Harvard vs. UMass - 11/12/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
UMass Minutemen (1-0) at Harvard Crimson (1-0)
College Basketball: Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 2:00 pm (Lavietes Pavilion)
The Line: Harvard Crimson -8.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The A-10 and the Ivy League face off when the UMASS Minutemen take on the Harvard Crimson on the hardwood on Sunday afternoon.
The UMASS Minutemen will look to improve to 2-0 on the season after winning their opener over UMass-Lowell by a final score of 74-69 on Friday. Unique McLean and Rashaan Holloway shared the team lead with 12 points apiece, with McLean going 3 for 5 while Holloway went 5 for 7 from the floor with a pair of blocks. Malik Hines and Luwane Pipkins each put up 11 points apiece, with Hines added 13 rebounds for his 1st double-double of the year, while Pipkins went just 3 for 13 with 7 rebounds and a share of the team lead with 5 assists. Rayshawn Miller went 4 for 6 with a pair of threes, while C.J. Anderson added 9 points with a pair of blocks and 5 assists of his own. As a team, UMASS is scoring 74 points per game on 47.1% shooting from the floor and just 20% from behind the arc while shooting 67.6% from the charity stripe this season.
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The Harvard Crimson will also look for a 2-0 start after winning their own opener by a final score of 73-64 over MIT on Friday. Seth Towns led the way with 20 points on 5 of 10 shooting with 7 rebounds, 3 assists and a 9 for 12 mark from the foul line. Chris Lewis came next with 13 points on 5 of 9 shooting with 10 rebounds, a pair of steals and 3 blocks for the double-double. Bryce Aiken added 12 points on 4 of 9 shooting with 3 threes as the last Crimson player to finish in double figures scoring. Justin Bassey added 7 points to match his 7 rebounds and a team-high 4 assists in the win. As a team, Harvard is scoring 73 points per game on 41.2% shooting from the field, 27.8% from behind the arc and a 72.2% mark from the foul line.
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I don’t know if it’s just be but I personally didn’t like how UMASS looked against Lowell, trailing at the half. Harvard didn’t blow out MIT, but they at least looked more comfortable and this will be a much tougher task for the Minutemen, so I’ll lay the points with Harvard to remain unbeaten here.