Bryant Bulldogs (6-2) at UMass Minutemen (2-1)
College Basketball: Monday, December 21, 2020 at 4:00 pm (William D. Mullins Center)
The Line: UMass Minutemen -9.5 -- Over/Under: 156 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Bryant Bulldogs and the UMass Minutemen meet in college basketball action from William D. Mullins Memorial Arena on Monday afternoon.
The Bryant Bulldogs will look to add to their current three-game winning streak after back-to-back wins over Wagner to improve to 6-2 with an 81-75 win last time out. Peter Kiss and Michael Green III each led the Bulldogs with 20 points, with Kiss shooting 7 of 10 from the floor with 3 threes along with 4 steals while Green III had 3 threes and a team-high 10 assists for the double-double. Charles Pride added 18 points on 7 of 13 shooting with 4 triples along with 5 rebounds and 4 steals and Hall Elisias added 12 points with 10 boards and 7 blocks for the double-double of his own. Chris Childs added 10 points off of the bench to cap off the group of double-digit scorers for Bryant in the winning effort. Kiss leads Bryant in scoring with 17 points per game while Pride leads the Bulldogs in rebounding with 7.3 rebounds per game and Green III is Bryant’s top assist man, dishing out 5.1 assists per game this season. As a team, Bryant is averaging 92.9 points on 48.3% shooting from the field, 42.5% from 3-point rand and 75.8% from 3-point range this season while allowing opposing teams to average 79.6 points on 41.8% shooting from the field and 27.7% from 3-point range this season.
The UMass Minutemen will look to add to their current 2-1 record after an 85-66 win over La Salle last time out. Tre Mitchell led the Minutemen with a game-high 37 points on 13 of 17 shooting with 5 rebounds while Carl Pierre added 14 points on 4 of 12 from 3-point range and Noah Fernandes chipped in 11 points with 3 threes along with team-highs of 9 assists and 5 steals to cap off the trio of double-digit scorers for the Minutemen in the victory. Mitchell leads UMass in scoring and rebounding with an average of 26 points and 8 rebounds per game while Fernandes leads the Minutemen in assists with 5 assists per game this season. As a team, UMass is averaging 84.7 points on 46.8% shooting from the field, 38% from 3-point range and 69% from the foul line while allowing opponents to average 74.3 points on 47.8% shooting from the floor and 37.7% from 3-point range this season.
Bryant is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 5-2 in their last 7 games following an ATS win. UMass is 9-2-1 ATS in their last 12 games overall and 19-6-1 ATS in their last 26 home games while the over is 5-0 in their last 5 Monday games.
I went back and forth on this game and after careful consideration, I’m not sure why it took that long. UMass has the best player on the floor in Tre Mitchell, but they’ve played three games and despite going 2-1, games against Northeastern and La Salle aren’t really anything to write home about. Granted, Bryant hasn’t played the toughest schedule either, but even without that they’re not this many points worse off than UMass. Too many points here. I’ll take Bryant and the points in this one.