Check out our free William & Mary 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.
William & Mary vs UMBC Pick & Preview: Sunday, December 18th Betting Odds
Tribe vs Retrievers Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: William & Mary Tribe at UMBC Retrievers
- Where: Baltimore at Chesapeake Employers Insurance Arena
- Date: Sunday, December 18th
- Betting Odds: William & Mary +7.5, WM +273 | UMBC -353 O/U 141.5
Through 11 games, the William & Mary Tribe have an overall record of 4-7. On the road, the Tribe will be playing their 5th game of the season, having gone 0-5. So far, the Tribe have been the underdog 10 times, going 3-7 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +7.5 underdogs on the spread.
William & Mary’s leading scorer this season is Anders Nelson who is averaging 10.91 points per contest. So far, Nelson has accounted for 15.89% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 2.09 rebounds per game and 5.27 assists. Ben Wight is the second leading scorer for the Tribe, averaging 10.82 points per game. Between him and Wight, they are accounting for 31.6% of the team’s scoring.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for William & Mary this season, as they are currently ranked 410th in college basketball at 63.9 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that that have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Tribe’s 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 30.8%, placing them 434th in the NCAA.
UMBC heads into this matchup having played 12 games and have an overall record sitting at 8-4. Currently, the Retrievers have been the home team 6 times, sitting with a record of 5-1. The Retrievers’ are sitting with a betting line that is -7.5 points in their favor. For the season, UMBC has been favored to win in 6 games, sitting with a mark of 6-0.
UMBC’s leading scorer this season is Colton Lawrence who is averaging 14.5 points per contest. So far, Lawrence has accounted for 18.69% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 4.5 rebounds per game and 2.08 assists. Matteo Picarelli is the second leading scorer for the Retrievers, averaging 12.08 points per game. Between him and Picarelli, they are accounting for 34.3% 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: UMBC Retrievers -7.5
According to our key indicators, the best bet for today’s matchup between the William & Mary Tribe and UMBC Retrievers is to get money down on the UMBC to win an cover as -7.5 point favorites. Even though the team has not been great vs the spread as the home team, we see them putting together a strong game from behind the arc, as they are one of the NCAA’s best 3-point shooting units at 9.19 made 3’s per game. When it comes time to getting your bets down, we like the UMBC Retrievers at -7.5.