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#671 UMass 138 vs.
#672 Harvard -9
Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 1:00pm EST
Written by Bosun Akinpelu

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UMass Minutemen vs. Harvard Crimson

Where: Lavietes Pavilion, Cambridge, MA

When: Saturday, December 7, 1:00 PM. ET.

The Harvard Crimson will be trying to snap their two-game losing streak when they take on the UMass Minutemen in a non-conference game on Saturday afternoon.

Minutemen Trying To Snap Four-Game Losing Streak

The Minutemen got off to a great start, winning their first five games. They have struggled since their perfect start and have lost their last four games and will be trying to avoid making it five losses in a row when they face the Crimson on Saturday.

UMass is averaging 70.9 points per game, shooting 44 percent from the field and 36 percent from three-point range. The team managed to score 80 points in its last game, but it wasn’t enough to get the win over South Carolina.

Tre Mitchell led the way for the Minutemen with 17 points, four rebounds, and four assists. Sean East II finished with 16 points and three assists, while T.J. Weeks added 15 points, three rebounds, three assists, and three steals for the Minutemen.

UMass has played well defensively, holding opponents to 68 points. The team struggled against the Gamecocks, giving up 84 points in the loss, and will need to do a significantly better job if they want to get past the Crimson on Saturday.

Crimson Going For Third Win In Five Games

The Crimson are coming off two consecutive losses, one against 5th-ranked Maryland and the other to USC. They will try to bounce back from the losses with a win over the Minutemen, which will give them their third win in their last five games.

Harvard is averaging 71.6 points per game, shooting 43 percent from the field and 33 percent from three-point range. The team was held to 62 points, its second-lowest offensive output of the season, in its last game, and will try to bounce back with a better performance on Saturday.

Noah Kirkwood led the way for the Crimson with 12 points, four rebounds, and three assists. Chris Ledlum finished with 10 points and three rebounds, while Bryce Aiken added 10 points and three assists for the Crimson, who finished the game with three players scoring in double figures.

Harvard has done a good job on the defensive end, holding opponents to 64.8 points per game. The team gave up 77 points to the Trojans in their last game and will need to play much better than they did in that game if they want to pick up the win on Saturday.

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Full-Game Side Bet

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The Crimson have played well on the defensive end, holding opponents to 64.8 points per game. Their defense will be the key to victory for them against the Minutemen, who are averaging 70.9 points per game. UMass’ offensive struggles have cost the team in three of its last four games, with the team failing to score more than 63 points in the three losses. In their last game, they managed to break out of their slump and score 80 points against South Carolina, but they gave up 83 points and lost their fourth consecutive game. The Crimson have played slightly better on the offensive end, averaging 71.6 points per game and will have an easier time scoring against the Minutemen, who are giving up 68 points per game because they get more extra scoring chances per game and the Minutemen are giving up 81.3 points per game in their last three games.

Prediction: Harvard Crimson

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The under makes the most sense in this game. The Crimson and Minutemen aren’t good offensive teams, averaging 71.6 points per game and 70.9 points per game respectively, they also have similar offensive styles and both average 71 possessions per game. The Minutemen are averaging 61.5 points per game during their losing streak, while the Crimson are averaging 69.7 points per game in their last four games. With the Minutemen giving up 68 points per game and the Crimson giving up 64.8 points per game, don’t expect them to light up the scoreboard in this game. The under is 4-1 in the last five games between the Crimson and Minutemen.

Prediction: Under

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The Crimson will cover the first-half spread in this game because they have outplayed the Minutemen in the first half of their games. The two teams are evenly matched offensively in their last three games, averaging 33.3 points per game. However, the Crimson have the edge because they have played a little better at home, averaging 33.5 points per game, while the Minutemen average 28.2 points per game on the road.

Prediction: Harvard Crimson

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The Minutemen and Crimson are averaging 66.6 combined points per game in the first half of their last three games and will fall short of the first half total in this game if they maintain their current scoring pace.

Prediction: Under
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Written By Bosun Akinpelu

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