The Hall of Fame Tip-Off Naismith contest between the Massachusetts Minutemen (5-0) and the No. 7 Virginia Cavaliers (4-0) will take place at Mohegan Sun Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 12 p.m. ET on Saturday, November 23, 2019, and it can be seen on ESPNews.
Massachusetts Minutemen vs. Virginia Cavaliers Free Preview
In the Minutemen’s last matchup, they defeated the Rider Broncs, 82-72. Carl Pierre was Massachusetts’ high scorer with 23 points on 9-for-17 shooting. Massachusetts’ effective field goal percentage was their biggest strength over Rider. The Minutemen had a rate of 0.639 (above their season average of 0.574), while the Broncs posted a mark of 0.422 (below their season average of 0.511).
The Cavaliers come in on a high note after topping the Vermont Catamounts in their last game, 61-55. With 19 points on 8-for-15 shooting, Mamadi Diakite led Virginia in scoring. Virginia played a nearly perfect game. They had a free throw rate of 0.143 (above their season average of 0.114) and a turnover percentage of 15.7 (worse than their season average of 15.5). Vermont was 0.058 and 19.6, respectively, for those same stats.
The productive offense of Virginia will face off against the porous defense of Massachusetts. Dating back to last season, the Cavaliers rank ninth in offensive efficiency, while the Minutemen are 273rd in defensive efficiency. The Cavaliers should have the advantage on that end of the court.
Massachusetts Minutemen vs. Virginia Cavaliers Free Prediction
Pick: SU Winner – Massachusetts, ATS Winner – Massachusetts, O/U – Over
Betting Notes (2018-Present):
The Cavaliers rank 42nd in blocks allowed per game (2.7) while the Minutemen rank 146th (3.3).
Virginia ranks ninth in rebounds allowed per game (30.0) while Massachusetts ranks 62nd (32.8).
Virginia ranks first in assists allowed per game (8.7) while Massachusetts ranks 256th (14.8).
The Minutemen rank 22nd in three pointers allowed per game (19.1) while the Cavaliers rank 202nd (22.9).
Virginia ranks 14th in steals allowed per game (4.9) while Massachusetts ranks 182nd (6.5).