Massachusetts Minutemen vs. BYU Cougars Pick-Odds-Prediction 12/7/13
BYU Cougars (7-2) at Massachusetts Minutemen (7-0)
College Basketball: Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 1:30 pm (MassMutual Center)
The Line: Massachusetts Minutemen -3 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: CBS Sports Network
The Brigham Young Cougars travel to Massachusetts to play the Minutemen on Saturday afternoon.
BYU improved to 7-2 on the year after beating North Texas 97-67 on Tuesday night. The Cougars shot 49.4% from the field and 33.3% from behind the arc. Meanwhile, BYU held North Texas to 25.4% from the field and 26.1% from three-point range. Junior G Tyler Haws led the way for the Cougars, scoring 23 points in the win. Haws now has 1,342 points as a Cougar. Sophomore G Kyle Collinsworth had a career-high 17 points and junior G Skyler Halford has a career-high 16 points. Junior G Matt Carlino not only had a career-high 10 rebounds, he also had 11 assists for BYU. The Cougars out-rebounded North Texas 60-38 on Tuesday. On the season, Haws leads the team in scoring with 23.6 points per game, while Carlino is averaging 17.4. The Cougars are a great rebounding team and they are also very efficient offensively, averaging 89.2 points per game this season. This will be BYU’s second true road game of the season, with the first coming against Stanford, a 112-103 win, back in November.
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The UMass Minutemen improved to 7-0 on the year after knocking off Eastern Michigan 69-57 on Tuesday. UMass shot 43% from the field and only 29.4% from three-point range. The Minutemen shot over 73% from the charity strip, while holding EMU to under 40% from the field in the win. Senior F Raphiael Putney scored 15 points for UMass, which was ranked for the first time since 1998. Sophomore F Trey Davis scored 13 points, while junior Cady Lalanne and senior G Chaz Williams both scored 12. Lalanne grabbed 12 rebounds and Williams led the team with 8 assists. Lalanne leads the team in scoring with 16.4 points per game, while Williams averages 15.4 a game this season. UMass, which went in averaging 83.7 points per game, was playing its first true road game of the season after an eight-day layoff. The Minutemen will now be back in MassMutual Center, where they are 2-0 this season.
These two teams are not too familiar with one another, but they both like to score a ton of points. This should be a high scoring game with a ton of highlights. UMass may have the better defense and they have played some solid opponents this year. BYU will have to travel across the country into a hostile environment. I'm siding with the home team to win and cover the short line.