Check out our free Massachusetts vs Saint Joseph’s pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Philadelphia. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.
Massachusetts vs Saint Joseph’s Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 21st Betting Odds
Minutemen vs Hawks Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Massachusetts Minutemen at Saint Joseph’s Hawks
- Where: Philadelphia at Hagan Arena
- Date: Saturday, January 21st
- Betting Odds: Massachusetts +1.5, UMASS +106 | STJOE -130 O/U 148.5
Massachusetts will take the floor against the Hawks with an overall record of 11-7. On the road, the Minutemen will be playing their 7th game of the season, having gone 4-3. So far, the Minutemen have been the underdog 6 times, going 3-3 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +1.5 underdogs on the spread.
Matt Cross comes into today’s game as the Minutemen’s leading scorer at 11.76 points per contest. Not only has Cross been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Massachusetts’ top rebounder at 6.59 boards per contest. Behind Cross, the team has benefited from the strong play of Dyondre Dominguez, who is second on the team in scoring at 9.22 points per game. Overall, he has hit 56.5% of his shots and is adding 3.78 boards per game.
So far this season, Massachusetts has put together a strong scoring offense at 75.7 points per game (67th). This strong figure has come despite the Minutemen playing at a slow tempo compared to other schools. For the season, they have hit 37.0% of their shots from outside, which is closer to the NCAA average. Massachusetts’ overall field goal percentage currently sits at 43.3%
Through 18 games, the Saint Joseph’s Hawks have an overall record of 8-10. So far this season, Saint Joseph’s has played 13 games at home, sitting with a record of 6-7. The Hawks’ are sitting with a betting line that is -1.5 points in their favor. For the season, Saint Joseph’s has been favored to win in 7 games, sitting with a mark of 6-1.
Saint Joseph’s’ leading scorer this season is Erik Reynolds Jr., who is averaging 17.33 points per contest. So far, Jr. has accounted for 23.11% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 3.06 rebounds per game and 2.94 assists. Cameron Brown is the second leading scorer for the Hawks, averaging 14.0 points per game. Between him and Brown, they are accounting for 41.8% of the team’s scoring.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Saint Joseph’s this season, as they are currently ranked 310th in college basketball at 67.6 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Hawks’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 33.6%, placing them 280th in the NCAA.
Free Spread Prediction: Massachusetts Minutemen +1.5
A key to this matchup, will be 3-point shooting. Coming into the game, both Saint Joseph’s and Massachusetts are excellent 3-point shooting teams, averaing 10.6 and 9.5 made 3’s per game, respectively. In terms of the odds, we like the Massachusetts Minutemen to cover as +1.5 point dogs. Look for their defense to do a good enough job closing out on the Hawks’ outside shooters to make things difficult for Saint Joseph’s. At +1.5 we like the chances of Massachusetts covering the spread as underdogs.
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