 points per game. Between him and Pride, they are accounting for 35.7% of the team’s scoring.
Bryant comes into today’s matchup vs Maine, looking to continue their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 77.9 points per game. Through 21 games, they have hit 43.7% of their field goal attempts. In terms of pace, the Bulldogs have preferred to slow the game down, ranking 257th in possessions per game.
Free Spread Prediction: Maine Black Bears +8.5
The Bryant Bulldogs will begin their matchup against Maine Black Bears as the strong favorites to win with a point spread of -8.5. Our analysis favors Bryant’s chances to pull home with an easy win and cover the spread. When considering how each team prefers to play, both Bryant and Maine are near the NCAA average in possessions per game. We like how this scenario benefits Bryant, as their superior talent should come through throughout the game in an easy win. Although the Bulldogs don’t have a great track record vs the spread as the betting favorite, going 2-2-1 (last 5), we like their chances to come home with the ATS win.