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Massachusetts Minutemen vs. Richmond Spiders - 3/4/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Richmond Spiders (17-12) at Massachusetts Minutemen (17-12)

College Basketball: Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at 7:30 pm (Mullins Center)

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

TV: American Network

The Richmond Spiders will travel to the William D. Mullins Memorial Center to take on the Massachusetts Minutemen this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.

The Richmond Spiders improved to 17-12 (10-6 A-10) on the season after defeating the Saint Joseph's Hawks, 63-57, this past Saturday. Richmond shot 41.1% from the field and 34.6% (9-26) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Spiders was Kendall Anthony who had 23 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 assists. Richmond is ranked 65th in the RPI Standings and has played the 34th ranked SOS. On the season, the Spiders have been led by Kendall Anthony (16.4 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 2.4 apg) and Terry Allen (12.4 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.4 apg). Richmond is averaging 65.6 ppg (ranked 215th) on 45.4% shooting (ranked 85th). The Spiders average 7.0 three-pointers per game (ranked 106th) and commit just 9.9 turnovers per game (ranked 11th). Richmond is holding their opponents to an average of 60.7 ppg (ranked 40th) on 42.2% shooting (ranked 136th). The Spiders are holding teams to 30.8% shooting from beyond the arc (ranked 37th) and have a turnover margin of 3.5 (ranked 17th).

Massachusetts Minutemen vs. Richmond Spiders - 3/4/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Massachusetts Minutemen improved to 17-12 (10-6 A-10) on the season after defeating the Fordham Rams, 82-74, this past Saturday. Massachusetts shot 47.0% from the field and 31.6% (6-19) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Minutemen was Derrick Gordon who had 20 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 assists. Massachusetts is ranked 62nd in the RPI Standings and has played the 42nd ranked SOS. On the season, the Minutemen have been led by Maxie Esho (11.6 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 0.9 apg) and Cady Lalanne (11.5 ppg, 9.2 rpg, 2.0 bpg). Massachusetts is averaging 70.1 ppg (ranked 105th) on 43.6% shooting (ranked 172nd). The Minutemen average 13.8 apg (ranked 94th) and commit 14.2 turnovers per game (ranked 301st). Massachusetts is holding their opponents to an average of 70.2 ppg (ranked 273rd) on 43.2% shooting (ranked 194th) The Minutemen pull down 36.72 total rpg (ranked 64th) and average 4.3 bpg (ranked 73rd).

The Spiders are 9-1-1 ATS in their last 11 games following a ATS win and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Minutemen are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record however, just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.

Richmond has won four straight games and has looked impressive on the defensive end as they are holding their opponents to just 56.0 ppg in that span. UMass snapped their three game losing streak with their win against Fordham but have really been struggling on the defensive end as they are allowing their opponents to score an average of 77.25 ppg in their last 4 games. Although UMass will have a significant size advantage in this one, I think Richmond's defensive is going cause UMass some trouble and that they should have plenty of opportunities to light it up from beyond the arc. Richmond has shown that they can be competitive on the road and I think they'll come out of this one with a victory. Take Richmond and the point in this one. 

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