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Massachusetts vs. St. Bonaventure - 1/23/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
St. Bonaventure at Massachusetts
Date & Time Wednesday January 23, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location
William D. Mullins Memorial Center
Amherst, Massachusetts
The Line
The Line: Massachusetts -4.5 -- Over/Under: 136.5
TV Channel
ESPN+
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Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

The St Bonaventure Bonnies and Massachusetts Minutemen meet Wednesday in college basketball action at the William D. Mullins Memorial Center.

The St Bonaventure Bonnies could use a win after losing seven of their last nine games. The St Bonaventure Bonnies are averaging 67.9 points on 43.6 percent shooting and allowing 67.7 points on 42.8 percent shooting. Courtney Stockard is averaging 16.8 points and 2.7 assists while Kyle Lofton is averaging 13.3 points and 2.4 rebounds. Jalen Poyser is the third double-digit scorer and Nelson Kaputo is grabbing 2.8 rebounds. The St Bonaventure Bonnies are shooting 32.4 percent from beyond the arc and 73.5 percent from the free throw line. The St Bonaventure Bonnies are allowing 33.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 30.9 rebounds per game. The St Bonaventure Bonnies have lost all six road games this season.

The Massachusetts Minutemen could also use a win here to snap a six-game losing streak. The Massachusetts Minutemen are averaging 74 points on 45.2 percent shooting and allowing 73.8 points on 44 percent shooting. Luwane Pipkins is averaging 18.6 points and 5.3 assists while Carl Pierre is averaging 10.3 points and 2.2 rebounds. Jonathan Laurent is the third double-digit scorer and Rashaan Holloway is grabbing 5.6 rebounds. The Massachusetts Minutemen are shooting 34.9 percent from beyond the arc and 66.6 percent from the free throw line. The Massachusetts Minutemen are allowing 35.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.3 rebounds per game. The Massachusetts Minutemen have split their last six home games.

The Bonnies are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. Atlantic 10, 0-8-1 ATS in their last 9 road games and 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The Minutemen are 16-34-1 ATS in their last 51 Wednesday games, 0-5 ATS in their last 5 home games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Bonnies are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Massachusetts and 9-3 ATS in the last 12 meetings. The under is 5-0 in Minutemen last 5 overall. The under is 11-5-1 in Bonnies last 17 overall.

Neither of these teams are playing winning basketball right now and they're a combined 13-22-1 ATS on the season. In games like this where neither team can win or cover, I usually just take my chances with the points. I'm not laying chalk with a Massachusetts Minutemen squad that's lost six straight, is 2-8 ATS at home and is losing by an average of eight points in their last five games. If you need something stronger to hold onto, St Bonaventure has won the last six meetings against UMass. It's the Bonnies and the points or pass for me.

Pick:
St. Bonaventure +4.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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