Surprising UMass pays a visit to Drexel on Tuesday, hoping to extend its run on the NIT betting menu by sending the Dragons to a loss at John A. Daskalakis Center.
The Dragons were favored y 6.5 points over at TopBet earlier Tuesday as the NIT got rolling for the week.
UMass has pulled off several upsets so far but face the No. 3 seed in Drexel, who have been a moneymaker for bettors this season.
The Dragons sit at 29-6 (20-12-1 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Minutemen are currently 24-11 (18-13-1 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Drexel is 15-18 OU, and Massachusetts is 18-13-1 OU.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 79-rated Dragons and the No. 58-ranked Minutemen, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark. Prediction formulas run on this game indicate a possible 77-73 result in favor of the Dragons.
How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Minutemen rank No. 7 in NCAA Division 1 with 39.8 per game. That compares with Drexel’s No. 128 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Drexel is college basketball's No. 161-ranked team at 6.3 per game, while the Minutemen rate No. 32 with 8 per game.
Defensively, Massachusetts features the nation's No. 291-rated defense on the road, allowing 75.2 points per game. Drexel, meanwhile, comes in at No. 280 nationally in scoring at home.
In their last action, Massachusetts was a 77-67 winner on the road against Seton Hall. They covered the 7.5-point spread as underdogs. Massachusetts earned a 77-67 victory over Seton Hall on Saturday, getting 20 points from Chaz Williams at Prudential Center.
Last time out for Drexel, they were a 65-63 winner as they battled Northern Iowa at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 7.5-point favorite. Samme Givens went off for 28 points and added 5 rebounds, leading Drexel over Northern Iowa, 65-63, on Sunday at John A. Daskalakis Center.