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#757 Northeastern -2.5 vs.
#758 UMass 141
Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 7:00pm EST
Written by Adam Rauzino

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The Massachusetts Minutemen will host the Northeastern Huskies in non-conference action on Tuesday evening from the William D Mullins Memorial Center. The Huskies recorded a 23-11 regular-season record in 2018-2019 and tallied an 84-79 home win against Harvard in their previous action. The Minutemen went 11-21 last year and tallied a 62-60 road win against Fairfield in their latest clash. This marks the first meeting between these two schools since 2014 in a game the Minutemen won 79-54.

Northeastern Takes Down Harvard, Improves to 2-0

The Northeastern Huskies will look to keep their undefeated record intact. They opened the season with a 72-67 road win against Boston University, followed by an 84-79 home win at Harvard in a game that had the Huskies as two-point underdogs. The common theme through their first two wins was accurate shooting from the field, compiling a combined 52.8% field goal percentage. Jordan Roland is red-hot, scoring a combined 81 points in his first two games on a stellar 65% clip from the field. The senior guard is a skilled three-point shooter, and he finished second in team scoring with 14.6 PPG on 45% shooting last year.

Another player that has performed exceptionally well is Maxime Boursiquot. The junior guard enters his third season. He did not play last year but averaged 6.3 points in 2017-2018. The Huskies also return Bolden Brace. The senior guard has only scored a combined 11 points in two games although he has collected 14 rebounds.

The Huskies won the CAA conference last season, and they were voted to finish in third place this season. Northeastern averaged a solid 75.4 points last year, placing them 100th in the country, and scoring should be a strength again this year. The Huskies allowed an average of 70.8 points, positioning them 158th overall.

Massachusetts Targets Third Straight Win

The Massachusetts Minutemen are off to a 2-0 start to the year. The Minutemen collected a 79-64 home win against UMass Lowell in their home opener and came through with a 62-60 road win against Fairfield in a game that had them as two-point dogs. The Minutemen experienced a very high roster turnover. They lost four of their top five scorers. Carl Pierre will be a leader on this squad. The junior finished second in team scoring with 11.8 PPG on 40% shooting last year. Pierre has scored a combined 16 points on 6 for 19 shooting through two games.

Tre Mitchell is expected to contribute in a big way. The freshman center was a four-star recruit and stands at 6-foot-9. Mitchell has made a big splash in his first Division I action, scoring a combined 28 points along with 16 rebounds. Also back this season is Keon Clergeot who averaged 8.4 PPG last season. The junior guard has started slow, recording only five points in two games.

The Minutemen were projected to finish in 11th place in the 14-team A10 conference in the preseason poll. They averaged 70.7 points last year, ranking them down at 233rd overall. Massachusetts conceded an average of 73.6 points, pegging them 237th in the country.

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I am siding with Northeastern in this one. Northeastern returns another strong roster this season after winning the CAA last year and they look good. The Huskies have won both games which included a win in their lone road game against Boston University, followed by a home win against a Harvard team that is expected to be a top team in the Ivy League.

Furthermore, Massachusetts is also playing well but they lost four of their top five scorers from last season and they played two weak opponents in UMass Lowell and Fairfield in their two games. The Minutemen are a weak defensive squad and Northeastern has shot a sizzling 52.8% in their first two games.

Prediction: Northeastern Huskies

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This game should yield plenty of scoring. Northeastern has averaged 78 points in their two games and their top three scorers all feature a field goal percentage above 50%, so I expect plenty of points, plus the over is 9-2 in their last 11 road games overall.

In addition, the Minutemen are shooting the ball well, compiling a solid 48.2 field goal clip in two games. They have several players in a groove early as their top four scorers are averaging double-digits in points. Also, consider the over is 9-4-1 in the Minutemen’ last 13 games following a straight-up win.

Prediction: Over

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I am confident Northeastern can have a productive night in the offensive end and the over on their team total offered on PointsBet is a recommended play. Northeastern is red-hot from three-point range, sporting a sizzling 45.7% efficiency from deep. They nailed 11 three’s against Harvard. This is the best offense the Minutemen have seen this season and I expect the Huskies depth to prevail.

Prediction: Northeastern Team Total Over

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I am opting for the under on the first half total. This will be the toughest opponent UMass has played so far and it will be difficult to generate significant early as a result. Also, I don’t expect a ton of points from Northeastern on the road. They only scored 32 points in the first half in their lone road game this season against Boston University.

Prediction: Under
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Written By Adam Rauzino

Adam has been a sports fanatic his entire life, closely following hockey, baseball, basketball and football. Adam enjoys analyzing various stats, as well as studying Sabermetrics and analytics to take his picks to a whole new level. Adam has a passion for writing about various sports as well as personal finance and has brought his talents to us here at Winners and Whiners. He graduated with a diploma in business marketing and business finance.