Saturday, January 7, 2017
Stuart C. Siegel Center
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The UMass Minutemen travel to Stuart C. Siegel Center to play the VCU Rams on Saturday, January 7, 2017.
The Minutemen come into this game with an overall record of 10-5 and a road record of 2-3. They are 6-4 against the spread and their over/under record is 4-6. The Rams have an overall record of 12-3 and a home record of 6-1. They have an over/under record of 8-3 and they are 4-7 against the spread.
Donte Clark comes into this contest averaging 15.5 points per game while playing 30.9 minutes per night so far this season for the Minutemen. He pulls down 4.5 rebounds per game and dishes out 3.4 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 44% while his free throw percentage is currently at 81%. Luwane Pipkins averages 11.7 points per game in 30.5 minutes per contest this season. He averages 3.2 assists per contest and 3.4 rebounds per game for UMass. His field goal percentage is 33% for the year while his free throw percentage is 53%.
JeQuan Lewis averages 15.8 points per game while playing 30 minutes per contest this year for the Rams. He grabs 2.9 rebounds per game and has 4.3 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 45% and his free throw percentage currently is at 81%. Mo Alie-Cox averages 10.6 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 25.3 minutes per contest. He also averages 4.1 rebounds per contest and 0.9 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 56% and his free throw percentage is 78%.
UMass averages 74.7 points per contest this season which ranks them 125th in the nation. Their average scoring margin is 5.1 and their shooting percentage is 44% as a team which has them ranked 142nd. Behind the arc they shoot 30% which is good for 320th in the country. They average 36.9 rebounds per game and 17 assists per game which ranks them 132nd and 27th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 298th with 15.1 per game. The Minutemen allow 69.7 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 114th in the nation. They also allow a 39% shooting percentage and a 31% average from behind the arc ranking them 32nd and 63rd in those defensive categories. Opponents average 38.1 rebounds a game which ranks 277th and they give up 12.7 assists per contest which puts them in 131st place in the country. They force 16.1 turnovers per game which ranks them 25th in Division 1.
VCU averages 75 points per game this year which ranks them 116th in Division 1 college basketball. Their average scoring margin is 8.5 and their shooting percentage is 48% as a team which has them sitting in the 30th spot in the country. Behind the arc they shoot 35% which is good for 157th in the nation. They average 34.5 rebounds per game and 16.3 assists per contest which ranks them 243rd and 43rd respectively. In the turnover department the Rams rank 235th with 14.3 per game. The Rams allow 66.5 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 60th in the country. They also allow a 43% shooting percentage and a 37% average from behind the arc ranking them 151st and 261st in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 33 rebounds a game which ranks 49th and they give up 10.7 assists per contest which puts them in 24th place in the nation. The Rams force 16.3 turnovers per game which ranks them 19th in college basketball.
The Minutemen average 76 points per game on the road this season and they have scored 77.3 ppg in their past 3 contests. They have an average scoring differential of 0.8 on the road and in their past 3 games their difference is -2.7 per contest. The Minutemen have an offensive rating of 99.6 and they assist on 63% of their shots. In terms of pace they average 75.1 possessions per 40 minutes and their effective field goal percentage is 51%. As a team they have a true shooting percentage of 53% and they shoot 3 pointers on 44% of their shots. UMass turns the ball over an average of 17.8 times per 100 possessions and they get a steal on 12.1% of their opponents possessions. Their total rebound percentage is 49.2% while their offensive rebound percentage is 28%. The Minutemen give up 75.2 points per game on the road this season and they have surrendered 80 points per contest in their last 3 games.
The Rams score 79.7 ppg at home and they have averaged 84 points per contest in their last 3 games.They have an average scoring differential of 16.7 in their past 3 contests and at home this season they have a difference of 16 points per game. The Rams have a rating on offense of 105.7 and 59.2% of their shots are assisted. They possess the ball 70.4 times per 40 minutes and their effective field goal percentage for the year is 54%. As an offensive unit they have a true shooting percentage of 57% and they attempt 3 pointers on 32% of their shots. VCU turns it over an average of 17.9 times per 100 possessions and they steal the ball on 12.3% of their opponents possessions. Their total rebound percentage is 51.1% while their offensive rebound percentage for the season is 29.4%. The Rams give up 63.7 points per contest at home this year and they have given up 67.3 points per game in their past 3 contests.
UMass Minutemen Betting Trends
The UMass Minutemen are 6-4 against the spread
The UMass Minutemen are 4-6 against the over/under
VCU Rams Betting Trends
The VCU Rams are 4-7 against the spread
The VCU Rams are 8-3 against the over/under
UMass Minutemen Injuries
01/06/17 F Malik Hines Ankle "?" Saturday vs. Va Commonwealth
VCU Rams Injuries
01/03/17 G De'Riante Jenkins Foot expected to miss 6 weeks
Tony's Pick: Take VCU
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