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UMBC Retrievers vs Hartford Hawks 2/5/2020 Picks Predictions Previews

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In today’s America East Conference action, the UMBC Retrievers welcome the Hartford Hawks to Catonsville on February 5. UMBC are trying to avoid their third straight loss while Hartford are on a three-game winning streak heading into the game. These two teams are on the opposite ends of the table with the Retrievers at 2-6 in the conference and just 9-14 overall compared to the Hawks that have a 6-2 conference record and 13-10 overall.

UMBC suffered their third straight defeat last Saturday at the hands of the Stony Brook Seawolves, 74-63. F Dimitri Spasojevic led the Retrievers in the loss with 17 points off the bench. G LJ Owens was the only started in double figures with 11 points to go along with five rebounds and three assists. It was their 14th loss overall but they should feel good going up against Hartford. The last time they faced each other, UMBC got the 69-60 win.

For the season, the Retrievers are 7-4 at home while averaging 73.8 points and 36.1 rebounds per game. They are shooting 47.2% from the field, 35.4% from threes and 65.7% from the free throw line at the UMBC Event Center. The Retrievers definitely play much better at home than on the road or neutral grounds. Besides the getting the win in their most recent matchup against Hartford, UMBC have also won six out of their last 10 meetings. They are 7-13 ATS this season and 2-6 SU in their last eight games.

UMBC Retrievers vs Hartford Hawks Predictions 2/5/2020

On the other hand, Hartford are coming into the game looking to extend their winning streak to four. They defeated the Maine Black Bears, 55-49, for their third straight win last Saturday. G Moses Flowers led the team with 15 points and three rebounds. F Miroslav Stafl had a near double-double with 13 points and nine boards. G Malik Ellison also chipped in 15 points but they relied too much on their starters with the bench only contributing eight total points.

The Hawks are actually a good team on the road with a 6-5 record. They are averaging 62.6 points and 32.9 rebounds away from home while shooting 41.8% from the field, 33.6% from beyond the arc and 67.7% from the charity stripe. These might not be pretty numbers but they are a good defensive team. They are 7-1 ATS in their last eight games and 9-3 SU in their last 12.

UMBC Retrievers vs Hartford Hawks. The NCAA-B Men’s Pick for this match is the UMBC Retrievers -3. On paper, the Hartford Hawks have the better record but the UMBC Retrievers have had their number. UMBC have won six of their past meetings while also winning their last matchup. Add the fact that Hartford struggles scoring on the road and UMBC scores freely at home. Prediction is a 70-62 win for UMBC in front of their fans, ending Hartford’s winning streak.

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UMBC Retrievers vs Hartford Hawks 2/5/2020 Picks Predictions Previews

NCAA-BB Men’s Starting Time: 7:00 PM- EST

Location: UMBC Event Center, Catonsville, Maryland

Date: February 5, 2020

Live: ESPN+

NCAAB Odds: UMBC Retrievers -3

Total Odds: 132.5

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