Opponent Previews: Quinnipiac (11/29)

Summary:

Team: Quinnipiac Bobcats
League: Metro Atlantic Athletic Association
Record: 1-5

Notable Wins: Dartmouth (79-77)
Notable Losses: Colorado (70-69). Wake Forest (72-55), Maine (72-46)

Team Stats:                             UMass                        Quinnipiac:
Points Per Game:                    74.0 (201st)                 69.7 (273rd)
Rebounds Per Game:             35.8 (208th)                34.3 (258th)
Assists Per Game:                   14.8 (134th)                12.2 (278th)
Points Allowed per game:    71.3 (163rd)               76.7 (263rd)

Starting 5:

Chaise Daniels: #13 Forward, 6’9, 220 lbs
16.0 PPG   5.5 RPG    2.2 BPG    54.4% FG

Cameron Young: #10 Guard, 6’6, 190 lbs
14.7 PPG    6.3 RPG    2.0 APG

Rich Kelly: #15 Guard, 6’1, 175 lbs
10.3 PPG     5.8 APG

Isaiah Washington: #12 Guard, 6’4, 170 lbs
8.5 PPG    3.3 RPG    .268 % FG

Alain Chigha: #11 Forward, 6’7, 207 lbs
3.2 PPG   3.2 RPG

Sixth Man:

Andrew Robinson: #14 Guard, 6’6, 215 lbs
7.8 PPG     3.2 RPG

Prediction:

76-62: Umass Victory

The Bobcats have struggled this season due to a lack of size on the interior with their tallest player, Chaise Daniel, measuring out at just 6’9. In effect Rashaan Holloway and Malik Hines should both have big performances as there should be an emphasis to establish their advantage in the paint early on.

Additionally, look for leading scorer Luwane Pipkins to get back on track after a 1-11 shooting performance last game. As long as the Minutemen are able to contain Daniels (16.0 PPG) and Cameron Young (14.7 PPG), the Bobcats do not have the offensive firepower to match the Minutemen as they rank 273rd in the country with just 69.7 points per game. A re-energized three point attack led by Pipkins, Ray Miller and Carl Pierre accompanied with easy baskets at the rim should help UMass run away with this one handedly.

Another major key for the Minutemen is focusing on a more productive and consistent start to gain momentum from the opening tip.

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