Harvard vs UMass Prediction - College Basketball Picks 11/17/23

UMass Minutemen (2-0) vs Harvard Crimson (3-0)

Game Info: Friday, November 17, 2023 at 7:00 pm (William D. Mullins Center)

Betting Odds: UMass Minutemen -3.5 -- Over/Under: 152 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Harvard Crimson and UMass Minutemen face off on Friday in a college basketball showdown at the Mullins Center. 

Solid Start to Season for Harvard

Harvard comes into this game with a perfect 3-0 record and the offense has been the biggest reason. In the last game against Northeast Harvard scored 80 points and that was enough for the victory. Malik Mack had a solid game putting up 22 points, six rebounds, and three assists. Harvard on the season is averaging 82.3 points while their defense is giving up 60.7 points per game. The defense is ranked 45th even though it’s been the offense that has gotten all attention. Malik Mack is averaging 18.3 points while shooting 51.3 percent from the field and 41.2 percent from behind the three point line. 

Can UMass Build Off Last Game?

UMass comes into this game with a 2-0 record overall and the offense has been good to start the season. In the last game against Quinnipiac, UMass scored 102 points and ended up with an easy victory. Rahsool Diggins put up 22 points, two rebounds, and two assists. UMass is averaging 97 points while their defense is giving up 76 points per game. The offense is ranked 12th in the league while the defense is ranked 278th. In this game the defense is going to need to step up in a big way and really put the pressure on the Harvard offense. 

Shane’s  Free Pick

This is going to be a high scoring game with not a whole lot of defense played by either team. Harvard is averaging 82.3 points while UMass is averaging 97 points per game. Neither of these teams are going to play a whole lot of defense and that is going to be the difference as this game is going to be higher scoring. This game is going to be a shootout, and the over will cash with ease. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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