UMass vs. Saint Joseph's - 2/24/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Saint Joseph's Hawks (22-5) at Massachusetts Minutemen (12-14)
College Basketball: Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Mullins Center)
The Line: Massachusetts Minutemen +6.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Saint Joseph’s Hawks will travel to the William D. Mullins Memorial Center to take on the UMass Minutemen this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.
The Saint Joseph’s Hawks had their four game winning streak snapped and dropped to 22-5 (11-3 A-10) on the season after being defeated by the Davidson Wildcats, 99-93, this past Saturday. Saint Joseph’s was up by a 48-43 margin at halftime in this one but had no answers for the Wildcats offensive in the 2nd half allowing the Wildcats to score 56 points and get the come from behind victory. Saint Joseph’s shot 56.1% from the field and was outrebounded by Davidson by a 27-21 margin. The Hawks allowed the Wildcats to shoot 56.6% from the field and 47.6% (10-21) from three-point range. Leading the way for Saint Joseph’s was Isaiah Miles who had 32 points and 5 rebounds. On the season, the Hawks have been led by Isaiah Miles (17.8 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 1.1 bpg), DeAndre Bembry (16.8 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 4.4 apg, 1.4 spg), and Aaron Brown (9.1 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.2 apg). Offensively, Saint Joseph’s is averaging 76.7 ppg on 44.9% shooting from the field and 32.8% shooting from beyond the arc. The Hawks average 7.0 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.48. Defensively, Saint Joseph’s is holding their opponents to an average of 68.4 ppg on 40.1% shooting from the field. The Hawks have a rebound margin of 2.9 and a turnover margin of 1.2.
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The UMass Minutemen improved to 12-14 (5-9 A-10) on the season after defeating the George Mason Patriots, 70-54, this past Sunday. UMass was able to get out to a big 36-22 halftime lead and was able to hang on late after the Patriots cut the Minutemen lead to 62-59 with just over two minutes to play. UMass shot 42.4% from the field and 31.8% (7-22) from beyond the arc. The Minutemen held the Patriots to 38.3% shooting from the field and 5.6% (1-18) from three-point range. Leading the way for UMass was Trey Davis who had 16 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 assists. On the season, the Minutemen have been led by Trey Davis (19.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 3.2 apg), Donte Clark (17.1 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 2.5 apg), and Jabarie Hinds (13.9 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 3.2 apg, 1.5 spg). Offensively, UMass is averaging 75.3 ppg on 43.0% shooting from the field and 33.7% shooting from beyond the arc. The Minutemen average 7.7 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.13. Defensively, UMass is allowing their opponents to average 77.0 ppg on 43.6% shooting. The Minutemen have a rebound margin of -2.2 and average 6.6 steals per game.
The Hawks are 9-1 ATS in their last 10 road games and 10-2 ATS in their last 12 Wednesday games. The Minutemen are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600 however, just 2-11-1 ATS in their last 14 home games.
Saint Joseph’s has been one of the best A-10 teams this season and have been outstanding on the road as their lost at Davidson was their first loss away from home this season. UMass has played a bit better as of late and although the Minutemen can put up some points, they’ve struggled on the defensive end as they rank 288th in the country in scoring defense. UMass was able to keep the game somewhat close at Saint Joseph’s losing by a 78-70 margin in late January however, the Hawks have been averaging 85.2 ppg over their last five games and I think the Hawks will have no problem scoring enough points against the UMass defense to cover this large road spread. Take Saint Joseph’s to cover.