UMass Minutemen vs Northeastern Huskies Prediction, 12/13/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: UMass Minutemen vs Northeastern Huskies
Date: Sunday, December 13, 2020
Location: Solomon Court at Cabot Center in Boston, MA
Odds/Point Spread: UMass (-1.5)
Solomon Court at Cabot Center is the venue where and the Northeastern Huskies (0-0) will play the UMass Minutemen (0-0) on Sunday. The odds on this matchup have UMass as 1.5-point favorites. The over/under has been set at 147.5.
UMass will play this game after finishing with a win-loss record of 14-17 last season. The Minutemen connected on 32.9% on three-point attempts (235 of 715) and 70.1% from the charity stripe. They had an average of 68.5 points per outing (224th in the country) while hitting 42.6% from the field. They gave up possession 13.1 times per contest and as a unit committed 18.3 fouls every game. As a basketball team, UMass pulled down 32.5 rebounds per contest and earned 412 dimes last year, which ranked 2nd in the nation in terms of passing the rock. When they were on defense, the Minutemen forced 14.2 turnovers per contest and they drew 18.0 fouls. The Minutemen gave up a field goal percentage of 45.7% (806 of 1,762) and they surrendered 36.1 boards per contest as a group. They were 315th in D-1 in giving up assists with 449 surrendered last season. They gave up 33.0% from 3-point land and they were ranked 185th in D-1 in opponents points per game (71.2).
The UMass Minutemen faced off with the Rhode Island Rams and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 64-63 in their last contest. UMass finished the contest with a 37.5% FG percentage (18 of 48) and converted 9 of their 29 3-point attempts. At the free throw line, the Minutemen converted 18 of their 21 attempts for a percentage of 85.7%. In the matter of hauling in rebounds, they earned 27 with 6 of them being offensive. They also dished out 14 dimes in the game as well as having 4 steals and 4 blocks. In relation to defending, UMass allowed 37.5% from the floor on 18 of 48. Rhode Island earned 16 dimes and 4 steals in this matchup. On top of that, the Rams pulled down 33 rebounds (10 offensive, 23 defensive) and added 4 blocks. Rhode Island finished the game shooting 55.6% when shooting free throws by knocking down 10 of 18 attempts. They knocked down 4 of 13 attempts from beyond the arc.
Sean East is a guy who saw a lot of court time in this contest. He finished with 12 points on 3 of 9 shooting. He played 38 minutes played and also pulled down 2 rebounds. East shot 33.3% from the field and also dished out 7 dimes. Someone else that played a role in this matchup for the Minutemen was Tre Mitchell. He pulled down 12 rebounds and also collected 4 dimes. He finished the contest at 62.5% from the field in the game by shooting 10-of-16 (34 points). When the final whistle blew, Mitchell played for 36 min.
Northeastern had a mark of 17-16 last season. The Huskies committed 16.8 fouls per game and they shot 79.0% from the charity stripe. Their rate of dishing out assists was at 13.3 times per game (188th in college basketball) and they lost possession via turnover 11.8 times per contest. Northeastern had 2,347 points last season (71.1 per contest) and they snagged 30.9 rebounds per contest. As an offensive team, the Huskies connected on 47.3% from the field, which was ranked 122nd in Division 1. The Huskies on the defensive end were ranked 112th in the country in PPG given up with 66.4. The Northeastern defense gave up 32.8% on three-point shots (218 of 664) and their opponents knocked down 72.5% of their free throw attempts. They were able to force 13.1 turnovers per game and let teams shoot 45.4% from the field (239th in D-1). They surrendered 10.4 assists and 30.1 boards on a nightly basis, which had them ranked 59th and 31st in the nation.
When they last played, the Northeastern Huskies took a loss by a score of 70-61 against the Hofstra Pride. The Huskies were able to pull down 19 defensive rebounds and 5 offensive boards totaling 24 for the contest. They also blocked 4 shots while getting 5 steals for the game. The Pride were called for 7 fouls in the game which took the Huskies to the free throw line for a total of 2 tries. They were able to bury 1 of them for a percentage of 50.0%. In regard to shots from downtown, Northeastern converted 10 out of their 25 attempts (40.0%). When the final whistle blew, the Huskies shot 25 for 55 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 45.5%. The Huskies allowed the Pride to knock down 22 out of their 57 tries from the floor which gave them a rate of 38.6% for the game. They finished shooting 40.0% from three-point range by going 10 out of 25 and ended up shooting 16 out of 17 at the free throw line (94.1%). In the matter of rebounding, Northeastern permitted Hofstra to grab 36 in all (12 on the offensive glass).
Shaquille Walters ended up having an impact for the Huskies for this contest. He made 5 out of 9 in this game giving him a field goal percentage of 55.6%, which gave him 11 points. Walters snagged 6 rebounds in his 40 mins and had 3 assists in the matchup. One more player that played a role for Northeastern was Bolden Brace. He ended up scoring 13 points in 37 minutes on the court via 5 of 11 shooting for the contest. Brace walked away from this one going 45.5% from the field and also totaling 4 assists and 5 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take UMass (-1.5)
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