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Massachusetts Minutemen vs. Davidson Wildcats - 1/14/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Davidson Wildcats (11-3) at Massachusetts Minutemen (9-7)

College Basketball: Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Mullins Center)

The Line: Massachusetts Minutemen +1 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Davidson Wildcats will travel to William D. Mullins Memorial Center to take on the Massachusetts Minutemen this Wednesday night.

The Davidson Wildcats improved to 11-3 (2-1 A-10) on the season after defeating the Saint Louis Billikens 89-54 this past Saturday. The Wildcats outrebounded the Billikens by a 40-28 margin and shot 54.5% (12-22) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for Davidson was Brian Sullivan who had 18 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 assists. The Wildcats are currently ranked 46th in the RPI Standings and have played the 146th ranked SOS. On the season, Davidson has been led by Jack Gibbs (16.6 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 5.1 apg, 1.6 spg) and Tyler Kalinoski (16.4 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 3.9 apg). Offensively, the Wildcats are averaging 84.6 ppg (ranked 2nd) on 48.3% shooting (ranked 28th). Davidson averages 11.2 three-pointers per game (ranked 2nd) on 41.2% three-point shooting (ranked 6th). Defensively, the Wildcats are allowing their opponents to score an average of 69.3 ppg (ranked 253rd) on 43.2% shooting (ranked 214th). Davidson is averaging 27.71 defensive rpg (ranked 17th) and 39.43 total rpg (ranked 29th).

Massachusetts Minutemen vs. Davidson Wildcats - 1/14/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The UMass Minutemen improved to 9-7 (2-1 A-10) on the season after defeating the George Mason Patriots 66-62 this past Sunday. The Minutemen outrebounded the Patriots 45-39 and shot 44.4% (8-18) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for UMass was Cady Lalanne who had 10 points, 14 rebounds, and 3 blocks. The Minutemen are currently ranked 48th in the RPI Standings and have played the 11th ranked SOS. On the season, UMass has been led by Maxie Esho (13.5 ppg, 6.5 rpg) and Cady Lalanne (12.3 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 2.2 bpg). Offensively, the Minutemen are averaging 72.7 ppg (ranked 70th) on 44.8% shooting (ranked 110th). UMass does most of their damage inside as they are averaging only 4.5 three-pointers per game (ranked 317th). Defensively, the Minutemen are allowing their opponents to average 72.5 ppg (ranked 306th) on 43.5% shooting (ranked 229th). UMass is averaging 4.6 bpg (ranked 74th) and 7.2 spg (ranked 98th). The Minutemen are averaging 25.31 defensive rpg (ranked 100th) and 36.38 total rpg (ranked 113th).

The Wildcats are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record and 19-7 ATS in their last 36 road games. The Minutemen are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.

Davidson is one of the best offensive teams in the country and can right light it up from outside. UMass had been playing better as of late however, their defensive is lacking and I just don’t see them being able to outscore the Wildcats if this game becomes an up-tempo match. I think Davidson will continue to light it up and take home a victory at UMass. Take Davidson to cover this small spread. 

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Davidson Wildcats -1

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