Hartford Hawks vs Baylor Bears Prediction, 3/19/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Hartford Hawks vs Baylor Bears
Date: Friday, March 19, 2021
Location: Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN
Odds/Point Spread: Hartford (+26)
The Baylor Bears (22-2) play the Hartford Hawks (15-8) at Lucas Oil Stadium on Friday in the NCAA Tournament. The odds on this contest have Baylor as 26-point favorites. The total opens at 142.
Hartford will enter this contest with a win-loss mark of 15-8 for the season. The Hawks are connecting on 32.7% on 3-pointers (174 of 532) and 71.2% from the free throw line. They are averaging 65.9 pts per game (293rd in D-1) while hitting 43.4% from the field. They cough up possession 12.7 times per game and as a team are committing 16.1 personal fouls every game. As a unit, Hartford is pulling down 33.2 boards per contest and has accounted for 253 assists on the year, which is 268th in Division 1 in terms of passing. When they are on defense, the Hawks are forcing their opponents into 13.6 turnovers per contest while drawing 16.2 fouls. They are ranked 97th in college basketball in allowing assists to their opponents with 262 relinquished this year. The Hawks are allowing a FG percentage of 41.8% (543 of 1,300) and they surrender 34.7 rebounds per contest as a basketball team. They surrender 28.7% on three-point shots while they are 25th in the country in opponents PPG (63.3).
The Hartford Hawks faced the UMass Lowell River Hawks and went home with a win by a final score of 64-50 in their last game. Hartford wrapped up the game having earned a 36.4% FG percentage (20 of 55) and made 3 of their 18 shots from 3-point land. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Hawks knocked down 21 of 25 tries for a percentage of 84.0%. In regard to rebounding, they earned a total of 33 with 7 of them being offensive. They also dished out 7 dimes for the game while forcing 14 turnovers and getting 9 steals. In regard to defense, Hartford let their opponent shoot 29.5% from the field on 18 of 61 shooting. UMass Lowell distributed 5 assists and had 3 steals in this matchup. In addition, UMass Lowell pulled down 37 rebounds (10 offensive, 27 defensive) and added 5 blocks. UMass Lowell shot 77.8% at the charity stripe by making 7 of their 9 tries. They buried 7 of their 34 attempts from distance.
Traci Carter is one player who played a role in this contest. He ended up walking away with 19 points on 7 of 18 shooting. He played for 37 mins and also pulled down 4 boards. Carter shot 38.9% from the floor and also earned 3 assists. Someone else that came through in this matchup for the Hawks was Austin Williams. He collected 8 rebounds in 40 min played on the night. He walked away from this one shooting 40.0% from the floor for this game by shooting 4-of-10 (17 points). When all was said and done, Williams collected 1 assist.
Baylor has a win-loss record of 22-2 for the campaign. Baylor has scored 2,025 points on the year (84.4 per contest) and they snag 36.5 boards per contest. The Bears have committed 17.2 fouls per game and they connect on 69.7% from the free throw line. In terms of offensive execution, the Bears are shooting 49.3% from the floor, which ranks 23rd in the country. Their rate of earning assists is at 17.0 times per game (12th in the country) and they are turning it over 12.4 times per game. The Bears on defense are ranked 65th in D-1 in points per game surrendered with 66.4. The Baylor defense surrenders 34.0% on three-point shots (155 of 456) and opponents are knocking down 68.6% of their free throw shots. They surrender 12.4 assists and 32.0 boards on a nightly basis, which is ranked 127th and 53rd in those defensive categories. They are forcing 17.3 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 43.3% from the floor (175th in college hoops).
The last time they took the court, the Baylor Bears took a loss by a final score of 83-74 when they played the Oklahoma State Cowboys. The Bears earned 21 defensive rebounds and 18 offensive boards for a total of 39 in the game. They turned it over 12 times, while getting 5 steals for this contest. The Cowboys were called for 11 personal fouls in the matchup which got the Bears to the charity stripe for 13 shots. They were able to convert 10 of those for a percentage of 76.9%. When discussing 3-point shots, Baylor buried 6 of 28 tries (21.4%). When this game wrapped up, the Bears ended up going 29 for 75 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 38.7%. The Bears allowed the Cowboys to knock down 28 out of 59 tries from the field which gave them a percentage of 47.5% for the contest. They finished the game shooting 40.0% from three-point range by going 6 of 15 and finished the game at 21 out of 26 at the free throw line (80.8%). Concerning how they attacked the glass, Baylor allowed Oklahoma State to grab 35 overall (7 on the offensive side).
MaCio Teague was important for the Bears for the game. He knocked down 7 of 17 for the contest for a rate of 41.2%, and had 6 rebounds. Teague scored 17 points in his 36 mins on the hardwood and accumulated 1 assist for the matchup. Another guy that ended up playing a role for Baylor was Jared Butler. He left the arena with 1 assist in his 30 minutes played, and he knocked down 6 out of 15 from the floor. Butler finished going 40.0% from the floor in addition to contributing 16 points and 3 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Baylor (-26)
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