Check out our free UMBC 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.

UMBC vs Bryant Pick & Preview: Sunday, January 8th Betting Odds

Retrievers vs Bulldogs Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: UMBC Retrievers at Bryant Bulldogs
  • Where: Smithfield at Chace Athletic Center
  • Date: Sunday, January 8th
  • Betting Odds: UMBC +5.5, UMBC +190 | BRYANT -241 O/U 159.0

Retrievers Preview:

UMBC will take the floor against the Bulldogs with an overall record of 10-6. On the road, the Retrievers will be playing their 7th game of the season, having gone 3-4. So far, the Retrievers have been the underdog 7 times, going 1-6 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +5.5 underdogs on the spread.

UMBC’s leading scorer this season is Colton Lawrence, who is averaging 13.75 points per contest. So far, Lawrence has accounted for 17.94% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 4.06 rebounds per game and 1.94 assists. Jacob Boonyasith is the second leading scorer for the Retrievers, averaging 12.25 points per game. Between him and Boonyasith, they are accounting for 33.9% 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%.

Bulldogs Preview:

Bryant heads into this matchup having played 15 games and have an overall record sitting at 10-5. So far this season, Bryant has played 7 games at home, sitting with a record of 6-1. At the time of this article, the oddsmakers have the Bulldogs as the -5.5 point favorites. The Bulldogs have been favored 8 times, going 7-1 straight up.

Bryant will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Sherif Kenney who is averaging 16.73 points per game for the Bulldogs. Kenney 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 Bulldogs’ offensive game plan is the play of Charles Pride who has hit 40.9% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 14.27 points per game.

Bryant comes into today’s matchup vs UMBC, looking to continue their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 77.9 points per game. Through 15 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: Bryant Bulldogs -5.5

If you are eying this matchup between UMBC Retrievers and Bryant Bulldogs as a candidate to place a bet, we have done the work for you and our model recommends taking Bryant to cover the spread as -5.5 favorites on the road. Although both team’s are going to look to get up shots from outside, we see Bryant shooting well enough to keep the Retrievers at bay. Before tip-off, lock in a bet on the Bulldogs’ to win the game and cover the spread.

 


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