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Nevada vs. UMass - 11/23/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

UMass Minutemen (4-2) at Nevada Wolf Pack (5-0)
Date & Time Friday November 23, 2018, 10:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Nevada Wolf Pack -16 -- Over/Under: 154
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NCAA BB | UMass Minutemen (4-2) at Nevada Wolf Pack (5-0)
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The Nevada Wolf Pack and the UMass Minutemen face off in the championship of the 2018 Continental Tie Las Vegas Holiday Invitational on Friday night.

The Nevada Wolf Pack reached the final thanks to a 96-86 win over Tulsa in their last outing. Jordan Caroline led the Pack with 25 points on 6 of 12 shooting with a 12 of 12 mark from the foul line along with 11 rebounds for the double-double. Caleb Martin came 2nd with 21 points on 4 of 16 shooting with 3 threes and a 10 of 10 mark from the foul line while Jazz Johnson added 20 points with 5 threes to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Nevada in the win. Caleb Martin leads Nevada in scoring with 19.4 points per game while his brother Cody Martin leads the Wolf Pack in assists with 6.4 assists per game this season. Jordan Caroline leads Nevada in rebounding by averaging a double-double per game with 18.6 points to go along with his team-leading 10.6 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Nevada is scoring 88.4 points per game on 45.9% shooting from the field, 36% from behind the arc and 73.1% from the foul line this season.

The UMass Minutemen punched their ticket to the final with an 84-62 win over Southern Illinois in their last outing. Rashaan Holloway led the Minutemen with 16 points on 7 of 7 shooting while Luwane Pipkins added 15 points with 5 threes and a team-high 6 assists. Carl Pierre added 4 threes as part of his 14-point outing while Curtis Cobb added 11 points to round out the quartet of double-digit scorers for the Minutemen in the winning effort. Jonathan Laurent chipped in 9 points and a team-high 8 rebounds as well in the win. Pipkins leads the Minutemen with an average of 17.8 points and 6.7 assists per game while Holloway leads the Minutemen in rebounding with 6.3 rebounds per game this season. As a team, UMass is scoring 82.8 points per game on 49.2% shooting from the field, 37.2% from behind the arc and 69% from the foul line this season.

Nevada is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games against the A-10 and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 non-conference games. UMass is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a game where they covered the spread and 1-4 ATS in their alst 5 Friday games while the over is 20-6 in their last 26 games overall. 

Nevada is definitely the most talented team in the tournament in my opinion, and the Wolf PAck are also the most experienced. However, if we're being honest, I definitely thought this line would be lighter. Tulsa was able to hang around with the Wolf Pack and eventually bag a cover in the end, and while UMass isn't the biggest team out there, the Minutemen can put points o the board when they want to so I'll side with UMass as I just think this is too many points.

UMass +16

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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