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Massachusetts favored by -3 against BYU on Saturday

BYU CougarsMassachusetts Minutemen
7-2December 07, 2013, 01:30 | MassMutual Center7-0

The Massachusetts Minutemen will be trying to slam the BYU Cougars on Saturday when the teams tip off at MassMutual Center in college betting action.

Massachusetts battles the Cougars, currently sitting with a 7-2 mark (3-4 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 3-4 for the Minutemen and 1-6 for the Cougars.

View BYU Cougars vs Massachusetts Minutemen Odds and Stats.

The Minutemen were listed as -3-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the total was expected shortly.

The Minutemen sit at No. 63 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Cougars sit at No. 36 on the same chart.

In their last action, BYU was a 97-67 winner at home against North Texas. They covered the 19-point spread as favorites. BYU cruised to victory on Tuesday, running North Texas out of the gym and running up a 97-67 score at Marriott Center.

Last time out for Massachusetts, they were a 69-57 winner as they battled Eastern Michigan on the road. They covered in the match as a 5-point favorite. Raphiael Putney scored 15 points leading the Minutemen to a 69-57 victory over Eastern Michigan at EMU Convocation Center on Tuesday.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Cougars is ranked No. 8 in NCAA hoops at 45 per game. Contrast that with Massachusetts’s No. 11 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Massachusetts is the No. 201-ranked team in the country at 5 per game, while BYU rates No. 194 at 5 per game.

A few Cougars at Minutemen trends to consider:
BYU is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of BYU's last 5 games
Massachusetts is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
Massachusetts is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Massachusetts's last 5 games

Next up:
BYU home to Prairie View A&M, Wednesday, December 11th
Massachusetts at Northern Illinois, Saturday, December 14th