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#677 Richmond vs.
#678 Massachusetts (UMASS)
Wednesday, January 25, 2023 at 7:00pm EST
Written by Bosun Akinpelu

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The UMass Minutemen (11-8, 2-5 A-10) will be trying to snap their two-game losing streak when they face the Richmond Spiders (11-9, 4-3 A-10) on Wednesday night. The Minutemen are coming off a 74-68 loss to Saint Joseph’s as 2.5-point underdogs. The Spiders are coming off a 74-62 loss to VCU as 1.5-point favorites.

Richmond is 8-2 in its last 10 games against UMass.

Spiders Trying To Bounce Back From Loss

The Spiders followed up their win over Rhode Island with a loss to the Rams in their last game. They will try to bounce back from the loss with a win over the Minutemen, which will give them their fifth win in their last seven games.

Richmond is averaging 68.6 points per game. They scored 62 points in their last game, making 37.3 percent of their field goals and 28 percent of their three-pointers.

Tyler Burton led the Spiders with 14 points and five rebounds. Matt Grace finished with 13 points and four rebounds, while Neal Quinn added eight points and five rebounds.

Richmond has played well defensively, giving up 65 points per game. They gave up 74 points in their last game and will have to do a better job if they want to win this game.

Connor Crabtree (Ankle) is questionable for this game.

Minutemen Going For Second Consecutive Home Win

The Minutemen followed up their win over Rhode Island with two straight losses. They will try to snap their losing streak with a win over the Spiders, which will give them their second straight home win.

UMass is averaging 70.6 points per game. They scored 68 points in their last game, making 45.8 percent of their field goals and 47.1 percent of their three-pointers.

Rahsool Diggins led the Minutemen with 15 points and three rebounds. RJ Luis finished with 15 points and two rebounds, while Matt Cross added 14 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, and four steals.

UMass has played well defensively, giving up 70.2 points per game. They gave up 74 points in their last game and will have to play better if they want to get the win.

Noah Fernandes (Ankle) is questionable for this game.

Best Bets for this Game

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The Spiders have won five of their last six games, but they have struggled on the road where they have lost five of their last six games. They aren’t very good offensively and they play worse on the road, scoring less than 67 points per game. They’ve also struggled at the charity stripe, making less than 70 percent of their free throws on the road. They don’t rebound the ball as well as the Minutemen on the road and they’ve been careless with the ball, which will lead to easy-scoring opportunities for the Minutemen, who average more than seven steals per game at home. With UMass holding opponents under 72 points per game at home, the Spiders will struggle offensively in this game. The Minutemen struggled in recent games, but they play better at home where they have won three of their last four games. They play well offensively at home where they are scoring more than 78 points per game. They are very aggressive on the offensive glass, which will give them more scoring opportunities, and they do a good job protecting the ball at home. The Spiders usually play well defensively, but they’ve struggled on the road, where they are giving up more than 70 points per game and will have a hard time slowing down the Minutemen, so go with UMass to cover the spread.

Prediction: UMass Minutemen +1

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The Spiders are averaging 68.6 points per game and 65 points per game on the road. They averaged 84.6 points per game in their last three games against the Minutemen. They play at a slow pace, averaging 68.1 possessions per game, and they’re facing a team that is giving up 71.6 points per game at home, so expect them to go over their average in this game. The Minutemen are averaging 70.6 points per game and 78.3 points per game at home. They averaged 69.3 points per game in their last three games against the Spiders. They play at a faster pace, averaging 73.2 possessions per game, and they’re facing a team that is giving up 70.9 points per game on the road, so expect them to score enough points to push the score over the total. The Minutemen and Spiders played over the total in four of their last five meetings.

Prediction: Over 137.5
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Written By Bosun Akinpelu , "Bosun Akinpelu"

Bosun is very passionate about sports and he feels bad to get paid for doing this, but we here at Winners and Whiners are glad to have him as a part of the team. As someone who minored in Mathematics, Bosun has a lot of faith in numbers and will make his picks based on stats and not emotions. He has been successfully picking and betting on winners for quite some time, so if you want to crush the books, then stick with Bosun.