Don't miss out on the NCAA showdown between the River Hawks and Black Bears. The game is starting at 6:00 ET on ESPN+, and it's hosted by the Black Bears at Memorial Gymnasium (ME) in Orono, ME. Get ready to place your bets! Massachusetts-Lowell come into this America East conference matchup as the -4 favorite. The over/under line currently sits at 140.5 points.

MASSACHUSETTS-LOWELL RIVER HAWKS VS MAINE BLACK BEARS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Maine Black Bears +4

This game will be played at Memorial Gymnasium (ME) at 6:00 ET on Tuesday, March 5th.

WHY BET THE MAINE BLACK BEARS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 74-68 in favor of the Black Bears.
  • Not only will Maine pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +4.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 140.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 142 points.

Do the River Hawks Have What it Takes in Orono?

Massachusetts-Lowell has been a better team on the road this season, going 10-5 compared to 7-3 at home. Their average scoring margin on the road is +5.8 compared to +5.1 at home.

Overall this season, Massachusetts-Lowell is 20-8, including an 11-4 record in America East play. They have been favored in 19 of their 28 games, going 14-5 as the favorite.

Massachusetts-Lowell has an ATS record of 12-13 this season, including a mark of 10-5 on the road. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the River Hawks have gone 5-5 vs. the spread.

This season, the over/under record for Massachusetts-Lowell games is 12-13 and today's over/under line of 140.5 is similar to the average over/under line in their games (148.5). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 163 points.

In their latest game, Massachusetts-Lowell offense put up 62 points against Vermont. They recorded an overall field goal percentage of 37.7% and made 5 threes. Leading Massachusetts-Lowell in scoring vs. Vermont was Quinton Mincey with his 18 points. Yuri Covington also added 15 points for the River Hawks.

At this time, the River Hawks' defense is positioned 114th in the country, permitting 70.2 points per game. The Massachusetts-Lowell defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 74 points and allowed Vermont to connect on 10 threes.

Does Maine Have a Shot at a Home Win?

Through 30 games, Maine has a record of 14-16, including a 5-8 mark in America East games. They have won two straight games, and their last game was a 68-58 victory over NJIT.

For the season, the Black Bears have gone 6-4 at home, and they have a scoring margin of +3.2 points per game in those contests. Over their last 10 games at home, they have gone 6-4.

As the underdog, Maine has gone 5-6 vs. the spread this season. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Black Bears have an ATS record of 5-5. At home, Maine has an ATS mark of 6-4 this year.

This season, the over/under record for Maine is 11-16, and today's line of 140.5 is higher than the average over/under line in their games (138.7). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 140 points, and their record in OU bets over their last 10 games is 4-6.

In their recent game, the Black Bears' offense concluded with 68 points, consistent with their ongoing season average of 67.8 points per contest. In terms of offense, the Black Bears have a season-long field goal percentage of 44%, putting them 252nd in the NCAA. Regarding three-pointers, they are ranked 374th in percentage and 337th in three-pointers made.

The Black Bears' defense is presently ranked 49th nationally, allowing an average of 67.0 points per contest. Maine's three-point defense is currently 29th in the country at 5.6 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 43.3% of their shots vs. Maine.