Don't miss out on the NCAA showdown between the Black Bears and River Hawks. The game is starting at 6:30 ET on ESPN+, and it's hosted by the River Hawks at Costello Athletic Center in Lowell, MA. Get ready to place your bets! The over/under line for this matchup is currently at 137.5 points, and Massachusetts-Lowell is favored by -8.5 to win at home against Maine.


The Pick: Maine Black Bears +8.5

This game will be played at Costello Athletic Center at 6:30 ET on Thursday, February 1st.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 74-69 in favor of the River Hawks.
  • Even though we have Massachusetts-Lowell winning straight-up, we like Maine at +8.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 137.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 143 points.

Can the Black Bears Pull Off a Road Win?

Through 21 games, Maine has gone 10-11 overall, including a 2-4 mark in America East action. On the road this season, the Black Bears are 6-8, compared to 3-3 at home.

As underdogs, Maine has gone just 1-5 this season, and they are 1-4 in their last five road games. The Black Bears' average scoring margin on the road this season is -2.7 points per game.

As the underdog, Maine has gone just 2-4 vs. the spread this season. However, their overall ATS record is at .500 with a mark of 10-10. On the road, the Black Bears have gone 7-7 vs. the spread this year and are 5-5 in their last 10 games as the road team.

This season, the over/under record for Maine is 8-12 and today's over/under line of 137.5 is lower than the average over/under line in their games (138.2). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 129 points.

In contrast to their season average of 68.1 points per game, the Maine had a below average performance. They scored 50 points against Binghamton and had a field goal percentage of 34.8%. Offensively, the Black Bears have a season long field goal percentage of 45%, which is 189th in the nation. In terms of three-pointers, they are 343rd in percentage and 325th in three-pointers made.

Maine's defense has been playing well, ranking 55th nationally, with 66.5 points allowed per game. In today's game vs. Massachusetts-Lowell, the Maine defense will be looking to do a better job avoiding putting opponents on the line. In their last game, Maine made 16 free-throws vs. the Black Bears.

Pressure Builds for Massachusetts-Lowell as Home Favorites

The River Hawks enter this game with a record of 14-5 and have won six straight games. They are a perfect 5-0 in America East play and have gone 9-5 in non-conference games.

At home, UMass-Lowell is 3-1 this season and has won two straight games. Over their last 10 home games, they are 8-2.

As the favorite, Massachusetts-Lowell has gone just 5-6 vs. the spread this season. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, they are just 3-7 vs. the spread. At home, the River Hawks are 0-4 vs. the spread this season and have gone just 1-6 vs. the spread in their last 10 home games.

UMass-Lowell's over/under record this season is 6-9 and today's line of 137.5 is lower than their average over/under line of 147.3. So far, 10 of their games have finished with more points than today's line. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 149 points and their over/under record during this stretch is 1-2.

The Massachusetts-Lowell offense is coming off a game in which they scored 80 points vs. Binghamton. Overall their field goal percentage was 52.7% while connecting on 6 threes. Ayinde Hikim is currently the leading scorer for the team, entering today's matchup with an average of 15.5. Meanwhile, Max Brooks also brings a PPG average of 12.2 into the game.

At present, the River Hawks' defense is nationally ranked 62nd, allowing 66.8 points per game. On average, opposing teams are hitting 4.8 threes per game vs. Maine. This has come on three-point shooting percentage of 22.3%.