Check out our free UNCW vs Hofstra pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Hempstead. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.
UNCW vs Hofstra Pick & Preview: Thursday, January 19th Betting Odds
Seahawks vs Pride Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: UNCW Seahawks at Hofstra Pride
- Where: Hempstead at Mack Sports Complex
- Date: Thursday, January 19th
- Betting Odds: UNCW +3.5, NCW +130 | HOFST -160 O/U 140.0
UNCW heads into this matchup having played 20 games and have an overall record sitting at 15-5. On the road, the Seahawks will be playing their 9th game of the season, having gone 6-3. So far, the Seahawks have been the underdog 8 times, going 4-4 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +3.5 underdogs on the spread.
Trazarien White comes into today’s game as the Seahawks’ leading scorer at 14.2 points per contest. Not only has White been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is UNCW’s top rebounder at 6.0 boards per contest. Behind White, the team has benefited from the strong play of Maleeck Harden-Hayes, who is second on the team in scoring at 9.6 points per game. Overall, he has hit 50.8% of his shots and is adding 4.2 boards per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for UNCW this season, as they are currently ranked 230th in college basketball at 70.3 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 Seahawks’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 32.8%, placing them 332nd in the NCAA.
Hofstra heads into this matchup having played 20 games and have an overall record sitting at 12-8. So far this season, Hofstra has played 6 games at home, sitting with a record of 5-1. The Pride’s are sitting with a betting line that is -3.5 points in their favor. For the season, Hofstra has been favored to win in 8 games, sitting with a mark of 7-1.
Hofstra’s leading scorer this season is Aaron Estrada, who is averaging 20.24 points per contest. So far, Estrada has accounted for 23.59% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 5.24 rebounds per game and 4.06 assists. Tyler Thomas is the second leading scorer for the Pride, averaging 13.65 points per game. Between him and Thomas, they are accounting for 42.3% of the team’s scoring.
Hofstra comes into today’s matchup vs UNCW, looking to continue their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 77.9 points per game. Through 20 games, they have hit 46.3% of their field goal attempts. In terms of pace, the Pride have preferred to slow the game down, ranking 340th in possessions per game.
Free Spread Prediction: Hofstra Pride -3.5
Heading into this matchup, our NCAA betting model has identified this game as a profitable opportunity and recommends taking the Hofstra Pride to pick up the win and cover the spread as -3.5 point betting favorites. Although Hofstra as a team is just 76th in overall shooting percentage, we see their offense putting together a strong performance against the Seahawks’ defense. At -3.5 we see there being plenty of value in grabbing the Pride to come out on top and cover.
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