UMass Minutemen (5-4) at Providence Friars (7-2)
|Date & Time||Friday December 7, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Providence Friars -8.5 -- Over/Under: 148
The UMASS Minutemen and the Providence Friars meet in college basketball action from Dunkin’ Donuts Center on Friday night.
The UMASS Minutemen come into this game looking to bounce back from an 82-78 loss to Holy Cross in their last outing. Luwane Pipkins led UMASS with 22 points on 6 of 18 shooting with 3 threes and a 7 of 8 mark from the foul line along with a team-high 8 assists. Jonathan Laurent and Rashaan Holloway came 2nd with 16 points apiece, with Laurent shooting 5 of 7 with 3 threes and 6 rebounds while Holloway added a team-high 7 rebounds and 3 blocks. Curtis Cobb added 11 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists to round out the quartet of double-digit scorers for UMASS in the losing effort. Pipkins leads UMASS with an average of 19.9 points and 6.6 assists per game while Holloway leads the Minutemen on the glass with 7 rebounds per game this season. As a team, UMASS is averaging 81.2 points per game on 47% shooting from the field, 38.4% from 3-point range and 71.7% from the foul line this season.
The Providence Friars will be looking to add another notch to their current winning streak which currently sits at 4 games following a 100-95 overtime win over Boston College in their last outing. A.J. Reeves led the Friars with 24 points on 8 of 18 shooting with 4 threes and a pair of steals. Nate Watson came 2nd with 19 points on 7 of 11 shooting with 10 rebounds and a pair of blocks for the double-double while Alpha Diallo added 15 points, 6 rebounds and a pair of steals. Isaiah Jackson added 12 points and Maliek White chipped in 10 points to round out the scoring in double-digits for Providence in the win. David Duke chipped in 9 points and a team-high 9 assists as well in the winning effort for Providence. Diallo leads the Friars with an average of 16.8 points, 8.8 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game this season. As a team, Providence is averaging 74.3 points per game on 44.4% shooting from the field, 36.3% from behind the arc and 66.5% from the foul line this season.
UMASS is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games against the Big East while the over is 9-1 in their last 10 road games. Providence is 7-19 ATS in their last 26 non-conference games and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 5-1-1 in their last 7 Friday games. UMASS is 2-6 ATS in the last 8 meetings between these two teams.
The Dunkin’ Donuts Center is one of the more underrated places to play in terms of a tough venue to go on the road and win, and it’s not an enviable task for UMASS considering it’s their first road game of the season and that the Minutemen have had little success ATS when these two sides meet up. The Friars opened a lot of eyes with their win over a solid Boston College squad and I think that Providence can keep it going with a double-digit win here so I’ll lay the points with Providence in this one.