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Massachusetts Minutemen vs. Providence Friars - 12/21/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Providence Friars (11-1) at Massachusetts Minutemen (6-4)

College Basketball: Monday, December 21, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Mullins Center)

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

TV: CBS Sports Network

The Providence Friars will travel to play the Massachusetts Minutemen in a non-conference game on Monday.

The Massachusetts Minutemen are 6-4 and are coming off of a win against New Orleans by a score of 103-95 in overtime. The UMASS free throw shooting was the difference in this game as they were able to maintain their lead in the extra period. Trey Davis had 40 points and 6 rebounds for UMASS. Donte Clark had 30 points and 8 rebounds for the Minutemen. UMASS out rebounded their opponent by a total of 40-38 and had 18 assists in their victory. UMASS is averaging 80.6 points per game while giving up 74.8 points per game. UMASS is also averaging 36.8 rebounds per game and 14.7 assists per game. Trey Davis is averaging 19.5 points per game and 3.3 rebounds per game, while Jabarie Hinds is averaging 15.6 points per game and 4.4 assists per game for UMASS. UMASS is shooting 67.8% on free throws, 36.3% on three-pointers, and 45.5% on all field goal attempts.

Massachusetts Minutemen vs. Providence Friars - 12/21/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Providence Friars are 11-1 and are coming off of a win against Rider by a score of 73-65. Providence had a good grasp on this game for the most part and played well even in the absence of Kris Dunn. Ben Bentil had 19 points and 12 rebounds for Providence. Rodney Bullock added 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Friars. Providence out rebounded their opponent by a total of 47-38 and had 16 assists in their victory. Providence is averaging 74.7 points per game while giving up 66.6 points per game. Providence is also averaging 36.4 rebounds per game and 15.6 assists per game. Ben Bentil is averaging 17.7 points per game and 7.7 rebounds per game, while Rodney Bullock is averaging 14.1 points per game and 7.7 rebounds per game. Kris Dunn is questionable for this game due to illness. Providence is shooting 71.5% on free throws, 31% on three-pointers, and 45.3% on all field goal attempts.

Providence is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 road games. Providence is 9-2-1 ATS in their last 12 games against the A-10. The over is 4-1 in Providence’s last 5 Monday games. UMASS is 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games overall. UMASS is 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games against the Big East. The over is 9-4 in the UMASS last 13 games.

Providence has started this season red hot and their only loss was against a very good Michigan State team. Providence has been very good on defense, which has really helped them early in this season. UMASS does average over 80 points per game, so it will be interesting to see how the Providence defense plays against a good offensive team. I am taking Providence in this one, especially if Kris Dunn can play.

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