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Massachusetts Minutemen vs Miami (Ohio) RedHawks Preview

Miami (Ohio) RedHawksMassachusetts Minutemen
4-6January 04, 2014, 07:00 | Mullins Center11-1

The Massachusetts Minutemen hope to be lousy hosts on Saturday as the Miami (Ohio) RedHawks pay a visit to Mullins Center on the college basketball betting menu.

The RedHawks will try to spoil to the party on Saturday; they are 4-4 ATS against the number this season, while the Minutemen are 9-3 ATS. Miami (Ohio) is 4-4 on the totals; Massachusetts is 5-7.

View Miami (Ohio) RedHawks vs Massachusetts Minutemen Odds and Stats.

The Minutemen were listed as -21-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 Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 269-rated Miami (Ohio) taking on the No. 33-rated Minutemen in this contest.

In their last action, Miami (Ohio) was a 67-65 winner at home against Southern Illinois. They failed to cover the 2.5-point spread as favorites. The RedHawks got 14 points from Geovonie McKnight as Miami (Ohio) ran past Southern Illinois 67-65 on Sunday at Millett Hall.

Last time out for Massachusetts, they were a 69-67 winner as they battled Providence at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 7.5-point favorite. The Minutemen grabbed a 69-67 win over the Friars on Saturday, behind a 14-point effort from Cady Lalanne at Mullins Center.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Massachusetts has the nation's No. 34-rated offensive output, at 80.25 PPG. The visiting RedHawks defense ranks No. 185 allowing on average 72.5 PPG. The Minutemen FG% has averaged 47.03% so far, more than the RedHawks marksmen have achieved on the year, 42.94% per game.

A few RedHawks at Minutemen trends to consider:
Miami (Ohio) is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
Miami (Ohio) is 5-16 SU in its last 21 games
Miami (Ohio) is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games on the road
Massachusetts is 8-2 ATS in its last 10 games
Massachusetts is 11-1 SU in its last 12 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Massachusetts's last 8 games
Massachusetts is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Miami (Ohio) at Central Michigan, Wednesday, January 8th
Massachusetts at Saint Joseph's, Wednesday, January 8th