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Saint Joseph's Hawks visit Massachusetts Minutemen in college basketball clash

Saint Joseph's HawksMassachusetts Minutemen
9-4January 08, 2014, 07:00 | Mullins Center12-1

The Massachusetts Minutemen will hit the floor running against the visiting Saint Joseph's Hawks Wednesday, looking to improve their record and boost wagering bankrolls in the process.

The Minutemen bring a 12-1 record (9-4 ATS) to this tilt against the 9-4 Hawks, who are 4-5 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Massachusetts go 5-8 so far and the Hawks go 3-6.

View Saint Joseph's Hawks vs Massachusetts Minutemen Odds and Stats.

If you were backing the visitors in this one, the Hawks were listed as 10-point underdogs earlier in the day at Bovada.

The Minutemen sit at No. 35 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Hawks sit at No. 134 on the same chart.

Saint Joseph's won its last outing, a 53-52 result against Denver on January 4. They failed to cover in that game as a 7.5-point favorite. Saint Joseph's earned a 53-52 victory over Denver on Saturday, getting 14 points from Langston Galloway at Hagan Arena.

Massachusetts was a 73-65 winner in their most recent outing at home against Miami (Ohio). They failed to cover the 17.5-point spread as favorites. The Minutemen got 18 points from Chaz Williams as Massachusetts ran past Miami (Ohio) 73-65 on Saturday at Mullins Center.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Hawks is ranked No. 75 in NCAA hoops at 37.92 per game. Contrast that with Massachusetts’s No. 21 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Massachusetts is the No. 149-ranked team in the country at 5.85 per game, while Saint Joseph's rates No. 83 at 7 per game.

A few Hawks at Minutemen trends to consider:
Saint Joseph's is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Saint Joseph's is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Saint Joseph's is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games when playing Massachusetts
Saint Joseph's is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games when playing Massachusetts
Massachusetts is 8-3 ATS in its last 11 games
Massachusetts is 12-1 SU in its last 13 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Massachusetts's last 5 games
Massachusetts is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games at home

Next up:
Saint Joseph's at George Mason, Saturday, January 11th
Massachusetts at St. Bonaventure, Saturday, January 11th