Planning on watching today’s Crimson and Minutemen game? Catch the action at William D. Mullins Memorial Center in Amherst, MA, as the Minutemen hosts this showdown at 7:00 ET on ESPN+. This non-conference matchup has an over/under of 152 points, and the Minutemen are favored to win at home vs. the Crimson.
HARVARD CRIMSON VS MASSACHUSETTS MINUTEMEN BETTING PICK
The Pick: Massachusetts Minutemen -4.5
This game will be played at William D. Mullins Memorial Center at 7:00 ET on Friday, November 17th.
WHY BET THE MASSACHUSETTS MINUTEMEN:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-66 in favor of the Minutemen.
- Not only will Massachusetts pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -4.5.
- The over/under is currently sitting at 152 points, and we like the under with a projected 142 points.
Do the Crimson Have What it Takes to Win as Road Underdogs?
This will be Harvard’s third game of the season, and so far they are undefeated at 2-0. Looking at their last five road games, including last season, Harvard has a record of 3-2. In terms of against the spread (ATS), Harvard has a perfect 2-0 record thus far in the season. Looking back at their performance over the last three games, the team has covered the spread in both games with an average scoring differential of +12.
Through two games, Harvard has an over/under record of 2-0-0 with their games averaging a combined 150.5 points per game so far. The Crimson have seen their last five games conclude with a collective average of 77 points per game and an over/under record of 3-1.
In their most recent game, the Crimson’s offense tallied 80 points, consistent with their ongoing season average of 82.3 points per game. The top scorer for the Crimson was Malik Mack with 22 points, while Chisom Okpara also chipped in with 14 points.
At present, the Crimson’s defense is nationally ranked 29th, allowing 60.7 points per game. The Harvard defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 56 points and allowed Northeastern to connect on 10 threes.
Will the Massachusetts Defense Show Up at Home?
Today, Massachusetts will face off against Harvard with a perfect 2-0 record. In their previous five home games, which includes last year, Massachusetts has only won one game out of the five. As Massachusetts enters today’s game, their ATS record stands at 2-0. Looking back to the previous season, the team has a 3-0 ATS record in their last three games, along with an average scoring differential of +7.
Massachusetts comes in with an over/under record of 2-0-0 through two games, with their games averaging a combined 173 points per game so far. The Minutemen’s have recorded an over/under record of 2-1 in their last three games, with their games averaging 88 points per game.
Coming off their recent game, the Massachusetts offense tallied 102 points in a matchup against Quinnipiac. Their field goal percentage for the game was 55.7%, and they made 11 threes. Rahsool Diggins led the scoring for the Minutemen, contributing 22 points. Additionally, Matt Cross chipped in with 19 points.
So far, the Minutemen’s defense is ranked 98th in the country at 76.0 points per contest. In their previous game vs. Quinnipiac, the Bobcats finished with a field goal percentage of 55% and a total of 81 points vs. Massachusetts.