NC State vs. UMass Lowell odds, line: 2020 college basketball picks, Dec 3. predictions from proven model

The UMass Lowell River Hawks will take on the NC State Wolfpack at 4:30 p.m. ET on Thursday at Mohegan Sun Arena. The River Hawks are 1-2 while NC State is 2-0. The programs have never played before but both are exceeding the expectations of oddsmakers early in the 2020-21 college basketball season.

The River Hawks have covered in two of three games so far and NC State has covered comfortably as sizable favorites in each of its first two games. The Wolfpack are favored by 17 points in the latest NC State vs. UMass Lowell odds from William Hill Sportsbook and the over-under is set at 152. Before entering any UMass Lowell vs. NC State picks, you’ll want to see the college basketball predictions from the model at SportsLine.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every Division I college basketball game 10,000 times. Over the past four-plus years, the proprietary computer model has generated an impressive profit of almost $2,600 for $100 players on its top-rated college basketball picks against the spread. It’s also off to a fast start in the 2020-21 season, going 4-1 on its top-rated picks and returning over $300. Anyone who has followed it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on NC State vs. UMass Lowell. You can head to SportsLine to see its picks. Here are several college basketball odds for UMass Lowell vs. NC State:

  • NC State vs. UMass Lowell spread: NC State -17
  • NC State vs. UMass Lowell over-under: 152 points
  • NC State vs. UMass Lowell money line: NC State -2400, UMass Lowell +1100

What you need to know about NC State

NC State played well at home against the North Florida Ospreys last Friday as the team secured an 86-51 win. NC State got double-digit scoring from four players: F Jericole Hellems (17), G Cam Hayes (13), F D.J. Funderburk (11), and F Manny Bates (10).

Funderburk averaged 12.8 points and 6.1 rebounds per game a season ago. He and Bates will be a particularly difficult matchup for the River Hawks. UMass Lowell doesn’t have anybody on the roster who measures taller than 6-foot-8 and Funderburk is 6-foot-10, while Bates is 6-foot-11. 

What you need to know about UMass Lowell

Meanwhile, UMass Lowell came up short against the Ohio State Buckeyes on Sunday, falling 74-64. Guard Obadiah Noel had a tough game, finishing with 15 points on 5-for-21 shooting and turning the ball over four times in his 40 minutes on the court. However, Noel has still averaged 24.0 points, 6.7 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game and poured in 35 on just 19 shot attempts in a hard-fought loss to Illinois State last week.

How to make NC State vs. UMass Lowell picks

The model has simulated NC State vs. UMass Lowell 10,000 times and the results are in. It model is leaning over on the total and it’s also generated a point-spread pick that is hitting in almost 70 percent of simulations. You can only

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UMass Dartmouth, Bridgewater State launch accelerated programs

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The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and Bridgewater State University have announced two joint accelerated master of science programs in physics and electrical engineering. The educational partnership agreement between the institutions will provide undergraduate students at BSU with an accelerated pathway to earning a graduate degree at UMass Dartmouth.

Undergraduate students in the physics, photonics and optical engineering program in the Bartlett College of Science and Mathematics at BSU will be able to seamlessly earn a master’s degree in physics or electrical engineering in the College of Engineering at UMass Dartmouth.

During their junior or senior year, BSU students can begin taking graduate courses at UMass Dartmouth while finishing their undergraduate degrees at BSU. This unique opportunity offers students an accelerated pathway to successfully attain their academic goals affordably. Importantly, the agreement focuses on student academic support measures including advising and research opportunities throughout the student’s educational journey.

“This partnership offers an expedited and cost-effective opportunity for students to enter STEM fields that provide them with meaningful career opportunities,” said Michael Goodman, acting provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs at UMass Dartmouth. “These are fields where there is a clear need for more skilled workers, which makes this a real win-win for both our students and the regional economy.”

Dr. Karim Ismaili, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at BSU, agreed that the accelerated pathway will extend the mutual commitment of both institutions to affordability and quality, with a focus on innovation.

“Bridgewater State University and UMass Dartmouth are committed to helping students take advantage of opportunities that will help them succeed now and, in the future,” said Ismaili. “This partnership is a powerful example of how two public institutions can work together to achieve these important goals.”

The collaboration began with faculty at both institutions working on ways to create more hands-on STEM learning and research experiences for students.

The two Southeastern Massachusetts institutions have a strong history of collaboration to offer training and career opportunities to diverse student learners to meet the needs of the workforce through education and lifelong learning.

In 2018, the UMass School of Law at UMass Dartmouth and BSU began offering a joint Law/Master of Social Work program that allows students to earn both degrees in four years rather than five. By collaborating on the program, the schools enable students to enter public service with a uniquely defined skill set and less student debt.

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Boston College Women’s Basketball Defeats UMass 90-82 in Overtime

It was another big win for the women on Sunday as they escaped a furious UMass comeback to win 90-82 at home. Led by Taylor Soule’s 29 points the Eagles jumped out a fifteen point lead after the first quarter, but UMass would not be deterred as they fought and clawed back to tie the game. Full recap via BCEagles.com below.

Via BCEagles.com press release

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass – Junior forward Taylor Soule tied a career-high with 29 points and added 13 rebounds to lead Boston College past UMass 90-82 in overtime on Sunday afternoon at Conte Forum. BC moved to 2-0 on the season while UMass fell to 1-1.

Makayla Dickens added 15 points and 10 rebounds as five Eagles finished in double-figures. In her second career collegiate start, junior Clara Ford was fantastic in the contest as she notched 15 points and 16 points for her first career double-double.

Marnelle Garraud was a perfect 4-of-4 from the foul line and finished with 15 points, seven assists and three steals for BC. Cameron Swartz added 10 as BC nailed 24 of its 28 free throws in the overtime victory.

The Eagles outscored UMass 30-15 in the first quarter, which was kick started by three, three-point field goals in the first five minutes. Ford had a strong first quarter as she recorded eight points and eight rebounds.

Boston College’s strong offensive showing continued in the second quarter of Sunday’s contest. Soule added 10 points in the frame bringing her total to 14 in the first half. The Eagles led by a score of 48-35 at the break with help from 59% shooting, while out-rebounding UMass 24-12.

The Minutewomen came out of the locker room scoring the first 11 points of the third quarter. Boston College got on the board in the second half with 5:08 remaining in the third quarter on a Dickens jump shot. The Eagles led the contest 57-55 after three quarters of play despite being outscored 20-9 in the frame.

Boston College was unable to close out the game in regulation, as UMass hit a late three pointer to tie the game at 77. Soule led the Eagles in scoring in the quarter with seven points on 4-of-5 shooting.

Dickens and Ford led the charge in overtime with four points each to secure the victory for the Eagles. Boston College displayed strong defense in the extra frame by outscoring UMass 13-5 while holding the Minutewomen to just two field goals.


Boston College is back in action on Wednesday afternoon at 5 p.m. at Conte Forum as they look to remain undefeated against Providence. The game will air on ACC Network Extra.

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Boston College Defeats UMass 4-3 in Return to the Ice

Jack McBain recorded his third career multi-goal game and Matt Boldy netted the game-winner early in the third, as Boston College opened the season with a 4-3 victory over UMass.

The Eagles had to wait a little longer than expected to start the 2020-21 season, but that seems normal in the Covid-19 world. They were slated to open the season against New Hampshire last weekend before an inconclusive test postponed the two games. This weekend was expected to feature a home-and-home with Providence, but some schedule shuffling saw the 1-0-1 Minutemen arrive at the Heights for the Friday night game.

The matchup between the top two teams in the Hockey East preseason poll did not disappoint. Despite the high-scoring result, goalies Matt Murray and Spencer Knight played well in net, recording 28 and 30 saves apiece. Murray was particularly strong in the late stages of the game, allowing the Minutemen to claw back even and have a chance to win.

Boston College lost a lot of players from last season’s senior-laden team and was without reigning national rookie of the year Alex Newhook who is in Canada preparing for the World Juniors. Therefore, it was no surprise to see quite a few new faces in the lineup. Perhaps the most surprising lineup move was the inclusion of freshman forward Gentry Shamburger as the team’s sixth defensemen.

Of the freshmen, Colby Ambrosio stood out playing alongside Matt Boldy and Mike Hardman. He will most likely fill in on the line until Newhook returns, but Ambrosio showcased his Newhook-like speed. He also dished out a nice one-touch pass to set up Boldy for the game-winner.

Centering the first line, McBain had one of the best games of his career, scoring multiple goals for the first time since last year’s Beanpot consolation game against Harvard. McBain started the scoring by jamming home a puck late in the first. He followed up a Hardman goal with his second of the night in the second period on a nifty stop-and-shoot.

Following McBain’s second, UMass freshman Josh Lopina scored two of his own in the next four minutes to even the game at three heading into the third period.

Skating behind Knight’s goal, Eamon Powell outletted it the puck to Ambrosio beyond center ice. Ambrosio tapped it to Boldy coming through the middle, and the sophomore picked Murray’s top corner.

Given the likely schedule changes, this game may or may not be counted as a conference contest. As part of Hockey East’s return to play, teams will play non conference games against other Hockey East opponents. BC is scheduled to face UMass again in January, and if those games are played then this weekend’s games will not be a part of the conference record.

The Eagles head out to Amherst for a 4:30 game on Saturday to conclude the weekend.

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College football rankings: UMass makes historic move in The Bottom 25 after 2020 season debut

25. UTEP 3-2 Believe me when I tell you that I’m generally annoyed by having teams with winning or even records in these rankings. It cheapens the entire experience. I’m confident that with the Big Ten and Mountain West starting this week and the Pac-12 to follow, this is the last we’ll see of it. The Miners’ game against Southern Miss was postponed due to COVID-19 cases with the Golden Eagles, and they’re scheduled to resume this weekend at Charlotte. (21) 24. Navy 3-2 Imagine with me, if you will, a Navy team beaten by BYU 55-3 and crushed by Air Force 40-7 so far this season playing for an AAC championship. Because that’s a distinct possibility! The Mids are 0-2 in nonconference play while losing by an average of 47.5 points per game, but they’re 3-0 in-conference after beating East Carolina 27-23 on Saturday. They’re currently in first place in the standings while ranked in The Bottom 25. What a season. (14) 23. UTSA 3-3 The Roadrunners enter our rankings for the first time this year. They got off to a 3-0 start to the season but have since dropped three straight to UAB, BYU and Army. Next up is a home game with Louisiana Tech. (Not Ranked) 22. Missouri 1-2 Mizzou’s game against No. 2 Vanderbilt had to be postponed due to COVID-19. Of course, while the team didn’t play, that didn’t stop Eli Drinkwitz from picking up a new nickname on The Cover 3 Podcast. If you haven’t heard, he’s no longer Eli Drinkwitz — he’s The Alpha Nerd. The Alpha Nerd and the Tigers hope to resume this weekend against Kentucky. (22) 21. Georgia Tech 2-3 Yeah, getting beat 73-7 is a great way to introduce yourself to The Bottom 25, Bees. I’m not entirely sure what you did to Clemson to make it that mad, but maybe don’t do that again. (NR) 20. North Texas 2-3 The Mean Green picked up a 52-35 win over Middle Tennessee in last week’s Game of the Century of the Week, but while it got them out of The Bottom Five, it wasn’t enough to get out of the rankings. Another win this weekend against No. 25 UTEP should accomplish that. (4) 19. Virginia 1-3 Listen, Virginia, I loved you last year when you were good, and I love you this year when you’re not nearly as good. I mean, how can you not love a team with a 250-pound quarterback who wears No. 36? Lindell Stone is a damn icon. Whether he’s enough to get you out of these rankings in the near future, I’m not so sure. Not when your next two games are against Miami and North Carolina. (NR) 18. Florida State 2-3 There was once a time when Florida State was the team ranked in the top five that would go on the road and suffer an upset loss to some ACC bottom-feeder. Now the Noles are that ACC bottom-feeder knocking off the top-five team
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