Massachusetts vs. Duquesne - 2/14/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Duquesne Dukes (8-14) at Massachusetts Minutemen (15-9)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 14, 2015 at 4:00 pm (Mullins Center)
The Line: Massachusetts Minutemen -11.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Duquesne Dukes and Massachusetts Minutemen play Saturday at the William D. Mullins Memorial Center.
The Duquesne Dukes could use a win after losing seven of their last nine games. On the season, Duquesne is averaging 69.7 points on 44.7 percent shooting and is allowing 73.9 points on 43.9 percent shooting. Derrick Colter is averaging 12.7 points and 3.2 assists while Micah Mason is averaging 11 points and 3.6 rebounds. Jordan Stevens is dishing 2.7 assists and TySean Powell is grabbing 3.3 rebounds. The Duquesne Dukes have seven players averaging at least six points, and they’re shooting 59.4 percent from the line and 37.1 percent from downtown. Defensively, Duquesne is allowing 38.2 percent shooting from deep and has given up 70 or more points in six of its last eight games.
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The Massachusetts Minutemen have won five straight and are chasing a A-10 crown. On the season, UMass is averaging 69.5 points on 43.8 percent shooting and is allowing 68.9 points on 42.8 percent shooting. Cady Lalanne is averaging 11.8 points and 9.1 rebounds while Maxie Esho is averaging 11.8 points and 6.3 rebounds. Trey Davis is dishing 3.8 assists and Derrick Gordon is grabbing 4.8 rebounds. The Massachusetts Minutemen have four double-digit scorers, and they’re shooting 71 percent from the line and 29.9 percent from deep. Defensively, UMass is allowing 32 percent shooting from beyond the arc and has given up 64 or less points in six of its last seven games.
The Dukes are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 road games and 10-4 ATS in their last 14 Saturday games. The Minutemen are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Dukes are 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Massachusetts and the favorite is 4-0-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
Duquense and its lack of defense recently isn't going to fly against a UMass team that wants to push the pace. This one could very well get ugly. Look for the Minutemen to win in blowout fashion.