Notre Dame vs. UMass - 11/22/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Massachusetts Minutemen (3-0) at Notre Dame Fighting Irish (3-0)
College Basketball: Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 12:00 pm (Mohegan Sun Arena)
The Line: Notre Dame Fighting Irish -3.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The UMass Minutemen and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish face off on Saturday in college basketball action.
The Massachusetts Minutemen are off to a 3-0 start to the season with all of the wins coming against Division 1 competition. UMass is averaging 81 points per game while shooting 44.2 percent and 28.6 percent from beyond the three-point arc while defensively they are allowing 72.3 points and their opponents are shooting 42.6 percent. Maxie Esho leads UMass averaging 18.7 points and 6.7 rebounds per game. Cady Lalanne is averaging 16.3 points and 12 rebounds, Trey Davis is averaging 15.7 points, and Derrick Gordon is averaging 14.7 points and 7.0 rebounds. UMass looks to be another one of those tough teams that come out of the A-10 just about every season.
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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are off to a 3-0 start but it has all come against soft competition. Notre Dame is averaging 92.7 points and they are shooting 59.1 percent from the floor and 39.4 percent from beyond the three-point arc while defensively they are allowing 53 points and their opponents are shooting 32.7 percent. Zach Auguste is averaging 20 points and 6.0 rebounds to lead ND. Jerian Grany is averaging 15.3 points and 7.7 assists, Pat Connaughton is averaging 12.7 points and 10.0 rebounds, and V.J. Beacham is averaging 11.7 rebounds. Notre Dame takes a big step up in competition in this one.
UMass is 4-1 against the spread in their last five non-conference games, 13-4 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the spread, and 1-4 against the spread in their last five neutral site games. Notre Dame is 5-2 against the spread in their last seven against the A-10, 1-4-1 against the spread against a team with a winning record, and 1-5 against the spread in their last six games.
My free pick in this one is going to be on the total so please check back Saturday moring when the totals are released and I will update this with my free pick.