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UMass vs. Richmond - 3/6/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Richmond at UMass
Date & Time Wednesday March 6, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location
Wiliam D. Mullins Memorial Center
Amherst, MA
The Line
UMass Minutemen -2 -- Over/Under: 142.5
TV Channel
NESN; ESPN+
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The Richmond Spiders will travel to the William D. Mullins Memorial Center to take on the UMass Minutemen this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.

The Richmond Spiders lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 12-17 (6-10 A-10) on the season after being defeated by the VCU Rams, 69-66, this past Saturday. Richmond was able to fight back from a 34-24 halftime deficit to take a 45-43 lead midway though the 2nd half, however, the Spiders struggled defensively down the stretch and couldn’t fight back after VCU took a 60-52 lead with 4:36 left in regulation. Richmond shot allowed VCU to shoot 50.0% from the field and was outrebounded by the Rams by a 34-27 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Spiders was Jacob Gilyard who had 23 points, 3 rebounds, 6 assists, and 3 steals.

On the season, Richmond is averaging 70.6 ppg on 48.0% shooting from the field. The Spiders are averaging 7.6 three-pointers per game on 35.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Richmond has been led by Grant Golden (17.1 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.1 bpg), Jacob Gilyard (16.6 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 5.0 apg, 3.1 spg), Nathan Cayo (13.1 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.8 apg), and Jack Wojcik (7.7 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.2 spg).

Defensively, Richmond is allowing their opponents to average 70.8 ppg on 46.6% shooting from the field. The Spiders have a rebound margin of -5.7 and a turnover margin of 1.9.

The UMass Minutemen lost their 2nd consecutive game and dropped to 10-19 (3-13 A-10) on the season after being defeated by the Duquesne Dukes, 80-73, this past Saturday. UMass held a 63-54 lead with just 7:17 left in regulation, however, the Minutemen had no answers defensively for the Dukes the rest of way and couldn’t fight back after Duquesne took a 70-67 lead with 4:18 left in regulation. UMass shot 43.9% from the field and lost the turnover battle by a 19-7 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Minutemen was Carl Pierre who had 15 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 assists.

On the season, UMass is averaging 70.2 ppg on 44.0% shooting from the field. The Minutemen are averaging 7.9 three-pointers per game on 34.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, UMass has been led by Luwane Pipkins (16.6 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 5.2 apg, 1.3 spg), Carl Pierre (11.7 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 1.4 apg), Jonathan Laurent (9.4 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.5 apg), and Curtis Cobb (8.4 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.0 spg).

Defensively, UMass is allowing their opponents to average 72.9 ppg on 45.0% shooting from the field. The Minutemen have a rebound margin of 2.3 and a turnover margin of -2.0.

The Spiders are 2- ATS in their last 9 Wednesday games and just 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS win. The Minutemen are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss, however, are just 3-8 ATS in their last 11 home games.

Richmond has won 4 of their last 7 games and currently rank 239th in scoring offense, 29th in FG%, and T-165th in scoring defense.

UMass has lost 7 of their last 9 games and currently rank 248th in scoring offense, 216th in scoring defense, and 250th in defensive FG%.

Richmond hasn’t played great on the road this season, as the Spiders come into this game with just a 4-6 away record, however, the Spiders have played well during the 2nd half of their season which was on full display in their close loss against VCU this past weekend. UMass has some solid players in Luwane Pipkins & Carl Pierre, however, the Minutemen have struggled to put it all together this season and at times have really struggled as they showed in their last home game in which they lost to Dayton by a 72-48 margin. I think this is going to be close game, however, I’m going to take the better team and points and go with Richmond. Good Luck.

Pick:
Richmond Spiders +2

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