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Saint Joseph's Hawks vs. Massachusetts Minutemen - 1/21/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Massachusetts Minutemen (10-8) at Saint Joseph's Hawks (7-9)

College Basketball: Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Hagan Arena)

The Line: Saint Joseph's Hawks -1 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: CBS Sports Network

The UMass Minutemen will travel to Hagan Arena to take on the Saint Joseph’s Hawks this Wednesday in College Basketball action.

The UMass Minutemen improved to 10-8 (3-2 A-10) on the season after defeating the Rhode Island Rams 60-56 this past Saturday. UMass outrebounded Rhode Island by a 36-31 margin and forced the Rams to commit 15 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Minutemen was Maxie Esho who had 18 points, 6 rebounds and 3 blocks. UMass is ranked 59th in the RPI Standings and has played the 12th ranked SOS. On the season, the Minutemen have been led by Maxie Esho (13.4 ppg, 6.7 rpg) and Cady Lalanne (12.1 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 2.2 bpg). Offensively, UMass is averaging 71.4 ppg (ranked 95th) on 44.1% shooting (ranked 145th). The Minutemen do most of their damage inside as they are averaging just 4.3 three-pointers per game (ranked 325th) on 29.7% three-point shooting (ranked 310th). Defensively, UMass is allowing their opponents to average 71.5 ppg (ranked 294th) on 43.5% shooting (ranked 223rd). The Minutemen average 4.7 bpg (ranked 64th), 7.1 spg (ranked 93rd), and 36.61 total rpg (ranked 97th).

Saint Joseph's Hawks vs. Massachusetts Minutemen - 1/21/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Saint Joseph’s Hawks dropped to 7-9 (1-4 A-10) on the season after being defeated by the Saint Bonaventure Bonnies 70-61 this past Sunday. Saint Joseph’s allowed Saint Bonaventure to shoot 47.2% from the field and 41.2% (7-17) from three-point range in the loss. Leading the way for the Hawks was DeAndre Bembry who had 27 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 blocks. Saint Joseph’s is ranked 163rd in the RPI Standings and has played the 121st ranked SOS. On the season, the Hawks have been led by DeAndre Bembry (16.6 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 2.9 apg, 1.8 spg) and Isaiah Miles (10.3 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.0 bpg). Offensively, Saint Joseph’s is averaging 62.6 ppg (ranked 291st) on 40.8% shooting (ranked 281st). The Hawks are shooting just 28.4% from beyond the arc (ranked 326th) and have a turnover marge of -0.4 (ranked 216th). Defensively, Saint Joseph’s is allowing their opponents to score an average of 65.6 ppg (ranked 163rd) on 43.5% shooting (ranked 221st). The Hawks are averaging 23.75 defensive rpg (ranked 182nd) and 35.94 total rpg (ranked 129th).

The Minutemen are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall however, just 3-7-1 ATS in their last 11 games vs. the A-10. The Hawks are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall.

UMass is one of the most athletic teams in the country and picked a huge conference win against a very difficult Rhode Island team. Saint Joseph’s has a great player in DeAndre Bembry, however, can at times struggle on the offensively. I think UMass will be able run on Saint Joesph’s and tell pick up another conference win on this one. Take UMass and the point in this one. 

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