Massachusetts vs. Canisius - 12/13/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Canisius Golden Griffins (4-3) at Massachusetts Minutemen (5-4)
College Basketball: Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 4:00 pm (Mullins Center)
The Line: Massachusetts Minutemen -10 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Canisius Griffins and Massachusetts Minutemen play Saturday at the William D. Mullins Memorial Center.
The Canisius Griffins look for a season-high third straight win and will play their sixth true road game. On the season, Canisius is averaging 62 points on 37.3 percent shooting and is allowing 61.4 points on 42.4 percent shooting. Zach Lewis leads Canisius with 12.1 points and 2.3 steals while Phil Valenti is averaging 11 points and 6.7 rebounds. Jamal Reynolds is grabbing six rebounds per game and Josiah Heath is shooting 51.3 percent from the field. The Canisius Griffins rely heavily on their defense that is holding teams to 32.8 percent shooting from deep and has allowed 67 or less points in six of their seven games. Offensively, Canisius is shooting just 33.8 percent from beyond the arc and has five players averaging more than five points per game.
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The Massachusetts Minutemen have lost three straight and need to figure something out before it’s too late. On the season, UMass is averaging 74.8 points on 44.5 percent shooting and is allowing 73.6 points on 45.4 percent shooting. Cady Lalanne leads the Minutemen with 14.3 points and 9.9 rebounds while Maxie Esho is averaging 13 points and 6.2 rebounds. Derrick Gordon is shooting 42.7 percent from the field and Trey Davis is averaging 10.7 points. The Massachusetts Minutemen have six players averaging at least 7.8 points per game but they’re shooting just 28.2 percent from deep and are turning the ball over 15 times per game. Defensively, UMass is allowing teams to shoot 34 percent from deep and has allowed a combined 166 points in its last two games.
The Golden Griffins are 14-3 ATS in their last 17 road games and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Minutemen are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. loss.
UMass is a better team than what it's shown so far and look for the Minutemen to show that in this matchup. Canisius isn't deep enough to hang with a fast paced, atheltic team such as UMass on the road. The Minutemen should have no problem putting the Griffins away.