The Maine Black Bears (2-7) will be at home in Cross Insurance Center when they challenge the Dartmouth Big Green (2-4). Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET on Friday, December 8, 2017, and it can be seen on ESPN 3.
Dartmouth Big Green vs. Maine Black Bears ATS Preview
The Big Green were beaten by the Sacred Heart Pioneers in their last matchup, 79-73. With 20 points on 7-for-13 shooting, Taylor Johnson was the top scorer from either team. Sacred Heart had an effective field goal percentage of 0.573 (above their season average of 0.471). Dartmouth, on the other hand, had a much better turnover percentage (12.0 vs. 17.9).
The last time the Black Bears played, they blew out the Maine-Presque Isle Owls, 75-55. Maine received a boost from Vernon Lowndes Jr. who had 14 points and five rebounds. The Black Bears had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (19.4 vs. 9.8) and had a much better effective field goal percentage (0.598 vs. 0.415).
Maine could have trouble getting to the free throw line in this matchup. The Black Bears rank 316th in the nation with a free throw attempt (FTA) rate of 0.200, while Dartmouth ranks 77th in FTA rate allowed (0.214) since last season.
The Black Bears won the only contest against the Big Green last season, 73-68. The Black Bears dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a turnover percentage of 13.1 and an effective field goal percentage of 0.491. The Big Green recorded marks of 15.5 and 0.463, respectively, for those same stats.
Dartmouth Big Green vs. Maine Black Bears Betting Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Dartmouth, ATS Winner – Dartmouth, O/U – Under
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Black Bears rank 251st in assists per game (12.0) while the Big Green rank 267th (11.6).
- Dartmouth ranks 92nd in rebounds allowed per game (33.8) while Maine ranks 265th (37.7).
- The Black Bears rank 171st in blocks allowed per game (3.7) while the Big Green rank 231st (4.3).
- Dartmouth ranks 192nd in steals allowed per game (6.6) while Maine ranks 230th (7.1).