Massachusetts vs. Manhattan - 11/18/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Manhattan Jaspers (0-1) at Massachusetts Minutemen (2-0)
College Basketball: Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 11:00 am (Mullins Center)
The Line: Massachusetts Minutemen -9 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Manhattan Jaspers and Massachusetts Minutemen play Tuesday morning at the William D. Mullins Memorial Center.
The Manhattan Jaspers competed in their opening game but fell to the Florida State Seminoles, 81-66. Manhattan shot just 28.6 percent from the field and turned the ball over 21 times, while the Jaspers allowed 57.5 percent shooting and forced 21 turnovers. Shane Richards and Ashton Pankey were the only players to score double digits, and RaShawn Stores provided a spark off the bench with nine points. Emmy Andujar had nine points and nine rebounds, while Carlton Allen fouled out in just five minutes. The Manhattan Jaspers are expected to be one of the better teams in the MAAC this season, especially with the transfer of Cincinnati player Jermaine Lawrence. You have to expect a cleaner game this time around from Manhattan.
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The Massachusetts Minutemen are already 2-0 on the season with wins over Siena and Boston College. UMass is averaging 83 points on 46.9 percent shooting and is allowing 74.5 points on 41.2 percent shooting. Maxie Esho leads the Minutemen with 22 points and nine rebounds, while Trey Davis is averaging 16.5 points per game. Massachusetts will be a tough team to beat if Derrick Gordon is going to be the team’s third leading scorer and Cady Lalanne can continue to average a double-double. West Virginia transfer Jabarie Hinds is 3-9 from the field in his first two games. The Massachusetts Minutemen are an explosive and athletic team that has great potential at both ends of the court in a deep Atlantic 10.
The Jaspers are 43-20-3 ATS in their last 66 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Minutemen are 11-4 ATS in their last 15 non-conference games and 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall.
The Massachusetts Minutemen are a deep team and will blow Manhattan out of the building if it again struggles defensively. With the way the Minutemen have played out of the gate and the fact they're at home, give me UMass by double digits.