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BYU (7-2) vs. (21) Massachusetts (7-0)



Saturday, December 7, 1:30 p.m. (ET)

The Sports Network

By Nicholas DeLorenzo, Associate College Basketball Editor

FACTS & STATS: Site: MassMutual Center (8,000) -- Springfield, Massachusetts. Television: CBSSN. Home Record: BYU 4-1, UMass 2-0. Away Record: BYU 1-0, UMass 1-0. Neutral Record: BYU 2-1, UMass 4-0. Conference Record: BYU 0-0, UMass 0-0. Series Record: First-ever meeting.

GAME NOTES: The BYU Cougars and the 21st-ranked Massachusetts Minutemen

square off at the MassMutual Center on Saturday night, as part of the Hall of Fame Holiday Classic.

BYU has fallen flat against a pair of nationally-ranked foes this season with losses to Iowa State (90-88) and Wichita State (75-62), but it has taken care of business in the rest of its bouts en route to a 7-2 record. The Cougars are currently winners of two in a row, beating Utah State (85-74) and North Texas (97-67) in the last week.

After starting the season unranked, UMass has made a splash on the national scene with a perfect 7-0 start, with the highlight thus the Charleston Classic championship, a feat it achieved by posting wins over Nebraska (96-90), New Mexico (81-65) and Eastern Michigan (69-57). The Minutemen most recently ventured out on the road and came away with an impressive 69-57 victory over Eastern Michigan.

This game marks the first-ever meeting between the Cougars and Minutemen on the hardwood.

The Cougars were clearly superior to North Texas on Tuesday night, as they outshot the Mean Green from the field, 49.4 percent to 35.4 percent, and held a commanding 60-38 advantage on the boards en route to the 30-point victory. Tyler Haws led the charge with 23 points on 9-of-12 from the field, Eric Mika tallied 17 points and 11 rebounds, and Kyle Collinsworth scored 17 as well. Nate Austin (10 points, 13 rebounds) and Matt Carlino (10 rebounds, 11 assists) also logged double-doubles, while Skyler Halford netted 16 points off the bench to round out the balance effort. While BYU allows more points than it would like (77.7 ppg), it more than makes up for it by netting 89.2 points per game on greater than 46 percent efficiency from the field. Haws is the nation's eighth-leading scorer at 23.6 points per game. Carlino stuffs the stat sheet with 17.4 points, 5.8 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 2.1 assists per game, while Mika (13.8 ppg, 5.9 rpg) and Collinsworth (11.9 rpg, 8.6 rpg) are also regular contributors.

After playing a tight contest with EMU for most of the game, UMass pulled away in the final minutes with a 9-2 run to finish off the 12-point victory. It was able to hold on despite sporting a modest .431 field goal percentage, which included just a 5-of-17 showing from 3-point range. Raphiael Putney put forth a strong all-around effort in the triumph with 15 points, nine rebounds, four assists, three blocks and a steal. Chaz Williams tallied 12 points and eight assists, Cady Lalanne had 12 points and 12 boards, Trey Davis came off the bench to score 13 points and Derrick Gordon added 10 points. It's no mystery why the Minutemen have gotten off to such a fast start this season, as they boast impressive margins in terms of scoring (+10.1) and rebounding (+6.7). Lalanne serves as the anchor down low with 16.4 points, 11.4 rebounds and 2.7 blocks per game, all while shooting greater than 61 percent from the floor. Williams (15.4 ppg, 6.6 apg) sets the tempo at point guard, while Sampson Carter (12.9 ppg), Putney (12.4 ppg, 5.9 rpg) and Gordon (11.0 ppg) round out one of the nation's best starting lineups.

With multiple scoring options and great rebounders up and down their respective lineups, the Cougars and Minutemen appear to be pretty evenly matched, but while BYU hasn't answered the call against top-notch competition yet, UMass has played up to the level of its opponents, and the trend should continue here as it improves to 8-0.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Massachusetts 83, BYU 79

12/07 10:36:51 ET

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DUKE 47
TULA 13
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ECU 70
UNC 41
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TOWSN 31
NCCU 20
 
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NCSU 42
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KAN 2
DET 3
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CHC 8
LOS 7
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PHI 3
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NYY 3
TOR 6
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COL 5
ARI 1
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BAL 7
BOS 2
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PIT 0
MIL 1
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TAM 3
CWS 1
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MIN 3
CLE 7
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ATL 2
NYM 4
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HOU 10
SEA 1
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MIA 2
WAS 3
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CIN 4
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WISC 68
BGU 17
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MSU 73
EMICH 14
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VT 24
GT 27
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PITT 20
IOWA 24
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RICE 42
ODU 45
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UGA 66
TROY 0
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SYR 20
MD 34
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DUKE 47
TULA 13
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COL 21
HAW 12
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AKR 17
MARS 48
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WAKE 24
ARMY 21
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KU 24
CMICH 10
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ALA 42
UF 21
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FIU 3
LOU 34
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ECU 70
UNC 41
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NAVY 24
RUTG 31
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SMU 6
TEXAM 58
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MICH 10
UTAH 26
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BYU 41
UVA 33
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WYO 20
FATL 19
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MIZZ 27
IND 31
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PSU 48
UMASS 7
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MINN 24
SJST 7
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ILL 42
TXST 35
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WASH 45
GASTATE 14
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SMISS 21
APPST 20
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TOL 27
BST 16
 
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OHIO 36
IDAHO 24
 
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CIN 31
UMO 24
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MEM 36
MTST 17
 
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LSU 29
MSST 34
 
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ARK 52
NILL 14
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ARKST 21
UTST 14
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SALABAMA 6
GASO 28
 
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WVU 33
OKLA 45
 
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VANDY 34
SCAR 48
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NEB 41
MIAMI 31
 
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NMST 35
NMU 38
 
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HOU 47
UNLV 14
 
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FSU 23
CLEM 17
 
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CAL 28
 
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SDST 7
 
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OREG 21
 
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LALAF 3
 
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TOWSN 31
NCCU 20
 
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NCSU 42
PRES 0