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Richmond vs Massachusetts Pick & Preview: Wednesday, January 25th Betting Odds
Spiders vs Minutemen Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Richmond Spiders at Massachusetts Minutemen
- Where: Amherst at William D. Mullins Memorial Center
- Date: Wednesday, January 25th
- Betting Odds: Richmond +1, RICH -112 | UMASS -109 O/U 138.0
The Richmond Spiders head into today’s game in what will be their 21st game of the season, posting a record of 11-9. On the road, the Spiders will be playing their 9th game of the season, having gone 2-7. So far, the Spiders have been the underdog 9 times, going 3-6 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +1 underdogs on the spread.
Richmond will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Tyler Burton who is averaging 19.3 points per game for the Spiders. Burton is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Spiders’ offensive game plan is the play of Jason Nelson who has hit 39.1% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 9.85 points per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Richmond this season, as they are currently ranked 181st in college basketball at 71.7 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 Spiders’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 33.8%, placing them 272nd in the NCAA.
Coming into today’s matchup, the Massachusetts Minutemen are in the middle of a 2 game losing streak and have an overall record of 11-8. Currently, the Minutemen have been the home team 11 times, sitting with a record of 7-4. The Minutemen’s are sitting with a betting line that is -1 points in their favor. For the season, Massachusetts has been favored to win in 12 games, sitting with a mark of 8-4.
Matt Cross comes into today’s game as the Minutemen’s leading scorer at 11.89 points per contest. Not only has Cross been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Massachusetts’ top rebounder at 6.78 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 9.21 points per game. Overall, he has hit 57.5% of his shots and is adding 3.84 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%
Free Spread Prediction: Richmond Spiders +1
Heading into this matchup between the Massachusetts Minutemen and Richmond Spiders we have a strong lean on taking the points with Richmond at +1. Both team’s are going to come into this game looking to get up looks from outside, as they are both average team’s in terms of 3-pointers made per game. Look for Richmond to benefit from facing another squad looking to turn this into a 3-point shooting contest. When looking at the line, we see tremendous value in taking the Richmond Spiders at +1. Go ahead and lock this bet in before tip-off.
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