UMass vs. Saint Joseph's - 1/29/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Saint Joseph's Hawks (4-16) at UMass Minutemen (8-12)
College Basketball: Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at 7:00 pm (William D. Mullins Center)
The Line: UMass Minutemen -6.5 -- Over/Under: 154 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Saint Joseph’s Hawks and the UMass Minutemen meet in A-10 conference college basketball action from the Mullins Center on Wednesday night.
The Saint Joseph’s Hawks are in dire need of a win after losing 15 of their last 17 games following an 85-69 loss to George Washington last time out. Ryan Daly led the way with 16 points along with 6 rebounds and a team-high 4 assists while Anthony Longpre came right behind with 15 points on 6 of 13 shooting with 10 rebounds for the double-double. Cameron Brown added 10 points on 4 of 5 shooting to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Saint Joseph’s in the losing effort. Daly leads the Hawks with an average of 19.1 points, 7.8 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game this season. As a team, Saint Joseph’s is averaging 69.9 points per game on 38.2% shooting from the field, 30.2% from behind the arc and 68.9% from the foul line this season.
The UMass Minutemen will look to build on a 73-64 win over Duquesne in their last outing. Tre Mitchell led the Minutemen with 25 points on 8 of 15 shooting with 8 rebounds while Preston Santos added 15 points on 6 of 8 shooting with 12 rebounds for the double-double and Samba Diallo added 12 points with a team-high 13 rebounds for his own double-double to finish off the scoring in double figures for UMass in the win. Sean East II also dished out a team-high 5 assists as well in the winning effort. Mitchell leads UMass in scoring with an average of 15.8 points per game while Diallo leads the Minutemen in rebounding with 6.6 rebounds per game and East II leads UMass in assists with an average of 4.8 assists per game this season. As a team, UMass is averaging 69.6 points per game on 41.9% shooting from the field, 34.6% from behind the arc and 68.9% from the foul line this season.
Saint Joseph’s is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games and 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 games against a team with a losing record while the under is 5-2 in their last 7 games against a team with a losing record. UMass is 10-2 ATS in their last 12 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall while the over is 13-6 in their last 19 games following a win. The home team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.
I’m not usually trying to lay points with UMass, but the Minutemen are playing better basketball by a mile right now and the Hawks just can’t catch a break, losing left and right all season long and a lot of those games weren’t close. I just think this is a game that I like UMass more than I do Saint Joseph’s, so I’ll lay the points with the Minutemen here.