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Postseason NIT - Stony Brook Seawolves face Massachusetts Minutemen: NCAA basketball odds preview and stats

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March 20, 7:15 PM | Mullins Center

Stony Brook Seawolves vs Massachusetts Minutemen Odds

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The college hoops wagering menu features a clash between Massachusetts and Stony Brook on Wednesday, with the host Minutemen trying to win and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.

This season, the Minutemen are 21-11 overall and 15-17 ATS ATS, while the Seawolves are 24-7 and 2-2 ATS against the number. As for the totals, Massachusetts boasts a 15-17 on the OU, and Stony Brook is 1-3.

View Stony Brook vs Massachusetts Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Minutemen installed as 4.5-point favorites in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Minutemen at No. 79 and the Seawolves at No. 48 heading into this contest. Handicapping models at Odds Shark project a 79-69 result in favor of the Seawolves.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Seawolves is ranked No. 34 in NCAA hoops at 38 per game. Contrast that with Massachusetts’s No. 70 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Massachusetts is the No. 75-ranked team in the country at 7.2 per game, while Stony Brook rates No. 201 at 5.9 per game.

Defensively, Stony Brook features the nation's No. 6-rated defense on the road, allowing 57.7 points per game. Massachusetts, meanwhile, comes in at No. 59 nationally in scoring at home.

Stony Brook was a 61-59 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Albany. They failed to cover the 5-point spread as favorites. Carson Puriefoy scored 16 points in a futile effort to lead the Seawolves to a win (they lost 61-59 to Albany at SEFCU Arena on Sunday).

Massachusetts was a 71-62 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Virginia Commonwealth. They failed to cover the 8.5-point spread as underdogs. The Minutemen got 18 points from Chaz Williams, but it was Virginia Commonwealth that prevailed in a 71-62 final on Saturday at Barclays Center.

Massachusetts Minutemen Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
After playing Virginia Commonwealth are 0-1
After a loss are 7-3

A few Seawolves at Minutemen trends to consider:
Massachusetts is 20-5 SU in its last 25 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Massachusetts's last 11 games
Massachusetts is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games