BYU vs. Massachusetts - 12/23/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Massachusetts Minutemen (6-5) at BYU Cougars (9-3)
College Basketball: Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at 2:00 pm (Marriott Center)
The Line: BYU Cougars -9.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: BYU TV
The Massachusetts Minutemen and BYU Cougars square off Tuesday afternoon at the Marriott Center.
The Massachusetts Minutemen have lost four of their last five games and hope to rebound with a big win here. On the season, UMass is averaging 73.9 points on 44.8 percent shooting and is allowing 73.2 points on 44.7 percent shooting. Maxie Esho is averaging 14 points and 6.7 rebounds while Cady Lalanne is averaging 13.5 points and 9.2 rebounds. Derrick Gordon is the third player averaging double-digit points and Trey Davis is dishing out 3.6 assists. The Massachusetts Minutemen are still a solid offensive team that has six players averaging at least seven points, they’re shooting just 29 percent from beyond the arc as a team. It doesn’t help that UMass has allowed at least 75 points in four of its last five games and is allowing teams to shoot 34.4 percent from deep.
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The BYU Cougars have won five of their last six games and hope to keep things rolling. On the season, BYU is averaging 84.5 points on 46.1 percent shooting and is allowing 76 points on 44.7 percent shooting. Tyler Haws is averaging 23.8 points and 4.4 rebounds while Chase Fischer is averaging 14.1 points and 2.7 assists. Kyle Collinsworth is grabbing 6.9 rebounds and Anson Winder is shooting 54.1 percent from the field. The BYU Cougars are one of the top offensive teams in the country, which includes 75.1 percent shooting from the free throw line and 40.4 percent shooting from deep. BYU has four double-digit scorers and has scored no less than 76 points in 11 of its first 12 games. Defensively, BYU is forcing 14.3 turnovers and allowing 36.1 percent shooting from downtown.
The Minutemen are 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 road games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Cougars are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss.
UMass is a better team than what its shown this season and if its going to have a breakout game, it's going to be here. The Minutemen are going to like BYU's style of play, as both teams go up and down the court at a fast pace. Look for Massachusetts to keep this game close till the very end.