Providence vs. Massachusetts - 12/20/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Massachusetts Minutemen (6-4) at Providence Friars (8-3)
College Basketball: Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 1:00 pm (Dunkin Donuts Center)
The Line: Providence Friars -4 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: CBS Sports Network
The Massachusetts Minutemen and Providence Friars square off Saturday afternoon at the Dunkin Donuts Center.
The Massachusetts Minutemen have split their last six games and play their third true road game. On the season, UMass is averaging 74.8 points on 45 percent shooting and is allowing 72 points on 44.7 percent shooting. Cady Lalanne is averaging 14.5 points and 9.7 rebounds while Maxie Esho is averaging 13.7 points and 6.5 rebounds. Trey Davis is averaging 3.6 assists and Derrick Gordon is shooting 42.9 percent from the field. The Massachusetts Minutemen rely 100 percent on their up-tempo offense that is shooting 72.3 percent from the free throw line and 29.5 percent from beyond the arc. The issue with UMass is a defense that’s forcing 14.2 turnovers per game and allowing 34.1 percent shooting from deep. UMass has allowed 75 or more points in three of its last four games.
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The Providence Friars have split their last six games and is looking for some consistency. On the season, Providence is averaging 68.8 points on 45.1 percent shooting and is allowing 61.4 points on 42 percent shooting. LaDontae Henton is averaging 18.9 points and 5.3 rebounds while Kris Dunn is averaging 12.8 points and six assists. Tyler Harris is the third player averaging double-digit points and Carson Desrosiers is grabbing 4.7 rebounds per game. The Providence Friars are a defensive team first that’s forcing close to 14 turnovers and is holding teams to 30.5 percent shooting from deep. Offensively, Providence is shooting 68.8 percent from the line and 32.5 percent from downtown. This is the first game in a week for the Friars.
The Minutemen are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Friars are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 8-3-1 ATS in their last 12 games overall. The Minutemen are 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings.
Providence is tough to beat on its home court and UMass doesn't have the outside shooting that it had last season to give the Friars a run. Providence is the better team here and should be able to cover the small number with help from the home crowd.