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Pick of the Day (1/16/21): Umass Lowell @ Binghamton (+6.5)

Umass Lowell Red Hawks (5-8, 4-5 Am. East) @ Binghamton Bearcats (1-11, 1-8 Am. East)

Game Information: Sunday, January 17, 2021 at 12:00 pm (ET) inside the Events Center in Binghamton, New York

Betting Odds: Binghamton +6.5 – Over/Under 143.5

It’s hard to take the points with a team that’s 1-11 on the season, however, I like the Binghamton Bearcats in this spot today against Umass Lowell. Binghamton may have only one win but they’ve been in games late. The Bearcats have lost four games by seven points or less this season.

The Red Hawks haven’t swept a conference team against the spread this season and I think that trend continues today against Binghamton. The last time Umass Lowell was a favorite in back-to-back conference games, they lost the second game straight up.

Umass Lowell is led by senior Obadiah Noel, who averages a conference-high 21.5 points per game and a league third best 3.5 assists per game, while Binghamton is led by two sophomores in Brenton Mills and Tyler Bertram that both average in double-figures. Both teams have strong depth with 12 Umass Lowell student-athletes averaging two points per game or more and 10 Binghamton student-athletes averaging 2.5 points per game or more.

Free Pick: Binghamton +6.5

The Red Hawks are the better team, no doubt but they haven’t been able to put together two strong performances together on back-to-backs. So, that’s why I like Binghamton +6.5 in this contest. The Bearcats are also a team that can catch fire from beyond the 3-point line and they are ranked fourth in the conference in 3-point percentage (33.4%). After going 2-for-28 from deep against Vermont on January 10, Binghamton followed that poor shooting performance up by connecting on 10-of-33 from downtown against Umass Lowell on Saturday. I think that solid shooting continues Sunday against the Red Hawks and they get the cover.


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