UMass vs. Harvard - 11/26/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Harvard Crimson (1-2) at UMass Minutemen (3-1)
College Basketball: Saturday, November 26, 2016 at 1:00 pm (Mullins Center)
The Line: UMass Minutemen -4 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Harvard Crimson and Massachusetts Minutemen meet Saturday afternoon in college basketball action at the William D. Mullins Memorial Center.
The Harvard Crimson look for a statement victory that would get them back to a .500 record. The Harvard Crimson are averaging 61 points on 39 percent shooting and allowing 71.5 points on 45.7 percent shooting. Bryce Aiken is averaging 11.5 points and 2.5 assists while Justin Bassey is averaging 10.5 points and 5.5 rebounds. Seth Towns is the third double-digit scorer and Corey Johnson is grabbing 2.3 rebounds. The Harvard Crimson are shooting 31 percent from beyond the arc and 72.1 percent from the free throw line. The Harvard Crimson are allowing 30 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.5 rebounds per game. The Harvard Crimson have lost five of their last seven road games.
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The Massachusetts Minutemen hope for another big victory to build on their solid 3-1 start to the season. The Massachusetts Minutemen are averaging 79 points on 44.9 percent shooting and allowing 73.2 points on 37 percent shooting. Donte Clark is averaging 14.8 points and 6.8 rebounds while Zach Lewis is averaging 12.3 points and one assist. Luwane Pipkins is the third double-digit scorer and Dejon Jarreau is dishing six assists. The Massachusetts Minutemen are shooting 31.1 percent from beyond the arc and 68.9 percent from the free throw line. The Massachusetts Minutemen are allowing 28.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37.8 rebounds per game. The Massachusetts Minutemen have won three straight home games.
The Crimson are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Minutemen are 3-13-1 ATS in their last 17 home games and 2-7-1 ATS in their last 10 Saturday games. The under is 10-4 in Minutemen last 14 overall and the under is 6-1 in Crimson last 7 Saturday games.
Harvard has not fufilled expectations in a limited sample size and now has to travel to play a UMass team that's rather confident and very stingy on the defensive end. The Harvard Crimson are struggling to put the ball through the hoop as it is. The Minutemen and the small line seems like a strong bet in this spot.