Northeastern Huskies vs UMass Minutemen Prediction, 12/11/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Northeastern Huskies vs UMass Minutemen
Date: Friday, December 11, 2020
Location: William D. Mullins Memorial Center in Amherst, MA
Odds/Point Spread: Northeastern (+5.5)
The UMass Minutemen (0-0) host the Northeastern Huskies (0-0) at William D. Mullins Memorial Center on Friday. Northeastern opens this game as 5.5-point dogs. The over/under has been set at 138.5.
Northeastern heads into this one after finishing with a mark of 17-16 last year. They coughed up possession 11.8 times per game and as a unit committed 16.8 personal fouls per game. As a unit, Northeastern grabbed 30.9 boards per contest and tallied 439 assists last season, which was 1st in D-1 in terms of passing the rock. The Huskies shot 37.1% on 3-pointers (269 of 726) and 79.0% from the free throw line. They averaged 71.1 points per game (191st in Division 1) while hitting 47.3% from the field. On defense, the Huskies were able to force 13.1 turnovers every game while drawing 15.3 personal fouls. They gave up 32.8% on three-point shots while they were 113th in D-1 in points per game allowed (66.4). The Huskies defense gave up and opponent field goal percentage of 45.4% (793 of 1,745) and they conceded 30.1 rebounds per game as a team. They were ranked 312th in college hoops in giving up assists with 342 conceded throughout last year.
The Northeastern Huskies faced off with the Hofstra Pride and took a loss by a score of 70-61 in their last game. Northeastern ended having earned a 45.5% field goal percentage (25 out of 55) and buried 10 out of their 25 three-point attempts. From the free throw line, the Huskies converted 1 of 2 shots for a rate of 50.0%. In relation to hauling in boards, they earned a total of 24 with 5 of them being offensive. They also doled out 17 assists for the contest while having 5 steals and 4 rejections. In terms of defense, Northeastern let their opponent shoot 45.5% from the field on 25 of 55. Hofstra earned 10 assists and 4 steals for the contest. Additionally, the Pride snagged 36 rebounds (12 offensive, 24 defensive) and got 4 blocks. Hofstra walked away from this one shooting 94.1% from the charity stripe by making 16 of 17 shots. They knocked down 10 out of their 25 shots from 3-point land.
Shaquille Walters is a guy who saw a lot of action for the matchup. He accounted for 11 points on 5 of 9 shooting. He was on the court for 40 minutes and also snagged 6 rebounds. Walters walked away from this one shooting 55.6% from the field and also earned 3 dimes. One more player that was a factor in this game for the Huskies was Bolden Brace. He collected 5 rebounds and also had 4 dimes. He shot 45.5% from the field for this contest by shooting 5-of-11 (13 points). Overall, Brace was on the hardwood for 37 min.
UMass had a mark of 14-17 last year. UMass scored 2,124 points throughout last season (68.5 per contest) and they grabbed 32.5 rebounds per contest. When it comes to offense, the Minutemen connected on 42.6% from the floor, which had them ranked 249th in the country. The Minutemen were responsible for committing 18.3 fouls per contest and they hit 70.1% from the free throw line. They assisted teammates 13.3 times per game (185th in the country) and they turned it over 13.1 times per contest. The Minutemen on defense were ranked 183rd in college basketball in points per game surrendered with 71.2. They were able to force 14.2 TO's per game and allowed teams to shoot 45.7% from the floor (245th in D-1). The UMass defense conceded 33.0% from downtown (185 of 560) and their opponents made 69.5% of their free throw shots. They relinquished 14.5 assists and 36.1 total rebounds per game, which ranked them 217th and 171st in those categories.
In their last game, the UMass Minutemen went home defeated by a final of 64-63 when they faced the Rhode Island Rams. The Minutemen were able to corral 21 defensive rebounds and 6 offensive rebounds totaling 27 for the matchup. They stuffed 4 tries while earning 4 steals in the matchup. The Rams committed 23 personal fouls in this matchup which took the Minutemen to the charity stripe for 21 shots. They were able to make 18 of those for a rate of 85.7%. In terms of three-point attempts, UMass made 9 out of 29 attempts (31.0%). Overall, the Minutemen went 18 for 48 from the field which gave them a percentage of 37.5%. The Minutemen permitted the Rams to make 25 of their 55 attempts from the floor which gave them a percentage of 45.5% for this contest. They finished 30.8% from 3-point land by shooting 4 out of 13 and ended up going 10 of 18 from the charity stripe (55.6%). In reference to cleaning the glass, UMass allowed Rhode Island to get 33 overall (10 offensive).
Sean East ended up being important for the Minutemen for this game. He knocked down 3 of 9 for this game for a field goal percentage of 33.3%, which gave him 12 points. East snagged 2 rebounds in his 38 mins and added 7 assists for this contest. An additional guy who saw a lot of court time for UMass was Tre Mitchell. He ended up with 34 points in 36 minutes played via 10 of 16 shooting in the matchup. Mitchell wrapped this one up going 62.5% from the field and also earning 4 assists and 12 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Northeastern (+5.5)
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