The Wildcats and River Hawks are set to face off at 5:00 ET on ESPN+. The River Hawks will host the game at Tsongas Center in Lowell, MA. The odds for this America East conference game currently have Massachusetts-Lowell as the -9.5 point favorite with the over/under line sitting at 153 points.

NEW HAMPSHIRE WILDCATS VS MASSACHUSETTS-LOWELL RIVER HAWKS BETTING PICK

The Pick: New Hampshire Wildcats +9.5

This game will be played at Tsongas Center at 5:00 ET on Saturday, February 3rd.

WHY BET THE NEW HAMPSHIRE WILDCATS:

  • 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 New Hampshire at +9.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 153 points, and we like the under with a projected 143 points.

Can The Wildcats Secure a Road Victory?

As an underdog, New Hampshire has gone 5-4 this season, and they have been the underdog in nine of their 20 games. They are 12-8 overall, including a 4-3 record in America East games. On the road, the Wildcats have gone 6-5 this season, and they come into this game with a three-game road winning streak.

In their last game, New Hampshire lost to Albany by a score of 86-79. Over their last 10 road games, the Wildcats have gone 6-4, and they are 4-1 in their last five road games.

As the underdog, New Hampshire has been fantastic vs. the spread this season, going 8-1. On the road, their ATS record is an impressive 9-2. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Wildcats have gone 9-1 vs. the spread.

Today's over/under line of 153 for New Hampshire's game against Massachusetts-Lowell is higher than the average over/under line in their games this season (150.7). So far, 11 of their games have finished with more points than today's OU line. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 146 points, which is lower than today's OU line.

The Wildcats' offense finished with 79 points in their previous game, mirroring their current average of 76.8 points per contest. The top scorer for the Wildcats was Clarence O. Daniels II with 21 points, while Ahmad Robinson also chipped in with 19 points.

On the defensive side, New Hampshire is currently hovering around the NCAA's average for points allowed, conceding an average of 73.6 points per game. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, New Hampshire's defense has allowed opponents to shoot 41.1% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 26.4% this season.

Can the River Hawks Grab a Win at Home?

Massachusetts-Lowell is a 9.5-point favorite against New Hampshire. The River Hawks have been favored in 13 games this season, going 10-3. They are 4-2 at home this season, and their average scoring margin at home is +4.8 points per game.

Over their last 10 home games, the River Hawks have gone 8-2, and they have gone 4-1 over their last five. They are coming off a 76-62 win over Maine.

At 1-5, Massachusetts-Lowell's ATS mark at home this season is the worst in the America East. Overall, the River Hawks are 9-8 vs. the spread. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, they are just 4-6. In their last three home contests, UMass-Lowell has gone 1-2 ATS.

Today's over/under line of 153 for Massachusetts-Lowell's matchup with New Hampshire is quite a bit higher than the average over/under line in their games this season (146.3). So far, 14 of their 20 games have had lower over/under lines than today's total. The over/under record for their games this year is 7-10, and in their last three games, the average scoring total is 137 points.

The Massachusetts-Lowell offense is coming off a game in which they scored 76 points vs. Maine. Overall their field goal percentage was 51.8% while connecting on 4 threes. Currently leading the team in scoring is Ayinde Hikim who comes into today's matchup averaging 15.4. Max Brooks also heads into the game with a PPG average of 12.2.

Massachusetts-Lowell's defense has been playing well, ranking 57th nationally, with 66.6 points allowed per game. In today's game, the Massachusetts-Lowell defense will be looking to once again do a good job defending the three-point line, as they gave up just 4 three-pointers while giving up 62 points.