The Massachusetts Minutemen (5-6), who are currently riding a six-game losing streak, look to get back in the win column when they welcome the Maine Black Bears (3-8) to William D. Mullins Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET on Friday, December 20, 2019.
Maine Black Bears at Massachusetts Minutemen Odds Preview
The Black Bears got blown out by the Quinnipiac Bobcats in their last contest, 81-61. Nedeljko Prijovic had a solid game for Maine, leading the team in scoring with 15 points on 5-for-11 shooting. Quinnipiac did an excellent job of converting from the free throw line (16-20; 80.0 percent). Maine, meanwhile, held the Bobcats to an offensive rebounding percentage of 15.4 (below their season average of 25.5).
In the Minutemen’s last outing, they were dismantled by the Yale Bulldogs, 83-80. With 24 points, nine rebounds and five assists, Tre Mitchell had a solid performance for Massachusetts. Yale held the Minutemen to an offensive rebounding percentage of 18.2 (below their season average of 26.1). Massachusetts, on the other hand, had a better turnover percentage (18.1 vs. 19.4).
This has potential to be an error-filled game for the offense of Maine. Maine ranks 320th in the NCAA in ball protection (turnover percentage of 25.4 percent), while the disruptive defense of Massachusetts forces the 100th-most turnovers in the NCAA (21.7 percent).
Maine Black Bears vs. Massachusetts Minutemen Odds Prediction
Basketball Prediction: SU Winner – Massachusetts, ATS Winner – Maine, O/U – Over
The Black Bears rank 234th in rebounds per game (33.3) while the Minutemen rank 245th (31.3).
Massachusetts is 26th in the country with 2.4 blocks allowed per game while Maine is 27th with 2.4 blocks allowed per game.
Massachusetts ranks 16th in three pointers allowed per game (17.5) while Maine ranks 175th (20.0).
The Black Bears rank 64th in assists per game (15.1) while the Minutemen rank 189th in assists allowed per game (15.1).
Massachusetts averages 7.5 steals per game, which ranks 70th in the country. Maine ranks 152nd in steals allowed per game (8.7).
The Minutemen’s average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 16.2, up from 1.0 for the season.
During their last five games, the Black Bears have scored an average of 54.8 points per game (1.9 above their season average) and allowed an average of 72.8 points per game (11.6 above their season average).